March 15, 2020  

                                 THE WEEKLY DOSE

                   The latest news and updates for Physicians in Bexar County


In This Week’s Issue

·         BCMS COVID-19 Resource Page

·         Metro Health Testing Criteria: COVID-19

·         COVID-19 Protocol Recommendations
for Patients Presenting

·         Legal Aspects of Patient Quarantine

·         COVID-19 Patients in Your Practice

·         Upcoming Community Events

·         University Health System Weekly Newsletter

·         Coronavirus Calendar: Events cancelled or postponed in the San Antonio area

Circle of Friends
¤ Spotlight ¤


Bank of San Antonio

Carr Healthcare



Auto Program

BCMS Calendar

BCMS/Favorite Staffing

BCMS Phone App

Credentialing Services - BCVI

LifeBridge Free Physician Counseling

Online BCMS Physician Directory

Physicians' Purchasing Guide

San Antonio Medicine Magazine

Important Physician News and Deadlines

Metro Health Testing Criteria: COVID-19 – As of March 11, 2020

San Antonio Metro Health now has 2019-nCoV Real-Time RT-PCR tests and preliminary results are available in 2-3 business days. Specimens need to be collected by a doctor or hospital, not Metro Health. View the Criteria to guide testing of Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) for COVID-19.


COVID-19 Protocol Recommendations for Patients Presenting

We are providing physicians a protocol when evaluating patients at your practice who show symptoms of COVID-19 or Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) and asymptomatic close contacts who have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19.

San Antonio Metro Health Testing Criteria for PUIs for COVID-19


Legal Aspects of Patient Quarantine

The Texas Judiciary has taken precautionary steps for those patients who test positive for COVID-19 but refuse to obey quarantine restrictions. Two judges from every judicial region in Texas have been appointed to hear these cases and will be available 24/7. While judges don’t anticipate they’ll hold many involuntary quarantine hearings and there have not yet been patients refusing, a system is now in place should the need arise.

For additional information or reporting a case click here.


COVID-19 Patients: Lessons Learned

On February 26, Houston Village Medical family practice had two patients test positive for COVID-19 and as a result, the practice lost three physicians and one nurse due to the 14-day mandatory quarantine. Dr. Fields, co-founder of Houston Village Medical is urging other physicians to learn from their mistakes and set up procedures to triage and treat patients who may have COVID-19. Read full article here


Upcoming Community Events

MGMA San Antonio Management 101 Series
March 17│ RSVP

National Doctor’s Day
March 30

Annual Multidisciplinary Cancer Care Conference
April 2-3 │RSVP

MGMA San Antonio 2020 Charity Golf Event
April 16 │RSVP

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.

Bexar County Medical Society

4334 N Loop 1604 W, Ste 200

San Antonio, TX 78249



About The Weekly Dose

The Weekly Dose 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

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