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In this Week's Issue

  • CDC Recommends Novavax’s COVID-19 Vaccine for Adults
  • Getting Another Shot: Physicians Combat Post-COVID Vaccine Hesitancy
  • Q&A: The COVID Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 Subvariants
  • Take Action: Support the Reduction of Unnecessary Prior Authorizations
  • CPT® Evaluation and Management
  • Toolkit Helps Identify and Respond to Monkeypox Exposures Among Health Workers
  • 2022 BCMS Leadership Series
  • FREE PPE Still Available from BCMS
  • University Health Weekly News Digest




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Important Physician News and Deadlines


CDC Recommends Novavax’s COVID-19 Vaccine for Adults
The CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation that Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine be used as another primary series option for adults ages 18 years and older. Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine, which will be available in the coming weeks. Find more information here

Getting Another Shot: Physicians Combat Post-COVID Vaccine Hesitancy
Thousands of Texas children are getting back-to-school vaccinations before starting the new academic year. As they do, Texas physicians see evidence that skepticism about the COVID-19 vaccines has turned into skepticism about all types of vaccines. There are a lot more people who have questions about vaccine safety, and there’s more vaccine hesitancy post-pandemic than there was prepandemic. Read more

Q&A: The COVID Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 Subvariants
COVID-19’s ability to mutate into faster-spreading variants and subvariants makes it a dangerous moving target for physicians and other health care professionals. These subvariants have created a sixth surge in COVID nationwide and display important differences from previous versions of COVID. Find more information here

Take Action: Support the Reduction of Unnecessary Prior Authorizations
U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, MD and Vicente Gonzales introduced the GOLD Card Act of 2022. This legislation will reduce unnecessary prior authorizations and the delays to care. By streamlining prior authorization for physicians, this bill will allow patients to receive quality care in a timely manner. To support click here

CPT® Evaluation and Management
On Nov. 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a historic provision in the 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule. This provision includes revisions to the Evaluation and Management (E/M) office visit CPT® codes (99201-99215) code descriptors and documentation standards that directly address the continuing problem of administrative burden for physicians in nearly every specialty, from across the country. Continue reading

Toolkit Helps Identify and Respond to Monkeypox Exposures Among Health Workers
Massachusetts General Hospital developed a toolkit that can help identify and respond to potential Monkeypox exposures among health care personnel, researchers reported in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. The toolkit uses an enhanced version of REDCap, a web-based software platform that supports survey and data collection. Read more

2022 BCMS Leadership Series
2022 BCMS Leadership Series is now enrolling participants. Develop your leadership skills to advance your career, enhance your team and work environment. Topics include Fundamentals of Leadership, Design Thinking and Leadership, Traits of High-performing Leaders, Economics of the Health Care Industry, and more. Five Saturday classes held 8 a.m. to noon every other week beginning August 13. $500 enrollment fee. Enroll Now

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

Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Webinar
July 28│2:00 pm - 3:00 pm│Register
During this call, presenters will discuss CDC’s new guidanceon
the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine for adults, including adults
who are moderately or severely.


BCMS Mixer
Steak Bites and Spirits

Aug 3│6:00 pm - 8:00 pm│Register
Join us for and evening of good food and fun!
Appetizers and wine will be served.

2022 BCMS Leadership Series
Aug 13/27, Sept 10/24 and Oct 8
 8:00 am - 12:00 pm│
Topics Include: Fundamentals of Leadership, Design Thinking and Leadership, Traits of High-Performing Leaders and Economics of the Health Care Industry.

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!

Walk with a Doc

Monthly│9:00 am - 10:00 am│Register
This doctor-led group is a fun and safe place to go for a walk, learn about health, and meet new friends. The event is FREE and all are welcome! Future walks will be held on the 3rd Saturday of every month.


Circle of Friends Gold Sponsors



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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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