February 9, 2020  

                                 THE WEEKLY DOSE

                   The latest news and updates for Physicians in Bexar County


In This Week’s Issue

·         Coronavirus Testing Algorithm and Signage

·         Coronavirus Questions? Find Answers Here

·         Metro Health DOCALERT Text Based Alert System

·         Regional Medical Operations Center San Antonio (RMOC-SA) Situation Report

·         Upcoming Community Events

·         University Health System Weekly Newsletter

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Important Physician News and Deadlines

Coronavirus Testing Algorithm and Signage

The City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) is working with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to continue to monitor the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). In conjunction, they have created a Testing Algorithm to determine if patients meet the criteria for Novel Coronavirus and Posters to put up in your facility.


Coronavirus Questions? Get Answers Here

If you or your patients have questions about the new Coronavirus that originated in China, State and National health officials are providing up-to-date information and guidance. Although no cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Texas, Physicians are being urged to use caution with patients who have a fever and/or symptom of lower respiratory illness. View Coronavirus Information


Metro Health DOCALERT Text Message

Metro Health now has a text based alert system to reach physicians called DOCALERT, to sign up for text messages text DOCALERT to 55000.

Summary Terms & Conditions: Mobile text messages are intended for subscribers over the age of 18 and are delivered via USA short code 55000.You may receive up to 4 message(s) per month for text alerts. Message and data rates may apply. This service is available to persons with text-capable phones subscribing to carriers including AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile®, Sprint, Virgin Mobile USA, Cincinnati Bell, Centennial Wireless, Unicel, U.S. Cellular®, and Boost. For help, text HELP to 55000, email junda.woo@sanantonio.gov, or call +1 2102075738. You may stop your mobile subscription at any time by text messaging STOP to short code 55000.


Regional Medical Operations Center San Antonio (RMOC-SA) Situation Report

The RMOC-SA was activated to Level III (Increased Readiness) status on Jan. 24th to manage the increasing coordination needs. Weekly coordination calls with EMS and Hospital partners have been scheduled and will provide additional reports as needed. View Situation Report

Upcoming Community Events

·         February 11 –  Frank Bryan Jr., MD, Endowed Memorial Distinguished Lecture

·         February 12 – American Heart Go Red for Women Summit and Fashion Show

·         February 20 – MGMA San Antonio Annual Education Conference

·         February 21 – Texas Radiology Society 107th Annual Meeting

·         February 23 – 2nd Annual South Texas Alzheimer’s Conference Public Event

·         February 25 – Webinar: Understanding Your Cyber Insurance

·         March 1 – Texas PMP Program Mandatory Use Begins

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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 steve.fitzer@bcms.org.

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