Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Acquired Infections - WEB-CMEZ339

Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Acquired Infections

A New Target for CMS

by Troy Kish, PharmD, BCPS
(4.6 / 45 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Medicine (1.00 Credits)
Physician (1.00 Credits)

Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50


Rising trends in antimicrobial resistance is a costly and significant contributor to negative health consequences in the United States and worldwide. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recognizes this impact and will now penalize hospitals with high rates of acquired Methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) and C. difficile infections in an effort to promote proper antimicrobial stewardship and infection control policies. With proper education, development and use of effective protocols, and close monitoring, the interprofessional care team can have a substantial impact on improving patient outcomes and reducing healthcare costs.


The goal of this presentation is to increase awareness of CMS reporting requirements and strategies to reduce transmission of MRSA and C. difficile. Upon completion, participants will be able to do the following:
  • Briefly review and discuss the current epidemiology of MRSA and C. difficile and CMS requirements
  • Review risk factors for acquiring MRSA and C. difficile
  • List various interventions that have been successful in reducing these infections
  • Discuss methods for preventing, tracking, reporting the desired outcomes for CMS and educating diverse members of the hospital staff so they understand their role(s) in the prevention of these organisms

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, ARNPs/APRNs, nursing assistants, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, physicians, and physicians assistants.
Physicians and physicians assistants: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Jointly Accredited Provider logoIn support of improving patient care, OnCourse Learning is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
OnCourse Learning is also approved by the Florida Board of Medicine, Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine, and Florida Physician Assistants (provider # 50-1489).
Physician Continuing Education Credit
OnCourse Learning designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education Credit
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.0 hour of Category I credit for completing this program.
There is no commercial support provided for this online educational activity.

Course Originally Released on: 8/14/2017
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/14/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/14/2020

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Lynn H - tampa, FL  ·  Feb 15, 2019
ok course to take this
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Lisa G - Bradenton, FL  ·  Dec 31, 2018
course is fine survey too long
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Marie N - Chesapeake, VA  ·  Nov 27, 2018
Informative and easy to follow
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Frederick V - Philadelphia, PA  ·  Nov 21, 2018
timely, educational, clinically relevant
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Phuong Le T - Arcadia, CA  ·  Oct 28, 2018
The course is very brief and to the point. I would recs this course to the nurses.
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Price: $15.00
CE-PRO Price: $7.50