June 12, 2007 - ASM Submits Comments on CMS Proposed Rule Regarding Hospital Acquired Infections The ASM submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding its proposed rule, "Medicare Program; Proposed Changes to the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems and Fiscal Year 2008 Rates" which was published in the Federal Register on May 3, 2007. ASM focused its comments on the section in the proposed rule regarding hospital acquired infections.
May 8, 2007 - ASM Letter Supporting Antibiotic Access and Innovation Amendment The ASM sent a letter to Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) supporting an amendment he offered during floor consideration of the Food and Drug Administration Revitalization Act (S 1082). The amendment, Antibiotic Access and Innovation, would encourage the development of new antibiotics and improve the treatment of patients with infectious diseases.
March 20, 2007 - ASM Submits Comments to the NIGMS on Strategic Plan The ASM commented on the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Strategic Plan. The comments responded to the question "How can NIGMS more effectively promote and encourage greater diversity in the biomedical research workforce?" The comments were prepared by the ASM Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities.
February 12, 2007 - ASM Submits Comments to APHIS on Brucellosis Regulations The ASM submitted comments in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) request for comments on the proposed changes in the brucellosis regulations, providing an exception for brucellosis exposed or infected animals held within federally approved research facilities.
January 12, 2007 - ASM Urges Increased Funding for DOE, NSF and USDA The ASM sent a letter to the House and Senate leadership and to the chairs and ranking minority members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging them to provide increased funding for the science research and education programs of the Department of Energy Office of Science, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
January 9, 2007 - ASM Urges Increased Funding for NIH and CDC in the Continuing Resolution The ASM sent a letter to the House and Senate leadership and to the chairs and ranking minority members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging them to provide $7 billion in funding over the President’s budget request in order to increase funding for programs, including the NIH and CDC, in the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education (LHHS) appropriations bill when the final Continuing Resolution is considered for FY 2007.