Archives     Advertise     Editorial Calendar     Subscribe     Contact Us    


Urgent Care Association, College of Urgent Care Medicine Launch Antibiotic Stewardship Commendation


 

The Urgent Care Association (UCA) and the College of Urgent Care Medicine ® (CUCM) recently launched an Antibiotic Stewardship Commendation program for urgent care centers that choose to demonstrate a commitment to responsible prescribing practices of antibiotics. With antimicrobial resistance on the rise, UCA advocates for healthcare providers to prescribe the right drug in the right dose for the right duration.

According to the CDC, each year in the U.S. at least 2 million people get an antibiotic-resistant infection, and at least 23,000 people die as a result of antimicrobial resistance.

"Antibiotic resistance is a serious threat, and UCA is proud to take a leadership role in finding a solution to this growing problem," said Laurel Stoimenoff, CEO of UCA. "There is a real need for comprehensive antibiotic stewardship across the entire healthcare industry, and we encourage all urgent care providers to take ownership of their prescribing practices and understand the role they play in stewardship efforts."


Antibiotic Stewardship Commendation Program

The Antibiotic Stewardship Commendation Program requires urgent care centers to provide evidence demonstrating their compliance with the Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship program developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC program provides a framework for antibiotic stewardship in the outpatient setting focused on four key elements:

  • Commitment: Demonstrate dedication to and accountability for optimizing antibiotic prescribing and patient safety
  • Action for Policy and Practice: Implement at least one policy or practice to improve responsible prescribing and assess its efficacy with an Antibiotic Stewardship Quality Plan
  • Tracking and Reporting: Monitor antibiotic prescribing and offer regular feedback to clinicians
  • Education and Expertise: Provide educational resources to clinicians and patients on antibiotic prescribing and ensure access to needed expertise on optimizing prescribing practices

"The goal of this program is to encourage urgent care centers to become more proactive in their antibiotic stewardship efforts," said Jasmeet Singh Bhogal, MD, MBA, President of the CUCM. "Using evidence-based recommendations for diagnosis and management, centers can design and implement strategies to improve their prescribing practices, as well as educate patients on proper antibiotic use."

UCA has been working with six member organizations to beta test the Antibiotic Stewardship Commendation program, with Premier Health being the first in the beta test group to earn the Commendation:

  • Premier Health
  • Physicians Immediate Care
  • AltaMed
  • ConvenientMD
  • CAMC Urgent Care
  • WellStreet

In earning the Antibiotic Stewardship Commendation, Premier Health has demonstrated their commitment to antibiotic stewardship and their compliance with the CDC's Core Elements.

"Premier Health is excited to have been one of the first nationwide urgent care operators to beta test this critically important initiative, and is proud to be the first organization to earn the Antibiotic Stewardship Commendation", according to Chief Medical Officer, Kevin DiBenedetto, M.D. "The way Premier sees it, urgent care clinics are the first line of defense in battling the inappropriate use of antibiotics because so many of the patients that visit our clinics with obvious viral infections believe antibiotics will make them feel better. The Antibiotic Stewardship Commendation program will give urgent care providers the clinical and educational support they need to address patients and avoid prescribing antibiotics when they are clearly not necessary."

The period of Commendation is three years, and urgent care centers are required to provide evidence demonstrating ongoing compliance with the CDC's Core Elements and an assessment of quality improvement efforts to obtain repeat Commendation.


A Global Effort

In the fight against antimicrobial resistance, UCA has teamed up with an elite group of international leaders working together to nurture sustainable, proactive stewardship efforts. Since 2016, UCA has been a partner of the Antibiotic Resistance Action Center (ARAC) at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, the George Washington University, collaborating on strategy, communication and education for UCA members and the healthcare community at-large.

UCA also sponsored an antimicrobial resistance symposium with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to discuss the importance of responsible prescribing practices and innovative ideas for developing and implementing stewardship programs across the healthcare industry.

In addition, UCA and the CUCM have hosted antibiotic stewardship symposiums at the annual UCA conferences, and offer several antibiotic stewardshipresources for urgent care centers including the Antibiotic Stewardship Toolkit to help develop a plan of action to improve responsible prescribing practices.

For more information on the Antibiotic Stewardship Commendation program, visit www.ucaoa.org/ABScommendation.

Share:

 

Email Print

 

More Grand Rounds:

 

Feb. 29: National Organization Brings Complimentary Laundry Services Back to Nashville

Feb. 29: National Organization Brings Complimentary Laundry Services Back to Nashville

Current Initiatives (Current), is providing complimentary laundry services to lower-income residents at a local Nashville laundromat this weekend.

Read More

TriStar Southern Hills Names Reed CNO

TriStar Southern Hills Names Reed CNO

TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center has appointed Laura Reed, MSN, RN, CCRN, NEA-BC, as its chief nursing officer. Reed brings more than 28 years of nursing experience within HCA to her new role.

