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Important Physician News and Deadlines

How to Cut Operational Costs? TMA Experts Have Answers
The cost-conscious physician trying to cut expenses can start by looking around the office. Heather Bettridge, Texas Medical Association associate vice president for practice management services, states that very often, resources such as patient portals are not being used efficiently, changing that can save a lot of staff time and money. Continue reading

TMA Practice Management Services, Top 10 Reasons Payers Say "No"
Physician practices bonk heads with payers daily and disputes frequently center around claims payment. This leaves practices with a tough decision, they can write off a payment and lose income. Or they can battle with the payer, a difficult, time-consuming process. Click here to check out the top 10 reasons payers say no.

Early Voting Has Begun - Cast Your Vote for Medicine
Election Day is November 8 and now is time to check out whom the Party of Medicine is supporting in your district. TEXPAC, the Texas Medical Association’s political arm, uses a four-step endorsement process that leans heavily on the recommendations of local physician leaders. The TEXPAC Board of Trustees identifies and endorses candidates best for the profession of medicine, physician practices and patients. Read more

TMA Sues Feds Again Over Unfair Arbitration Process Under Federal Surprise Billing Rule
The Texas Medical Association is back in court again to hold federal regulators accountable for implementing a key piece of the No Surprises Act as Congress intended it - to operate an arbitration process that does not skew the dispute resolution process in favor of health plans. Read more

Now is the Time for 2022 Year-End Tax Planning
With the end of 2022 fast approaching, it's time to consider tax planning moves that may lower taxes for the 2022 tax year, and possibly set you up for tax savings in future years as well. The good news is that it now appears that there won't be any significant unfavorable federal tax changes that will take effect this year or next year.
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Upcoming Community Events
FREE Vax-abilitySTRONG Health Provider Workshop
Oct 31│8-10:30 am or 12:30-3:00 pm│Register
The Vax-abilitySTRONG program is a multifaceted information, education, and community campaign to open conversations about questions and barriers around vaccinations and provide information and resources on vaccine safety, benefits, and access for the disability community. 

Fall Lecture Series: History of Medicine
Nov 2│6:00 pm│
Join librarian and author Megan Rosenbloom as she discusses her debut bestselling book, Dark Archives: A Librarian’s Investigation in the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin. 

UT Health Inaugural Symposium on Host-Microbiome Interactions
Nov 3│8:00 am - 4:00 pm│Register
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!

Community Screening and Educational Event
Nov 5│8:00 am - 8:30 pm│
Join us!
The Save a Leg Save a Life Foundation is hosting a FREE community screening and educational event for peripheral arterial disease from 8 am to 2 pm. There will be a healthcare hands-on workshop from 4:30-5:30 pm and a healthcare roundtable/dinner from 6:30-8:30 pm.
Communicating COVID: ECHO for Providers
Nov 11│12:00 pm│Register
This video conference is to connect health professionals to a multi-disciplinary team of experts to share knowledge and build capacity for delivering best practice care. Sessions included presentations of real-life situations and group discussions to share resources and inform care. 
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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 San Antonio, TX 78249
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