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June 20, 2018

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In Memoriam

Adel Mahmoud, MD, PhD, FIDSA, a pioneer in the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases around the world, died on June 11 at the age of 76. He was one of the most prominent and widely respected voices in global health. Dr. Mahmoud was the 1984 recipient of IDSA’s Oswald Avery Award.

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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: PrEP, MSM, Sexual Risk Behavior, and STIs: Making Sense of the Emerging Impacts, It’s Not Easy When You’re Teensy: Antimicrobial Stewardship Strategies in Small Hospitals

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MedPAC May Recommend a $2.4 Billion Increase in Medicare E/M Payments

In its June 15 report to Congress, the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee (MedPAC) announced that it may recommend a one-time 10 percent increase in Medicare payments for physicians who rely on ambulatory evaluation and management (E/M) CPT® codes to help rebalance the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.

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Detailed JID Analysis of Indiana HIV Outbreak Wins CDC Science Award

In a 2017 article in JID, authors from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and elsewhere demonstrated how integrating laboratory, phylogenetic, and epidemiologic data could provide a detailed reconstruction of the 2014-2016 HIV outbreak in Indiana.

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NASA Astronaut Kathleen Rubins, PhD to Open IDWeek 2018

IDWeek 2018 will be launched by the Opening Plenary, “Reaching for the Stars, Improving Science on Earth: Microbiome Research in Space” featuring NASA astronaut Kathleen Rubins, PhD, the first person to sequence DNA in space.

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Supporting Young ID Researchers through the Annual IDSA/NIAID ID Research Careers Meeting

IDSA and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) held the 7th Annual IDSA/NIAID ID Research Careers Meeting in Bethesda, Md. this month with 31 medical students, 19 residents, and 57 ID fellows in attendance.

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Attention Program Directors: Sign up for IDSA’s Core AS Curriculum Pilot Program

The IDSA Core Antimicrobial Stewardship Curriculum pilot program is launching in July and there is still time to sign up to participate.

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His Health Educational Resources: IDSA/HIVMA Accredited Courses

His Health is a free, accredited and self-paced online learning platform administered by the Center for Engaging Black Men Who Have Sex with Men Across the Care Continuum (CEBACC) at the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD).

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Vaccine Handbook App Now Available from PIDS

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society has released a new edition of The Vaccine Handbook App.

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Bill Introduced to Provide Loan Repayment for CDC EIS Officers

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced the Securing Experts to Control, Understand and Respond to Emergencies (SECURE) Act, H.R. 5998, on June 5. 

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IDSA Continues Promoting Emergency Preparedness Priorities

Congress is due to reauthorize the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) by Sept. 30. IDSA has been urging Congress since the start of the year to include in the bill robust funding levels for public health emergency preparedness efforts, a new incentive for antibiotic research and development, and loan repayment for ID physicians who serve in CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS).

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House Passes Bills to Address ID, Opioids and Workforce

The House of Representatives passed two bills on June 12 that IDSA and HIVMA advocated strongly for to address the infectious diseases impacts of the opioid epidemic--the Eliminating Opioid-Related Infectious Diseases Act of 2018 and the Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Act of 2018.

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IDSA Participates in United Nations Hearing on TB

IDSA Global Health Committee member Maximo Brito, MD and Public Health Committee member Yukari Manabe, MD, FIDSA joined IDSA staff to participate in the UN civil society hearing on tuberculosis ahead of the UN High LevelMeeting on Ending Tuberculosis, to be held during the UN General Assembly in New York in September.

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HIVMA Advocates on Capitol Hill for HIV, Opioid Funding

On June 4, fifteen HIVMA members met with 49 congressional offices in the Senate and House of Representatives, discussing with key staff and committees the need to increase federal funding for HIV programs in FY 2019 and urging Congress to pass opioid response bills related to addressing its infectious diseases consequences.

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IDSA Research Committee Members on Capitol Hill

IDSA Research Committee members met with 34 congressional offices in early June to advocate for IDSA policy priorities

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OFID Podcast: What’s Your Favorite Expired ID Drug Brand Name?

In the latest OFID podcast, Raphael Landovitz, MD and Paul Sax, MD, FIDSA, OFID Editor in Chief, pick their favorite expired anti-infective brand names in a fun, draft-style faceoff.

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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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