Defining Antibiotic Stewardship and Associated HEDIS Measure

August 16, 2022

Cost: Free
Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2022; 1-2pm ET

This course is open for Pre-registration. Content will be available in August.

Defining Antibiotic Stewardship and Reviewing Associated HEDIS® Measures

Inappropriate antibiotic use is a long-standing public health issue. An estimated 30% of outpatient antibiotic prescriptions are inappropriate. Misuse of these medications has led to antibiotic resistance that now affects 2.8 million people annually. Antibiotic stewardship aims to improve how antibiotics are prescribed by clinicians and used by patients. NCQA maintains three HEDIS® measures that assess antibiotic prescribing for bronchitis/bronchiolitis, upper respiratory infection and pharyngitis--three conditions that drive significant levels of inappropriate prescribing in the U.S. These measures provide a framework for health plans to use their claims, pharmacy, and clinical data to identify, prioritize and monitor antibiotic stewardship efforts. There remains marked variation among providers (primary care, urgent care, retail clinics and emergency departments). Measuring antibiotic prescribing at a health plan level can address variation across the many settings in which antibiotics are prescribed.

Subject matter experts will provide an overview and updates on:

  • Antibiotic stewardship
  • Three antibiotic measures
  • Measure performance

Target Audience

  • Consultants
  • Federal and state government agencies
  • Health care decision makers
  • Health care professionals
  • Health centers/health practices
  • Health plans
  • Health systems
  • Hospitals
  • Population health organizations

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the course, learners will be able to:

  • Define the critical importance of antibiotic use and stewardship.
  • Understand the importance of three HEDIS antibiotic measures, including how these measures have changed over time.
  • Describe plan performance from MY 2020, including possible trends and impacts of environmental factors, like COVID.


HEDIS® is a registered trademark of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
08/16/2022 - 1:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
08/16/2022 - 2:00pm EDT

Sepheen Byron

Assistant Vice President, Performance Measurement

Nancy McGee

Assistant Director, Research & Analysis




Available Credit

  • 1.00 Participation
Please login or register to take this course.

Required Hardware/software

We recommend using either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as your browser for the optimal experience with the NCQA Education learning management system.