Dedicated to promoting quality long term care
News for Iowa Health Care Association members and their employees March 6, 2018
Website  |  Education Calendar  |  Careers  |  Provider Finder  |  Contact Us  |  Print Version  |  Forward to a Coworker
Free tool to assist with NFs' Antibiotic Stewardship Program
(SNF/NF)

The revised CMS Requirements of Participation now specify that nursing facilities deploy an antibiotic stewardship program aimed at reducing the unnecessary use of antibiotics which leads to the development of resistant organisms and illnesses such as Clostridium difficile or C diff.  

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) “between 25 percent and 75 percent of antibiotic prescriptions in nursing homes do not meet clinical guidelines for prescribing. Unnecessary antibiotics can result in side effects and drug-resistant bacteria.”

In response AHRQ has developed a free tool entitled The Minimum Criteria for Common Infections toolkit (“Minimum Criteria toolkit”) to assist providers in reducing unnecessary prescribing for the three infections where antibiotics are most frequently prescribed in nursing homes: (1) urinary tract infections (UTIs), (2) lower respiratory tract infections, and (3) skin and soft tissue infections.

If you have questions about implementing an Antibiotic Stewardship Program, contact Mary Jane Carothers, IHCA VP, Quality Improvement & Clinical Affairs, at 800.422.3106. 

« Previous Article Next Article »
spacer
Education Calendar
spacer
Workforce Symposium, March 8, West Des Moines
spacer
Certified Dietary Managers Exam Prep Workshop, March 22, West Des Moines
spacer
2018 Spring Quarterly Education Conference, March 27-28, West Des Moines
spacer
The Art of ICD-10 Coding for Home Health, April 4-5, West Des Moines
spacer
Assisted Living Management Certificate Program, April 9-13, West Des Moines
spacer
Assisted Living Regulatory Nurse Class, April 12, West Des Moines
spacer
CNA and Direct Caregiver Mentorship Program, April 17-18, West Des Moines
spacer
MDS 101 - Introduction to MDS 3.0, May 1, West Des Moines
spacer
MDS 201 - Additional MDS 3.0 Training, May 2, West Des Moines
spacer
Assisted Living Management Certification, Online program
spacer
Online Dementia Care Training and Individual Certification Program
spacer
Click on the event link to learn more about each educational offering and to register. If you have additional questions, contact Georgene Olson at 800.422.3106.

West Des Moines area hotel discounts for IHCA members.

Map to the IHCA Education Center, 1775 90th Street, West Des Moines, IA.

spacer

This newsletter contains confidential information and is intended only for IHCA, ICAL and ICHC membership. Dissemination, distribution or copying the contents of this email beyond this group is strictly prohibited. 

spacer
In This Issue
Quality and Survey
Payment and Reimbursement
Assisted Living
Home Health
Workforce
Spring Quarterly Education Conference
Resources
National News
Follow Us
Mission Statement
IHCA is dedicated to promoting quality long term services and supports through professional development and shaping public and private policy through effective advocacy.
Bulletin Archives
 
AHCA NCAL logos

IHCA Preferred Vendors
Business members supporting IHCA members
Administered by CCMSI
Dementia Training resource
IHCA • 1775 90th Street • West Des Moines, IA 50266
(800) 422-3106 toll-free • (515) 978-2204 office • (515) 978-2209 fax • www.iowahealthcare.org

To ensure delivery, please add info@iowahealthcare.org to your email address book or Safe Sender List. If you are still having problems receiving our communications, see our white-listing page for more details.

To unsubscribe please click here.
AHCA ncal Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Google Plus