CDC Division Deputy Director Bell to give AJMCLive keynote

The American Journal of Managed Care announced on Wednesday that Michael Bell, the deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, will deliver an event keynote in September.

Bell will give the keynote address on September 26 during the first AJMCLive meeting devoted to infectious disease issues. The meeting, which is called "Value-Based Decision Making in Infectious Disease," will be held on September 25-26 in the Atlanta-based Loews Atlanta Hotel. Bell's talk is titled, "Preventing Healthcare Associated Infections and Combating Antimicrobial Resistance," according to an American Journal of Managed Care press release.

Bell was recently tapped by Thomas Frieden, the director of the CDC, for his new position. One of his first responsibilities was handling the fallout of safety lapses in multiple CDC research labs. In an interview with the New York Times, Bell said he was worried about the potential for hubris among researchers who come to see working around deadly pathogens as routine.

Prior to his new position, Bell served as the chief of the Viral Special Pathogens Branch's Epidemiology Unit.

The AJMCLive meeting will also cover the challenges of paying for new therapies in hepatitis C and the addition of newly insured HIV patients to health plans.

The American Journal of Managed Care is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to issues in managed care. AJMCLive provides content from the journal's latest events and conferences.