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Recruiting Now: Antibiotic Stewardship Initiative

Thursday, June 15, 2017   (0 Comments)
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The greatest risk factor for developing antibiotic resistance is the overuse and misuse of antibiotics, which compromises their effectiveness. Antibiotic stewardship has been identified as a national priority by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to improve health outcomes and decrease patient harm. This initiative will spread the principles of antibiotic stewardship to reduce and prevent the misuse/overuse of antibiotics and minimize the development of resistance.

Who should be involved?

Outpatient settings including federally qualified health centers, emergency departments, outpatient clinics, outpatient pharmacies, pharmacy-based clinics, physician offices, public health, and urgent care clinics.

Anticipated impact

Develop and implement education programs that advance antibiotic resistance prevention and foster antibiotic stewardships to:

  • Ensure appropriate antibiotic use and the continued availability of a range of effective antibiotics
  • Slow the development of resistant bacteria and prevent the spread of resistant infections
  • Reduce admissions and readmissions related to preventable infections such as C. difficile
  • Increase patient engagement and knowledge of the need to reduce inappropriate antibiotic use, thereby decreasing the amount of time spent explaining prescribing practices during patient encounters

Benefits of participation

There are no costs to participate. Assistance includes technical support with the following:

  • Assessment, development and implementation of antibiotic stewardship programs and activities
  • Education on the principles and Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Learning sessions that include thought leaders from federal, state, academic and professional societies; front-line and prescribing clinicians; health systems; and beneficiary representatives

Requirements

Participation in this initiative is voluntary and at no charge. However, participants must commit to the following:

  • Identify a team clinical leader and champion
  • Sign a participation agreement with the required two signatures
  • Implement the CDC’s Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship and report on progress
  • Remain active in the project for its duration (July 2019)

Participate

Click here to submit a participation agreement and join the initiative. For questions, contact Bill Sonterre, bsonterre@stratishealth.org, 952-853-8556.

Here is a printable PDF of this information.


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