A panel of experts that advises the US government on antibiotic resistance is calling for the finalization of a policy that would make antibiotic stewardship programs mandatory in US hospitals.

In an Apr 8 letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, members of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB) urged immediate finalization of the proposed Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) conditions of participation rule before the June deadline.

The rule requires all hospitals that take part in CMS programs to adopt infection and prevention control and stewardship programs.

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