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June 29, 2016

Joint Commission unveils new antimicrobial stewardship standard

AS_WEBThe Joint Commission has announced a new Medication Management (MM) standard — MM.09.01.01 — that addresses antimicrobial stewardship for hospitals, critical access hospitals and nursing care centers, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

The elements of performance (EPs), in part, address:

  • Leaders establishing antimicrobial stewardship as an organizational priority.
  • Educating staff and licensed independent practitioners involved with ordering, dispensing, administering and monitoring antimicrobial resistance and stewardship practices.
  • Educating patients and families on appropriate use of medications, including antibiotics.
  • Creating a multidisciplinary, antimicrobial stewardship team.
  • Developing an antimicrobial stewardship program.

There has been significant support for the antimicrobial stewardship standard from several governmental and professional organizations. View the prepublication standards:

(Contact: Kelly L. Podgorny,

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