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In this Week's Issue

  • State Launches $23 Million Substance Use Disorder Prevention Effort
  • Navigating a Broken System
  • Immunocompromised People Should Feel Safe Getting Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines, Study Finds
  • What the Public Health Emergency's End Means for Coverage
  • OSHA Launches COVID-19 Inspection Initiative for Healthcare Employers
  • Mask Use on Public Transportation
  • FREE PPE Still Available from BCMS
  • University Health Weekly Newsletter




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Important Physician News and Deadlines


State Launches $23 Million Substance Use Disorder Prevention Effort
A new $23 million public awareness campaign from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission will focus on "reducing stigma, building community connection and resilience, and changing social norms to prevent substance use." 

Navigating a Broken System
Whether patients do or don't have health insurance, they need physicians' help to make the most of their health resources. Experts say physicians can help patients make better insurance choices in several ways. Find out how.

Immunocompromised People Should Feel Safe Getting Pfizer, Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines, Study Finds
Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines are well tolerated by people with impaired immunity. A new study concludes that the two mRNA-based vaccines produced relatively few side effects in people who are immunocompromised due to cancers, rheumatological, or neurological conditions. Learn more

What the Public Health Emergency's End Means for Coverage
Although its expiration date has been deferred several times, the federal public health emergency for COVID-19 will eventually end. The status change will likely reverse pandemic-era gains in Medicaid, telemedicine, and private coverage. TMA is diligently keeping track of the PHE and its implications for practices. Continue reading.

OSHA Launches COVID-19 Inspection Initiative for Healthcare Employers
With its new inspection initiative, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is taking steps to ensure certain healthcare employers continue to protect workers against COVID-19, even as falling case numbers across the country have prompted many state and local agencies to withdraw mask mandates and other COVID-19 precautions. Continue reading.

Mask Use on Public Transportation
At CDC’s recommendation, TSA will extend the security directive Order for mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs for one month, through April 18, 2022. During that time, CDC will work with government agencies to develop a revised policy framework for when, and under what circumstances, masks should be required in on public transportation. 

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

FREE Physician Wellness Webinar & CME
March 22│7:00 pm│Register
Led by Nora Vasquez MD, Certified Physician Coach, Board-Certified Internal Medicine Specialist. Discover Strategies to Finally Let Go of Imposter Syndrome & Lead With Confidence!

Medical Liability Risk Management:
Trends and Tips

March 22│12:15 pm - 1:15 pm│ Register
Recognizing and mitigating liability risks is essential for a successful practice and effective patient care. Robin Desrocher and Kassie Toerner will summarize top risk management trends, how they impact medical practices, and offer tips to minimize medical liability risk. 

Financial Wisdom Series
March 23│6:30 pm│Register
Broadway Bank and Bexar County Medical Society (BCMS) are partnering to provide a 2-part series designed for those entering the medical field.
UIW/UT Health Students ONLY.

TMA Town Hall on Medicaid Enrollment Updates
March 23│5:30 pm│Register
The informal virtual town hall will discuss upcoming updates for Medicaid's Provider Enrollment Management System.

BCMS General Membership Meeting
March 24│6:00 pm│ Register
Hosted by University Health, the topic is "Heart Failure Today: An Evolution in Understanding and Therapeutics." This is a FREE one hour CME Ethics Credit.

University Health: Pain Medicine Symposium
March 26│7:30 am - 1 pm│Register
The 2022 Pain Symposium is designed for physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses and other health care professionals with an interest in current pain management.

UIW: Walk With A Doc
March 26│9:00 am - 10:00 am│Register
UIW is starting a chapter of Walk with a Future Doc. This program allows students to engage with the local South San Antonio community and allow community members to interact with physicians and future physicians in a laid-back format. 

Ask the Expert: Practice Help for Independent Physicians
March 31│9:00 am│Register
Join TMA's upcoming Ask the Expert session, Practice Help for Independent Physicians, to examine the challenges of maintaining an independent practice. 

Mobile Blood Drive
April 7│9:00 am - 2:00 pm│Register
Amegy Bank is hosting a blood drive and all donors will take home a South Texas Blood & Tissue fiesta medal. 


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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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