Pharmacist - Sacramento, CA

Careers at UnitedHealth Group

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Compassion. It's the starting point for health care providers like you and it's what drives us every day as we put our exceptional skills together with a real feeling of caring for others. This is a place where your impact goes beyond providing care one patient at a time. Because here, every day, you're also providing leadership and contributing in ways that can affect millions for years to come. Ready for a new path? Learn more, and start doing your life's best work. SM

Our teams are helping people from around the world. We can bring out your best as you put your listening, analytical and problem solving skills to work in a setting that is geared to helping improve lives and enhance health care for millions. Here, you'll discover a wealth of pathways for professional growth within Customer Service, Billing, Claims, Enrollment & Eligibility and across our global economy. Join us and find out why this is the place to do your life's best work. SM

You're looking for something bigger for your career. How about inventing the future of health care? OptumRx is creating an innovative approach to Pharmacy Benefit Management. Here you'll find a professional culture where you can use your talent and our resources to make an impact on a huge scale. With better schedules than retail and more reach than any hospital, you'll open doors for yourself that simply do not exist in any other organization, anywhere. Take this opportunity to start doing your life's best work. (sm)

You will be asked to perform this role in an office setting or other company location.

***Anticipated Work Schedule: Mon - Fri 8:30am - 5pm with occasional additional hours as needed.***

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Oversee the activities of sterile compounding technicians, warehouse technicians, pharmacy clerks, and customer service advocates
  • Work in the fulfillment area to provide the final quality check prior to medication being packed and shipped
  • Perform all duties and functions in compliance with state and Federal pharmacy laws and regulations
  • Support department quality assurance and improvement guidelines
  • Verify prescriptions and prescription data entered into the pharmacy computer system for accuracy
  • Conforms with and supports department quality assurance and improvement guidelines
  • Review orders, prescriptions, or clinical information to make potential patient interventions, to determine urgency and accuracy or prescription interpretations and approvals
  • Consult with members or others on medication use and appropriate interventions
  • Review claims processing status and reasons for rejections
  • Interpret and apply clinical guidelines or data to make judgments (e.g., approve prior authorizations, approve prescriptions, identify clinical interventions)
  • Make clinical decisions or recommendations (e.g., approvals/denials/incomplete for lack of information decisions)
  • Apply specific benefit plan criteria and guidelines to individual decisions or recommendations
  • Identify relevant information, prioritize information, and collect additional clinical or benefit data as needed
  • Interpret medical terminology (e.g., abbreviations) to enter information or respond to questions
  • Assist intake by asking standard questions and documenting responses
  • Educate others (e.g., member, guardian) regarding medical conditions, treatment, and related pharmaceutical care to motivate compliance and proper use
  • Clarify and explain pharmaceutical benefits and procedures (e.g., prior authorization requirements, appeals, etc.)
  • Stay current with updated drug information (e.g., recalls, monograph/insert revisions, supply issues) or other relevant departmental training (e.g., procedural changes)
  • Troubleshoot and respond quickly to pharmaceutical questions and problems to provide guidance and/or manage escalations -Demonstrate empathy and concern in member interactions
  • Success in this role will depend heavily upon your customer service skills and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment

You'll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in.

Required Qualifications:
  • BS in Pharmacy and/or PharmD
  • Pharmacist license in good standing in the State of California
  • Ability to navigate MS Office and a Windows based environment and the ability to create, edit, save, and send documents utilizing Microsoft Word
  • Ability to navigate Outlook and conduct Internet searches
  • Ability to work the designated shift and flexible hours
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds of IV medication
  • Full COVID-19 vaccination is an essential requirement of this role. UnitedHealth Group will adhere to all federal, state and local regulations as well as all client requirements and will obtain necessary proof of vaccination prior to employment to ensure compliance

Preferred Qualifications:
  • PharmD
  • Ability to obtain additional state licensure, if necessary
  • 3+ years of experience as a Pharmacist in retail pharmacy, a hospital, or managed care setting
  • PBM or Managed Care experience
  • Mail Order Pharmacy experience
  • Leadership experience

To protect the health and safety of our workforce, patients and communities we serve, UnitedHealth Group and its affiliate companies now require all employees to disclose COVID-19 vaccination status prior to beginning employment. In addition, some roles require full COVID-19 vaccination as an essential job function. UnitedHealth Group adheres to all federal, state and local COVID-19 vaccination regulations as well as all client COVID-19 vaccination requirements and will obtain the necessary information from candidates prior to employment to ensure compliance. Candidates must be able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation. Failure to meet the vaccination requirement may result in rescission of an employment offer or termination of employment.

Careers with OptumRx. We're one of the largest and most innovative pharmacy benefits managers in the US, serving more than 12 million people nationwide. Here you'll fill far more than prescriptions. As a member of one of our pharmacy teams, you're empowered to be your best and do whatever it takes to help each customer. You'll find unrivaled support and training as well as a wealth of growth and development opportunities driven by your performance and limited only by your imagination. Join us. There's no better place to help people live healthier lives while doing your life's best work.(sm)

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

UnitedHealth Group is a drug - free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.

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