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Important Physician News and Deadlines


Free At-Home Test-Ordering Now Available; Watch Out for Fake Tests From Other Sources
With the spread of the omicron variant creating a renewed run on COVID-19 testing and the Biden administration opening its online ordering for free at-home tests, it's a good time for physicians to be extra-vigilant about exploring testing options and to encourage their patients to do the same. Find reputable tests.

Blood Donations Are the Lowest They've Been In 10 Years 
Right now, the U.S., including Texas, is experiencing the worst blood shortage in over a decade. The supply is so low that many hospitals are not only postponing elective surgeries, but are deferring patients from major surgeries, including life-saving organ transplants. You can schedule an appointment to donate blood either on the phone or online through University Health. You can call them at (210) 358-2812, or schedule an appointment here.  Register for BCMS Mobile Blood drive here

Talk to Patients About: Variants
Alpha. Delta. Epsilon. Omicron. These and other variants of COVID-19 have made their way through the U.S. and Texas, and new ones will almost certainly be coming along. This Q&A will help you answer your patients' common questions about variants and how to fight them. Learn how you can educate your patients here.

Deductible Mileage Rate For Business Driving Increases For 2022
The IRS has announced the 2022 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. View the changes here

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│ Register



Circle of Friends Gold 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 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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