Population Health Pharmacist

Job ID: J119431
Company: Highmark Inc
Location: Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Full/Part Time: Full time
Job Type: Regular
Posted at:




This role is directly responsible for the value creation, quality improvement, impact and cost control, and fiscal/ROI targets as set by the Organization via direct engagement with primary care providers (PCP) and other providers enrolled in Organization’s value based reimbursement programs, clinical care models, and continuous improvement models.  The incumbent pharmacist will work directly in provider offices and will have direct clinical interaction with Highmark members who are patients in those provider practices. In this setting, the incumbent applies subject matter expertise in clinical pharmacy, pharmacy formulary, pharmacy benefit design, pharmacy policy, medical drug policy, therapeutic alternatives, medication adherence strategies, Medication Therapy Management, utilization management, immunizations, specialty pharmacy, Medicare Stars, and Medicaid HEDIS to strategies designed to promote the provider’s success in the Organization’s value based reimbursement program.
The incumbent pharmacist acts as a highly skilled subject matter expert (SME) in the Organization's value based reimbursement programs providing clinical, hands-on, office based support to assist providers in the closure of clinical gaps including, but not limited to the delivery of comprehensive medication reviews, medication adherence, post-discharge medication reconciliation, care transitions, and in recommending cost effective drug therapy regimens to prescribers within the provider practice. The incumbent will be expected to travel to provider offices within an assigned region in the Organization’s footprint and may be asked to attend and present best practices during huddle meetings within the provider practice or at periodic Local Advisory Council meetings.  Further, in a matrix management environment, the incumbent works collaboratively with other functions in the provider area, data analytics, pharmacy team, and key internal/external stakeholders to provide the most appropriate support to the PCP's based upon data analysis and dashboard reports.
Frequent travel to provider offices and a valid driver’s license will be required.


  • Serve as the Clinical Pharmacy SME and support broader CTC team in pharmacy related report interpretation and assist in the development of strategies for PCPs and facilities that promote generic substitution, medication adherence, success in pharmacy related Stars and HEDIS measures, completion of comprehensive medication reviews, adherence to pharmacy and medical drug policy, and adherence to the Organization’s formulary.
  • Provide office based, hands-on consultative workflow transformation and training/education services to PCPs and facilities enrolled in the Organization's value based reimbursement programs and clinical evidence based guidelines. Assess the needs of each individual PCP practice and use a combination of on-site individual office-based, entity-level-based, video conference, teleconference and electronic mail interactions to drive engagement and exemplary value creation, impact and cost control, and ROI/fiscal outcomes as set by the Organization for PCP and facility programs.
  • Assess data for the highest ROI opportunities in PCP performance, and implement strategic plans to meet identified program targets across all of the Organization's value based programs for both the commercial and government business (ACA, Medicare STARS, Medicaid HEDIS, risk revenue).
  • Function as the Organization's representative SME in value based reimbursement programs, pharmacy, and data analysis. This includes creation and presentation of program results to both internal and external audiences, including practice and entity meetings.
  • Analyze and interpret PCP and facility value based reimbursement reports in the areas of National Quality Standards like NCQA, HEDIS, NQF, PQRS etc., and cost and utilization and develop strategic plans to meet PCP program targets to create value, impact and cost savings, as well as meeting the ROI as identified by the Organization.  Provide feedback to and collaborate with data analytics to ensure PCP and facility reports are accurate and provide meaningful, actionable data to PCPs and facilities.
  • Independently and autonomously manage PCP and facility caseloads, projects, meetings, deliverables, resources etc. for individualized strategic plans to transform PCP and facility practices enrolled in value based reimbursement program(s) using innovative continuous improvement methodologies. This includes cross training in all of the Organization's value based reimbursement programs to lend support as needed/defined by market outcomes.
  • Serve as the clinical SME for PCP value based reimbursement programs, Medicare STARS, Medicaid HEDIS, for both the Organization's internal and external key stake holders. In a matrix management environment, works collaboratively with the interdepartmental team to provide the most comprehensive support to PCPs and facilities for full practice transformation.
  • Function in a matrixed role supporting the development and strategic integration of clinical care models for chronic conditions and in collaboration with departments across the enterprise.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor's Degree in Pharmacy


  • None


  • Master's Degree in Health Administration or Business


  • Doctorate Degree in Pharmacy (PharmD)



  • 5 - 7 years in Pharmacy
  • 3 - 5 years in a Clinical Practice

Preferred (any one of the following)

  • 5 - 7 years in Medicare
  • 5 - 7 years in Managed Care Support
  • 3 - 5 years in Quality Improvement
  • 3 - 5 years in Care Management
  • 3 - 5 years in Utilization Review
  • 3 - 5 years in the Health Insurance Industry



  • None


  • Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist
  • Board Certified Ambulatory Care Pharmacist
  • Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist


  • Analytical Skills
  • Medicare
  • Presentation Delivery
  • Managed Care
  • Healthcare
  • Care Planning
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Utilization Management
  • Healthcare Management
  • Utilization Review

Language (Other than English)


Travel Required

50% - 75%


Position Type


Teaches / trains others regularly


Travel regularly from the office to various work sites or from site-to-site


Works primarily out-of-the office selling products/services (sales employees)


Physical work site required 


Lifting: up to 10 pounds


Lifting: 10 to 25 pounds


Lifting: 25 to 50 pounds


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