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Emergency Relief Pharmacists

Emergency Relief Pharmacists

relief pharmacists in FL, GA, AL, NC, SC, TXEmergency relief pharmacists are always in demand, but the recent pharmacy staffing shortage is already having a “ripple effect” regarding the profession’s ability to meet many communities’ emergency medical and pharmacy needs. Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are among the jobs most affected by the COVID pandemic regarding the areas of “employee burnout” and dissatisfaction.  Yet on the “flipside” of the story is the effect this situation has had on numerous employers like pharmacy owners and managers. It’s important to always keep in mind that in situations such as these the end result is also a shortage of pharmacists available to do temporary and relief work in emergency situations.

Temporary Relief Pharmacists in Emergencies

Needing temporary pharmacists during emergency situations can sometimes pose what seems like insurmountable obstacles to the pharmacy owner and manager. There are obviously numerous scenarios and situations that can occur when an emergency relief pharmacist can be of critical importance to your drugstore even being open for business. Because a pharmacy can not legally be open for business without a registered pharmacist on duty, sometimes the pharmacy owner or store manager is faced with the dilemma of finding a pharmacist quickly or having to close the pharmacy’s doors and shut the business down until a pharmacist can be found. Emergencies such as severe weather can prevent a pharmacist scheduled to work a certain shift from returning safely from an evacuation if it’s required. This also applies if the pharmacist was on vacation and severe weather leads to the closing of airports that will simply impede or delay his or her return to work.

Additionally, the death of a family member, personal illness, accidents and other unforeseen events can lead to emergency situations that can force a pharmacy to shut down. This not only results in lost business, but can cause severe stress and frustration to loyal customers and patients who rely on the pharmacy being open for their medications and health needs. This can be even more critical in rural communities and small towns where sometimes only one pharmacy is open and operates. With no pharmacists to rely on for “back-up”, emergencies from not having a registered pharmacist available can quickly turn into an escalating crisis for an entire community.

Why Use a Pharmacy Staffing Agency?

In the past it was often the case that a pharmacist’s co-workers would simply fill in when needed to. To cover for an illness, vacations and situations like a death in the family, all of the other pharmacists simply worked overtime or called their friends to fill in. Yet for several reasons this has shifted to the utilization of pharmacy staffing agencies and staffing firms over the past decade.

The first reason is that several studies have linked long shifts and hours worked by pharmacists to severe increases in medication errors. In one study published by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Advisers (NAPRA) it was noted that “pharmacists who are overburdened and understaffed present a very real threat of harm to the patients who depend on them”. Another study performed at the Houston Methodist Hospital documented that an exponential relationship can be seen between a pharmacist’s workload and working long shifts to an alarming increase in medication dispensing errors. Some states are even considering legislation over the past several years regarding setting limits on how many hours per shift and hours a week that a pharmacist should be allowed to work.

The second reason cited for the shift to using pharmacy staffing agencies is that overworked pharmacists have been shown to “burn out” and to quickly develop a negative attitude toward their profession. A great article in Pharmacy Times noted that excessive overtime, long shifts and being on-call constantly, all contribute to the extremely high rate of “burn out” seen in the pharmacy profession. The result is that more and more pharmacists are choosing not to work part time jobs or do relief work any longer.

Lastly is the expense and cost. By using a pharmacy staffing agency for relief pharmacists, the pharmacy can save on all of the following:
– Hiring expenses and the time required
– HR expenses such as criminal background checks, license verification, drug screening and paperwork
– Payroll taxes
– Accounting expenses
– Insurance
– Overtime pay
Some accounting experts estimate that all of the above expenses can add up to an increase of over 60% per hour when compared to hiring a pharmacist on staff paid by the hour.

Choosing an Emergency Pharmacy Staffing Agency

As with all other vendors, choosing the right pharmacy staffing agency is critical. You want one that is not too small as to be geographically constrained and that has a limited number of viable pharmacists that meet your specific needs. You also want one that is not too large and therefor is not service oriented when dealing with a “smaller” clients immediate needs.

The perfect choice across the USA is HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing (HCC). Our emergency pharmacist staffing service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. HCC maintains one of the largest active pools of emergency pharmacists in the nation, thus allowing us to quickly locate available, qualified and reliable pharmacists in all fifty state. Our proprietary online system allows us to match your needs with the most qualified candidate to work relief during your emergency. HCC also ensures that all of our emergency pharmacists comply with all HIPAA requirements and maintain professional liability insurance. As always, with HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing, your satisfaction is guaranteed!

Please also note that HCC can fill all of your emergency relief staffing needs regarding pharmacy technicians. HCC has been the leading provider of qualified, registered, licensed and professional pharmacy technicians (CPhTs) in the nation since 1989. As with emergency pharmacists, satisfaction with our emergency pharmacy technician staffing is guaranteed!

We strongly urge you to be proactive regarding establishing a relation with us now (this way all required paperwork is completed before an emergency situation actually occurs). Then, when you require an emergency relief pharmacist, HCC will be ready to meet your needs so that you can relax and rest easy. Call us now at (800) 642-1652 or take a moment and Contact Us Online and an HCC in-house staffing consultant will contact you as soon as possible to discuss all of your emergency and staffing needs.

About Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing

If you are a pharmacy requiring emergency pharmacy staffing help anywhere in the USA, HCC Pharmacy Staffing can help you! We have a professional staff who can find you the right pharmacist or technician to match your needs, whether it be in a retail, hospital or a specialty pharmacy setting. We work with businesses of every size – from the corner drug store to national corporations and organizations – with only one goal in mind: to improve your pharmacy’s business operations. We can assist with expert advice in any area of your pharmacy business or practice.

