Free antibiotic safety program starts in December

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore and researchers at NORC at the University of Chicago are offering a free program for ambulatory care practices on reducing unnecessary antibiotic use.

The program lasts for a year and starts in December. Experts have developed 20-minute webinars for staff on managing conditions that require antibiotics and how to discuss antibiotics with patients. Participants can call in once a month to ask questions.

The agency recommends that practices select an administrative and clinician leader to lead program discussions. Those leaders will be required to submit antibiotic prescription data to the agency.

Learn more about the program here.

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