Why Join This Program

This program will support your organization’s efforts to—

  • Reduce unecessary antibiotic use and increase appropriate antibiotic use
  • Enhance teamwork and communication around diagnosis and treatment of infections and antibiotic prescribing in your practice
  • Improve patient safety and safety culture
  • Improve workflow, especially during the busy cold and flu season
  • Maintain and improve patient and family satisfaction

Resources for Participants

Participation in this AHRQ program will help your clinic meet the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) requirements and can demonstrate compliance with the new Joint Commission Ambulatory Antimicrobial Stewardship Standard as many of the concepts are similar. Continuing education credits including Maintenance of Certification (MOC) for ABIM, ABP, and ABFM will be offered at no charge for participants.
As a participant you will gain access to–

  • Monthly Webinars to review best practices in the management of common infectious syndromes, as well as approaches to improve teamwork and communication around antibiotic decision making
  • Free continuing education credits for physicians who attend the educational Webinars
  • Assistance with developing and/or sustaining effective antibiotic stewardship programs
  • Online presentations with facilitator guides that can be used to train clinicians
  • Office hours with experts to provide personalized guidance on antibiotic decision making or antibiotic stewardship activities
  • Patient and family education materials, such as posters and handouts

Pilot Cohort

Three health care organizations – The Carolinas HealthCare System, Geisinger Health System and the Johns Hopkins Health System – participated in a 12-month pilot of the project interventions in April 2017. The pilot occurred in acute care, long-term care, and ambulatory care sites in all three systems.

Acute Care/Hospital Cohort

Over 400 hospitals participated in a 12-month intervention from December 2017 to December 2018.

Long-Term Care Cohort

Over 450 long-term care facilities began a 12-month intervention in December 2018.

Ambulatory Care Cohort - Learn More

There are several ways to learn more about program goals, interventions, and expectations of participating practices: