CMS regulations for Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs CMS regulations for Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs


CMS regulations for Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) now require unified and integrated implementation of an antimicrobial stewardship program (ASP) as a condition of participation. This integrated approach is necessary to help further reduce inappropriate antibiotic use and antimicrobial resistance for both acute care and critical access hospitals.

What must hospitals do to comply?

  1. Document the facility wide evidence-based use of antibiotics using accepted national guidelines in all departments and services of the hospital.
  2. Demonstrate sustained improvements in proper antibiotic use in all departments and services of the hospital.
  3. Detail all ASP activities and continuously use local data to evaluate the success of the program.
  4. Provide ongoing training of hospital staff regarding proper antimicrobial use.
  5. Coordinate efforts with other relevant hospital groups including medical nursing and pharmacy leadership, Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) program, and Infection Prevention and Control (IPC).

What does this mean?

What are some examples of ways hospitals can demonstrate compliance?

Contact us to assess your current efforts and learn how we can help your facility comply with ASP regulations.

ID Connect Services & Solutions

There are many challenges and complexities to developing, implementing, and maintaining an antimicrobial stewardship program. Hospitals and health systems do not have to do it alone. ID Connect offers a full suite of services and software solutions to help that can range from evaluation of a current program to a daily-integrated approach between local ASPs or pharmacists and our team of experts.

Resources: Best practices and guidelines for ASP

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