Keep in mind that while specializing in pharmacy jobs, staffing and placement services for over three decades now, HCC can also help you with all of your pharmacy needs. HCC is recognized as a national leader as a Pharmacy Consulting Firm and a sample of some of our additional services include:

  • Pharmacy Performance Assessments
  • Regulatory Compliance Audits, Gap Analysis and Corrective Action Planning
  • Strategic Pharmacy Business Planning
  • Pharmacy Performance and Efficiency Enhancements
  • Custom Policy and Procedure Development
  • Compliance Review
  • Licensing Services for all 50 states for application processes
  • Experienced Pharmacy Consultants with specialties in every area and niche of Pharmacy for those special projects or opportunities (including Non-sterile (795) and Sterile (797) Compounding)
  • Assisting both buyers and sellers on how best to fix, prepare, or position their pharmacy to best maximize its value

We urge you to contact us today to see how our Pharmacy Staffing services and Pharmacy Consulting services can help you improve your business now, plus be ready for the future. With a full-time staff of in-house Pharmacy Consultant specialists, HCC can answer any questions that you may have in all pharmacy settings. Contact us online or call us today at 800-642-1652 for a free consultation.


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PDM Prescription Department Manager

Prescription Department Manager’s Roles, Duties and Responsibilities

Pharmacy Department Manager StaffingA PDM (also commonly referred to as a Pharmacy Manager or Pharmacist  Manager) is required for all retail community pharmacies in every state. The prescription department manager’s roles and responsibilities are defined and regulated by each state’s Board of Pharmacy. Although variance does exist between individual states, the PDM’s responsibilities are fairly uniform. In short, the PDM is responsible for all pharmacy personnel and activities including the dispensing of prescriptions, pharmacy security, supervision and training of all pharmacy employees, plus adherence to all federal and state regulations.

A more detailed and comprehensive look at a Prescription Manager’s duties will include all of the following:
– Developing and maintaining a current written policy and procedure manual. The policy and procedure manual must be kept up to date and readily available during an inspection by any state or federal agencies. Additionally, the PDM is also responsible for the development of both training manuals and of Quality Assurance programs.
– Notifying the Board of Pharmacy within 30 days of any change in pharmacist personnel.
– Additionally, they must notify the Board of Pharmacy if employing pharmacy
technicians and must provide a training program for each technician.
– They must maintain prescription records for at least three (3) years in most states.
– They must ensure than all prescription dispensing and drug compounding are only performed by a licensed pharmacist (or under the direct supervision of a qualified licensed pharmacist). Additionally, they must ensure that all patient consulting and counseling is performed by a pharmacist only.
– Assure that all prescription drugs and controlled substances are safe and secure
in the pharmacy. This includes developing a system of inventory record keeping to detect discrepancies in controlled substances.
– The PDM is responsible for all aspects of the pharmacy security. This includes restricting access to non-authorized store personnel, securing of the pharmacy department if it is closed but the store is still open, as well as controlling all keys to the pharmacy.
– Preparation of a plan to safeguard the prescription records and drugs in the event of a natural disaster (such as a hurricane, flood or tornado).
– Separate, store and dispose of all drugs that are over 6 months out of date and expired.
– Report to the Board of Pharmacy any deaths due to drugs dispensed from their pharmacy.
– In a pharmacy that dispenses or compounds sterile pharmaceuticals, the Pharmacy Manager must be knowledgeable in both aseptic techniques and quality assurance, plus is responsible for the development of a system for the disposal of any infectious wastes.

Replacing a PDM

If you need to change or replace your existing Pharmacy Manager, it’s important that you follow the rules that almost every state adheres to:
– A pharmacist can serve as the Pharmacist Manager at only one full service retail pharmacy (or permit) at one time.
– The pharmacist must be present at least half the time the pharmacy is open or 32 hours per week, whichever is less.
– A pharmacist who is an employee is allowed to serve as a temporary PDM for a  90 day period from the departure date of the previous prescription department manager, if the pharmacist is at the pharmacy for a minimum of twenty (20) hours per week.
– The pharmacy is responsible for completing a controlled substance inventory within 10 days of a PDM change at the pharmacy.

It is important to take note that a pharmacy’s state permit is tied to an individual pharmacist that’s licensed to practice in that state and designated as the Pharmacist In Charge (PIC), but the PDM may be a separate individual. In many instances, however, the PDM and the PIC are the same individual for the retail pharmacy.

HCC Can Help You Find the Right PDM

If you own or manage a pharmacy and need to replace or change your Prescription Department  Manager, Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing can be a great resource for you. In business since 1989, HCC can find you the best qualified pharmacist to meet your particular situation and needs. With over three decades of experience in pharmacy staffing and pharmacist recruitment, HCC is nationally renowned for a history of matching the right candidate to the right job in all fifty states. Plus, we have in-house consultant pharmacists on staff that can help guide you through the process, having been through it numerous times in the past.

Additionally, HCC offers our clients Interim Pharmacy Management Services. This not only allows your pharmacy to operate while you search for just the right PDM, but also gives our experienced staff the chance to review your pharmacy’s business performance and efficiency from an objective viewpoint. We also offer non-resident licensing services in every state.

If you are currently searching for the best PDM available for your retail pharmacy business, call us now at (800) 642-1652 or Contact Us Online now. An experienced HCC staffing consultant will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your needs.

 


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Pharmacists Working Second Job

Emergency Relief Pharmacist StaffingPharmacists are known for working two jobs. A commonly cited survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that approximately one out of almost every seven registered pharmacists (13%) work a second job in the United States. Although most people think the primary reason that pharmacists take on a second job and “moonlight” is simply for the money, there’s also  several other primary reasons that they do it:
– Insecurity at their present job
– Expanding their skill sets in a different pharmacy setting or specialty
– Getting their “foot in the door” at a better place to work if an opportunity opens up in the future
– Obtaining benefits such as better insurance or discounts
– Alleviate boredom during spare time

Tips for Pharmacists Looking for a Second Job

Whatever the motivation is for looking for a second job, planning is the key to success. Plenty of pharmacists who “moonlight” have successfully figured out how to work both their full time job, plus a part time job without getting exhausted or “burned out” over time. So whether you’re doing it to simply increase your income stream or for some of the other various reasons, consider some of the following tips when getting started.

