Antibiotic-focused Pharmaceutical Company Cuts Highlight Vulnerability of Drug Development Pipeline

News of continued cutbacks at one of what is already a limited number of companies conducting antibiotic research and development threatens access to a critical medicine and further validates a critical need for government-led incentives that both reward and support work towards a robust, renewable antibiotic supply.

Climbing Hepatitis C Rates Underscore Needs for Integrated Care, Increased Resources

Data showing a tripling of hepatitis C cases across America during the last decade highlight urgent and multi-faceted public health needs for expanded access to prevention.

IDSA Urges Strengthened U.S. Leadership of Global Health Security Agenda

Infectious Diseases Society of America is asking the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to strengthen its leadership of efforts through the partnership.

IDSA to Continue Efforts to Prevent Implementation of E/M Code Changes

IDSA will engage congressional stakeholders to prevent the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from implementing its final rule on changes to E/M codes announced Nov. 1.

New OFID Case Report Highlights Importance of Herd Immunity

A fatal measles case in Europe illustrates the seriousness of the disease and the need to maintain high levels of vaccine coverage to protect people with weakened immune systems, such as those receiving cancer treatment.

Concerns remain on Palmetto GBA final LCD for Multiplex Nucleic Acid Amplified Tests for Foodborne Gastrointestinal Panels

The draft local coverage determination finalized by Medicare contractor Palmetto GBA for Foodborne Gastrointestinal Panels Identified by Multiplex Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAATs), released on October 26 and effective December 10, is responsive to some concerns raised by the Infectious Diseases Society of America but leaves other issues unaddressed.

Article Highlights Need to Fully Measure the Value ID Specialists Bring to Patient Care

As health care shifts from reimbursement based on numbers of patients seen or procedures performed to reimbursement based on quality of care, the infectious diseases (ID) specialty will need to develop measures that accurately reflect the complex, expert care that ID physicians provide.

AMR Conference Puts Focus on Research, Stewardship, Innovation and Diagnostics

Leading infectious disease experts will highlight issues critical to confronting, controlling and reversing the growing global public health threat of pathogens that are increasingly unresponsive to existing treatments, as the World Antimicrobial Resistance Congress opens today in Washington, DC.

Career Development Awards Critical to ID/HIV Physician-Scientist Pipeline

At a time when needs for infectious disease and HIV researchers to combat antimicrobial resistance, global outbreaks, and biosecurity threats and advance a cure for HIV, are growing, the low baseline funding for career development grants announced by the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) this week for the coming year will challenge efforts to bring new physician scientists to the field.

Policies Marginalizing Transgender People Run Counter to Science, Public Health

The administration’s reported intention to redefine gender based entirely on sex at birth disregards not only current biologic science but also established, prevailing medical and legal standards, while re-enforcing stigma and discrimination against transgender people.

Report highlights ID physician public health contributions, challenges

Delineating the broad range of public health contributions provided by physicians specializing in infectious diseases, an article published today in Clinical Infectious Diseases sets forth concrete recommendations to ensure continued training and practice in the field meet increasing demand.

Vaccination Data Highlight Needs for Strengthened Efforts

Tracking rates of childhood vaccination across the United States, data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday shows concerning trends, persisting gaps, and missed opportunities to use one of the greatest tools modern medicine offers to prevent disease and protect public health.