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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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TMF QIN Oklahoma Conference

Register today to attend the Oklahoma Health Care Quality Improvement Conference, hosted by TMF Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) in Oklahoma. The TMF QIN-QIO is hosting four free, in-person conference events throughout Oklahoma between September and November 2018. Health care professionals, community partners and others interested in health care quality improvement in Oklahoma are invited. Attendees will have the opportunity to earn free continuing education credits.

Oct. 11 Webinar

The Role of Data in the Opioid Crisis

Register today to attend this webinar on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon, hosted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Webinar attendees will explore existing data resources to help understand opioid prescription practices and drive improvements, identify best-practice methods for using data to decrease inappropriate opioid prescriptions and have the opportunity to collaborate and network with clinicians and leaders across the care continuum to reduce opioid misuse.

Texas • Arkansas • Missouri • Oklahoma • Puerto Rico