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Antibiotic Stewardship Network

Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs and save millions of lives each year. However, widespread, long-term use has led to an alarming rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria that, in the U.S. alone, cause 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths each year.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have declared antibiotic resistance to be a serious national and global health problem (PDF). In response, TMF Health Quality Institute, as a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO), is working with outpatient providers in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico and Texas to develop a comprehensive antibiotic stewardship program (also known as antimicrobial stewardship) to combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

A Collaborative Approach

Aligning with the goals outlined in a report by the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (PDF) and with the Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Health and Human Services Agency Priority Goal, the TMF QIN-QIO will assist participating outpatient providers in developing and/or strengthening existing antibiotic stewardship programs by July 2019. This coordinated initiative will promote the appropriate use of antimicrobials (including antibiotics), improve patient outcomes, reduce microbial resistance and decrease the spread of infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms.

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Contact Us

Oct. 26 Webinar

Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Office Hours

Register today for this webinar on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, from noon - 1 p.m. CT to discuss and share strategies toward implementation and maintenance of outpatient ABS. Additionally, TMF QIN-QIO ABS quality improvement consultants will be available on this call to answer questions and problem-solve on ABS-related topics. You and your team can also network and share with other providers.

Oct. 27 EPIC Educational Conference

Register today to attend the 36th Annual EPIC Educational Conference in Norman, Oklahoma, on Friday, Oct. 27, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT. Featured topics will include using evidence-based practices to reduce the risk of surgical site infections; addressing vaccine hesitance; and using behavioral modification to create change and increase compliance. Continuing education credits will be available; there is a fee to attend.

Texas • Arkansas • Missouri • Oklahoma • Puerto Rico