Does Antibiotic Stewardship Require an Office Visit?

The goal of this activity is to provide medical news to primary care clinicians and other healthcare professionals in order to enhance patient care.

Target Audience

This article is intended for primary care physicians, infectious disease specialists, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers who prescribe or administer antibiotics.

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze the rate of inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions among children and adults with private health insurance
  • Evaluate the practice of prescribing antibiotics without a clinician visit among patients with Medicaid
  • Outline implications for the healthcare team

Additional Information

State Relevance: 
Rhode Island
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.25 MOC
  • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 0.25 ANCC
Course opens: 
Course expires: 

News Author

Veronica Hackethal, MD

Freelance writer, Medscape, LLC

Disclosure: Veronica Hackethal, MD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

CME Author

Charles P. Vega, MD

Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Family Medicine
University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
Irvine, California

Disclosure: Charles P. Vega, MD, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:
Served as an advisor or consultant for: Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.; Genentech; GlaxoSmithKline
Served as a speaker or a member of a speakers bureau for: Shire


Hazel Dennison, DNP, RN, FNP, CPHQ, CNE

Associate Director, Accreditation and Compliance , Medscape, LLC

Disclosure: Hazel Dennison, DNP, RN, FNP, CPHQ, CNE, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

CME Reviewer

Esther Nyarko, PharmD

Associate Director, Accreditation and Compliance, Medscape, LLC

Disclosure: Esther Nyarko, PharmD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Nurse Planner

Amy Bernard, MS, BSN, RN-BC, CHCP

Director, Accreditation and Compliance, Medscape, LLC

Disclosure: Amy Bernard, MS, BSN, RN-BC, CHCP, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Medscape, LLC staff have disclosed that they have no relevant financial relationships.


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Medscape, LLC, encourages Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

In support of improving patient care, Medscape, LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 0.25 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

For Physicians

Medscape, LLC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ . Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 0.25 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

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For Nurses

Awarded 0.25 contact hour(s) of continuing nursing education for RNs and APNs; 0.25 contact hours are in the area of pharmacology.

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For Pharmacists

Medscape, LLC designates this continuing education activity for 0.25 contact hour(s) (0.025 CEUs) (Universal Activity Number JA0007105-0000-20-032-H01-P).

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Available Credit

  • 0.25 MOC
  • 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 0.25 ANCC
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