– Have a Plan:

As with every other aspect of our lives, planning is always the key to our successes. Although the plan sometimes may need fine-tuning and adjusting, plus absolutely requires flexibility on our part at times to get where we want to be, a “road map” is always required to get us to our destination efficiently and as quickly as possible. Would you get into a car and simply start driving aimlessly without a road map or a navigation unit towards where you “believe” your destination to be? Of course not! The same concept applies to working a second job. Knowing where you want to end up is great, but planning on how to get there before “starting your engine” will save you both time and frustration.

– Set Goals:

As we’ve previously discussed numerous times in the past on our blog posts , setting realistic goals is the very best way we can measure our success in life. Goals should always be what are known as SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time oriented. Having goals and checking how you are doing against those goals will give you a way of measuring how working a second job is working out for you.

– Separate Your Full-time and Part-time Jobs:

Never present yourself or your employer with a conflict of interest. Try to always remember that your full-time job takes precedence over working a second job and that your primary fulltime job is what enables you to work a second job in the first place. Additionally, don’t use your full-time job’s resources for your second job. This includes your time, but also items such as office supplies, copiers and phones.

– Consider the Geography:

Travel time is part of the planning. Does your schedule allow for it? Perhaps a second job opportunity pays less, but is closer to your home? Actually physically driving the route between the jobs at the same time of the day you normally would may be a great way to judge how long it would really actually take you to get to a second job.

– Time Management:

Most pharmacists who “juggle” two jobs have excellent time management skills. This may be something that you will need to practice in order to be able to perform at your very best. Try to always keep in mind that there are only so many hours in a day. You may find that working a second job in a pharmacy requires that you work odd hours and shifts – nights, weekends and holidays. Work, family, sleep, relaxation, travel time and simply running routine errands all require excellent personal time management skills and the ability to keep on a schedule.

– Make Your Full-time Job Your Priority:

It may be a good idea for you to initially check with your employer regarding any policies existing regarding working a second job. Most employers do not prohibit working second jobs, but it is certainly wise to check and make sure that you are not breaking any rules from the very beginning. Employers are primarily concerned regarding any conflicts of interest and your productivity while you are at work. As long as you keep this in mind and working a second job doesn’t interfere with your productivity, then you should never have any issues. Additionally, if you signed a non-compete, non-disclosure and/or confidentiality agreement, you may not be legally able to work for your primary employer’s competition. It is best to check first to make sure that you never place your primary job in jeopardy in any way.

Where Do You Find the “Right” Second Job?

With the current shortage of pharmacists throughout the USA these days, the question of where to find the right second job has become more of an issue than in previous years. Here are a few examples of where the pharmacists who responded to the Bureau of Labor Statistics survey found a second job:
1. Working for a previous employer. Already knowing the personnel and the work routine is a benefit to both the pharmacist and the employer. A great example of the old cliché “never burn your bridges behind you” when leaving a position.
2. Working at a pharmacy that you hope to work for in the future. Getting a part time position in a setting that you feel may be part of your future work goals allows you to “try out” the job to see if it actually meets your needs and expectations. It also lets the employer see your work ethics and get to know you. This is extremely important in cases where a position is lucrative and hard to get when there is a full-time opening available.
3. Volunteering in your community. It is enlightening to research how many communities actually need pharmacists as volunteers. There are various understaffed local programs that could use some help.
4. Utilizing a third-party staffing company (such as Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing).

Let HCC do the work for you! Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing is one of the leading pharmacy staffing agencies in the United States. Established in 1989, we serve all fifty states in the USA. We attribute our years of success to always placing the right pharmacist in the right job situation and environment.

If you are a pharmacist looking for a second job, we urge you to talk with us. With positions immediately available, feel free to contact us and to take a few minutes to introduce yourself and meet us. Owned and operated by pharmacists for over three decades now, Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing is recognized as a national leader in the pharmacy staffing, recruitment and the pharmacist permanent placement arena. Call us today at 800.642.1652, or contact us online to meet us and start a discussion on how we may be able to help you.


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PIC Pharmacist In Charge

PIC Pharmacist in ChargeThere sometimes is a bit of confusion when people are discussing the role of a Pharmacist in Charge (or PIC) and defining their responsibilities or job description. The issue arises because most people (including pharmacists themselves) sometimes use all of the following terms interchangeably:
– Pharmacist in Charge
– Prescription Department Manager (PDM)
– Pharmacy Manager
– Pharmacist Manager
The distinction can be even more unclear because each sate has their own laws and regulations, and the definition and wording can vary between them.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that all fifty states require that the pharmacist who signs the application for the pharmacy’s permit (and the renewal of the pharmacy’s permit) shall be designated as the Pharmacist-in-Charge (PIC) for that facility. In all 50 states the pharmacy’s license is issued in the name of the PIC and is not assignable or transferable. In other words, the “Pharmacist-in-Charge” equates to the person who, being licensed as a pharmacist in the state that the pharmacy operation is physically located in, signs the application for the pharmacy permit and to whom the permit is issued to and then tied to. This designated pharmacist then assumes full legal responsibility for the entire operation of the pharmacy in a manner that legally complies with all the applicable state and federal laws and regulations.

Additionally, it is important to note that every state requires that the PIC be licensed to practice pharmacy in their state and that the pharmacist shall not be the PIC at more than one community pharmacy or institutional pharmacy in that state at the same time.

Pharmacist in Charge (PIC) versus Prescription Department Manager (PDM)

Most of the confusion arises when discussing retail pharmacy businesses. All states require that each retail community pharmacy have a designated Prescription Department Manager (PDM). This is true for both single location independent retail community pharmacies, as well as larger multi-location chain stores. The PDM (also sometimes referred to as the Pharmacy Manager or Pharmacist Manager) in a retail setting is ultimately the one responsible for all of the personnel and their activities in the designated pharmacy area. What is important to consider in this discussion is that the Pharmacist In Charge (PIC) and the Prescription Department Manager (PDM) may actually be two different individuals. In many instances, however, the PDM and the PIC are the same pharmacist for the retail pharmacy. This is especially true for the smaller, single location independent retail pharmacy operations. Yet as they expand, each location needs a designated Pharmacist In Charge (PIC) to which each separate individual pharmacy’s permit is attached to.

