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Important Physician News and Deadlines
In Memoriam: Morris Franklin, MD
Dr. Morris Emory Franklin Jr., a renowned surgeon and an educator whose innovative work in minimally invasive techniques shaped the history of modern surgery, died Aug. 2, 2020, after emergency surgery. Continue reading

Check for MIPS Errors
If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to check your Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance feedback, including your 2019 MIPS final score and 2021 payment adjustment, and file a targeted review by Oct. 5, if needed. Read full article

175 Area Residents with Prediabetes Needed for Medications Study
175 area residents with a diagnosis of prediabetes are encouraged to enroll in a clinical trial offered by UT Health San Antonio and University Health System. The study, conducted at the Texas Diabetes Institute (TDI), is comparing four medications to see which will best prevent conversion to Type 2 diabetes. Read more
Travis County Medical Society #CovidShuffleChallenge
TCMS President John Abikhaled's started the now very popular Tik Tok #CovidShuffleChallenge with a light hearted message about doing what we need to do to stop the spread of COVID-19. Watch video here

Recommendations for Influenza Prevention and Treatment in Children: An Update for Pediatric Providers
During this COCA call, subject matter experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and CDC will discuss strategies primary care providers and medical subspecialists can use to improve flu prevention and control in children this season. RSVP

Didn’t Get Your 5% APM Incentive Payment? Take Action by Nov. 13
If you participated in an advanced alternative payment model (APM) under the 2018 Quality Payment Program, TMA encourages you to take action now to verify that you have received your 5% APM incentive payment for 2020. Read full article 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
Metro Health Weekly COVID-19 Townhall Medical Provider Update
September 29│6:00 pm │Join meeting
Tele Town Hall will have a special presentation by Dr. Barbara Taylor from UT Health on vaccines and COVID-19.

September 29│7:30 am │RSVP
Topic: "Telehealth: How To Avoid Common Pitfalls for Lasting Success".   
   Presenter:  Lindsey Herman Nolan, CMPE, Nolan Practice Management 

2020 Mini Regional Conference

October 2│11:00 am │RSVP
TMA Alliance’s (TMAA's) annual full-day Regional Conference of networking, leadership development, and fun is going virtual this year

UIW and Metro Health Drive-Thru Flu Clinic
October 3│10:00 am - 2:00 pm │RSVP
Social Determinants to Health Virtual CME
October 8│7:00 pm │SAVE THE DATE
Bexar County Psychiatric Society with UT Health SA and Laurel Ridge Treatment Center presents a Virtual CME presented by Jessica Sandoval, MD.

San Antonio Bar Association Judicial Candidate Forum
October 15│5:00 pm │RSVP
The SABA Medical Legal Liaison Committee and the Bexar County Women's Bar are co-hosting the 2020 virtual Judicial Candidate Forum.
Circle of Friends Gold 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.
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