In a 2016 survey of leading hospitals, 82% reported having an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP). However, this number will grow much larger after the new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule goes into effect in Spring 2020.
AMR has been identified as a major threat by the World Health Organization due to the lack of new antibiotics in the development pipeline and infections caused by multi-drug resistant pathogens becoming untreatable.
Last month, on September 26, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) passed a new rule titled, “Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction; Fire Safety Requirements for Certain Dialysis Facilities; Hospital and Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Changes to Promote Innovation, Flexibility, and Improvement in Patient Care”. The rule is effectively three rules combined into one, impacting a variety of areas for U.S. healthcare providers that receive reimbursement from Medicare or Medicaid.