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Joint Commission unveils antibiotic stewardship programs for outpatient settings
Modern Healthcare

The Joint Commission will now require ambulatory care centers to have antimicrobial stewardship programs to maintain accreditation.

The new standards, which will go into effect Jan. 1, will impact outpatient facilities that “routinely prescribe antimicrobial medications,” according to a commission report. The requirements are in line with similar standards the Joint Commission has for hospitals and nursing homes. Antimicrobial stewardship programs are used to mitigate antibiotic misuse which leads to antibiotic resistance. The CMS requires hospitals and nursing homes to have such programs for Medicare participation.