by Daniel P McQuillen and Ann T MacIntyre
The Journal of Infectious Diseases, Vol. 216, Issue suppl_5, 15 September 2017, pp. S588–S593 – Published: 20 September 2017
While a career in infectious diseases (ID) has always been challenging and exciting, recognition of the value that ID physicians provide to the healthcare system as a whole, over and above the value they provide to individual patients, has been poor in this system. The authors discuss data showing that ID physicians improve clinical outcomes, positively impact transitions of care, and direct system-level improvements through infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship. The authors also identify areas where value-based care provides additional future opportunities for ID physicians.