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Important Physician News and Deadlines


The Uvalde Crisis: Working Together for Real, Actionable Solutions
TMA President Gary W. Floyd, MD, says the school shooting last week in Uvalde, Texas, struck him at his core as a physician, father, and grandfather. Immediately after the tragedy unfolded, TMA formed a Mental Health Rapid Response Team to assist the Uvalde community and establish short- and long-term goals to prevent such incidents in the future. Read Dr. Floyd's message and you can also read BCMS President Dr. Rajeev Suri letter to members and the community. 

As summer begins, US COVID-19 cases six times higher than last year
As the US marks Memorial Day weekend and the unofficial start of summer, the seven-day average for COVID-19 cases in the U.S. are more than six times what they were a year ago. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that about 54 percent of the U.S. population is experiencing low COVID-19 community levels, though some areas are seeing medium and high levels. Continue reading.

Infant Formula Shortage: What Physician Practices Need to Know
Many factors have contributed to the formula shortage: the temporary shutdown of a major manufacturing plant because of safety concerns, limited number of production facilities within the U.S., and supply chain shortages, among others. Recent actions by the federal government and manufacturers will help ease shortages within the next four to six weeks. If a child’s family contacts your practice with inquiries about the shortage, the Texas Medical Association and Texas Pediatric Society have compiled this list of tips and information to help you respond.

Pre-ordering Available Now: COVID-19 Vaccines for Pediatric 6 months – 5 years
With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) pending Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for children ages six months through five years and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages six months through four years, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is requesting providers who will be serving children  ages six months through five years to pre-order vaccine in the Vaccine Allocation & Ordering System (VAOS).

9 Ways to Bask in Summer Tax Savings
Here are nine potential summertime tax breaks for grown-ups including many that allow small business owners and individuals to combine tax savings with summertime fun.

Medicare Allowing MIPS Relief for "Uncontrollable Circumstances" in 2022
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is accepting 2022 applications for its MIPS “extreme and uncontrollable circumstances” exception and the MIPS “promoting interoperability performance category hardship” exception. Scores for 2022 will affect 2024 payments. Applications are due by Dec. 31. You also can refer to the Quality Payment Program’s COVID-19 Response webpage.

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

2022 BCMS Summer Kickoff Party!
June 9│6 pm│Register
Come and enjoy with your colleagues as we
get ready to celebrate the summer season.
Great Food and Cocktails
Music Provided by: Drew Brown Band
$500 in gift card raffles

1st Day of Summer
June 21

40th Annual AAPI Convention
June 26│All Day│Register
The 2022 AAPI Annual Convention & Scientific Assembly offers an exciting venue to interact with leading physicians, health professionals, academicians, and scientists of Indian origin. Physicians and healthcare professionals from across the country will convene and participate in the scholarly exchange of medical advances, to develop health policy agendas, and to encourage legislative priorities in the coming year. Free CME Included for BCMS Members.

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.


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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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