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IDSA News Releases

08/06/2018

25 Institutions Receive the IDSA Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers of Excellence Designation

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) announced today the recipients of its Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers of Excellence (CoE) designation.
08/02/2018

Study Suggests Obesity May Also Impact Flu Transmission, Not Just Severity of Illness

Obese adults shed influenza A virus for a longer time than adults who were not obese, according to a new study.
07/26/2018

Congressional Subcommittee Reviews Physician Payment and Quality Issues

Ensuring that Medicare physician reimbursement promotes quality care was a key topic of today’s House Energy and Commerce Committee Health Subcommittee hearing.
07/19/2018

Pandemic Preparedness Bill Addresses Critical Gaps

With a key provision supporting the development of a trained and ready public health workforce, and new efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance, the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act reauthorization bill approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee Wednesday addresses issues that are essential to ensuring we have the resources and capacities we will need to confront emerging threats to public health.
07/13/2018

Opioid, ID Report Recognizes Integrated Surveillance, Prevention, Care Needs

Today the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine released Integrating Responses at the Intersection of Opioid Use Disorder and Infectious Disease Epidemics, a report documenting the proceedings of a two-day meeting of public health, drug policy and law enforcement experts, including leaders of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the HIV Medicine Association.
07/12/2018

Subcommittee Hearing Will Present Lawmakers with TB Response Needs

House Foreign Affairs Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organization subcommittee members today will hear from global health leaders on tuberculosis challenges for the first time in the nearly three years since the World Health Organization announced the disease has become the world’s leading infectious killer.
07/02/2018

Senate Appropriators Maintain American Leadership, Science, Public Health Gains

The Senate Appropriations Committee has firmly pushed back on White House proposals for funding cuts to global and domestic health programs and biomedical research, as the Infectious Diseases Society of America and other organizations concerned with our nation’s health have urged.
06/28/2018

IDSA/ASM Lab Diagnosis Guide Helps Health Care Providers Navigate Rapidly Changing Landscape of Infectious Diseases Tests, Enabling Faster, Better Treatment

Advances in rapid molecular testing mean infectious diseases can be accurately diagnosed in minutes or hours rather than days or weeks and patients can receive appropriate treatment sooner.
06/26/2018

Prioritize Individual and Public Health at the Border

The consequences to individual and public health of continuing “zero-tolerance” border policies and of large scale detention of thousands of weakened and vulnerable individuals will be longstanding and far-reaching.
06/25/2018

Boosts for PEPFAR, TB Reflect Leadership and Commitment

The spending bill released Friday by the Senate Appropriations State and Foreign Operations subcommittee, proposing the first increase in funding for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief in nearly a decade, and the robust increase proposed by the House Appropriations State and Foreign Operations subcommittee for USAID’s global efforts to combat tuberculosis, demonstrate a welcome awareness of the tremendous value of continued U.S. leadership of crucial global health responses.
06/20/2018

MedPAC Support for Balanced Medicare Payments a First Step

The Medicare Payment Advisory Committee’s statement in its June 15 report to Congress, that a 10 percent increase in payments for physicians providing evaluation and management services in outpatient settings would add balance to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule represents an important step.
06/15/2018

Bills Support Crucial Public, Global Health, and Research Priorities

The Infectious Diseases Society of America appreciates the support for urgent public health and research priorities demonstrated in the spending bills for fiscal year 2019 approved by subcommittees this week.
06/13/2018

House Passes Bills that Address Infections Related to the Opioid Epidemic

The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly last night to approve the Eliminating Opioid-Related Infectious Disease Act and the Substance Use Disorder Loan Repayment Act of 2018.
06/08/2018

Action Needed to Prevent Injection Drug Use-Related Infections

New data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention document that invasive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections occurring in people who inject drugs more than doubled, from 4.1 percent to 9.2 percent between 2011 and 2016.
06/07/2018

Insurance Denials for New Hepatitis C Drugs Remain High Nationwide, Study Suggests