State Board Rules Regarding a PIC Change

Sometimes it is necessary that a pharmacy change the pharmacist in charge. The current PIC leaves, is terminated or has a licensure issue can mean that the pharmacy owner must find a replacement. In such instances, it is important to know that almost every State Board of Pharmacy adheres to the following rules regarding a change in a pharmacy’s PIC:
– If the PIC’s license becomes inactivated or is voided for any reason (inclusive of suspension, revocation, surrender or restrictions placed by the state on the designated PIC), then a brand new pharmacy permit is required and the application must be made by another pharmacist that is licensed to practice in that state within ten (10) days.
– If the PIC is fired (or decides they no longer want to be the PIC of the pharmacy operation), it;s required that they notify the State Board of Pharmacy in writing and return the pharmacy’s permit. The owner of the pharmacy then has ten (10) days to designate a new PIC at their place of business and must then submit a new application for obtaining a new permit.
–  A permit will not be issued or renewed unless the PIC is licensed in the state that the pharmacy is physically located in.
– An inventory of all controlled substances at the pharmacy must be performed and submitted to the Board whenever there is a change. If the previous PIC did not perform the required controlled substance inventory, then it is the responsibility of the new PIC to perform one and submit it to the State Board of Pharmacy.

HCC Can Help Get You the Right PIC

Whether your are an existing pharmacy owner who needs a PIC, or a brand new pharmacy startup in need of a Pharmacist in Charge in order to apply for a permit, Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing can help you. In business since 1989, HCC can find you the best qualified pharmacist to meet your needs. With over three decades of experience in pharmacy staffing and pharmacist recruitment, HCC is known nationally for being able to match the right candidate to the right job in all fifty states.

Additionally, HCC offers our clients Interim Pharmacy Management Services. This not only allows your pharmacy to operate while you search for just the right PIC, but allows our experienced staff the chance to review your pharmacy business regarding both performance and efficiency. We also offer non-resident licensing services for all fifty states.

If you are currently looking for a PIC available for your pharmacy business or operation, call us now at (800) 642-1652 or Contact Us Online and an experienced HCC staffing consultant will contact you back asap to discuss your needs.

 


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Why Hire A Pharmacy Staffing Agency that Offers Consulting

Managing A PharmacyWhy do I need to find a reputable Pharmacy Staffing Agency as quickly as possible? We’ve discussed the advantages at length in our last couple of blog posts. In our previous blog post discussing employee turnover and retention of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in all types of pharmacy settings in general, we then took a good look at the economic impact and other consequences of turnover in perhaps the hardest hit area of the staffing shortage in the pharmacy business – the Independent Community Retail Pharmacy.

Yet, let’s consider another aspect of searching for, and then interviewing pharmacy staffing firms – Are the prospective staffing agencies that you’re considering aligning with additionally capable of offering your pharmacy expert advise in regards to Pharmacy Consulting? In other words. will you need two separate companies as partners, both a pharmacy staffing agency to help you and your staff relax during a staffing shortage, PLUS a separate experienced pharmacy consulting firm to answer your business questions and needs?

Why Hire A Pharmacy Staffing Firm That Offers Expert Consulting?

To answer this question, we need to look at three different scenarios as examples:
1. Larger pharmacy business operations
2. Starting up a new pharmacy business
3. Operating an established independent pharmacy

Healthcare Systems, Large Hospitals, Government and Institutional Pharmacies –

Most of the larger major healthcare systems and hospitals already utilize third-party pharmacy consultants. They realize that in certain business situations they may need help with two important factors in order to make the right decisions: objectivity and specialization. Having larger budgets, they are much more likely to seek outside experts who are experienced in specialized areas to meet both their immediate and future needs. Additionally, they are open to an objective and unbiased review of their business operations in order to maximize both efficiency and profitability.

Usually larger organizations will realize that they have a very specific need or a project that requires specialization and they simply don’t have the in-house staff member or experienced specialist on their staff. They also don’t see the long term need to hire such an individual, so reaching out to a consulting firm is the obvious solution. Additionally, in time sensitive situations, they lack the time to seek out, interview and vet the specialist – so again hiring an experienced and multi-faceted pharmacy consulting firm is the perfect solution (saving them both time and resources).

Pharmacy Startups –

Perhaps no other type of business start-up requires both experience and specialization as does the opening up of a new pharmacy. Taking into account the “normal” business decisions and challenges that are faced when opening up any new business, pharmacy startups come with a long list of additional complexities. All new retail business owners must deal with the typical issues of choosing the best location, leasing the required office space, choosing contractors and vendors, hiring employees, obtaining financing and selecting accounting and/or payroll systems. However, the opening of a new pharmacy practice also entails the following expertise:
– DEA and State Board of Pharmacy application processes
– Mandatory Policy and Procedure manuals
– Required Continuance Quality Improvement (CQI) manual
– Purchasing of specialized equipment
– Board of Pharmacy required internal signs and postings
– Final State Board inspection of the facility
– Security considerations
– Hiring of a Prescription Department Manager (PDM) for both the application process and the inspection

Then you must take into consideration that the various types of pharmacies that are being started up will sometimes require a different expertise or an individual with specialized experience. Just some examples include:
– Retail community pharmacy startups
– Specialty pharmacy startups
– Compounding pharmacy startups
– Mail-Order pharmacy startups
– Internet pharmacies
– Infusion pharmacies

Established Independent Retail Pharmacy –

In all established community retail pharmacies, the pharmacy owners, Prescription Department Managers (PDM) and Pharmacists in Charge (PIC) at the moment face perhaps the most critical problem of all – staffing their pharmacies with both qualified pharmacists and pharmacy technicians during a national shortage of workers.  Yet additionally, they should always be asking the following questions: “Maybe there’s a better way of doing things?  Perhaps I should get some expert advice on the business decisions that I’m making?”. The answer is most often times a YES. No one runs their business perfectly. Getting an objective evaluation from an expert who is distanced from any emotional business ties and can offer complete objectivity is the best opportunity to honestly evaluate your pharmacy operation. Simply stated, having an objective third party expert taking a hard look at your current practices can make the difference between growing your business or eventually closing it down.

