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A Joint Meeting of:
Infectious Diseases Society of New Jersey
APIC - NNJ & APIC - SNJ Annual Infectious Disease Conference:

"INTERRUPTING CONTAGION THROUGH KNOWLEDGE"

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
8:00 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Forsgate Country Club
375 Forsgate Drive
Monroe Township, NJ 08831
(732) 521-0070
www.forsgatecc.com

Program Description: Remaining current with the changing body of knowledge concerning Clostridium difficile, fungal infections, safe injection practices, surgical site infections and emerging diseases such as Zika are key to interrupting the spread of diseases and the prevention of infections.

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Infectious Diseases Fellowship Position

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark has an unexpected opening for an Infectious Diseases Fellow for July 2016. The fellowship program is 2 years and offers a rich diversity of clinical training experiences at 3 unique teaching sites: University Hospital, an inner-city university medical center with an active HIV and HCV program; Hackensack University Medical Center, a large suburban medical center with a premier oncology and stem cell transplant program; and a busy VA medical center. Clinical research opportunities are available at each of the teaching sites. The ABIM Infectious Diseases Board Examination pass rate for our graduates has been 100% for 10 years. Candidates must have successfully completed an ACGME-approved Internal Medicine Residency program by June 30, 2016. We support J-1 and H-1 visas. Interested candidates should send their CV and USMLE transcripts with contact information by e-mail to:

Lisa Dever, MD
Program Director
Division of Infectious Diseases
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School



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


July 31, 2015
ALERT # 23: Update on Measles in New York City

  1. Four cases of measles have been confirmed in NYC in July, resulting in hundreds of exposed persons.
  2. More measles cases may occur during the summer due to international travel.
  3. Screen for rash and fever at the point of entry into clinics and healthcare facilities and immediately isolate with airborne precautions.
  4. Report suspected cases immediately to the Health Department. Reports must be made at time of initial clinical suspicion. Do not wait for laboratory confirmation to report.
  5. Vaccinate infants aged 6 to 11 months with MMR before international travel.

Please download PDF file for more information from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

IMPORTANT SGR REPEAL!!

The sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula is no more. The US House of Representatives voted Tuesday night to adopt legislation that will end the flawed payment formula that left the Medicare program unstable and threatened access to care. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act was adopted by a vote of 92 to 8 on the eve of a 21 percent cut to physicians' Medicare payments was set to take place. Instead, the bill provides positive annual payment updates of 0.5 percent, starting July 1 and lasting through 2019. Claims that were held for the first half of April will be processed and paid at the rates that were in place before the 21 percent cut was scheduled to take effect. Important provisions of the legislation are: For additional information please call the society office. Thank you for your attention to this matter.



Influenza Resources

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

Participate in NJ State Bioterrorism On-Call

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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
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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