Infections from antibiotic resistant bacteria sicken 2 million Americans every year, and kill at least 23,000. Use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to resistance—and up to 50% of antibiotics prescribed for people are unnecessary or not optimally prescribed.
You can do something about this. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a framework specifically to support outpatient providers in avoiding unnecessary antibiotics—even when facing pressure from patients for a prescription.
The Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship (see sidebar) guides clinics and other outpatient prescribers in actions to make appropriate prescribing the everyday expectation of clinicians, staff and patients. HealthInsight is here to help you—for your practice, your patients and the greater community.
What is Get Smart?
Aligned with the CDC's antibiotic stewardship (AS) program, HealthInsight’s Get Smart initiative is supporting 500 outpatient facilities in our four-state region in implementing the Core Elements by July 2019. Providers include medical practices and outpatient clinics, Federally Qualified Health Centers, hospital emergency departments, public health clinics, outpatient pharmacies, pharmacy-based clinics and urgent care.
“Surround messaging”Our aim is to help your facility surround the patient with consistent information and education about your commitment to avoid inappropriate antibiotics, and support clinicians and staff in making AS part of daily practice.
Tools and assistanceSee the Tool Kit page for effective posters, “viral Rx” forms and other resources from the CDC, Choosing Wisely® initiative and other sources. Contact HealthInsight staff about a status assessment, clinician and patient education and technical assistance to help you implement the Core Elements.
How this helps you and your patientsImplementing antibiotic stewardship
- Preserves the power of antibiotics when they are necessary
- Helps your patients and their families understand why you are not prescribing antibiotics when they are not necessary
- Aligns your outpatient setting with payor and public reforms that are beginning to require additional accountability for antibiotic prescribing and stewardship
- Assists with accreditation and certification requirements
To Learn More
Contact the project lead in your state:
Vicky Kolar, Project Coordinator
Elayne Villa, Project Coordinator
Carrie Beck, Project Coordinator
Shylettra Davis, Program Manager