Start thinking about all the facets of knowledge and specialization that are required to run an efficient and profitable pharmacy.
– Technology changes so rapidly in the pharmacy profession that it is nearly impossible to stay current. And what about emerging technologies that are in the near future? When one simply considers the never ending acronyms that have emerged in just the past couple of years in pharmacy and healthcare, it’s staggering how proficient in technology we all must be. Just a few examples include:
– PDMP
– EPCS
– RTBP
– ePA
– MTM
These few examples are simply the “tip of the iceberg” as HIT (Health Information Technology) continues to evolve and to expand exponentially.

When you add in understanding and keeping up with the never ending changes in federal and state laws, plus the regulatory agencies such as the DEA, FDA and State Boards of Pharmacy, it seems pretty clear that some assistance from an expert consulting firm may be necessary. Lastly, just look at a short list of additional areas that a pharmacy must comprehend and make decisions about and it’s pretty easy to see why a pharmacy consulting firm makes sense:
– PBMs and insurance networks
– Sterile and non-sterile compounding <USP 795 & 797>
Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)
– Customized Policy and Procedure Development (and review of existing policies and procedures)
– Integrated Delivery Networks
– Compliance Audits
– Pharmacy Expansion and/or Integration of New Service Lines
– HIPAA
– Security
– VIPPS

About Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing & Consulting

HCC is known to be a national leader in pharmacy consulting. Since 1989, in addition to our first-class pharmacy staffing services, our in-house specialists and pharmacy consultants have provided expert evaluations, solutions and guidance across all sectors of the pharmacy industry. From every size of pharmacy businesses – community drug stores to national healthcare systems – we strive to improve your pharmacy’s business operations, efficiency and profitability. In addition to offering our clients the “typical” staffing solutions such as Temporary “fill-in” Pharmacists and Technicians to help reduce workloads, stress, and burnout among your workers, permanent full-time placement to help find new team additions that fit your needs, plus Temp-to-perm options, some of the other possible services we commonly provide to our clients include:

  • Pharmacy Performance Assessments
  • Regulatory Compliance Audits, Gap Analysis and Corrective Action Planning
  • Strategic Pharmacy Business Planning
  • Pharmacy Performance and Efficiency Enhancements
  • Custom Policy and Procedure Development
  • Compliance Review
  • Licensing Services for all 50 states for application processes
  • Experienced Pharmacy Consultants with specialties in every area and niche of Pharmacy for those special projects or opportunities (including Non-sterile (795) and Sterile (797) Compounding)
  • Assisting both buyers and sellers on how best to fix, prepare, or position their pharmacy to best maximize its value

HCC has been the nationally renowned pharmacy staffing agency & consulting firm of choice for over three decades now. We urge you to contact us today to see how both our Pharmacy Staffing services and Pharmacy Consulting services can help you improve your business right now, plus be ready for the future. With a full-time staff of in-house Pharmacy Consultants and Pharmacy Staffing specialists, HCC can answer any questions that you may have in all areas of your business. Contact us online or call us today at 800-642-1652 for a free consultation.


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Pharmacy Technician Policy and Procedure Custom Consulting

Pharmacy technicians are an integral part of every pharmacy team as discussed in our previous posts. It is interesting to note that recently three major studies were conducted comparing error rates between Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians. Keeping in mind that the studies actually only evaluated the order-verification performance or error-detection capabilities of pharmacy technicians versus pharmacists, the conclusions of each study indicated that there was very little difference in accuracy between the two groups. One of the studies actually resulted in technician accuracy being higher than that of the pharmacists! Several reasons for the higher reported accuracy of technicians versus pharmacists were discussed, but it really pointed out the already accepted fact that pharmacists deal with a multitude of interruptions that reduces their focus on “the work directly at hand” (while technicians primarily benefit from uninterrupted workflow routines).

Whose Ultimately Responsible for Pharmacy Technician Errors?

The purpose of this post is not to discuss the value of utilizing pharmacy technicians, but to point out that it is the pharmacist who is ultimately responsible for any errors that may occur. That being said, there were four points of workflow identified that the potential for errors occurring revolved around:

1. Prescription drop-off (or prescription delivery in clinical settings)
2. Order Entry
3. Filling/Dispensing
4. Point of Sale (or medication delivery in clinical settings)

The studies all concluded that in each step of the workflow process it’s imperative that a pharmacy have up-to-date and well documented Policies and Procedures (P&P Manuals) regarding the exact roles that both the pharmacists and pharmacy technicians fulfill.

Each Individual State Defines a Tech’s Roles

It is also important to note that there are no federal guidelines regarding the utilization of pharmacy technicians, but that their roles are basically defined by the state in which the pharmacy operates. This applies to both the ratio of pharmacist to technician and the requirements established in becoming a technician (in regards to education, training and certification). It is up to each pharmacy to know the requirements and to follow them. Recently the National Pharmacy Technician Initiative and Scorecard was created, which grades each state on the strength of its technician requirements and regulations. According to the foundation’s website, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Hawaii each have a score of “0,” indicating that they currently have no laws in place regulating pharmacy technician standards. Pennsylvania recently passed House Bill 854, however, which would require all technicians to complete a training program approved by the state pharmacy board, but the bill awaits a vote in the state Senate.

Who Can Help You With Pharmacy Technicians?

