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Public and Scientific Affairs Board (PSAB)
Underlying the ASM's dedication to the advancement of scientific knowledge is its commitment that science serve the public interest. To address scientific matters affecting the public interest, the ASM created the Public and Scientific Affairs Board (PSAB) in 1979. The PSAB monitors legislation and regulation and develops positions for the Society on public policy issues. The PSAB encourages the adoption of sound policies affecting science and technology and the discipline of microbiology. The PSAB responds to policy makers who may request or require an understanding of research and technology in microbiology. It also communicates microbiological issues to the public.
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The November issue of the Minority Microbiology Mentor has been published by the Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities. The content of this page is restricted to ASM Members only.Please login at the top-right or to become a member, join ASM.
Legislative Alert: Contact the Budget Conference Committee to Support Increased Funding for Research and Public Health Programs Please contact your congressional delegation to support increased funding for innovative basic research and public health.
The ASM sent funding recommendations to the Budget Conference Committee. The Budget Conference Committee has a December 13, 2013, deadline to negotiate the differences in spending levels for FY 2014 between the House and the Senate and to issue a report.
The October issue of the Clinical Microbiology Issues Update has been published by the Office of Public Affairs.The content of this page is restricted to ASM Members only.Please login at the top-right or to become a member, join ASM.
The October issue of the e-Public Policy Update has been published by the Office of Public Affairs.
On October 17, HR. 2775 the “Continuing Appropriations Resolution of 2014” was signed into law by the President, extending the debt ceiling through February 7, 2014 and temporarily restoring funding for government agencies. This page includes an analysis of the bill.
October 5, 2013 - ASM Comments on CMS National Coverage Analysis for Screening for Hepatitis C Virus
The ASM submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services supporting proposals in “National Coverage Analysis (NCA) for Screening for Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) in Adults (CAG-00436N).”
ASM provided comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding proposed revisions to payment policies under the Physician Fee Schedule, Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule & Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2014 [CMS-1600-P] published in the Federal Register on July 19, 2013. ASM commented specifically on...
The ASM submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding proposed revisions to Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs for CY 2014 (CMS-1601-P), which was published in the Federal Register on July 19, 2013. ASM focused its comments...
Laboratory Practices Committee Prepares Cyclospora Guideline - The Public and Scientific Affairs Board (PSAB) Committee on Laboratory Practices prepared A Practical Guidance Document to the Detection of Cyclospora to aid laboratory personnel in their identification of this organism, since routine ova and parasite examination often fails to detect it. ...