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Auto Program
BCMS Calendar
BCMS/Favorite Staffing
BCMS Phone App
Credentialing Services - BCVI
LifeBridge Free Personal Counseling
Online BCMS Physician Directory
Physicians' Purchasing Guide

San Antonio Medicine Magazine

Circle of Friends


Broadway Bank

Sol Schwartz & Associates

Carr Healthcare

MedPro Group



Important Physician News and Deadlines


Long School of Medicine Student to Serve as TMA Trustee 
Swetha Maddipudi, a rising fourth year medical student at UT Health San Antonio Long School of Medicine, was elected to represent the TMA Medical Student Section (TMA-MSS) on the TMA Board of Trustees. She is vice chair of the TMA-MSS Executive Council and a past president of Long School of Medicine’s TMA chapter, where she spearheaded student involvement in TMA’s First Tuesdays at the Capitol and helped secure two TMA Foundation grants to host local vaccination clinics for medically underserved San Antonio residents. Read More

Coronavirus Immunity Lasts At Least A Year, Two Studies Indicate
The New York Times (5/26, Mandavilli) reports, “Immunity to the coronavirus lasts at least a year, possibly a lifetime, improving over time especially after vaccination, according to two new studies.” In a study published in Nature, researchers found that among “people who had been exposed to the coronavirus about a year earlier,” memory B cells “persist in the bone marrow and may churn out antibodies whenever needed.” In the other study, posted on bioRxiv, researchers found that “memory B cells continue to mature and strengthen for at least 12 months after the initial infection.” 

Medicaid Covers Pfizer Adolescent COVID-19 Vaccine
As of May 10, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) updated the state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program formularies to include coverage of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in adolescents aged 12 years and older. HHSC says it will follow the Medicare rate for vaccine administration. Read more.

COVID-19 Vaccine Management Resources-DSHS
Each week, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will offer two different types of webinar sessions on COVID-19 vaccine management programs and administering the vaccine. During both sessions, your questions will be answered by a panel of experts who are ready to help you through this journey.  You can register for both sessions on our calendar here.

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

Ask the Expert Series
June 1, August 17, October 21│12:00 pm │Register
The Texas Medical Association is launching a new “Ask the Expert” virtual series to bring members direct access to professional experts who can answer questions on legal, practice management, advocacy, and regulatory topics.



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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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