As we have previously pointed out, whether in a retail, hospital, institutional or specialty setting, pharmacy technicians are taking on increasingly important roles with expanding responsibilities. However, as pharmacy technician roles expand, so does the potential for their errors to increase and prove dangerous or even sometimes fatal. Does your pharmacy have written policies and procedures in place regarding all the areas that your pharmacy technicians are utilized? Does this include all four areas of potential errors (Rx drop-off, order entry, filling/dispensing and delivery)?

If not, then contact HCC today to see how we can help. Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been a full service Pharmacy staffing agency and consulting firm that has been in business for over 33 years now (established in 1989). HCC has been helping pharmacies plan, prepare and deal with issues such as these since 1989. Just a few examples of our services include:

Development of Custom Policies and Procedures
– Technician Utilization Documentation
Pharmacy Management Consultation

Contact us now online or call us today for a Free Consultation at 800-642-1652  to discuss how we can help you.

 


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Specialty Pharmacies Are Expanding and Evolving Nationally

Specialty Pharmacy ConsultationHaving worked for almost three and one-half decades in the fields of Pharmacy staffing and consulting, I still find it amazing to watch the growth of Pharmacy Specialties and the Specialty Pharmacy Job Market evolve, expand and basically explode! As the roles and responsibilities of a pharmacist’s duties continuously increases, so does the creation of new job positions and work opportunities. Today there are virtually new pharmacy specialties and sub-specialties in our profession being created, expanded and redefined in an unprecedented growth of job positions and opportunities.

Pharmacy graduates in the previous generation basically had one primary professional role question to answer: Do I spend my life working and practicing our “craft” in a Hospital environment or a Retail pharmacy practice? Today the question has virtually become filled with limitless special roles and the field is being redefined at a rate that has never been seen before.

What Specialty Pharmacies Exist Today?

In an attempt to place perspective on the opportunities available, let’s take quick look at a list of specialty pharmacy practice areas that we deal with here at Healthcare Consultants (HCC) in regards to both staffing and consulting on a regular basis. Although by no means complete, it helps to illustrate the expansion of pharmacy opportunities that this “age of pharmacy specialization” has created:
– Adult Medicine & Geriatrics
– Ambulatory Care
– Cancer & Oncology
– Cardiology
– Clinical Pharmacy
– Critical Care
– Compounding (Both Sterile & Non-sterile)
– Cystic Fibrosis
– Emergency Medicine
– Endocrinology & Diabetes
– Immunology & Transplantation
– Infectious Diseases
– IV Pharmacy
– Mail Order Pharmacy
– Nephrology
– Nuclear Pharmacy
*Were you aware that Nuclear Pharmacists average well over $145,000 annually on a national basis?
– Nutritional Pharmacy
– Pain and Palliative Care
– Pediatrics
– Poison Control
– Psychiatry
– Research
– Woman’s Health
Additionally we could list specialty jobs that are being created in Managed Care, Drug Information Services and Publications, Economics & Informatics and the Pharmaceutical Industry itself.

How Can Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing YOU?

If you are a Pharmacist looking for work in a specific specialty area (either temporary or permanent) we encourage you to contact us today at 800-642-1652 to discuss how we can help you as an individual with a unique situation and needs. The exact same is true if you are an employer looking to fill a specialty pharmacy job position. Having been in the Pharmacy Staffing business for over 33+ years, HCC is known nationally for finding the right Pharmacist for the right position.
Additionally, HCC is known as an industry leader in the field of Pharmacy Consulting. With a team of in-house experts, HCC can assist you with complex problems such as:
– Training and Documentation
Call us today at 800-642-162 or Contact us Online now for a Free Consultation to see how our team here at HCC can help you!

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Most Recent Pharmacist Job Statistics 2022 US Labor Stats

regarding the state of the current job market for pharmacists that were released in the most recent report by the US Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics) on February 4th, 2022 show some interesting results when one is considering pharmacy as a career. For those already practicing in the pharmacy profession, it also may help to clarify what segment of the industry a pharmacist should consider practicing in as a future career path. For many this means getting the required training and experience now that may help them get the best position for a job or position in the future.

National Pharmacist Job Statistics in 2022 Pharmacist Job Statistics

The first thing to note is that there continues to be an annual increase in the number of pharmacist jobs and positions across the entire nation as we’ve previously been seeing over the past two decades. However, the annual percentage increase of new jobs available for pharmacists has definitely slowed down each year. As a point of reference, comparing the total number of positions for pharmacists available nationally in 2014 (297,100) versus 2016 (305,510) shows just a gain of 8,410 new jobs available over the two-year period (or slightly less than a 3% increase). The statistics just released by the US Department of Labor show that in 2022 the total number of positions for pharmacists rose to a new record high of 315,470. Once again, if we compare the two-year period of 2020 versus 2022, we see a very modest gain of only 2970 new jobs available over the two-year period (or approximately just under a modest 1% increase). So, while we still are seeing a steady annual increase in the number of new jobs and total positions available to pharmacists nationally, there is a “slowing down” of the growth.

In fact, the US Labor Bureau projects that employment of pharmacists will actually decline over the next decade. This decrease will be a projected decline of around 2% by 2030. Yet, despite declining employment numbers, an estimated 13,000 new openings for pharmacists are still being projected each year over the next decade. These openings result from the expectation that a certain percentage will either be retired, or transfer to other occupations.

This increase has been going on for well over a decade now and according to the US Department of Labor (USDL) will continue until 2030. Based on the continuing increase in life expectancy and the growing geriatric population in the United States, the increased demand for prescription drugs will obviously lead to an increase in the demand for pharmacists and thus more jobs. 

Too Many Pharmacists Graduating?

Although these statistics indicate a slight decline in the total number of jobs for pharmacists over the next decade in the United States, many are sharing their concern that the number of new pharmacy graduates will at some point outpace any job growth. In the USA, the number of pharmacy graduates has “exploded” due to the significant increase in the number of Pharmacy schools that offer a degree in Pharmacy. In 1987 there were a total of only 72 accredited pharmacy schools in the US. In 2014, according to the AACP (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy) there were 130 accredited pharmacy colleges across the nation. As of January of 2020, there’s now a total of 141 accredited pharmacy colleges in the USA. Many experts predict that due to the laws of supply and demand, salaries for pharmacists in certain settings and/or regions of the country will at some point have to adjust and begin to decline.

