What are the CMS and Joint Commission guidelines for initiating empiric antibiotic therapy in inpatients with bacterial pneumonia?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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According to the 2009 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Joint Commission consensus guidelines, inpatient treatment of pneumonia should be given within four hours of hospital admission (or in the emergency department if this is where the patient initially presented) and should consist of the following antibiotic regimens, [67] which are also in accordance with IDSA/ATS guidelines. [3]

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