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January 23, 2019

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In Memoriam

Gerald Medoff, MD, FIDSA, an emeritus professor of medicine and former director of the Division of Infectious Diseases and vice chair of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, died peacefully Monday, Jan. 14 following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

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Help Shape the Future of IDSA by Serving on Leadership Development Committee

IDSA is in the process of establishing a Leadership Development Committee following the successful bylaws vote in support of replacing the Nominations Committee.

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IDSA Vaccine Advocacy Toolkit Now Available

IDSA has developed a new toolkit for members who would like to advocate for evidence-based vaccine policy at the state and local level, created in response to member concerns about anti-vaccine legislation being considered in multiple states.

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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: Prednisone Reduces the Risk of TB-Associated IRIS in HIV-Infected Patients
Probiotics for Acute Gastroenteritis in Children: Throw in the Towel or Back to the Drawing Board?
Two-Drug Therapy for Treatment-Naïve Adults with HIV-1 Infection

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IDSA and NIAID Discuss Research Workforce, Career Development Awards

IDSA leaders recently met with National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Tony Fauci, MD, FIDSA and other Institute leadership to discuss the NIAID research portfolio and opportunities to optimize the pipeline for the next generation of infectious diseases (ID) physician-scientists.

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Governance Openings at ABIM: ID Item-Writing Task Force Opportunity

As we have reported previously, the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) launched a new public webpage last summer to raise the visibility of openings throughout ABIM governance. Current openings include a position on the ID Item-Writing Task Force. 

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Opioid Crisis Program Offers Loan Repayment for Service Commitment

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is offering loan repayment assistance through a new National Health Service Corps (NHSC) program to eligible health care clinicians in exchange for two-to-three-year service commitments in underserved communities affected by the opioid crisis.

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New in 2019: Medicare Payment for Communication Technology-Based Services

In the Final Rule for the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced two new Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes to report the use of communication technology-based services.

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Billing, Coding, Quality Measurement Questions? Connect with Fellow Practice Managers

A new discussion group for practice managers has just been added to the MyIDSA members-only online community.

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Health Impacts Loom as Government Shutdown Continues

The current partial federal government shutdown has become the longest in U.S. history. IDSA and HIVMA remain very concerned about the health impacts of the partial shutdown, and we continue to call on the House and Senate to work together to strike a deal to reopen the government.

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HHS Healthy People 2030 Proposed Objectives

IDSA has weighed in on the recently released Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Healthy People 2030 Proposed Objectives. These objectives consist of large-scale public health goals and priorities HHS sets every year for the upcoming decade and represent areas of federal interest and attention.

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Help Us Complete Our Directory of HIV Training Opportunities

HIVMA is updating its directory of HIV training opportunities. We are currently compiling a new list of residency programs with concentrations in HIV as a resource for prospective HIV care providers.

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Science Speaks Covers New Committee Leaders, Members In 116th Congress

IDSA/HIVMA’s global blog, Science Speaks, launched its 116th Congress series, with profiles of new leadership and members of Senate committees with jurisdiction over research and foreign aid.

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IDSA and ID in the News

Infectious Disease News discusses IDSA’s development of an antimicrobial stewardship program, “an important tool to combat antimicrobial resistance.” Read this and other contributions here

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ICYMI: What’s Hot on MyIDSA

Infectious Disease News discusses IDSA’s development of an antimicrobial stewardship program, “an important tool to combat antimicrobial resistance.” Read this and other contributions here

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