Proposed CMS rule includes NHSN Antibiotic Use reporting, open for public comment

Proposed CMS rule includes antibiotic prescribing measure, open for public comment

CDC and CMS logoThe Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is inviting the public to comment on proposed rule changes related to hospital payment and quality reporting. One proposed rule is to include hospitals’ antibiotic prescribing data to the CMS Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (IQR) Program. Hospitals would send their information to CMS through CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Antimicrobial Use module. They can then compare their antibiotic prescribing to national benchmarks and evaluate and improve antimicrobial prescribing as needed.

NHSN is already used by hospitals, CDC, and CMS to gather and report progress on a number of other quality and safety measures. CMS is proposing the NHSN Antimicrobial Use measure to further advance national efforts combating antibiotic resistance. Evidence shows that programs dedicated to optimizing inpatient antibiotic prescribing, known as antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs), can slow the emergence of antibiotic resistance and improve both appropriateness of antimicrobial use and patient outcomes.

By commenting on proposed rules, members of the public play an important role in the rulemaking process. Comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. EDT on June 17, 2016.

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CDC’s April Immunization Works! Newsletter

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CDC: MVX – Manufacturers of Vaccines (HL7) Update

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The MVX table has been updated to include a new manufacturer, Seqirus.

The NDC codes for Fluad have been corrected.

A number of CPT codes have been updated to match the descriptions published by AMA. Several new CPT have been added.

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CDC Hepatitis B Coordinators List Update

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CDC’s new HPV Cancer Prevention video

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You Are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention

Watch the ‘You Are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention’ video. Continuing education is available until April 21, 2018.

Description: Low HPV vaccination rates are leaving another generation of boys and girls vulnerable to devastating HPV cancers. Vaccination could prevent most of these cancers. CDC is looking to you to make an effective recommendation for HPV vaccination when kids are 11 and 12 years old. Provided in this presentation is up-to-date information on HPV infection/disease, HPV vaccine, and ways to successfully communicate with patients and their parents about HPV vaccination. Find out how to reduce missed opportunities by recommending HPV vaccine the same way and same day you recommend other routinely recommended adolescent vaccines.

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CDC launches new immunization website for parents

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During National Infant Immunization Week (April 16-23, 2016), CDC has launched a redesigned vaccine website for parents.

The new website offers a variety of resources for parents seeking to learn more about childhood immunization and the diseases that can be prevented with vaccines.

Parents can learn about vaccines needed for their child’s age; how to make vaccine visits less stressful; immunization records and requirements; and the 16 diseases that vaccines prevent in children and teenagers. They can also download easy-to-read immunization schedules in both English and Spanish, use an interactive immunization scheduler, and view CDC educational resources. The new website also contains specialized immunization related to adoption, travel, and pregnancy.

For more information, please visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/.

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