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UW Medicine - Office of the Chief Health System Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs has an outstanding opportunity for a Controlled Substances Diversion Specialist, UW Medicine. This individual will be responsible for the oversight and direction of the daily operations of the Drug Diversion Prevention, Detection and Response Program for UW Medicine, reporting to the Hospital Assistant Administrator and the Office of the Chief Health System Officer/VPMA. This position will partner with the UW Medicine Chair of the Drug Diversion Prevention Committee. The Controlled Substances Diversion Specialist is accountable for all aspects of drug diversion education, prevention, monitoring, investigation and reporting for UW Medicine.
Develop the Drug Diversion Prevention, Detection and Response program for approval, including policies and procedures, audit plans and methodologies, education and outreach plan (including training and awareness content), process for receiving reports and concerns, roles and responsibilities associated with program implementation, and mechanisms for reporting on the program activities.
Implement the program including intake process, investigation, delivery of education, monitoring, auditing and reporting.
In partnership with compliance maintain a comprehensive surveillance and auditing program to detect diversion of controlled substances for UW Medicine.
Collect and monitor diversion related data for each institution, including medication handling issues, medication security issues, concerns about healthcare provider behavior or performance and patient complaints related to pain.
Maintain a controlled substances diversion database containing collected data from each institution relating to drug diversion.
Lead the investigation process of suspected drug diversion incidents.
Ensure that internal and external regulatory reporting occurs as required following each controlled substance diversion event.
Help create and then coordinate with the Controlled Substance Diversion Response team and direct any response team activities as requested.
Serve as a controlled substance diversion resource for all staff, working with relevant departments across UW Medicine.
Present institutional controlled substance diversion reports to Executive leadership as appropriate.
Serve as a content expert on matters of controlled substance regulatory compliance, maintaining awareness of laws, regulations and status of current enforcement initiatives with the DEA, DOH, Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission, EPA, FDA and the Joint Commission.
Monitor DEA registration expiration and biennial inventory timelines at all pharmacy sites.
Continuously evaluate and bring forward external and internal factors that may require operational, system or personnel changes within the UW Medicine Controlled Substance Diversion Prevention Program to ensure effectiveness.
Maintain written documentation of actions, activities or assessments (e.g., investigations, audits, process improvement projects, corrective action plans) in accordance with state and federal law and institutional policies. Retain records in accordance with the UW Retention Schedule and department policy.
Perform other duties as assigned.
| Master's degree in Nursing, Pharm.D., J.D., or an advanced degree in a related healthcare field AND at least eight (8) years of healthcare experience to include three years of audit experience, performance of assurance, advisory, or investigative audits. Advanced knowledge and understanding of one or more controlled substance diversion prevention content areas, and familiarity with related healthcare regulatory requirements. |
Three years of audit experience, including performance of assurance, advisory or investigative audits.
Demonstrated ability to establish and implement a comprehensive regulatory oversight and outreach program in a complex organizational structure.
Project management experience.
Outstanding analytical and critical thinking skills, and demonstrated success in developing and implementing appropriate responses to complex emergent/urgent issues, including ability to identify issues for appropriate and sensitive escalation.
Advanced interpersonal and presentation skills, and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with pharmacy, nursing, medical staff, external parties and all levels of management.
Demonstrated ability to work independently, prioritize and organize work.
Proven leadership, management and team-building skills.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for stated requirements.