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Physicians' Purchasing Guide

San Antonio Medicine Magazine

Circle of Friends

Synergy FCU



Important Physician News and Deadlines


COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Extended
The national public health emergency related to COVID-19 has been extended to July 20 and likely will be extended throughout 2021,Texas Medical Association experts say the extension allows the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to maintain several COVID-19-related Medicare waivers and flexibilities, including paying the same rate for telemedicine visits as for in-person visits, and allowing use of audio-only telemedicine services. View all extensions

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

TMA Leadership College Class of 2022
The application to apply for the TMA Leadership College Class of 2022 is now open. Applicants must be active TMA members in good standing and in their first eight years of practice post-residency/fellowship. Applications are due Friday, June 25th. Apply here

Ask the Expert: Virtual Series
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. Register here.

FDA: N95 Masks, Now Plentiful, Should No Longer Be Reused
The Biden administration has taken the first step toward ending an emergency exception that allowed hospitals to ration and reuse N95 medical masks, the first line of defense between frontline workers and the deadly coronavirus. US manufacturers say there are now surpluses of N95 masks, and hospitals say they have stockpiles that can last for months, so “the government says hospitals and healthcare providers should try to return to one mask per patient. Continue reading.

CDC Recommends Pregnant Women Get Coronavirus Vaccine
Pregnant women confused by conflicting recommendations regarding coronavirus vaccination over the past few months now have clear guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Get the shots. Read more.

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

Opioids and Chronic Pain Management
May 4│12:00 pm │Register
Texas Medical Board presents a FREE 1 hour CME presentation via Zoom.

Virtual First Tuesdays at the Capitol
May 6│6:00 pm - 7:30 pm │Register

UT Health San Antonio
 History of Medicine: Spring Lecture Series

 May 12│6:00 pm - 8:00 pm │Register

Resilience and Well-Being in the Time of a Pandemic
May 20│12:00 - 1:15 pm │Register
The Health Cell presents an informative panel discussion where we will hear from healthcare leaders on tools and strategies for adjusting to mental health stressors caused by changes resulting from the pandemic.

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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