Antibiotic Stewardship Commendation

What is the Antibiotic Stewardship Commendation?

The Urgent Care Association (UCA) and the College of Urgent Care Medicine® (CUCM) recently launched an Antibiotic Stewardship Commendation program for urgent care centers that choose to demonstrate a commitment to responsible prescribing practices for antibiotics. With antimicrobial resistance on the rise, UCA advocates for healthcare providers to prescribe the right drug in the right dose for the right duration.

Antibiotic resistance is a serious threat, and UCA is proud to take a leadership role in finding a solution to this growing problem. There is a real need for comprehensive antibiotic stewardship across the healthcare industry, and UCA is encouraging all urgent care providers to take ownership of their prescribing practices and understand the role they play in stewardship efforts.


The Antibiotic Stewardship Commendation Program

The Antibiotic Stewardship Commendation Program requires urgent care centers to provide evidence demonstrating their compliance with the Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship program developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC program provides a framework for antibiotic stewardship in the outpatient setting focused on four key elements:

  • Commitment: Demonstrate dedication to and accountability for optimizing antibiotic prescribing and patient safety
  • Action for Policy and Practice: Implement at least one policy or practice to improve responsible prescribing and assess its efficacy with an Antibiotic Stewardship Quality Plan
  • Tracking and Reporting: Monitor antibiotic prescribing and offer regular feedback to clinicians
  • Education and Expertise: Provide educational resources to clinicians and patients on antibiotic prescribing and ensure access to needed expertise on optimizing prescribing practices

The goal of this program is to encourage urgent care centers to become more proactive in their antibiotic stewardship efforts. Using evidence-based recommendations for diagnosis and management, centers can design and implement strategies to improve their prescribing practices, as well as educate patients on proper antibiotic use.

The period of Commendation is three years, and urgent care centers are required to provide evidence demonstrating ongoing compliance with the CDC’s Core Elements and an assessment of quality improvement efforts to obtain repeat Commendation.


Beta Test Concluded - Now Open to All Organizations

UCA worked with six member organizations to beta test the Antibiotic Stewardship Commendation program, with Premier Health being the first organization in the beta test group to earn the Commendation:

  • Premier Health
  • Physicians Immediate Care
  • AltaMed
  • ConvenientMD
  • CAMC Urgent Care
  • WellStreet Urgent Care


“Premier Health is excited to have been one of the first nationwide urgent care operators to beta test this critically important initiative, and is proud to be the first organization to earn the Antibiotic Stewardship Commendation”, according to Chief Medical Officer, Kevin DiBenedetto, M.D. "The way Premier sees it, urgent care clinics are the first line of defense in battling the inappropriate use of antibiotics because so many of the patients that visit our clinics with obvious viral infections believe antibiotics will make them feel better. The Antibiotic Stewardship Commendation program will give urgent care providers the clinical and educational support they need to address patients and avoid prescribing antibiotics when they are clearly not necessary.”




The application for Antibiotic Stewardship Commendation is through the Certification Bank website.  If you do not already have a login for that website, please contact Taylor Dunn and she will assist you.







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Pricing for the ABS Commendation:

Currently Accredited, or applying for UCA Accreditation:
No additional cost to apply for ABS Commendation

Currently Certified (member or non-member):
Please email Taylor Dunn to discuss ABS Commendation pricing

Please email Taylor Dunn to discuss ABS Commendation pricing

UCA Members who are without Certification or Accreditation:




Additional Antibiotic Stewardship Resources

ABS Commendation Recipients:



American Family Care-Bedford

American Family Care-Burlington

American Family Care-Stoneham

American Family Care-Waltham





Fast Track Urgent Care

Geisinger Holy Spirit Urgent Care


Jupiter Medical Center Urgent Care

Physicians Immediate Care

Premier Health

Righttime Medical Care

TGH Urgent Care Powered by Fast Track

Urgent Care Now


Vail Health

WellStreet Urgent Care

Xpress Wellness Urgent Care








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