Regional US Pharmacist Job Statistics

Looking at the USDL numbers on a regional basis reveals some very interesting statistics. As expected, the more populous states such as California, Texas, Florida, New York and Pennsylvania have the most pharmacist jobs. Here are the totals for these highly populated states:
– California 32,520
– Texas 23,150
– Florida 20,200
– New York 19,460
– Pennsylvania 14,900
What is interesting to note is what the USDL calls a “Location Quotient” relative to jobs in a profession. The USDL location quotient (LQ) is basically a way of quantifying how concentrated a particular occupation is in a region when compared to the US as a whole. It can reveal what makes a particular state or region of the country unique or lucrative when compared to the national average. When looking at the “concentration” of pharmacy jobs available by state using the USDL location quotient, some interesting results are seen. Perhaps unexpectedly, the following states show the highest concentration and number of pharmacist jobs per capita:
– North Dakota
– West Virginia
– Louisiana
– Rhode Island
– Montana
The results indicate that, although perhaps the numbers of total jobs are higher in the more populated states and regions of the country, the “concentration” of pharmacy jobs available are greater in the less populous states. The conclusion can be drawn by some that perhaps pharmacists are “more in demand” and jobs more obtainable in these areas and states.

Comparing Pharmacist Salaries by State

Of interest to many also is comparing the average hourly wages for a pharmacist in these different states and geographical areas and regions of the nation. From the USDL statistics one can see that, excluding California, there is actually very little difference in the average hourly wages between all of these states:
– California: $70.22
– Texas: $60.32
– Florida: $58.32
– New York: $58.24
– Pennsylvania: $55.86
– North Dakota: $49.73
– Rhode Island: $55.31
– West Virginia: $62.23
– Montana: $56.11
– Louisiana: $59.31

Pharmacy Jobs in Retail Versus Hospital Settings

From the USDL statistics, one can perhaps get a clear picture of the retail job vs. the hospital job opportunities projected for pharmacists over the next decade. Currently, an estimated 60% of all pharmacists in the US work in what is considered a retail setting. Of those retail positions, approximately seven and a half percent (7.5%) work in grocery or supermarket chain stores. The USDL numbers predict that these supermarket and grocery store positions will grow by an estimated four to five percent (4-5%) over the next ten years.

The bad news is that the USDL estimates indicate that a drop in the total number of retail pharmacy jobs available will be seen over the next decade. Although it is minimal (less than 1%), retail jobs for pharmacists will be stagnant. The good news is that the number of hospital jobs will increase by well over ten percent (10%) during the next ten or so years. Some medical staffing experts predict that a thirteen to fifteen percent (13-15%) increase is not to be unexpected. Currently an estimated thirty-one percent (31%) of all pharmacy jobs are in the hospital, clinical and home health settings, but this will dramatically rise due to several factors. The continuing increase in our country’s population life expectancy and the growing geriatric population in the United States, plus the exponential increase in new medication therapies, all lead to the need of more hospital pharmacists. Additionally, as roles such as Medication Therapy Management (MTM) are expanding, so will the demand for specialized clinical pharmacists increase during the next decade.

About Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing

Whatever setting or market segment that a pharmacist is looking to work in, we here at HCC can help. Our pharmacy positions and staffing availability cover all aspects of job types: retail, mail-order, hospital, clinical and specialty pharmacies. We offer direct hire, permanent placement and temporary and part-time job solutions in almost every type of pharmacy setting that you may be looking to work in.

Let HCC do the work for you! Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing is one of the leading pharmacy staffing agencies in the United States. Established in 1989 and owned and operated by pharmacists, we serve all 50 states and have vast experience in relocation, direct hire, and permanent placement. We attribute our 33+ years of success to always placing the right pharmacist in the right job.

If you are a pharmacist looking for opportunities to switch jobs or relocate, we urge you to talk with us. With positions immediately available, contact us today online or call us at 800-642-1652 to get started now.

 


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Southeast’s Best Pharmacy Staffing Agency

Pharmacy StaffingHealthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been one of the fastest growing pharmacy staffing agencies in the Southeastern United States for more than 33+ years now, as well as being recognized for being one of the leading pharmacy consulting firms in the nation.

Established and owned by pharmacists since our company’s founding in 1989, HCC now services the following Southeastern states in regards to their pharmacy staffing and temporary R.Ph. relief and emergency pharmacist needs:

  • Florida
  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Texas

HCC has qualified and reliable pharmacists and pharmacy personnel available in or around your local area with extensive experience in every type of pharmacy position seen in both retail and hospital settings – including specialty areas such as home IV infusion, nuclear pharmacy, oncology, sterile & non-sterile compounding, plus experienced candidates available in various institutional and consulting settings. We additionally ensure that all of our pharmacists comply with current HIPAA requirements and practices, plus maintain their own professional liability insurance.

Our automated matching and scheduling service allows us to quickly recruit, screen and locate the perfect candidate with the perfect capabilities to meet your every need – guaranteed. As a pharmacy staffing agency, our specialists will locate the most qualified professional to fill your needs as quickly and easily as possible. With our extensive candidate inventory system (a proprietary in-house software system developed over a 20+ year period), HCC is able to match your pharmacy’s needs with the right candidates in regards to both skill sets and geography.

What are the Benefits of Working with HCC to Help With My Staffing Needs?

