Resolution: Antibiotic Stewardship Programs in Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Conditions of Participation Image Access the Recommendation Report Resolution: Antibiotic Stewardship Programs in CMS Conditions of Participation* Executive Summary In a letter addressed to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, the PACCARB calls for the immediate finalization of the proposed Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) conditions of participation rule, which mandates the adoption of antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs) in hospitals, including critical access hospitals (CAHs). The council firmly believes that mandating ASPs in hospitals and CAHs will yield immediate positive results in antibiotic prescribing practices, thus contributing to the fight against antibiotic resistance and safeguarding the nation's health in the face of this growing public health threat. Associated PACCARB Working Group This report was compiled by the Immediate Action Subcommittee, and was voted on and approved by the full council at the 12th PACCARB Public Meeting on April 8, 2019. This working group was established to provide recommendations addressing topics of immediate concern related to antimicrobial resistance. *People using assistive technology may not be able to fully access information in these files. For assistance, contact the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria by emailing CARB@hhs.gov.