Sign-on Letter: Detect and Protect Against Antibiotic Resistance Initiative

The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) recently signed onto a letter regarding the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Detect and Protect Against Antibiotic Resistance Initiative.

The letter urges the U.S. Congress to appropriate $30 million included in the Fiscal Year 2015 President’s Budget Request for the Detect and Protect Against Antibiotic Resistance Initiative. The initiative is part of a CDC strategy to achieve measurable results in combating the public health crisis of rapidly rising antibiotic resistance. The time to act is now, the letter states, while there is still an opportunity to prevent a post-antibiotic era in which we are unable to successfully treat infections or carry out many other healthcare activities (e.g., transplants and other surgeries, chemotherapy, care of preterm infants) currently made safe and possible by effective antibiotics.

Other letters that SCCM signed onto in 2014 are:

AMA Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014

AMA SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014 (H.R. 4015/S. 2000)

AMA SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014

IDSA ADAPT Act Letter

ACP CSS Meaningful Use Letter

You can also view the  2013 letters receiving Society support.

The Society is asked to sign onto letters addressing upcoming rules, payment policies, regulation, performance measurement, clinical topics, and other matters in cooperation with a variety of organizations. SCCM also issues letters of comment independently as the Council and Executive Committee deem important to patients and membership.

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