February 6, 2020  

                           THE WEEKLY DOSE

          The latest news and updates for Physicians in Bexar County.


In This Week’s Issue

·         Deadline to Register to Vote is February 3

·         Claim Your 5% Medicare Bonus

·         CDC Hospital Workbook for Pediatric Medical Care During an Influenza Pandemic

·         Criteria to Guide Patients Under Investigation for 2019-novel Coronavirus

·         University Health System Weekly Newsletter

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San Antonio Medicine Magazine

The BCMS Joint Installation of Officers

was held January 25 at the
Mays Family Center at the Witte Museum.

Visit the BCMS Photo Gallery to see photos of all the fun!

Important Physician News and Deadlines

Register to Vote by Monday

The Spring primaries are upon us and they determine the practice environment for Texas physicians and our patients. To help elect medicine-friendly candidates in the March primaries, you must be registered to vote by Monday, Feb. 3. Early voting begins Tuesday, Feb 18.  Register to Vote


Last Day to Claim Your 5% Medicare Bonus is Feb. 28

We have learned that CMS has not been able to disburse funds to over 3,000 clinicians because they cannot verify banking information. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is asking all participating Physicians who have not received their APM incentive payments for 2019 to start the process and submit by Feb. 28. Remember, that federal regulations require CMS to disburse APM incentive payments to all participants in one lump sum. Verify your Banking Information  


CDC Hospital Workbook

In preparing for the Coronavirus, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention have partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to create a workbook designed to assist hospitals in coordinating care of pediatric patients during an influenza pandemic. Read the Hospital Workbook


SA Metro Health and DSHS Criteria to Guide Patients Under Investigation for 2019-novel Coronavirus

Patients in the US who meet the following criteria should be evaluated as a PUI for 2019-nCoV. The criteria are intended to serve as guidance for evaluation. Patients should be evaluated and discussed with local public health departments. Read Criteria Guide

Upcoming Community Events

·         February 7 – San Fernando Cathedral Health Fair Gala – Posthumously

Honoring Dr. Jose Benavides, 1984 BCMS President

·         February 12 – American Heart Go Red for Women Summit and Fashion Show

·         February 20 – MGMA San Antonio Annual Education Conference

·         April 2-3 – UT MD Anderson Cancer Center Annual Multidisciplinary Cancer Care Conference 2020 “Bridging Oncology & Primary Care

·         April 24-25- 4th Annual Cardio Renal Connections Conference

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 and only will involve itself in services

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

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San Antonio, TX 78249




About The Weekly Dose

The Weekly Dose is a service of the Bexar County Medical Society. Some of the suggestions conveyed may not be applicable to your practice today, but the goal is to offer information over time that returns value in excess of the cost of your membership. If you would like to recommend future topics to share with your colleagues, please submit them to the BCMS Executive Director at steve.fitzer@bcms.org.

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