The new standards issued by the Joint Commission – derived from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs – focus on reducing the risk of overprescribing antibiotics for patients as well as combating the development of “superbugs” that are resistant to current medications. Beyond the medical implications of these standards, there is a direct impact to providers, operations, staff, and reporting requirements that needs to be addressed. With these new standards now in effect, some healthcare organizations are struggling to understand what the changes mean to their teams. And with noncompliance possibly resulting in loss of accreditation and the ability to serve Medicare and Medicaid, the stakes are high.
As a result of viewing this on-demand webinar, you should be able to:
- Define the gap between your current antimicrobial stewardship program efforts and those outlined in the new standards
- Relate the requirements for patient and physician education and training
- Recognize the data analytics and tracking mandates
- Describe pharmacy operations and reporting directives
Getting management, doctors, pharmacists, and patients all on the same page concerning your organization’s antimicrobial program is no small undertaking. Find out what you need to know to help avoid putting your organization’s accreditation at risk.