April 6, 2015

Battling nightmare infections: CDC’s plan to beat superbugs

Editor’s Note: Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are a public health threat which has previously received insufficient federal attention. See here.

From:  Bangor Daily News

By Julie Steenhuysen and Sharon Begley, Reuters


The White House on Friday told the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to slash rates of infections from antibiotic-resistant bacteria by 2020 as part of a plan to prevent patient deaths and curb overuse of antibiotics administered to humans and animals.


While the CDC has no regulatory authority, the government’s Medicare and Medicaid health insurance programs require all participating hospitals to develop a stewardship strategy within three years. Failure to do so would disqualify them from the health plans.

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