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NOVEMBER 15, 2017

IDSNJ, APIC SNJ AND APIC NNJ PRESENT

THE 11TH ANNUAL JOINT CONFERENCE
BUGS AND DRUGS: IMPLEMENTING CHANGE

FORSGATE COUNTRY CLUB
MONROE TOWNSHIP, NJ

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2017

MDADVANTAGE PRESENTS

Practical Steps and Expert Advice to Consider When Implementing an Enterprise Risk Management Plan

MDAdvantage
100 Franklin Corner Rd, Lawrenceville NJ

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New Jersey Residents Who Are Current/Former Patients at Tomorrow’s Medicine in New York Encouraged to Get Tested for Hepatitis and HIV

The New York State Department of Health is advising current and former patients who received intravenous infusions, injections or blood draws at Tomorrow Medicine’s two Westchester County locations to get tested for hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which is spread through exposure to blood. 
Tomorrow’s Medicine is at the center of a hepatitis C investigation being conducted by the New York State Department of Health and the Westchester County Department of Health. Four patients from the practice with HCV were identified during an ongoing investigation. The investigation revealed that some patients might have become infected with HCV due to lapses of infection control and concerns regarding the preservation, preparation, handling and administration of medication. The practice’s patient list includes residents from multiple states, including New Jersey. The medical license of Tomorrow’s Medicine owner, Dr. Timothy Morley, has been suspended and he has been ordered to stop practicing medicine, pending a formal hearing, by the New York Health Commissioner.
Tomorrow’s Medicine has two locations:

  • 37 Moore Avenue, #3, Mount Kisco, NY
  • 1133 Westchester Avenue, White Plains, NY

Patients should also be tested if they received services at a previous medical practice known as Advanced Medicine of Mount Kisco.

Individuals who are current or former patients of Tomorrow’s Medicine and received intravenous infusions, injections or blood draws are recommended to contact their health care provider to get tested. Testing is also available at no cost for patients through the Westchester County Department of Health (NY) by calling (914) 995-7499 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Representatives from the New York State Department of Health are available to answer questions at 1-888-364-4902, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

VOLUNTEERING IN TEXAS

Are you interested in volunteering in Texas? Please contact the Texas Disaster Volunteer Registry or the NJ Red Cross.
Texas Disaster Volunteer Registry

https://texasdisastervolunteerregistry.org

The Texas Disaster Volunteer Registry allows volunteer health professionals and lay volunteers wishing to support medical preparedness and response to register as a responder with participating organizations to provide services during a disaster or public health emergency. The registration system will collect basic information about you and your professional skills. To register you will need to click on the "Register Now" button to begin the registration process. It will allow you to register with a group that is already an established responder organization. If you have completed the registration process or would like to return to continue or change information you will need to click the Log In button using the password and user name you selected when you created your account. The Texas Disaster Volunteer Registry web site is maintained by the Department of State Health Services but is used as a local volunteer registration and management tool for local responder organizations. The Volunteer Registry provides a secure database with readily available, verifiable information regarding each volunteer's identity, qualifications, training and experience. The Registry helps provide a timely, effective response to disasters and ensures the appropriate match of a volunteer's skills and abilities with the needs of the emergency situation.

The New Jersey Red Cross Offices
http://www.redcross.org/local/new-jersey
Crossroads - (908) 273-2076 (Union, Morris, Warren);
Central - (609) 951-8550;
Northern NJ - (973) 797-3300;
Jersey Coast - (732) 493-9100;
Southern Shore - (609) 646-8330;
Southwest - (856) 365-7100

Opioid Epidemic Update

The President recently directed federal agencies to use all appropriate emergency and other authorities to respond to the crisis caused by the opioid epidemic. The federal InterAgency Board (IAB) publication "Recommendations on Selection and Use of Personal Protective Equipment and Decontamination Products for First Responders Against Exposure Hazards to Synthetic Opioids, Including Fentanyl and Fentanyl Analogues" establishes guidance for personal protective equipment selection and use, decontamination, detection, and medical countermeasures for first responders who may be exposed to opioids in the course of their occupational activities.

