View this email in your browser



In this Week's Issue




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


MedPro Group

Synergy FCU

Unite Private Networks




Important Physician News and Deadlines


COVID-19 Vaccine Provider Registration
Pandemic Vaccine Provider Registration 
COVID-19 Vaccination Training Programs and Ref Materials for Healthcare Professionals - CDC Nov. 17, 2020

COVID Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Now Available in San Antonio
In order to assist STRAC (Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Counsel) Regional Hospitals, a coalition of area Hospital Systems, STRAC, the San Antonio Fire Department and the UT Health San Antonio, Office of the EMS Medical Director have established a Regional Infusion Center (RIC) to administer COVID -19 Monoclonal Antibodies to outpatients referred from area Physicians, Clinics, Urgent Care Centers and Emergency Departments.  The goal of this project is to prevent hospitalizations/ER visits for select patients with COVID -19 infection. Click here for details.
STRAC Regional Infusion Center Patient Screening/Referral Form
Frequently Asked Questions on the Emergency Use Authorization for Bamlanivimab

CMS Releases Medicare Billing Codes For COVID-19 Antibody Drug
RevCycle Intelligence (12/7, LaPointe) reports, “CMS has released Medicare billing codes for a new COVID-19 antibody drug recently approved by the FDA.” Healthcare providers may now “use the Healthcare Common Procedural Coding System (HCPCS) code Q0243 for the injection of 2,400 milligrams of Regeneron’s investigational monoclonal antibody therapy cocktail and code M0243 for intravenous infusion and post-administration monitoring, according to an update on CMS’ Monoclonal Antibody COVID-19 Infusion webpage". Continue reading.

COVID-19 Evidence Based Summaries
Early in the COVID-19 epidemic, students at the Long School of Medicine stepped forward to volunteer in the response and created the Long School of Medicine COVID-19 Medical Student Response Team. This group has dedicated thousands of hours since mid-March to volunteer activities. The group identified the need for concise, evidence-based summaries of existing literature. The students organized to review the literature available on COVID-19 and formulate information sheets that could be beneficial to clinicians in four topic areas: Epidemiology, Diagnostics, Clinical Presentation, and Treatment.
Click here to view their last executive summary of 2020.

E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances to be Required Jan. 1
Although state law and Medicare policy will require electronic prescriptions for all controlled substances beginning Jan. 1, Texas prescribers have several options for delaying implementation for at least another year. Continue reading.

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

Virtual Trivia for Charity
December 17 │ 5:30 pm │Register
 The Health Cell is hosting a fun evening of trivia games from the comfort of your home and to help support The San Antonio Food Bank and Meals on Wheels San Antonio.



Circle of Friends Gold Sponsors



Circle of Friends Silver Sponsor


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.



Bexar County Medical Society
4334 N Loop 1604 W, Ste 200
San Antonio, TX 78249
About The Physician's Link
The Physician's Link 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
All rights reserved. Unauthorized use prohibited. Copyright © 2020 Bexar County Medical Society, San Antonio, Texas. All rights reserved.

This email was sent to
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Bexar County Medical Society · 4334 N Loop 1604 W · San Antonio, TX 78249-3484 · USA