Highly effective drugs that can cure chronic hepatitis C infection in approximately 95 percent of patients first became available in the U.S. in 2014.
06/05/2018

SECURE Act Advances Preparedness for Pandemics, Other Public Health Threats

The SECURE Act introduced by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) represents a major step toward preparedness for future public health emergencies.
05/29/2018

IDSA Presents Priorities at World Health Assembly

IDSA Presents Priorities at World Health Assembly 2018-05-29 The Infectious Diseases Society of America participated in the 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva during the week of May 21 -25, presenting and joining statements reflecting IDSA priorities. IDSA presented this statement on May 23, supportin
05/24/2018

HCV Guidance Updates Recommendations for Screening and Treating Key Populations

HCVguidelines.org — a website developed by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) to provide up-to-date guidance on the management of hepatitis C (HCV) — has updated several sections of the website to reflect new testing and management recommendations for pregnant women, people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men and people who are incarcerated.
05/21/2018

Physicians, scientists urge U.S. leadership in UN Meeting on TB

More than 900 physicians, scientists and researchers confronting tuberculosis across communities in the United States and around the world have signed a letter urging U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley to ensure that the September UN General Assembly High Level Meeting Ending Tuberculosis leads to concrete commitments aimed at eliminating the impacts of the world’s leading infectious disease killer. 
05/21/2018

DRC Ebola Outbreak Demonstrates Need for Continued Investments

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo announced May 8 has highlighted meaningful advances as well as critical needs that continue in the wake of the epidemic across Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia that ended two years ago.
05/10/2018

Rescission Package Short Changes Global, American Health Security

The Infectious Diseases Society of America, the HIV Medicine Association and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society call on Congress to reject legislative attempts,
05/09/2018

Bills Address Infectious Diseases Impacts of the Opioid Crisis

The Eliminating Opioid-Related Infectious Disease Act and the Substance Use Disorder Loan Repayment Act under consideration by the House Energy
05/01/2018

Statement on CDC Vital Signs Vector-borne Diseases Report

The Vital Signs report data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show significant increases in vector-borne diseases in the United States highlighting the need for improved strategies to protect patients and public health.
04/26/2018

Bills Recognize Needs for Action, Workforce, to Address Opioid/ID Impacts

The Infectious Diseases Society of America, the HIV Medicine Association, and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society commend House and Senate panels approving legislation this week that demonstrated a commitment to confronting the opioid crisis comprehensively and effectively.
04/24/2018

World Immunization Week Recognizes Gains Brought by Vaccines

World Immunization Week from April 24-30 gives us the opportunity to celebrate one of the greatest achievements of modern medicine. Safe and effective vaccines that protect individuals against diphtheria, hepatitis B, measles, mumps, pertussis, rubella, human papilloma virus,and polio have drastically limited the incidence of these serious, sometimes life-threatening diseases in many parts of the world
04/20/2018

World Bank, IMF Must Focus on Global Health Funding and Capacity

The Infectious Diseases Society of America appreciates the attention that the World Bank and International Monetary Fund will give to critical global health issues during their spring meetings and civil society forum.
04/18/2018

Hank Tomlinson, Ph.D. to Lead CDC’s Global HIV and TB Efforts at Critical Time

The U.S. government response to the global impacts of HIV and tuberculosis is poised at a pivotal moment, in which we can seize the opportunity to end these devastating pandemics, or watch progress erode, infections increase, and our effective treatments compromised by growing drug resistance
04/13/2018

IDSA Welcomes Recommendations to Build Biomedical Research Workforce

The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine report Breaking Through, released Thursday, represents an important first step toward ensuring that the United States has the scientific workforce needed to face 21st-century infectious disease challenges.
04/12/2018

Managing Outbreaks to Antibiotic Resistance, ID Specialists Key to Quality Healthcare

Infectious diseases (ID) specialists play a vital role in many areas of healthcare but their compensation ranks towards the bottom compared to other physicians.
04/11/2018

