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In this Week's Issue

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Updates
  • SARS-CoV-2 Variants Circulating in the United States
  • BCMS Continues to Recommend Following CDC Guidelines
  • CDC Health Alert: Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
  • Texas Medical Association (TMA) on Prior Authorizations
  • New Federal Rules Allow Patients To See Clinical Notes Written By Their Physicians
  • Virtual First Tuesdays at the Capitol
  • Free PPE Supplies
  • BCMS COVID-19 Resources Page
  • University Health System Weekly Newsletter






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Important Physician News and Deadlines


COVID-19 Vaccine Updates
Physicians: Do you or your staff still need the first dose of COVID-19 vaccinations? Have each medical staff person in your practice that still needs the first dose vaccination complete this form. Please double check the spelling of the email address and the accuracy of the phone number! This is NOT for your patients or the public!

SARS-CoV-2 Variants Circulating in the United States
The Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) national genomic surveillance program identifies new and emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants to determine implications for COVID-19 diagnostics, treatments, or vaccines authorized for use in the United States. Monitoring the spread of emerging variants in the United States relies on widespread, rapid sequencing. Continue reading.

BCMS Continues to Recommend Following CDC Guidelines
The Bexar County Medical Society continues to stress the importance of wearing masks, practicing social distancing, washing hands frequently, and receiving a vaccine when eligible as the most effective ways to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

CDC Health Alert: Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
As of April 12, 2021, approximately 6.85 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine (Janssen) have been administered in the United States. The CDC is reviewing data involving six U.S. cases of a rare type of blood clot and in these cases, a type of blood clot called cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST) was seen in combination with low levels of blood platelets (thrombocytopenia). Continue reading

Texas Medical Association (TMA) on Prior Authorization 
Health plans continue to increase the number and frequency of prior authorizations, costing physicians and their patients time and money. The increasing number of prior authorization requirements for everything from novel therapies to generic prescription medication takes physicians away from patient care and often causes patients to delay or abandon their care. Read TMA's one pager on streamlining prior authorization burdens. 

New Federal Rules Allow Patients To See Clinical Notes Written By Their Physicians
The Washington Post reported that “this spring, new federal rules went into effect that will allow patients to see the clinic notes physicians write, which advocates say will improve patients’ knowledge of their own health.” According to the Post, “Supporters of the open-notes effort say they are optimistic that this change will make a big difference because people will be able to click on their patient portal...and see what their doctors have written, rather than just a list of often confusing test results and other information.”  Read full story here. 

Virtual First Tuesdays at the Capitol
Join TMA at noon on the first Tuesday of the month (April and May 2021) for a virtual legislative update and trip to the Capitol. TMA’s lobby team will outline issues important to medicine and actions you can take now to make a difference. Registration is FREE.
May 4

Free PPE Supplies
Need PPE for your practice? Let us help! Physician practices in need of PPE, please click here to indicate your PPE needs. Requests are filled as donated supplies are available.




Upcoming Community Events

SAMGMA Management 101
April 27│7:30 am │Register
Join SAMGMA for a presentation by Jessica Leal, HR Consultant with Employer Flexible, will discuss Top HR Tips that will include Hiring, Compliance, Employee Relations, Engagement, and COVID-19.

UT Health San Antonio
 History of Medicine: Spring Lecture Series

April 14 & 28, May 12│6:00 pm - 8:00 pm │Register

TMLT 2021 Risk Management
Online Spring Seminar Series

April 20 & 28│6:00 pm - 8:00 pm│ Register
This 2-hour CME seminar is intended for physicians of all specialties who are interested in practical ways to reduce the potential for malpractice liability.

Virtual First Tuesdays at the Capitol
May 4│12:00 pm │Register

Texas MGMA Annual Conference
May 19-21│All Day │Register



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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.



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