University of Nebraska Medical Center

Remote Stewardship

Nebraska Medicine Remote Antimicrobial Stewardship Support Program (NM-RASSP)

On September 30, 2019, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a new set of Conditions of Participations for hospitals, including critical access hospitals.  These regulations are intended to ensure hospitals conform to current practice standards.  As part of the new Conditions of Participation, all hospitals are required to establish an antimicrobial stewardship program to monitor and improve antimicrobial use.

To assist hospitals with meeting the new Conditions of Participation, Nebraska Medicine Remote Pharmacy Services is now offering the Remote Antimicrobial Stewardship Support Program (NM-RASSP), a fee-based telehealth antimicrobial stewardship support program designed to help support antimicrobial stewardship implementation and improvement at critical access hospitals. This program is managed by infectious diseases/antimicrobial stewardship pharmacists in collaboration with board-certified infectious diseases physicians from the Nebraska Medicine Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence.

Each participating hospital can select from a list of services that can be selected individually or combined in ways that best fulfill the facility’s needs. These packages as well as their associated activities are listed below.

Benefits of Enrolling:

  • Compliance with CMS requirements
  • Improved antibiotic use
  • Access to Infectious Diseases experts for programmatic and patient-specific questions
  • Assistance with infection-specific treatment guidance creation and implementation
  • Potential cost savings


To find out more about the services provided and fee structure related to these activities, please contact Andrew Watkins, PharmD at 402-559-9007 or anwatkins@nebraskamed.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

Team Members

Andrew Watkins, PharmD

Antimicrobial Stewardship Outreach Pharmacist, Nebraska Medicine
Community Network Pharmacy Coordinator, Nebraska Antimicrobial Stewardship Assessment and Promotion Program (ASAP)


Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice
Pharmacy Case Management Coordinator, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program


Scott Bergman

Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases
Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program
Medical Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program


Trevor Van Schooneveld

Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases
Associate Medical Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship
Associate Medical Director, Infection Control & Epidemiology


Salman Ashraf