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Important Physician News and Deadlines
Texas Medical Board License Renewals Due August 31
If your medical license was set to expire on Feb. 28 or May 31, and you benefited from the Texas Medical Board’s automatic extension due to COVID-19, your license renewal fees are coming due Aug. 31. The extension also applied to newly licensed physicians and physician assistants whose initial registrations were due between March and June of this year. Read more

Texas HHSC: Letter to Texas Employers
Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) have received reports that some employers are requiring their employees to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test before they can return to work after an illness. However, we at DSHS are not recommending COVID-19 testing be required before returning to work. Read full letter here and you can read the Spanish version here.

San Antonio Metro Health Town Hall: COVID-19 Critical Care Update 
On August 18th Dr. Stephen Derdack, PulmCCM discussed his ICU work in New York City and San Antonio in treating COVID-19 at the Metro Health Tele Town Hall. Watch video here

Nine ways to fight the Pandemic Blues
COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on humanity’s physical health and as the virus continues to spread and social distancing and other public health measures go on, mental health issues are skyrocketing. The pandemic blues can be difficult to shake but Dr. Kanzler is offering several coping mechanisms.

COVID-19 Office Safety Measures
To help your staff remember to stay safe or to provide staff with more tips on how to prevent COVID-19 in the workplace, we have created this poster that you can print out and hang near other workplace posters.  

Free PPE Supplies
Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Bexar County Medical Society and the Strategic Alliance for Emergency Response (SAFER Texas) have sent over 1,030 PPE care packages to physician practices containing over 160,000 pieces of PPE. This effort has helped roughly 10,182 healthcare professionals through this ongoing project. A huge Thank You to Gwendolyn Quintana and the SAFER Texas volunteers who have made this project work!
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

Metro Health Health Weekly COVID-19 Medical Provider Update
August 25 
│6pm│Join meeting
Panelists Dr. Junda Woo and Dr. Anita Kurian will provide COVID-19 updates and local guidance, and will answer questions.

SAMGMA Membership Meeting
August 27

Military City USA Trauma Collaborative Research Conference
August 26-27
Circle of Friends Platinum Sponsors
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
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