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August 7, 2019

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Does Your Compensation Matter to You? Complete the 2019 ID Physician Compensation Survey Today

Time is running out to complete the IDSA 2019 ID Physician Compensation Survey, a survey created by members for members, and be entered for a chance to win one of two $250 Amazon gift cards. 

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Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule Reflects AMA and RUC Input

In a welcome sign, work RVUs for the codes in the new Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule have been increased, indicating that CMS is beginning to understand the value of the complex, often time-consuming cognitive care that ID physicians provide to their patients.

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ID/HIV Experts: HIV Status Has No Place in Border Patrol Policy

IDSA, HIVMA, SHEA and PIDS released a statement in response to testimony by a U.S. Customs and Border Control official that immigrant children may be separated from their parents based on a parent’s HIV status.

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Journal Club

In this feature, a panel of IDSA members identifies and critiques important new studies in the current literature that have a significant impact on the practice of infectious diseases medicine. 

Reviews in this issue: Chlorhexidine Use in Meatal Cleaning to Reduce Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections, Using Point-of-Care C-Reactive Protein to Guide Antibiotic Use in COPD Exacerbations, and When Bactrim Isn’t an Option: An Alternative Treatment for Pneumocystis Pneumonia

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Are EIN Discussions Still Reaching You?

If you are an Emerging Infections Network member, we would like to know if you are still receiving the EIN email messages.

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Urge Congress to DISARM Superbugs

The DISARM Act, federal legislation to combat antimicrobial resistance by promoting research and development of new antibiotics, requiring hospitals to establish stewardship programs, and reporting antibiotic use and resistance data to CDC was introduced in the House of Representatives late last month.

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How to Define the Value of ID in a Quality Measurement World

IDSA clinical care members specializing in adult ID will soon be receiving a survey to help us better gauge the current state of safety and quality measurement.

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Help Build the Future: Volunteer for the IDWeek Mentorship Program Committee

The IDWeek Mentorship Program Committee is recruiting new volunteers. The IDWeek Mentorship Program was developed to provide a platform for more ID mentorship opportunities.

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Proposed Legislation Would Expand Medicare Coverage of Vaccines

Encourage your Senators to support the recently introduced Protecting Seniors Through Immunization Act.

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IDSA/HIVMA Members Appointed to ABIM Board and Committee Seats

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has announced new appointments to its governance structure, including new Specialty Board and Exam Committee members.

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Federal Funding Bill Moving through Senate

The Senate passed a bipartisan budget deal Aug. 1 that would increase overall spending levels for federal programs. Help us advocate for full funding of ID and HIV programs.

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HIVMA Members: UNOS’ OPTN Wants to Hear from You

The United Network for Organ Sharing’s Organ Procurement and Transplant Network has opened its public comment period for the following proposals.

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Science Speaks Covers Science, Guideline Developments, Community Input at IAS 2019

When physicians, researchers and HIV response leaders from around the world gathered in Mexico City July 21-24 for the 10th International AIDS Society conference on HIV science, the IDSA/HIVMA global Science Speaks blog was there to cover breaking news and updates.

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Providing Public Perspective on Ebola, Pandemic Flu and Disease “X.” IDSA Members in the Media

Contagion Live spoke with incoming vice-chair of IDSA’s Global Health Committee Krutika Kuppalli, MD, about the North Kivu Province Ebola outbreak and what makes it distinct from the West African outbreak, as the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo hits its one-year mark.

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ICYMI: What’s Hot on MyIDSA

Here’s a glance at the latest discussions happening on MyIDSA, IDSA’s members-only online community (login required).

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