Nebraska ASAP efforts promote antimicrobial stewardship activities in long-term care facilities across the state
Up to 70% of residents in long-term care facilities receive at least one course of systemic antibiotic annually, with 40-75% of prescribed antibiotics being considered unnecessary or inappropriate. As part of the condition for participation, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will require all long-term care facilities to have an antibiotic stewardship program (ASP) by November 28, 2017. However, most nursing home lack both the experience and the expertise required to develop a comprehensive ASP.
The Nebraska Antimicrobial Stewardship Assessment and Promotion Program (ASAP), which represents a partnership between University of Nebraska Medical Center/ Nebraska Medicine and Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, is focused on helping LTCF across Nebraska in development of their own ASP. The Nebraska ASAP has already partnered with 5 LTCFs to provide assessments, implementation strategies and shared resources to start and sustain their own ASP. Learn more about these efforts here.