Read More

Nalley Named Member at KraftCPAs

Nalley Named Member at KraftCPAs

Scott Nalley, CPA, CISA, CIA, CCSFP, has been named the newest member of KraftCPAs. Nalley is in the Risk Assurance & Advisory Services Practice where his primary focus includes internal audit and internal control consulting projects.

Read More

Ruby, Playle Join Waller

Ruby, Playle Join Waller

Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP recently announced Abbey Mansfield Ruby has joined the firm's Nashville office.

Read More

Greene Named CEO of TriStar Skyline

Greene Named CEO of TriStar Skyline

Dustin Greene, FACHE, has been appointed CEO of TriStar Skyline Medical Center effective Feb. 1 where he will be responsible for operations of the 278-bed hospital, as well as the 121-bed behavioral health hospital TriStar Skyline Madison and related care areas serving communities in and around Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky.

Read More

Ribbon Cuttings

Ribbon Cuttings

Middle Tennessee has welcomed several new facilities and colleagues to the area in recent weeks.

Read More

Roberts Announces Departure from TennCare

Roberts Announces Departure from TennCare

Last month, Tennessee's Division of TennCare director Gabe Roberts announced he is leaving Tennessee state government to return to the private sector. His anticipated last day will be Monday, March 2, 2020. At press time, Governor Bill Lee had not yet named a successor to the position.

Read More

Permobil Taps Witkowski to Lead Business in the Americas

Permobil Taps Witkowski to Lead Business in the Americas

At the end of last year, Swedish-based Permobil announced Charles 'Chuck' Witkowski, II as executive vice president for the Americas. A leading producer of motorized wheelchairs and mobility solutions with a factory in Lebanon, Permobil selected Nashville-based Witkowski to advance its mission of moving people forward, literally and figuratively.

Read More

Ryan Offering Advanced Carotid Stent System

Ryan Offering Advanced Carotid Stent System

Nashville Vascular and Vein Institute (NVAVI) founder Patrick C Ryan, MD, FACS, FSVS, a board-certified vascular surgeon who holds several national roles focused on quality metrics and performance in the field, has joined a very small group in the region offering TransCarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR).

Read More

Jones Named TDH CMO

Jones Named TDH CMO

Tim Jones, MD has been named chief medical officer for the Tennessee Department of Health where he will serve as an advisor to the commissioner on matters of health policy and assist in setting priorities for the department.

Read More

First Horizon Healthcare News

First Horizon Healthcare News

Sameer Gupta has been appointed managing director of First Horizon's Specialty Healthcare Group in Nashville.

Read More

Brandt Named Director of LBMC Life Sciences

LBMC recently announced Ann S. Brandt, PhD, as director of the firm's new Life Sciences Valuation and Consulting service line within the company's national healthcare practice.

Read More

Saint Thomas Rutherford Announces CFO, CNO

Saint Thomas Rutherford Announces CFO, CNO

Saint Thomas Rutherford announced two new executive leaders last month.

Read More

Tran Joins AdvancedHEALTH

Tran Joins AdvancedHEALTH

Last month, AdvancedHEALTH, Middle Tennessee's largest, independent, multi-specialty practice, announced the addition of Quoc Jonathan Tran, MD, pain management, to its growing group of providers.

Read More

Let's Give Them Something to Talk About!

Awards, Honors, Achievements

Read More

Business Briefs

Saint Thomas West Hospital, a member of Ascension Saint Thomas, and Nephrology Associates, Middle Tennessee's largest provider of renal care, have announced an exclusive partnership to expand kidney transplant care.

Read More

Cumberland Pharmaceuticals Receives FDA Approval for RediTrex

At the end of 2019, Nashville-based Cumberland Pharmaceuticals announced approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for RediTrex™, its new line of methotrexate products.

Read More

Off Call: Explore Tennessee

Off Call: Explore Tennessee

All work and no play is no fun at all. The new Tennessee Vacation Guide is out with information on all there is to explore across the state.

Read More

Wishes Granted

Wishes Granted

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) has awarded $5,000 in grant funding to Mental Health America of the MidSouth (MHA) to help fund their Aging and Alzheimer's Services program, which provides quality education and support to family members of those living with Alzheimer's and other dementia-related illnesses in Middle and West Tennessee.

Read More

Study Links Medicaid Expansion and Recipients' Health Status

Study Links Medicaid Expansion and Recipients' Health Status

In Southern states that expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, adults experienced lower rates of decline in both physical and mental health, according to research published last month in the journal Health Affairs.

Read More

 
 


Tags:
None
Powered by Bondware
News Publishing Software

The browser you are using is outdated!

You may not be getting all you can out of your browsing experience
and may be open to security risks!

Consider upgrading to the latest version of your browser or choose on below: