††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† March 29, 2020††

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† THE WEEKLY DOSE

†††††††††††††††††† The latest news and updates for Physicians in Bexar County


In This Weekís Issue

         BCMS COVID-19 Resource Page

         Health Advisory: Updated Guidance for COVID-19

         COVID-19 Self-screening Tool - Should I be tested?

         COVID-19 Testing Supplies Needed †

         Financing Options to Help Keep Your Practice Afloat

         What if Iím running low on PPE?

         University Health System Weekly Newsletter

Circle of Friends
§ Spotlight §


Care Allies


Edward Jones




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


Health Advisory: Updated Guidance for COVID-19

San Antonio Metro Health has sent out new COVID-19 guidelines on quarantining and testing priorities as the situation continues to change. View updated guidelines here


COVID-19 Self-Screening Tool - Should I be tested?

San Antonio Metro Health now has a 9 question self-screening tool that can help you decide whether you should be test for COVID-19. This screening test does not provide medical diagnosis, if you are experiencing a serious health emergency, call 911.

Take self-screening test


COVID-19 Testing Supplies Needed

To ramp up testing for COVID-19, specimen collection kits are needed! Please check your supplies and consider donating the following:

         Viral or Universal Transport Medium (VTM/UTM) with synthetic-tip swab. Example:

o   Influenza test

o   HSV PCR test

o   Certain chlamydia/mycoplasma/ureaplasma tests

These items are needed to collect specimens from Persons Under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19. Any quantity, no matter how small or large, you are willing to share is needed! Without these the VTM/UTM and swabs, the tests cannot be done.

Please call with the quantity of items you can provide by calling (210) 301-4391.


Financing Options to Help Keep Your Practice Afloat

Gov. Greg Abbott recently announced that the US Small Business Administration (SBA) has included Texas in its Economic Injury Disaster Declaration, giving qualifying small businesses in Texas which includes health care clinics and practices, access to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. See my financial options


What if Iím running low on PPE?

To help answer questions and address concerns you might have about Texasí supply of PPE, view the PPE supply and shortage FAQ


PPE donations are being collected at BCMS

Address: 4334 N Loop 1604 W., San Antonio, TX 78249

If you are in need of PPE, please email your contact information and PPE needs to donations@bcms.org and we will try to fill your needs. Requests are filled as supplies are available.


Circle of Friends Platinum Sponsor

Circle of Friends Gold 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 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 steve.fitzer@bcms.org.

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