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In this Week's Issue

  • Business of Medicine Conference Maximizes Practical Education – And Connections
  • Back to School Season Warrants Pneumococcal Vaccine Reminders
  • COVID-19 Variant EG.5 Now Dominant, CDC Says
  • Help Stop This Medicare Cut
  • San Antonio Medicine August Issue
  • Weekly News Digest
As BCMS marks its 170th anniversary this September, we want to feature and highlight the medical pioneers in our community through a series of articles in San Antonio Medicine magazine throughout the coming year.
To help us mark the occasion, we are asking you to help us identify the medical pioneers of our city’s past, present and any new medical pioneers who have discovered breakthrough technologies or therapies, developed medical devices, etc. 
Additionally, we want to identify the oldest living medical pioneer and the medical pioneers who have been in practice for many years.

Please send your replies by Friday, August 18, 2023,

Circle of Friends


Amegy Bank

Important Physician News and Deadlines

Business of Medicine Conference Maximizes Practical Education – And Connections
TMA's first Business of Medicine Conference – formerly Fall Conference – will help physicians navigate real-world challenges with more theme-specific programming. The conference, to take place Oct. 5-7 at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort, will still host important business meetings and add new networking events. Read more

Back to School Season Warrants Pneumococcal Vaccine Reminders
With school starting back up, Texas Medical Association (TMA) public health experts remind their colleagues that now's the time to stress the importance of getting children up to date on their pneumococcal vaccine. TMA and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) have resources to help physicians remind their patients and help prevent non-invasive disease as well as serious complications. 
Read more

COVID-19 Variant EG.5 Now Dominant, CDC Says
The EG.5 variant now makes up the largest proportion of new COVID-19 infections nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated, as multiple parts of the country have been reporting their first upticks of the virus in months. Overall, as of last week, 17.3% of COVID-19 cases nationwide were projected to be caused by EG.5, more than any other group, up from 7.5% through the first week of July. Data indicates that the next most common variants after EG.5 are now XBB.1.16 at 15.6%, XBB.2.23 at 11.2% and XBB.1.5 at 10.3%. Continue reading

Help Stop This Medicare Cut
Unless Congress acts soon, physicians face another Medicare payment cut – approximately 3.36% starting Jan. 1, 2024. Ask your U.S. representative to cosponsor the “Strengthening Medicare for Patients and Providers Act,” a bipartisan bill to fix this broken system. Act now

Upcoming Community Events
Pop-Up Vaccine Clinic
August │Click here
Metro Health is working with community agencies to host COVID-19 "pop-up" vaccine clinics; no registration needed. Vaccines available are COVID-19, DTAP, Polio, Hepatitis B, and more.

2023 August Back-to-School Immunization Events
August │Check it out here
Immunization calendar of back-to-school events at select locations throughout the month of August.

2023 Border Health Conference
August 17 - 18│Register
 Texas Medical Association (TMA) presents the Border Health Conference, which will have four panels covering nonmedical drivers of health, graduate medical education, health information exchanges, and public health.

Innaugural Congenital Heart Disease Summit
August 19│Register
The Summit will include topics such as, Prenatal Cardiovascular Imaging, Stabilization of Newborn with Critical Congenital Heart Disease, Management of HLHS with Restrictive or Intact Atrial Septum, and more.

2023 Pathways to Hope
August 25 - 26│Register
Pathways to Hope is a FREE conference bringing together mental health professionals, social workers, educators, the judicial system, law enforcement, faith community leaders, caregivers, and individuals living with a diagnosis to help improve the mental health care system.

Bringing Alcohol and Other Drug Research to Primary Care Symposium
September 8│Register
A free program to disseminate the latest applicable research on alcohol and other substance use to primary care clinicians and practices, as well as providing implementation resources and support.

37th Annual BCMS Auto Show
October 19│Save the date
Join us in celebrating the 37th Annual BCMS Auto Show, where there will be food, drinks, and new vehicles to check out!

Pediatrics Now Podcast
Click here to listen
This podcast includes fresh content and also grand rounds. Some episodes are eligible for free CME, MOC and ethics credit.
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