Given these events, knowing that we're two weeks away from the Labor Day weekend and closing in on some important anniversaries (such as 9/11), and understanding that we've yet to enter the peak of our "hurricane season," now is the opportune time to review emergency plans, policies, and procedures; test equipment; check supplies and other resources; reinforce organizational structures and emergency job responsibilities; and, drill/exercise to test capabilities. Below you will find an updated PDF version of our "Preparedness Briefing" with links to resources critical for your emergency preparedness and operations; also attached are the two PDF posters we've published on initial steps during emergency operations, and considerations for different types of emergencies (hard copies are available by emailing contact.preparedness at doh.nj.gov).

Preparedness Briefing PDF

Emergency Opertions PDF 1

Emergency Operations PDF 2

You should also be reminded to be on alert for any unusual disease activity. NJDOH reviews data from emergency departments statewide to facilitate the recognition of disease outbreaks. However, the NJDOH always relies on clinicians to report by telephone those conditions that require immediate notification, including any suspected cluster or outbreak of disease or any unusual clinical presentation. Report immediately notifiable conditions, or other issue of public health concern, to the local health department (LHD) where the patient resides, or to the local health department of the event or outbreak. If LHD personnel are unavailable, healthcare providers should report the case to the NJDOH Communicable Disease Service at 609-826-5964, (normal business hours) or 609-392-2020 (weekends, evenings, and holidays).

Lastly, The American Hospital Association (AHA) recently conducted a comprehensive study on the financial impact of violence to hospitals and healthcare systems, the first research of its kind. It studied both community or public violence as well as in-facility violence, prevention and preparedness costs, and post-incident costs. The AHA estimates proactive and reactive violence response cost hospitals and health systems in the United States approximately $2.7 billion in 2016 (PDF, 341 kb), broken down as such:

  • $280 million in preparedness and prevention addressing community violence.
  • $852 million in unreimbursed medical care for victims.
  • $1.1 billion in prevention of violence within hospitals.
  • $429 million spent as a result of violence against hospital employees.

These numbers are further broken down in the study results. The AHA presents this data to highlight the enormity of the problem and the demands placed on the medical community and make the information available for further research and action; it does not make any recommendations on addressing the issues.


ID Fellowship

New York Medical College ID Fellowship opening on July 1, 2017, Westchester Medical Center and Metropolitan Hospital.

Please contact information: Gary Wormser, M.D.; 914-493-1560; gwormser @ nymc.edu


2017 Annual Clinical Symposium -
Antimicrobial Stewardship:Combating Resistance

Presentation Round Up

Treatment Strategies for MDR Gram-negative Infections in 2017

Practically Implementing Antimicrobial Stewardship in an Evolving Landscape

Advances in Infectious Disease Diagnostics IDSNJ

In Memoriam

Anthony V. Boccabella, Ph.D, JD
1927-2017

Zigmunt C. Kaminski, Ph.D
1929-2017


DEA Reverses Announced Change to Registration Renewal Process

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced that effective January 1, 2017,  they are changing its long-standing policy of allowing a grace period for registrants who failed to file a timely renewal application.  The DEA reversed its decision and posted a notice that it is retaining its current policy and procedures, with one minor change, regarding registration renewals.  The revised announcement states the following:

REVISED ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING RENEWAL APPLICATIONS 
Starting January 2017, DEA will no longer send its second renewal notification by mail.  Instead, an electronic reminder to renew will be sent to the email address associated with the DEA registration.

At this time, DEA will otherwise retain its current policy and procedures with respect to renewal and reinstatement of registration. This policy is as follows:


Faculty Position Opportunities – Infectious Diseases

The Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Allergy & Immunology, at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is seeking 2 full time faculty members. One position is for a mid-career researcher, either an ID physician-scientist or PhD whose research is focused on infectious diseases. The second position is for a junior ID clinician educator with an interest in clinical research.

Physician candidates must be board certified/eligible in Infectious Diseases; have completed an ACGME-approved Infectious Disease fellowship; and have superior clinical and teaching skills as an ID consultant.

For consideration, please submit letter of interest and CV to: Melvin P. Weinstein, MD, Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, Allergy & Immunology; Email: melvin.p.weinstein AT rwjms.rutgers.edu.

