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CDC Launches Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship Training

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released the second of four segments in a no-cost, online training course about antibiotic stewardship.

The newest segment focuses on outpatient antibiotic use, core principles of outpatient antibiotic stewardship, and communication with patients when antibiotics are not warranted.

The first segment, released in February, gave an overview of antibiotics, the microbiome, and adverse drug events.

The program, aimed at prescribing clinicians but open to other health care professionals, offers up to eight hours of continuing education credits. It also fulfills the Improvement Activities Patient Safety and Practice Assessment (PSPA)_23 and PSPA_24 requirements under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

Additional segments will be released later this year.

Contact Senior Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Emily Schweich is a communications manager at America's Essential Hospitals.

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