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Important Physician News and Deadlines


San Antonio Metro Health News
January 2022 Monthly Newsletter Issue
Metro Health has opened 6 no-cost COVID-19 test sites that are now available to the public. Metro Health encourages individuals to get tested if they have symptoms of the coronavirus. The new test sites were contracted by the City of San Antonio to reduce wait times and add capacity in the region. The PCR test sites are operated by Community Labs. No appointment is necessary as testing is done on a walk-up basis only. Register now.

CDC Updates COVID Guidance for Health Professionals
Citing a potential surge in COVID-19 cases due to the omicron variant, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released emergency isolation and quarantine guidelines for health care professionals to assist with staffing shortages. The updated guidance differs from that for the general public. See the latest timelines.

Expect a More Serious Flu Season and Test Accordingly
In 2021, precautions that people took against COVID-19 – like masking and social distancing – helped create an unusually light flu season, says Jennifer Shuford, MD, chief state epidemiologist at the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). In 2022, Texas probably will not be as lucky. Continue reading.

Home COVID Tests to be Covered by Insurers
Private health insurers will be required to cover up to eight home COVID-19 tests per month for people on their plans. The Biden administration announced the change the past week as it looks to lower costs and make testing for the virus more convenient amid rising frustrations. Under the new policy, first detailed to the AP, Americans will be able to either purchase home testing kits for free under their insurance or submit receipts for the tests for reimbursement, up to the monthly per-person limit. 

Low COVID Vaccination Rate Among Ages 5-11 Suggests More Vaccinators Needed
As of Jan. 10, Texas Department of State Health Service (DSHS) figures show more than 661,000 Texans aged 5 to 11 have received at least one dose of the vaccine. That’s about 23% of the state’s estimated population for that age group (using 2019 DSHS population estimates). Only about 370,000 children aged 5 to 11 are fully vaccinated, a little under 13%. With medicine now in the midst of a surge in the omicron variant of COVID-19, the Texas Medical Association is urging pediatricians to become COVID-19 vaccinators and reinforce to parents the importance of vaccinating their children.

FREE PPE Still Available 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

The Focus of HIPPA Investigations by the
Office for Civil Rights

January 25│12:15 pm │Register
Learn about common HIPAA compliance issues and other findings from the most recent round of Office for Civil Rights (OCR) investigations. Hosts Cathy Bryant and Kassie Toerner will answer audience questions after the presentation. This free course has been designated by TMLT for 1 credit in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility

Unite Private Networks Ribbon Cutting
January 26│9:00 am │Register

FREE Physician Webinar & CME
February 5│9:00 am │Register
Led by Nora Vasquez MD, Certified Physician Coach, Board-Certified Internal Medicine Specialist. Discover Strategies to Finally Let Go Of Perfectionism & Quiet Your Harsh Inner Critic!

15th Anniversary Community Service Learning (CSL) Conference
February 5│8:00 am │Register
National youth advocate Jennifer Rodriguez, JD, Executive Director of the Youth Law Center, will share insights on the power that one caring adult can make in transforming the life of displaced youth through seeing and hearing youth as they deserve to be seen. 

“Chronic pelvic pain: Diagnosis, Management and When to Refer
February 9│6:00 pm │Register
Presented by Anne E. Porter, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at UT Health San Antonio.

BCMS Blood Drive
February 28│11:30 am - 4:30 pm│ SAVE THE DATE


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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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