IDSA News - May 2015  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  IDSA Members Named to PCORI Panel
•  Sustained Advocacy Yields Win on Medicare Reimbursements
•  Medicare to Cover Routine HIV Screening
•  Ryan White Medical Providers Take to the Hill
•  Antibiotics Incentives and NIH Funding Boost in 21st Century Cures Draft Bill
•  Lessons from Tanzania: Controlling HIV and TB
•  Science Speaks: Confronting Tuberculosis
Education and Resources
•  IDSA Foundation Announces 2015 Medical Scholarship Recipients
•  Bridging Ryan White Providers & FQHCs -- A Webinar Series
•  OFID Editor in Chief Interviews Author Seth Mnookin in Latest Podcast
•  Apply for a Fellowship with ARLG
•  New ABIM Foundation Grants Advance Stewardship Competencies in Medical Education
•  In Memoriam
•  Members on the Move
•  Member Report
From the President
•  On Lyme, As with All Infections, Advocating for Patients is our Highest Priority
Top Stories
•  Tell Us What Matters Most to You with IDSA
•  New White House Plan on Antibiotic Resistance Covers Key IDSA Priorities
•  IDSA Journal Club


IDSA Members Named to PCORI Panel

Two members of IDSA’s Diagnostic Task Force, Robert A. Bonomo, MD, and Ann MacIntyre, MD, have been elected to the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) Advisory Panel for the Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment of Disease. PCORI is an independent organization that examines the relative health outcomes, effectiveness, and appropriateness of various medical treatments, focusing on including a patient voice during the process. The Advisory Panel for the Assessment, Prevention, and Treatment of Disease will help to identify critical research questions to prioritize funding for PCORI’s comparative effectiveness research.  Infectious disease has long been under-represented in PCORI research funding, and the perspectives of these two members will raise awareness of the many ID issues that impact patients.

Over 300 applications were submitted for the four primary and four alternate slots on the panel, and Drs. Bonomo and MacIntyre were the only two physicians selected. Dr. Bonomo, elected to a primary spot on the panel, is chief of the medical service at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, and is professor of medicine, pharmacology, molecular biology, and microbiology at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine.  Dr. MacIntyre has been selected as an alternate to the panel, and is a private practice physician, clinical associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at Nova Southeastern University, and the director of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program at Palmetto General Hospital in Florida.