Antimicrobial Stewardship

Each year, more strains of infectious bacteria become increasingly resistant to the medications used to kill them. Misuse and overuse of antibiotics is the major contributing factor to this trend. Consequences for those affected by antibiotic-resistant organisms include life-threatening infections along with more frequent and longer hospital stays.

Worldwide, and especially in the U.S., this is one of the most dire public health concerns, and a number of healthcare organizations are committed to raising awareness of and managing this serious problem. Beginning in 2018, all acute care hospitals participating in Medicare and Medicaid must implement an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. By 2020, all healthcare delivery systems must demonstrate some level of an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. nodMD’s infectious disease experts have been helping its clients establish cost-effective and comprehensive antimicrobial stewardship programs during the 2020 pandemic.

Starting in 2021, our infection disease specialists are making their antimicrobial stewardship program available at a low cost to any facility, whether or not your entity elects to fill provider gaps with nodMD’s virtual specialists. We welcome the opportunity to assist or collaborate with local, state, federal, and international healthcare organizations as well as support an existing antimicrobial stewardship program through board-certified infectious disease physicians.

Antimicrobial stewardship refers to a coordinated effort to:
  • Reduce total costs of care
  • Reduce hospital readmissions
  • Reduce length of stay
  • Increase patient satisfaction
  • Prevent patient transfer
  • Provide better adherence to quality measures
  • Decrease resistance to antimicrobials
  • Reduce adverse events caused by antimicrobials
  • Easy access to on-demand specialty care

nodMD can help you develop and stay in compliance with regulatory associations by having a comprehensive antimicrobial stewardship policy and program for your facility or organization.

To schedule a no-obligation consultation with someone from our leadership team, please call us at (602) 777-3969.