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Nov./Dec. 2009
Vol. 19 No. 11
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From the President: IDSA Priorities for the Year Ahead

As my term as IDSA president begins, I want to introduce several important priorities the Society will be focusing on in the year ahead. As this brief list indicates, IDSA continues its strong commitment to serve the needs of a diverse membership with a broad policy agenda.

IDSA Calls for Global Commitment to Create 10 New Antibiotics by 2020

To address the urgent and growing global threat of antimicrobial resistance, IDSA in November called on U.S. and European Union (EU) leaders to commit to developing 10 new antibiotics by 2020, known as the 10 X '20 Initiative.

Medicare in 2010: No More Payment for Consultation Codes; Possible Cuts Looming

Several changes are in store for Medicare in 2010. The biggest disappointment for ID physicians is the elimination of payments for inpatient and outpatient consultation codes, despite vigorous opposition from IDSA and other specialty societies.

IDSA Journal Club

This month: hepatitis B vaccine and long-term immunogenicity, prophylactic paracetamol following childhood vaccinations, treating hyperlipidemia in patients on protease inhibitors: rosuvastatin versus pravastatin, the Thai HIV vaccine trial, preventing neonatal sepsis with lactoferrin, and a human gammaretrovirus and the pathogenesis of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Upcoming dates to remember

IDSA Membership Renewal
Renew your IDSA membership by January 1, 2010!

Fellows In-Training Exam
February 9-10, 2010

Joint Research Awards application deadline
February 12, 2010 (5:00 EST) 

5th Decennial International Conference on Healthcare-Associated Infections
March 18-22, 2010
Atlanta, GA

SHEA/CDC Fundamentals of Healthcare Epidemiology Course
May 22-25, 2010
St. Louis, MO



Look out for further updates and announcements regarding the 48th Annual Meeting of IDSA!

Top Stories
From the President: IDSA Priorities for the Year Ahead
IDSA Calls for Global Commitment to Create 10 New Antibiotics by 2020
Medicare in 2010: No More Payment for Consultation Codes; Possible Cuts Looming
IDSA Journal Club
Annual Meeting Coverage
Updates on H1N1 and Seasonal Influenza
Understanding Opposition and Barriers to Vaccination
Preventing HIV Infection, Managing Drug Interactions
Self Tests for HIV May Be Possible, Opt-Out Testing Has Lifesaving Potential
Powerful Film Chronicles Early Days of AIDS Pandemic
Gram-Negative Resistance Grows at Frightening Pace
Increased Resistance Complicates UTI and SSTI Treatment
Using Electronic Tools and Health Records in ID
New TB Drugs on the Horizon, But TB and HIV/AIDS Challenges Remain
A Special Thanks to all the supporters of the 47th Annual Meeting of IDSA
Patient Care and Science
EIN Update: Intestinal Complications, Oseltamivir, and H1N1
Drug Approvals, Recalls, Adverse Events Update
Practice Management
Medicare Disburses Incentive Payments for 2008 PQRI
Deadline for Identity Theft Policies Extended to June 1, 2010
New Medicare Resource Answers H1N1 Vaccine Billing Questions
Global ID
Global Center Releases Issue Brief on Broad Benefits of HIV/AIDS Response
IDSA Joins Stop TB Partnership’s TB/HIV Working Group
Policy and Advocacy
IDSA, Other Experts Urge White House to Modify H1N1 Guidance for Health Care Workers
Your Colleagues
Welcome, New IDSA Members!
Education & Resources
How to Claim CME/CPE Credit from the IDSA Annual Meeting
Use Your Member Discount at the ID/HIV Career Center
New Clinical Practice Guideline Pocketcards Now Available

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