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UW Medicine Clinical Risk Management department has an outstanding opportunity for a Drug Diversion Prevention Compliance Analyst.
The UW Medicine Clinical Risk Management department plans, organizes, and directs clinical risk management activities associated with the delivery of patient care services in UW Medicine and UW Health Sciences. These activities are carried out in active collaboration with leaders of the assigned entity’s quality improvement and patient safety leaders. The UW Medicine Drug Diversion Prevention Program is one component of the comprehensive clinical risk management plan. The objectives of the program are to:
1. Maintain an effective drug diversion prevention program that supports, complements, and enhances quality improvement, patient safety, and other UW Medicine programs and activities.
2. Work collaboratively with pharmacy leadership in assuring the drug diversion prevention strategies meet statutory, regulatory, and accreditation standards.
The Drug Diversion Prevention Compliance Analyst reports to the Drug Diversion Prevention (DDP) Program Manager and is responsible for assisting with all aspects of the Drug Diversion Prevention Program for UW Medicine. The primary responsibilities included: operational support to the DDP Program, DDP Oversight Committee coordination, preparation of reports for the Clinical Risk Management & Quality Committees (or equivalent). In addition, this position supports the DDP Program Manager in drug diversion investigations and response, maintaining data integrity, responding to licensing commission requests as assigned, and assisting with the preparation and delivery of drug diversion education for staff.
Position Complexities: This position is required to understand and respond to the varying needs of the UW Medicine Drug Diversion Prevention Program as they apply to the diverse clinical entities. This position constantly encounters, analyzes and utilizes extremely confidential information in relation to organizational compliance and drug diversion events.
This position requires the ability to communicate effectively with UW Medicine and Health Sciences schools’ clinical leaders, managers, clinicians, and members of the public regarding sensitive matters involving significant financial and reputational risk. It also requires basic understanding of healthcare operations, controlled substance regulations, and accreditation standards.
Position Dimensions and Impact to University: The nature of the work done by this position is highly sensitive in nature. Exposure to and use of extremely confidential information related to drug diversion events is constant. Drug diversion response and public record responsibilities require independent analysis that may present significant risk to the organization if performed incorrectly and also require strict adherence to documentation standards for reporting purposes. In addition, the lack of knowledge about or application of relevant healthcare regulations or standards could result in adverse regulatory or accreditation actions.
Program Operations Support: •Coordination and scheduling of meetings, including drug diversion investigation meetings and the Drug Diversion Prevention Oversight Committee. •Participates in the Drug Diversion Prevention Oversight Committee •Serves as a liaison for the Drug Diversion Prevention Program through participation on committees as assigned. •Reviews and categorizes controlled substance related safety event reports and escalates issues to the Drug Diversion Prevention Specialist as appropriate. •Collects and tracks diversion-related data, including, but not limited to, medication handling and security issues, inadequate pain relief patient complaints, etc. •Prepares reports utilizing data from clinical risk management information systems. •Participates in the development, implementation, and evaluation of policies and procedures for the Drug Diversion Prevention Program. Assists the Drug Diversion Prevention Specialist in the development of new policies and procedures and assures timely review and revision of procedures as the program expands. •Assists in the development of action plans and develops a process to track progress and completion of action items. •Provides consultation support to entities regarding controlled substance accountability and drug diversion topics.
Investigation & Response: •Reviews pharmacy audits and organizes documents in preparation for investigatory meetings. •In coordination with the DDP Specialist and/or Pharmacy Director, leads drug diversion investigation response. •Ensures accurate capture of investigation activity and documents into clinical risk management information systems. •Under the direction of the DDP specialist, drafts provider license complaint reports post investigation for review by the Drug Diversion Assessment Response Team and collects documents responsive to commission investigators’ requests.
Clinical Risk Management Education: •Participates in the development of drug diversion prevention education. •Participates in program delivery, as assigned.
Other Duties: •Performs other duties as assigned by the Drug Diversion Prevention Program Manager and Director of Clinical Risk Management. •Follows UW Medicine security and confidentiality policies and procedures. •Maintains current professional standards and credentials through study materials and education to stay abreast with continuous changes in the health care industry as it pertains to controlled substance accountability and drug diversion prevention.
Lead Responsibilities: This position may be required to take the lead in some drug diversion investigation and response activities and in committee management activities.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS •Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care or Business-related field. •Registered as a Pharmacy Technician in the State of Washington. •Minimum of three years’ experience in related field.
Additional requirements: •Demonstrated ability to work independently, prioritize and organize work in a fast-pace environment. •Ability to exercise independent judgment, decision-making, and problem-solving skills. •Proficiency in Microsoft Office (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Office 365). •Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment.
Equivalent education and/or experience may substitute for minimum requirements.
DESIRED REQUIREMENTS •Thorough understanding of medication dispensing processes and technology (e.g., Pyxis Automated Dispensing System, Pyxis CII Safe) preferred. •Knowledge and understanding of relevant state and federal laws and regulations related to controlled substance management and drug diversion. •Familiarity with Joint Commission® Medication Management Standards, DEA, EPA, CMS and FDA regulations, and ISMP and ASHP guidelines and recommendations. •Experience in both the inpatient and outpatient pharmacy practice settings.
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