Decrease use of antibiotics, even in flu season
The Physician Alliance participates in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's Resource Stewardship Initiative, which seeks to decrease over-utilization of medical services.
Decreasing antibiotic use in adults with bronchitis
is a key focus area for TPA (this is also a HEDIS measure).
Acute bronchitis is the most common diagnosis in these patients and accounts for more than 10 percent of ambulatory care visits in the United States. Viruses are responsible for more than 90 percent of acute bronchitis infections but 70 percent of these patients receive unnecessary prescription for antibiotics, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association.
With the flu season in a critical stage this year, it's important for physicians to continue to determine if an antibiotic is necessary, even if a patient requests one. Overuse of antibiotics can cause resistance to infections and unnecessary risks to patients. Antibiotic resistant bacteria causes at least 23,000 deaths each year in the U.S., according to the CDC.
, a national healthcare campaign to promote important healthcare conversations between physicians and patients, is also a great source of information for this topic and others.