March 8, 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 – COVID-19 Testing UPDATE

·         Hospital Preparedness for COVID-19

·         Immunize San Antonio (IZSA) Survey

Full Stories Below

·         Upcoming Community Events

·         University Health System Weekly Newsletter


Circle of Friends
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MedPro Group

Waechter Consulting Group



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

COVID-19 Testing Update – San Antonio Metro Health

Metro Health’s Lab received one CDC 2019-nCoV Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel from CDC on Tuesday, March 3, 2020. Read more

March 4, the CDC changed its criteria for considering persons to test for COVID-19. Due to current testing capacity limitations in Texas, based on the recommendations by the Texas Department of State Health Services, local public health departments will continue using the PUI testing criteria to prioritize testing of persons at risk of COVID-19.
Click Here for Updated Testing Criteria

Metro Health now offers these alerts by text. If interested, 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, or call +1 2102075738. You may stop your mobile subscription at any time by text messaging STOP to short code 55000.


Hospital Preparedness for COVID-19

The current COVID-19 epidemic looks very much like an early influenza pandemic in many important respects. The World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are calling for hospital administrators and clinicians to begin preparations for a COVID-19 pandemic by providing resources and existing hospital preparedness plans. See full article here


Immunize San Antonio (IZSA) Survey

The Immunize San Antonio (IZSA) Coalition’s mission is to promote immunizations in diverse populations across the life span through collaboration and education. IZSA wants your feedback on how they can help health care providers improve the health of San Antonio and Bexar County Residents by taking a quick 10 question survey. Take the Survey

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 Platinum Sponsor

Circle of Friends Silver 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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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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