August 02, 2019, 03:31 pm News Staff – The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and NORC at the University of Chicago, created the AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use to develop and implement a bundle of interventions designed to improve antibiotic stewardship and antibiotic prescribing practices in acute care, long-term care and ambulatory care facilities across the United States.
AHRQ plans to recruit 250-500 pediatric/adult ambulatory clinics to participate in the free, 12-month program intended to help practices protect patients from exposure to unneeded antibiotics and their associated side effects, including rashes and Clostridioides difficile infections.
The program, which is scheduled to begin in December, combines evidence-based guidance with strategies to address the attitudes, beliefs and culture that often pose challenges to improving antibiotic prescribing.
AHRQ said that participating in the program will help clinics meet CMS Merit-based Incentive Payment System requirements and enable them to demonstrate compliance with the Joint Commission Ambulatory Antimicrobial Stewardship Standard, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020.
Moreover, participants can receive CME credit and satisfy performance improvement activity requirements of the American Board of Family Medicine's Family Medicine Certification. (Note: Relevant ABFM certification fees may apply.)
Benefits of participating include support for practices' efforts to
Eligible clinics must care for children and/or adults and be
According to AHRQ, participating practices will gain access to