Chicago Outpatient Clinics, Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has partnered with Mesmerize, a distribution/printing company, to deliver 295 Clinical Antimicrobial Stewardship Binders for Urgent Care/Immediate Care or Primary Care/Family Medicine/Internal Medicine Chicago Providers.
Dental Antimicrobial Stewardship Binders will also be delivered to 209 clinics in Chicago. The binders are a combination of the CDC Core Elements of Outpatient Antimicrobial Stewardship, Illinois Department of Public Health's Antimicrobial Stewardship Toolkit specific to Primary Care Providers or Dentists, respectively for each binder, and select CDPH supplemental content. In addition to the binders, each facility has the option to opt-in and also receive CDC brochures and/or posters promoting antibiotic awareness. All materials (binders, brochures and/or posters) are free of charge for the outpatient Chicago clinics, and funded by a CDC grant. We hope that the timing of materials prior to mid-November will help promote awareness and generating new antimicrobial stewardship initiatives in time for CDC's Antimicrobial Awareness Week. Campaign content including Binder Chapters, brochures and posters can be viewed below under "Table of Contents".
An additional free, 12-month National program funded by AHRQ to synergistically enhance your Outpatient Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs is in open enrollment, and we encourage participation. More information available below after CDPH campaign information and at https://safetyprogram4antibioticstewardship.org/
The Hospital Acquired Infection / Antibiotic Resistance (HAI/AR) Unit of CDPH
Table Of Contents
Chicago Outpatient Antimicrobial Stewardship Educational Campaign
Clinical (Urgent Care / Primary Care / Family Medicine / Internal Medicine) Binder Content:
Take advantage of another opportunity to enhance your Outpatient Antimicrobial Stewardship Program with the AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use in Ambulatory Care: REGISTER NOW!
Current National recruiting efforts by AHRQ have aligned well with the ongoing Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)’s Outpatient Antimicrobial Stewardship Educational Campaign. The AHRQ outreach is separate than our Local Health Department’s efforts, participation is also voluntary, and enrolling in this program would offer synergistic benefits.
AHRQ is seeking pediatric and adult ambulatory clinics to participate in a free 12-month national program, which begins in December 2019, and aims to improve antibiotic prescribing. Participating practices will receive expert coaching, online training, patient and family education materials, antibiotic use guidelines for common infectious syndromes, and other practical resources.
Participation in this AHRQ program will help your facility meet the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) requirements and demonstrate compliance with the new Joint Commission Ambulatory Antimicrobial Stewardship Standard as many of the concepts are similar.
Continuing education credits will be offered by AHRQ for clinicians in each participating site at no charge including Maintenance of Certification (MOC) for: American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), and The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM).
Join AHRQ for a 1-hour informational Webinar to learn about program goals, interventions, and expectations for participation October 30 (noon CST), November 5 (1PM CST), November 14 (1PM CST), November 26 (11AM CST) or December 2 (1PM CST).
Data AQHR is requiring includes:
Monthly data on number of patient visits, antibiotic prescriptions administered by antibiotic type, patients with respiratory infections, patients diagnosed with a respiratory condition and prescribed antibiotics (certain ICD-10 codes)
Completion of a surveys regarding practice infrastructure, antibiotic stewardship activities, and patient safety issues
The eligible clinic types that care for children and/or adults and are:
Primary care, urgent care, and student health clinics
Community-based health clinics (e.g. Federally Qualified Health Centers or FQHCs
Outpatient specialty clinics that provide primary care (e.g., OB/GYN)