Get Better at Managing Antibiotics

August 9, 2022 · Andy Reynolds

Five free webinars in the next four weeks offer health plans and practices new tools to fight an old problem: antibiotic resistance.

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the CDC report an estimated 30% of outpatient antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessarily prescribed. This leads to antibiotic resistance—a problem affecting 2.8 million people every year.

Smart antibiotic stewardship improves how clinicians prescribe antibiotics and how patients use them.

In this webinar series, earn continuing education credits as you learn from experts representing:

  • The CDC.
  • Large health care systems.
  • High-performing health plans.

Expect to leave with new ideas on how to improve antibiotic stewardship.

Speakers will share:

  • Best practices
  • Emerging trends.
  • Lessons from the field.

Aug 16: Defining Antibiotic Stewardship and Reviewing Associated HEDIS Measures

Sepheen Byron, NCQA AVP of NCQA Performance Measurement, and Nancy McGee, NCQA Assistant Director of Research & Analysis, will discuss HEDIS® measures that assess antibiotic prescribing for bronchitis/bronchiolitis, upper respiratory infection and pharyngitis—three conditions that drive inappropriate prescribing.

Watch the August 16 webinar.

Aug 23: What’s New in Antibiotic Stewardship?
Part One: Using Performance Measures in Practice to Drive Change

Learn about NCQA’s new HEDIS® antibiotic measure, Antibiotic Utilization for Respiratory Conditions, and how it’s used.

Eddie Stenehjem, Intermountain Healthcare Senior Medical Director of Medical Specialties, will explain Intermountain’s ambulatory antibiotic stewardship platform and how his high performing organization monitors antibiotic utilization.

Watch the August 23 webinar.

Aug 25: What’s New in Antibiotic Stewardship?
Part Two: Impacts of COVID and Use of Telehealth

CDC Medical Officer Sharon Tsay will discuss current research and new findings on antibiotic stewardship.

Tsay’s focus in this webinar: How the pandemic and recent telehealth trends may impact antibiotic prescribing.

Watch the August 25 webinar.

Sep 1: Addressing Social and Behavioral Drivers of Prescribing

The fourth session in our series will address how social and behavioral science principles  affect antibiotic stewardship.

Speakers will highlight social factors’ impact on antibiotic prescribing and share practical, evidence based strategies that address these factors.

Presenters are Rita Mangione-Smith, Vice President for Research and Health Care Innovation at Kaiser Permanente Washington and Executive Director of Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI), and Julie Szymczak, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.

Watch the September 1 webinar.

Sep 8: Panel Discussion: How Health Plans Approach Antibiotic Stewardship and HEDIS Antibiotic Measures 

Shawn Trivette, NCQA Research & Analysis Senior Research Associate, will summarize health plans’ Measurement Year 2020 performance on HEDIS® antibiotic measures.

Then, representatives of high-performing health plans will share best practices and lessons learned for improving antibiotic measure performance and antibiotic stewardship.

Watch the September 8 webinar.

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