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In this Week's Issue

  • Do You or Your Staff Still Need the COVID-19 Vaccine?
  • Volunteers Needed: COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
  • San Antonio Metro Health Advisory: Pan - Resistant Candida Auris
  • TMB Clarifies Waiver Allowing Certain Pain Prescription Refills via Telemedicine
  • Medicare to Double Payment to Administer Vaccines
  • Dr. Ruth Berggren Q & A: COVID-19 Vaccine Myths and Appointments
  • Are You Ready for the Requirements Coming Under the 21st Century Cures Act?
  • 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


Do You or Your Staff Still Need the COVID-19 Vaccine?
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!

UT Health San Antonio has now set it up so all (1A/1B) members of our community, who meet current eligibility requirements outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, can now self-schedule their vaccination. A big thank you to UT Health for working with BCMS to get our members and other health professionals vaccinated during this very challenging time. Schedule Your Vaccine

For the latest information on vaccination opportunities in our community visit the BCMS website Vaccinations for Physicians page.

Volunteers Needed: COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
Volunteer Licensed Medical Professionals and others are needed for the Mass Vaccination Clinics being held at the Alamo Dome and Mobile Vaccination Clinic. All vaccinators/drawers must register on the Texas Disaster Volunteer Registry (TDVR) with the Alamo Area Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).
Volunteer at Alamodome
Volunteer at Mobile Clinic

San Antonio Metro Health Advisory: Pan - Resistant Candida Auris
In January 2021, Candida Auris became a Texas notifiable condition with required isolation submission to the DHSH Laboratory in Austin. View Advisory.

TMB Clarifies Waiver Allowing Certain Pain Prescription Refills via Telemedicine
The Texas Medical Board has republished an emergency rule, effective March 3, that extends a waiver that allows for telephone refills of certain controlled substance prescriptions to treat patients with chronic pain who recently saw their doctor via telemedicine or in person. Read More

Medicare to Double Payment to Administer Vaccines
Medicare will pay physicians and practices that administer COVID-19 vaccines $40 per dose – nearly double the current payment, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced.  Continue reading.  View billing guidelines

Dr. Ruth Berggren Q&A : COVID-19 Vaccine Myths and Appointments
Dr. Berggren answers more COVID-19 questions, and explains how the public, beginning Monday, March 22, will be able to seek a vaccine appointment on the UT Health San Antonio website. Watch Video.

Are You Ready for the Requirements Coming Under the 21st Century Cures Act?
Starting April 5, all practices must comply with the federal 21st Century Cures Act, which is designed to facilitate widespread access and sharing of health information among patients and physicians. How well do you know what will be required of your practice?
Continue reading.

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.
April 6
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

Active Threat Speaker Series Presents: Evolution of Active Threat
March 22│2:00 pm - 4:00 pm │Register
This event was originally on February 25 and has been rescheduled to the new date. 

SAMGMA Lunch Connection
March 23│12:00 pm - 1:00 pm │
Join us for a presentation from Erik Burt, Area President for Arthur J. Gallagher. Erik will discuss professional liability insurance updates for Texas and nationally, as well as cover the importance of cyber liability coverage.

Opioid Epidemic and Your Practice
March 23│12:15 pm - 12:15 pm │
TMLT is hosting a CME webinar to discuss the issues physicians face in the opioid epidemic.
CME: Our webinars are designated as a 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

Diabetes Working Group for Researchers and Industry in San Antonio
March 23│5:00 pm- 6:00 pm │Register
During this event, diabetes researchers and industry will be able to meet each other for future collaborations and networking.  Attendees will also be engaged to provide input for marketing material describing diabetes work in the San Antonio region.

SAMGMA Membership Meeting
March 25│6:30 pm - 7:45 pm │
The SAMGMA Board of Directors and Committee Chairs will update the membership on activities. Presentation by Jared Vinson, Hill Country Tech Guys.  

National Doctors' Day
March 30

BCMS/BCMSA Blood Drive
April 6│2:00 pm - 7:00 pm │

Virtual First Tuesdays at the Capitol
April 6, May 4│12:00 pm │Register

Pulling Wisdom: Filling the Gaps in Cross- Cultural
Communication for Healthcare Professionals

April 13│6:30 pm - 8:30 pm │Register
San Antonio District Dental Society presents Dr. Cathy Hung, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon to address the day to day relevancy and the racial and gender disparity within the profession and how it directly impacts patient care. (2 CE hours)

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



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Welcome a Renewing Silver Sponsor to our Circle of Friends program. Please support this sponsor with your patronage!


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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