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‘Big Bang’ of Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs Comes to All Hospitals on January 1:
What Labs, Pharmacies, and Clinicians Must Do Collaboratively to Meet New Medicare and TJC Requirements

 Webinar — Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 1:00 PM EDT

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On January 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services adds a requirement for antimicrobial
stewardship programs to its Conditions
of Participation (COP). On that same day, The Joint Commission implements similar requirements for ASBs.

This is a major development—one which has left many hospitals, health systems, and their clinical labs
scrambling. Learn what you and your lab need to do NOW to energize your hospital’s antimicrobial stewardship program!

It’s a major deal for the nation’s hospitals and health systems! As the CMS announces its proposal to update the requirements that must be met to participate in Medicare and Medicaid, and as the Joint Commission moves to implement similar requirements for ASBs, clinical laboratories and pathologists are scrambling not only to determine both their roles related to these proposed changes, but also the potential impact to their labs.

Among the proposed changes on the table: The requirement that hospitals and CAHs have facility-wide infection prevention and control, that they have antibiotic stewardship programs for the surveillance, prevention, and control of healthcare-associated infections and other infectious diseases, and that there be designated leaders of the infection prevention and control program and the antibiotic stewardship program, respectively.

Though these proposed changes unquestionably have the potential to improve standards of practice and support enhanced quality of care and improved patient outcomes, there is a huge caveat— and that caveat is, in order for the initiatives to succeed, hospitals and health systems must cultivate greater collaboration between their pharmacies and clinical laboratories. In turn, pharmacies and labs will be required to interact more rigorously with clinicians in ways that ensure the antimicrobial stewardship program succeeds in all of its goals.

To help clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups better understand the challenges—and the opportunities—these new ASP requirements present for their labs, The Dark Report has arranged a 90-minute webinar entitled “‘Big Bang’ of Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs Comes to All Hospitals on January 1: What Labs, Pharmacies, and Clinicians Must Do Collaboratively to Meet New Medicare and TJC Requirements.” This special webinar will be presented Wednesday, November 16, at 1 PM EST, and will discuss this new ruling and its impact on the clinical lab and anatomic pathology marketplace in 2017.

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Joining the webinar will be Michael Broyles, PharmD, Pharmacy Director at Five Rivers Medical Center in Pocahontas, Arkansas, and owner of Clinical Concepts, a company established to help labs optimize their antimicrobial stewardship programs. As a participant of this session on November 16, you’ll hear Broyles share how, for the past four years, one hospital’s antimicrobial stewardship program has produced substantial improvements in antibiotic use as well as impressive gains in patient outcomes.

Three examples form Five Rivers Medical Center shows the power of the information to be shared at this webinar. (This study included 967 patients pre-implementation and 1,167 patients post-implementation):

  • 42% Reduction in Antimicrobial Days of Therapy: Pre-implementation it was an average of 16.43 days of therapy. After implementation that fell to 9.52 days of therapy.
  • 47.2% Reduction in 30-day Readmissions: Pre-implementation it was an average of 18%. After implementation it decreased to 9.5%.
  • 64.6% Reduction in C. difficile Infections: C difficile rate as 9.5% pre-implementation and that declined to 0.9% post-implementation.

Your second expert to speak is Monique Dodd, Pharm D, PhC, MLS(ASCP)CM, Enterprise Clinical Solutions Specialist for Tricore Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Because Dodd is trained in both pharmacy and as a medical laboratory scientist, her perspectives on establishing an effective antimicrobial stewardship program will be highly relevant to microbiologists, pathologists, and clinical laboratory scientists participating in this special webinar.

Equally notable is that TriCore is an independent clinical laboratory that is owned by two major health systems. Dodd will discuss how the ASP teams at the hospitals are establishing clinical priorities, working to integrate laboratory and pharmacy data into the Epic EHR systems in use at the hospitals, and developing algorithms designed to improve how antibiotics are utilized. This will be essential information for pharmacists, pathologists, and medical laboratory professionals working in multi-hospital health systems who are working to standardize care protocols and informatics tools across the different hospitals in their health systems.

You’ll also come away with solid information about how your laboratory or pathology group can seize the opportunity to position itself as an equal collaborator in these new antimicrobial stewardship initiatives as they move forward.

You have just weeks get your lab ready! Register now and learn
these, and many more secrets to success:

  • Standards of performance that comprise this new medication management standard
  • Coordination of disciplines within antimicrobial stewardship programs
  • Improving utilization of clinical laboratory tests, including the best ways to use procalcitonin
  • Informatics capabilities that will optimize your program’s success, including developing interpretive reports and working with the EPIC EHR
  • Developing protocols for bacterial and viral infections, along with guidelines for prescribing antibiotics and antivirals
  • Ways that the clinical lab can help identify patients at high risk of drug resistant infections when in the ER or at admission

Best of all, at the conclusion of the presentation, there will be a Q&A period. during which you’ll be able to submit your own specific questions regarding ASPs. This Q&A represents particularly high value for you and your management team!

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DATE: Wednesday, November 16, 2016

TIME: 1 PM EST; 12 Noon CST; 11 AM MST; 10 AM PST

PLACE: Your computer and/or speakerphone

COST: $245 per site (unlimited attendance per site)

TO ORDER: Click here or call 512-264-7103

New Antimicrobial Stewardship requirements
represent a unique opportunity for your lab

Whether your lab is involved in the creation of a new ASP program, or is participating in the enhancement of an existing program, your attendance at this webinar is crucial, so order now, learn what you need to know to be a fully engaged and successful collaborator, and get the tools you need to prepare and move forward in  2017!

How to Order:
1. Online
2. Call 512-264-7103.

Your Order includes:

  • A site license to attend the webinar (invite as many people as you can fit around your conference table at no extra charge)
  • A full transcript emailed to you soon after the conference

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