  • Save Money – You will never have to pay for health & dental insurance, or vacation, personal or sick leave
  • Best Choice – You get to choose from several candidates before hiring for a full-time replacement position
  • Guaranteed – If you’re unhappy with our referred pharmacist for any reason, HCC can easily replace them, usually within 24-hours
  • No Fuss or Hiring “Hassles” – You get to concentrate on running your business, while HCC handles all the hiring duties
  • No State Unemployment Compensation – Our referred pharmacists cannot draw Unemployment Compensation on your state account
  • Transparent Pricing – You will never pay any overtime rate or charges

Additionally, HCC can help your pharmacy save on all of the following costs and expenses:

  • Hiring expenses and the time required
  • HR expenses such as criminal background checks, license verification, drug screening and paperwork
  • Payroll taxes
  • Accounting expenses
  • Insurance
  • Overtime pay

Some accounting experts estimate that all of the above expenses can add up to an increase of over 60% per hour when compared to hiring a pharmacist on staff paid by the hour.

We also specialize in all 50 states placing pharmacists for our clients in need of permanent placement and direct hire, as well as part-time assistance. Additionally, HCC offers our clients emergency pharmacy relief staffing services for those times that a pharmacy owner faces an emergency situation where the only solution is to either find an emergency pharmacist to quickly step in or to shut their pharmacy’s doors.

About Healthcare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing

If you are a pharmacy requiring temporary or permanent staffing help, HCC Pharmacy Staffing can help you! We have a professional staff who can find you the right pharmacist or technician to match your needs, whether it be in a retail, hospital or a specialty pharmacy area. We work with businesses of every size – from the corner drug store to national corporations and organizations – with only one goal in mind: to improve your pharmacy’s business operations. We can assist with expert advice in any area of your pharmacy business or practice.

Keep in mind that while specializing in pharmacy jobs, staffing and placement services for over 33+ years now, HCC can help you with all of your pharmacy needs. HCC is recognized as a national leader as a Pharmacy Consulting Firm and a sample of some of our additional services include:

  • Equipment needs assessment
  • Policy & Procedure Manual review, recommendations and customization
  • Medicaid/3rd party review
  • Moving a pharmacy to a new location
  • Out of state licensing
  • Exit strategies
  • Audit, surveys & mock inspections
  • Expanding, redesigning and overhauling your pharmacy
  • Compliance review for compounding pharmacies (USP 795 & 797)

We urge you to contact us today to see how our Pharmacy Staffing services and Pharmacy Consulting services can help you improve your business now, plus be ready for the future. With a full-time staff of in-house Pharmacy Consultant specialists, HCC can answer any questions that you may have in all pharmacy settings. Contact us online or call us today at 800-642-1652 and an HCC staffing consultant will contact you as soon as possible to discuss your needs.

Whether you need temporary or permanent pharmacists, technicians or management and consulting services, you can reach us 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and rest assured that by choosing HCC, you’ve chosen the best.


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Pharmacist Recruitment Firm

pharmacy jobsPharmacy owners and managers are all faced with the same dilemma – “How do we hire the right Pharmacist for the job?”. As everyone already knows, it is more than simply finding a “warm body” to fill the position. It requires that the candidate posses the right skill sets, qualifications, licensing requirements and experience to fill the pharmacist position and job description perfectly. The first time around!

From the pharmacist’s perspective, one has to include salary, benefits, geography, shift hours and company culture into their decision making process. Most employers find the process tedious and painful, even those with full time HR departments. For most pharmacy owners and managers the hiring of a pharmacist to fill an opening is a reactive process that must take precedence over their daily job tasks. This leads to hiring mistakes that costs their business both time and money. So how is this to be avoided and the process of recruiting the right pharmacist made efficient and Painless?

What’s the Problem in Recruiting the Right Pharmacist?

The problem in recruiting and then hiring pharmacists is actually twofold. The first centers on skill and timing. The majority of pharmacy owners, directors and managers admit that hiring is not their strong point. Their success is in running and managing the pharmacy as a business operation. Maximizing the businesses efficiency, profitability and cash flow are their primary concern & should be. Finding, interviewing and hiring a new pharmacist is a time consuming endeavor that requires the skill and time that most employers simply don’t have.

The second challenge is the competitive nature of the pharmacist job market. Currently there are simply more jobs than pharmacists. A search on the largest job site Indeed shows 19,928 positions available today throughout the country. Although this will perhaps change due to the projected increase in the number of pharmacy graduates (according to an article in Medscape), currently the reality is that open positions far outdistance the number of potential candidates that are realistically available. Also, perhaps the pharmacy school accreditation issues seen several years ago will only lead to a future problem of a shortage of qualified pharmacists that can fit your individual pharmacy’s needs and skill set requirements for the position that you need filled.

What’s the Solution to Recruiting the Right Pharmacist?

Let an experienced Pharmacy recruitment and placement expert find the right pharmacist to fill your job opening. HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing has been a national leader in regards to Pharmacy placement services and direct hire and is known throughout the USA in all fifty states as a “full service” Pharmacy staffing company since 1989. Pharmacist recruitment, permanent placement and direct hire have been our specialty for over 33+ years now. HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing deals with all aspects of matching the correct pharmacist to the job description requirements and to the employer’s needs in every type of situation and setting. Our in-house staffing experts have experience nationally in all 50 states with all pharmacy job types: retail, hospital, clinical and specialty pharmacies. We also offer a six month pro-rated satisfaction guarantee!

Who Can I Talk To At HCC?

The Pharmacy Recruitment Division here at HealthCare Consultants Pharmacy Staffing is managed by Linton Creel, our Vice President of Professional Recruitment and Placement. Linton has extensive knowledge in the area of pharmacy recruitment and his duties include overseeing all aspects of permanent placement, direct hire and recruitment.  As a professional pharmacist recruiter, Linton serves as the liaison between the client and the qualified professionals to fill a pharmacy position resulting in the best possible candidate match possible for our clients. As a pharmacist recruiting expert, Linton takes the time necessary to build a solid relationship with you and learn about your business and your individual preferences and needs. This makes him uniquely qualified to help you locate the best possible candidates for your operation and company – now and in the future – and gives you immediate access to a broader, more talented pool of candidates than you would be able to reach on your own.
Click here to “meet” Linton and learn more about him.

Call us today at 800.642.1652, or contact us online to discuss your needs. We are so confident you will be satisfied that we offer a six month pro-rated satisfaction guarantee!


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