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BCMS Calendar
BCMS/Favorite Staffing
BCMS Phone App
COVID-19 Resources Page
Credentialing Services - BCVI
LifeBridge Free Personal Counseling
Monkeypox Resources

Online BCMS Physician Directory
Physicians Health and Rehabilitation (PH&R)
Physicians' Purchasing Guide

San Antonio Medicine Magazine

Circle of Friends

Livingston Med Lab

Ned Hodge

Sol Schwartz & Associates, PC




Important Physician News and Deadlines


DOJ-HHS Releases Guidance on Non-Discrimination in Telehealth
Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Justice have issued a Joint Guidance on Accessible Telehealth Services to include Federal protections to ensure accessibility to people with disabilities and limited English proficient persons. Read more 

Am I Protected Against Polio?
Most people in the U.S. are vaccinated, which provides substantial protection, experts say. Concerns around polio vaccination status continue to grow in light of the high-profile polio case in New York. Find more information here.

Understanding and Addressing COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Bexar County
COVID-19 challenged our healthcare systems and unsurprisingly, so did its vaccine. Over 35% of responding physicians had concerns regarding the vaccine. 20% of respondents supported vaccination under FDA full approval. 77% of respondents supported an emergency use authorization (EUA). Data aided county-wide vaccination by identifying regions lacking vaccine providers. Continue reading

Telehealth Extension Bill Advances to U.S. Senate
Signaling strong support to build on the COVID-19-era gains in telemedicine, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that would extend Medicare’s telehealth payment and regulatory flexibilities through the end of 2024, should the public health emergency (PHE) end before then. Read more

Physicians Responsible for Checking OIG Exclusion List
One way the Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) protects the health and welfare of people receiving Medicaid is by preventing certain people or businesses from participating as service providers. Medicaid providers are responsible for making sure they don’t employ or contract with someone listed on the state or federal OIG exclusion lists. Read more

Last Chance for Free PPE from BCMS
Do you need PPE For your practice? Let us help! Physician practices in need of PPE, please click here to indicate your PPE needs. Requests are filled as donated supplies are available.




Upcoming Community Events

COVID 2.0: An Updated Health Literacy ECHO for Providers
Sep 2│12:00 pm│
Health Confianza is a partnered initiative between UT Health San Antonio, UT San Antonio and the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District to share relevant and usable information about COVID-19 with local providers.

FREE CME Wellness & Coaching Webinar
Sep 19│7:00 pm│Register
Efficient Charting Tips for Busy Healthcare Professionals
Learn effective time-saving strategies to get your charting done at work!
presented by Nora Vasquez, MD.

Inaugural Symposium On Host-Microbiome Interactions
By UT Health San Antonio

Nov 3│8:00 am - 4:00 pm│Save the Date
This event welcomes researchers, healthcare professionals and students in the region to explore the latest discoveries in host-microbiome interaction and oral-gut-brain axis research!

Child Maltreatment Recognition Training Course
10 Modules│150 minutes│Register
This course is designed to strengthen and reinforce knowledge and skills in areas of child maltreatment recognition and reporting.


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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 services 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
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