May 24, 2020  

                                 THE WEEKLY DOSE

                   The latest news and updates for Physicians in Bexar County


In This Week’s Issue

·         BCMS COVID-19 Resource Page

·         Stay at Home Order Extended

·         COVID-19 Evidence Based Medicine Literature

·         Mask Filtration Effectiveness Database

·         Which Plans Pay for Telemedicine and How Much

·         Free PPE Supplies

·         University Health System Weekly Newsletter

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Important Physician News and Deadlines

San Antonio Stay Home Work Safe Order Extended

The City Council has approved Mayor Nirenberg’s Stay at Home Orders until June 4. The emergency order strongly encourages residents older than 10 to wear face masks and minimize social gatherings and in- person contact. View Emergency Order


COVID-19 Evidence Based Medicine Literature
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 for detailed information sheets. Documents will be updated biweekly. 


Mask Filtration Effectiveness Database

Many people are utilizing the pandemic for profit and there are a lot of counterfeit N95 masks out there. The Physician Self Defense organization has been testing N95s submitted by physicians to ascertain the effectiveness to make sure the masks provide the necessary protection needed. Initial data has shown that there are some KN95s testing at only 50% filtration at 0.3 microns. There are good KN95s out there, and many with good filtration. However, the vast majority of what is being imported is not medical grade and does not get a good seal on the face. The spreadsheet (at the bottom of the webpage) is updated as additional masks are tested. View spreadsheet


Which Plans Pay for Telemedicine and How Much

With changes to state and federal rules regarding payment for telemedicine services but what does each plan pay for? Texas Medical Association has compiled information for various types of insurance plans and what they cover. View full article here


Free PPE Supplies

Need PPE for your practice? BCMS can help! Physician practices in need of PPE, please click here to indicate your PPE needs. Requests are filled as donated supplies are available.

Upcoming Events

Metro Health Weekly COVID-19 Medical Provider Update

May 26│6 pm

Panelists Dr. Junda Woo and Dr. Anita Kurian will provide COVID-19 updates
and local guidance, and will answer questions.

Join meeting

 Meeting number (access code): 284 219 739

Meeting password: covid19


Annual Border Health Conference


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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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