Rutgers University is an AA/EEO employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

CMS Makes it Easier to Opt Out of EHR Requirements

The CMS is making it easier for providers to waive out from meaningful use requirements of electronic health records amid a series of proposed changes to the 6-year-old $31.8 billion EHR incentive payment program. In December, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Access and Medicare Protection Act, which expanded providers' eligibility for hardship exemptions to Stage 2 of the meaningful-use program. Basically, the law provides the CMS with the authority to batch process hardship applications by categories instead of the case-by-case method used previously. To comply with the law, the CMS posted a new streamlined hardship application, reducing the amount of information that providers must submit to apply for an exception. Eligible professionals will have until March 15 to apply for an exemption. If you have any questions, please contact Kern Augustine Conroy & Schoppmann, P.C. at 1-800-445-0954 or via email at




Influenza Resources

CDC -Influenza
Avian Flu
H1N1
NJ Dept of Health -Influenza

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Hydrocodone Combination Products rescheduled as a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance, Effective October 6, 2014

Click here for official notice from the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General


Enterovirus‐D68 (EV‐D68) Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for complete information from the New Jersey Department of Health
Click Here for PDF version


Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Clinical Guidelines for Initial Evaluation of Suspect Cases of Ebola Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Society office. Thank you for your attention to this matter.


New Jersey Department of Health Reminds Residents To Take
Precautions to Avoid Norovirus

As expected, New Jersey is experiencing an increase in norovirus outbreaks and Health Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd reminds residents to take precautions to protect their health. Colds and flu are not the only infections that thrive in the winter. Norovirus - sometimes called the stomach flu, viral gastroenteritis, or food poisoning - also likes the colder weather.  
"The best way to avoid the norovirus is to wash your hands often using soap and water," Commissioner O'Dowd said. "Alcohol-based hand cleansers are not effective against this virus." 
Norovirus is a highly contagious viral illness, which begins suddenly and usually causes stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Some people may also experience low-grade fever, chills, headache, body aches and fatigue. Most people recover quickly, but serious complications can occur - particularly in those with other medical conditions.  Those infected with norovirus are contagious from the moment they begin to feel sick until as long as two weeks after recovery. 
There is no vaccine to prevent norovirus infection and there is no drug to treat it. The best way to reduce the risk of getting norovirus is to:

  • Practice good hand hygiene.  Wash your hands with soap and water, especially after using the bathroom and changing diapers.
  • Carefully wash fruits and vegetables and cook oysters and other shellfish before eating
  • Do not prepare food while infected or while you have symptoms of norovirus
  • Foodhandlers should wait 3 days after they recover from their illness before returning to work.
  • Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces.  After throwing up or having diarrhea, immediately clean surfaces by using bleach-based household cleaner as directed on the product label or a diluted bleach solution (5-25 tablespoons of household bleach per gallon of water). Never use undiluted bleach.
  • Remove and wash clothing and linens that may be contaminated with vomit or stool.  Handle soiled items carefully to avoid spreading the virus. If available, wear rubber, disposable gloves while handling soiled clothing or linens and wash your hands after handling. Items should be washed with detergent at the maximum cycle length and machine dried.
  • Report all outbreaks to the local health department. 

Noroviruses are the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the US. It is estimated that each year, more than 20 million cases of gastroenteritis are caused by norovirus. That means that 1 in every 15 Americans will become ill from norovirus each year.  In New Jersey, approximately 100 norovirus outbreaks are reported to the health department each fall-winter season. 
Noroviruses can spread quickly from person to person in crowded, closed places like long-term care facilities, daycare centers, schools, hotels, hospitals, family dinners, student housing, restaurants, and cruise ships. In other words, places where people often eat food that is prepared or handled by others.  
Noroviruses are found in the stool and vomit of infected people. People can become infected by:

  • Eating food or drinking liquids that are contaminated with norovirus.
  • Touching surfaces or objects that are contaminated with norovirus, and then placing your hand in your mouth.
  • Having direct contact with an infected person; for example, by exposure to the virus when caring for or when sharing food, drinks, or eating utensils with an infected person. 

For additional information about norovirus please visit:  nj.gov/health/cd/norovirus/index.shtml or www.cdc.gov/norovirus/index.html