PEPFAR report serves as a beacon and a warning

The 2018 Annual Report to Congress released by the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) tells a story of remarkable progress and opportunity
04/06/2018

World Health Day highlights the value of leadership and partnerships

The Infectious Diseases Society of America and the HIV Medicine Association appreciate the global leadership of the United States in responding to infectious disease threats that know no boundaries
04/03/2018

Report shows need for antimicrobial resistance investments

As a leader of efforts to stem the spread of antibiotic resistance, the Infectious Diseases Society of America recognizes both the important progress and the pressing needs reflected in the Vital Signs report, Containment of Novel Multidrug-Resistance Mechanisms, released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today.
03/28/2018

Public Health, Biomedical Research Priorities Recognized in FY 2018 Funding Bill: IDSA Statement

Critical research and programmatic responses require maintaining and in many cases increasing support.
03/23/2018

Statement on World TB Day

Commemoration of World TB Day finds us at a promising but pivotal moment. Advances in diagnostic tools, medications, and treatment regimens are offering significant improvements to detect, treat and control tuberculosis.
03/22/2018

IDSA and HIVMA call for sustained, evidence-based responses to the link between infectious diseases and opioid use disorders

The national opioid crisis is fueling a rise in infectious diseases including HIV, viral hepatitis and bacterial infections such as infective endocarditis and musculoskeletal infections.
03/22/2018

Statement of IDSA President Paul Auwaerter, MBA, MD on the appointment of Dr. Robert Redfield as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Infectious Diseases Society of America stands ready to work with Dr. Robert Redfield as he takes the helm of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
03/15/2018

For Patients with Drug-Resistant Infections, Infectious Diseases Experts May Be Lifesaving

When infectious diseases (ID) specialists were involved in the care of patients with certain kinds of drug-resistant infections, the patients’ 30-day mortality rates were about 50 percent lower, according to a new study published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases.
02/28/2018

IDSA Applauds Bill to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance

The Infectious Diseases Society of America strongly supports legislation introduced today by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) —the Strategies to Address Antimicrobial Resistance (STAAR) Act—that will trengthen US government responses to this growing public health crisis.
02/22/2018

Brain Cysts Casused by Pork Tapeworm Common Cause of Seizures

Brain cysts from a pork tapeworm infection are one of the most common causes of seizures worldwide.
02/15/2018

Fecal Transplantation, Molecular Testing Among New Recommendations in Clostridium Difficile Guidelines

New diagnostic methods and treatments – including fecal transplantation – will help improve the care of patients with Clostridium difficile(C. diff.), a deadly bacterial infection that can occur after antibiotic use, according to updated guidelines released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.
02/14/2018

IDSA Statement on the President’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget Proposal

The Infectious Diseases Society of America urges Congress to reject the cuts proposed in the White House Budget Plan for Fiscal Year 2019 released Monday. More details on the priorities and impacts it promises are clearly needed.
01/31/2018

IDSA, HIVMA highlight place for public health priorities in State of the Union agenda

During his State of the Union Address last night, the president emphasized his commitment to national security by supporting an end to budget caps for defense spending.
01/24/2018

IDSA Statement on the Confirmation of Alex Azar as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services

The confirmation of Alex Azar as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services provides new opportunities for an experienced public servant to continue work that he began when, as HHS general counsel and as the department’s deputy Secretary, he played pivotal roles in creating the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response.
01/17/2018

IDSA Statement on PAHPA Reauthorization

The January 17 Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing in preparation for reauthorization of the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act provides a valuable opportunity to consider how best to ensure that states, communities and healthcare facilities have the resources they need to protect against emerging public health threats.
12/12/2017

IDSA Names Duke University Hospital and Regents of the University of Michigan Newly Designated Centers of Excellence

The InfectiousDiseases Society of America (IDSA) is pleased to announce the newly designated recipients of its Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers of Excellence (CoE) distinction: Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC and Regents of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

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