Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

Do you know your most critical areas for implementation of antimicrobial stewardship interventions, and have you created a plan of action to sustain improvement?

CMS conditions of participation have changed as of March 2020.
Are you willing to risk your CMS conditions of participation on it?

Many hospitals believe they have an antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) or plan in place. Antibiotic orders are reviewed by pharmacists, and intervention acceptance rates are being tracked.

This may not be enough.

It’s time to evaluate if changes need to be made within your institution.

Regulatory requirements by The Joint Commission (TJC) came first, now it’s a condition of participation by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS mandates hospital programs be facility-wide, evidence-based, and have documentation of sustainable and continuous improvements.

  • Do you report the results of your stewardship interventions to hospital leadership and to providers?
  • Do you provide ongoing education for your providers and staff regarding proper antimicrobial use?
  • Are you fully compliant with regulatory requirements and best practices regarding antimicrobial stewardship, and could you document this if requested by auditors?

Our team of infectious diseases (ID)-trained physicians and pharmacists at Infectious Diseases Connect, Inc. (IDC) offer the expertise to provide comprehensive, evidence-based ID clinical care. We can also provide the tools and personnel to build or enhance an existing ASP remotely, no matter what resource constraints exist at your institution.

Let us help you improve your antimicrobial stewardship scorecard (or gap analysis) with personalized recommendations from our experts to focus antimicrobial stewardship efforts, improve patient outcomes, save time, and streamline workflow for clinicians on site.


New CMS Regulatory Mandates

With the new CMS guidelines requiring antimicrobial stewardship, ID Connect will help your organization adopt and comply with the new regulatory standards.

  • Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs

    Hospital Leadership Commitment:
    Dedicate necessary human, financial, and information technology resources.


    What ID Connect Offers

    A partnership with us shows a commitment to leadership.

  • Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs

    Accountability:
    Appoint a leader or co-leaders, such as a physician
    and pharmacist, responsible for program management and outcomes.


    What ID Connect Offers

    ID physicians and ID pharmacists will serve as ASP leaders who can work with local physician and pharmacy leaders.

  • Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs

    Pharmacy Expertise (previously “Drug Expertise”):
    Appoint a pharmacist, ideally as the co-leader of the stewardship program, to help lead implementation efforts to improve antibiotic use.


    What ID Connect Offers

    Our physician and pharmacists will help develop and monitor your local stewardship efforts.

  • Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs

    Action:
    Implement interventions, such as prospective audit and feedback or preauthorization, to improve antibiotic use.


    What ID Connect Offers

    Using ILUM software, we will develop intervention techniques at both the central and local hospital levels.

  • Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs

    Tracking:
    Monitor antibiotic prescribing, impact of interventions, and other important outcomes, like C. difficile infections and resistance patterns.


    What ID Connect Offers

    The ID Connect ASP team will continually monitor your antibiotic-associated metrics.

  • Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs

    Reporting:
    Regularly report information on antibiotic use and resistance to prescribers, pharmacists, nurses, and hospital leadership.


    What ID Connect Offers

    While ILUM software will provide you with regular reporting, our ASP team can help with the interpretation of data, develop action plans, and assist you with NHSN.

  • Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship Programs

    Education:
    Educate prescribers, pharmacists, nurses, and patients about adverse reactions from antibiotics, antibiotic resistance, and optimal prescribing.


    What ID Connect Offers

    We will provide educational materials and efforts to your physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and others as needed.

IDC Offerings

External assessment of your current antimicrobial stewardship practices to identify best practice and accreditation gaps and propose additional or expanded stewardship targets.

  • Evaluate current antimicrobial usage, identify opportunities for improvement, and provide data-driven suggestions on how to make enhancements based on your local needs, available resources and expertise
  • Assess current ASP workflow and identify opportunities for improvement and scalability
  • Align your stewardship activities with applicable process metrics and clinical outcomes to enhance your return on investment in stewardship
  • Create an enterprise-wide approach to audit and feedback reporting with all stakeholders

Interested in learning how to bring ID Connect’s services to your facility?

Contact us to get started.