Avoidance of Antibioitc Treatment in Adults with Acute Bronchitis
The percentage of adults 18-64 years of age with a diagnosis of acute bronchitis who were not dispensed an antibiotic prescription.
ACP supports QPP 116: "Avoidance of Antibiotic Treatment in Adults with Acute Bronchitis" because implementation could lead to measureable and meaningful improvements in clinical outcomes and prevent overuse of inappropriate antibiotic therapy in patients diagnosed with acute bronchitis. Also, measure developers cite appropriate evidence to form the basis of the measure and measure specifications include appropriate exclusion criteria for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and immunocompromised patients. While we support this measure, we note the potential for clinicians to manipulate the measure through inaccurate coding of disease classification (i.e., ICD-10).