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Nebraska: Encouraging Appropriate Antibiotic Prescribing in the Outpatient Setting

This brief highlights how Nebraska’s Medicaid agency and the Division of Public Health partnered to share prescribing information between Medicaid claims and evaluation and management codes. In doing so, they sought to determine where targeted education and outreach efforts were needed based on high prescribing rates.

As part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 6|18 Initiative, Nebraska’s Medicaid agency and Department of Health and Human Services worked together to promote the judicious use of antibiotics in outpatient settings with the goal of reducing inappropriate antibiotic prescribing. The CDC ranks Nebraska eighth highest in the nation for its rate of outpatient antibiotic prescribing.

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