March 22, 2020  

                                 THE WEEKLY DOSE

                   The latest news and updates for Physicians in Bexar County


In This Week’s Issue

·         BCMS COVID-19 Resource Page

·         Metro Health: HEALTH ADVISORY – March 17

·         San Antonio COVID-19 Testing Center #s

·         PPE RMOC Request Form

·         COVID-19 Testing Supplies Needed

·         Retired Physicians Returning to Active Status

·         Telemedicine Payments and Regulations

·         Texas Medical Board Extends Medical License Renewal Deadline

·         Upcoming Community Events

·         University Health System Weekly Newsletter

Circle of Friends
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Express Information Systems

Synergy FCU

TAS United

Touchstone Medical Imaging



Auto Program

BCMS Calendar

BCMS/Favorite Staffing

BCMS Phone App

Credentialing Services - BCVI

LifeBridge Free Physician Counseling

Online BCMS Physician Directory

Physicians' Purchasing Guide

San Antonio Medicine Magazine

Important Physician News and Deadlines

San Antonio COVID-19 Testing Center

All Patients Who Need Testing MUST HAVE Signs/Symptoms of COVID-19.

Asymptomatic Patients will NOT be Tested.

·         (210) 233-5970 – Primary Care Providers referrals of citizens who are wanting the test

·         (210) 233-5978 – Other Health Care Workers (e.g. Nursing Homes, Clinics, etc.)

·         (210) 233-5967 – Hospital-based Providers (including Physicians) and 1st Responders


COVID-19 Testing Supplies Needed

To ramp up testing for COVID-19, specimen collection kits are needed! Please check your supplies and consider donating the following:

·         Viral or Universal Transport Medium (VTM/UTM) with synthetic-tip swab. Example:

o   Influenza test

o   HSV PCR test

o   Certain chlamydia/mycoplasma/ureaplasma tests

These items are needed to collect specimens from Persons Under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19. Any quantity, no matter how small or large, you are willing to share is needed! Without these the VTM/UTM and swabs, the tests cannot be done.

Please call with the quantity of items you can provide by calling (210) 301-4391.


Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Supplies Requests

To request critical supplies of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) through the Regional Medical Operations Center (RMOC) from the Strategic National Stockpile click here.


Telemedicine Payments and Regulations

Governor Abbott has waived many restrictions allowing physicians to safely treat patients remotely with the goal to keep more people at home and reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Contracted or preferred physicians and other health care professionals will be eligible for payment from Texas Department of Insurance-regulated plans for medical visits they conduct over the phone instead of in person at the same rate they would receive for in-person visits. Read full description of changes here


Retired Physicians Returning to Active Status

As part of Governor Abbott’s State of Disaster Declaration, he has directed the Texas Medical Board (TMB) to fast-track the temporary licensing of out-of-state physicians, physician assistants, certain retired physicians, nurses, and other license types to assist in Texas' response to COVID-19. TMB is encouraging retired physicians who are Texas residents with licenses that have been placed on official retired status for less than two years to apply for a return to active status here


Texas Medical Board Extend Medical Licenses Renewal Deadline

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Texas Medical Board will extend all state medical licenses that expired or will expire between Feb.28-May 31 and automatically extending the deadline to August 31st. Those affected by the extension can view more information here


Upcoming Community Events

Representative Gervin-Hawkins Facebook Live Update on COVID-19
March 23View Flyer

National Doctor’s Day
March 30

Annual Multidisciplinary Cancer Care Conference
April 2-3RSVP

MGMA San Antonio 2020 Charity Golf Event
April 16RSVP

Circle of Friends Gold Sponsors

 Thank you to our BCMS Circle of Friends sponsors!

Donations from Circle of Friends sponsors help keep down the cost of dues

and allow BCMS to continue to provide quality service to its members.

The Society continues its pledge to you that it will only involve itself in services

 and programs that benefit you, the member, and your patients.

Bexar County Medical Society

4334 N Loop 1604 W, Ste 200

San Antonio, TX 78249



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