Antibiotic Use and Resistance Collaborative Forum Highlights CMS Reporting Requirements

October 16, 2023

GNYHA hosted an in-person meeting of its Antibiotic Use and Resistance (AUR) Collaborative Forum on October 5. Forty-five attendees from more than 25 member facilities participated in the discussion about critical Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements for reporting AUR data to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) to ensure compliance with regulatory standards, contribute to data accuracy, and avoid penalties.

Presenters from the CDC, Montefiore Medical Center, the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, and Prisma Health-Midlands shared their experiences, challenges, and successes of reporting and using AUR data. They also provided tips on how to use NHSN antibiotic use data to establish targets for stewardship intervention. Participants learned to identify the types of stewardship data that are most useful to frontline clinicians, discussed the NHSN antibiotic resistance data implementation process, and heard success stories on leveraging AUR data at the State and local level.

The AUR Collaborative helps hospitals comply with CMS’s Promoting Interoperability Program reporting requirements. It provides participating hospitals with project management support, educational webinars, and office hours with national and regional experts on AUR reporting. Additionally, it offers forums for members at similar stages of AUR implementation to connect and share challenges. The GNYHA AUR Collaborative will run until December 2024.