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    Clinical Affairs Committee

    To monitor, develop and make recommendations to address issues related to infectious disease clinical practice; to monitor and make recommendations to address issues relating to the practice of hospital epidemiology and infection control; to monitor and advocate with Medicare and other third party payers appropriate coverage and reimbursement for infectious disease services; to develop and make recommendations on providing products and services to improve the practice efficiency of infectious disease clinicians; to identify and suggest clinicians to serve on other committees, task forces, work groups and panels convened to develop practice guidelines; and to make recommendations on activities/issues under its purview that involve federal legislation or regulation.

    Chair

     

    Staff Contacts

     

    J. Trees Ritter, DO, FIDSA
    San Luis Obispo, CA

    Andres Rodriguez
    Senior Program Officer for Practice & Payment Policy
    (703) 299-5146
    Fax: (866) 638-6840


    Hepatitis Task Force

    To develop educational programs and resources to assist ID specialists in the treatment of hepatitis (e.g. program sessions for IDWeek, website content); to help facilitate IDSA participation in the development of practice guidelines in hepatitis; to promote federal policies that help foster an appropriate response to prevent and treat hepatitis; and to explore with the ID Training Program Directors Committee (IDTPDC) the possible development of teaching objectives and educational material for ID fellows.

    Chair

     

    Staff Contacts

     

    David L. Thomas, MD, FIDSA
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Baltimore, MD

    Andres Rodriguez
    Senior Program Officer for Practice & Payment Policy
    (703) 299-5146
    Fax: (866) 638-6840

    Thomas Kim
    Clinical Affairs, Program Coordinator
    (703) 638-1502
    Fax: (866) 638-6840


    Quality Improvement Work Group

    The Quality Improvement Work Group advocates for valid and quantifiable performance measures that IDSA members can implement to improve patient care outcomes in infectious diseases. They also determine appropriate measure-topics that can be reportable across the discipline of ID.

    Chair

     

    Staff Contacts

     

    Lawrence P. Martinelli, MD, FIDSA
    Consultants in ID
    Lubbock, TX

    Andres Rodriguez
    Senior Program Officer for Practice & Payment Policy
    (703) 299-5146
    Fax: (866) 638-6840


    State & Regional Societies Assembly Steering Committee

    Chair

     

    Staff Contact

     

    Gary Wormser, MD, FIDSA
    New York Medical College
    Valhalla, NY

    Mark Leasure 
    Chief Executive Officer 
    Phone: (703) 299-0200
    Fax:(703) 299-0204


    Value of Infectious Diseases Specialists Work Group 

    To work in conjunction with a health services researcher to conduct an analysis (using claims and medical records data) to assess the value of infectious diseases specialists involvement in the care of patients with certain infectious diagnoses (including complications) and across the settings of care when transitions occur—possible diagnoses to examine as part this analysis include endocarditis, encephalitis, meningitis, ventilator-associated pneumonia, multi-drug resistant organisms, prosthetic joint infections, HIV/AIDS, and staphylococcus aureus bacteremia.  The study would ideally assess infectious diseases specialists’ impact on the cost and quality of patient care using risk-adjusted length of stay, episode costs, and 30 day readmission rates.

    Chair

     

    Staff Contact

     

    Steven K. Schmitt, MD
    Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    Cleveland, OH

    Mark Leasure

    Chief Executive Officer
    Phone: (703) 299-0200
    Fax:(703) 299-0204

     

    Andres Rodriguez
    Senior Program Officer for Practice & Payment Policy
    (703) 299-5146
    Fax: (866) 638-6840

 

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