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Important Physician News and Deadlines

As Flu and RSV Drop, Omicron Subvariant Poses Unknown Threat
A flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) season that began early and intensely already may have peaked, but other illnesses, including the XBB.1.5 omicron subvariant of the COVID-19 virus, remain threats. That makes vaccinations crucial as these illnesses converge and as children return to school post-holidays. Read more

Medicine Achieves Reduction in Medicare Physician Pay Cut Amid Push for Reform
After a concerted advocacy campaign by the Texas Medical Association and others in organized medicine, Congress lessened a Medicare physician pay cut that took effect January 1st. Despite this intervention, physicians still face declining Medicare payments in 2023 and in 2024, underscoring the need for comprehensive reform. Continue reading

Moderna Stated RSV Vaccine is Effective in Older Adults
Moderna’s vaccine against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) was 83% effective at preventing lower respiratory tract disease in adults aged 60 and older in a large clinical trial. Based on the results, Moderna said it intends to submit the vaccine for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in the first half of 2023. Read more

Call for Resolutions
Do you know an issue(s) facing medicine that should be addressed by the TMA House of Delegates? If so, the issue(s) needs to be submitted to BCMS in the form of a Resolution. As the new year begins, it is time to submit your resolution ideas and/or draft resolutions you would like the BCMS Delegation to TMA to consider. The BCMS Delegation will meet in early February to review resolutions submitted by BCMS members. Read more 

Reducing Stigma in Health Prevention Among Men During COVID-19
Jan 24│10:00 am│
In this webinar, attendees will learn about the stigma associated with men’s health as it relates to preventive health care, especially during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Presented by Dr. Jason Rosenfeld.

Fifth Annual Public Health Policy Forum
Jan 26│4:30 pm│
This video conference discusses Gun Violence, A Preventable Public Health Epidemic. With a special presentation by Dr. Achie Bleyer on "Firearm Prevalence and Deaths in Texas and US Children."

16th Annual Community Service Learning Conference
 Mental Health is Public Health

Feb 4│8:00 amRegister
This conference brings together members of our community interested in service-learning and how to put ethics into action and become community-connected healthcare providers.

2023 First Tuesdays at the Capitol
Feb 7│Register
This event provides a platform for physicians, medical students and alliance members to make a difference in the medical community by visiting the capital and speaking with legislators regarding important health care issues.

San Antonio Pediatric Cancer Symposium (SAPCS)
Feb 19 - 22│6:30 pm│
This conference brings together some of the most respected childhood cancer researchers from academia and industry. Hosted by the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute, UT Health San Antonio, in conjunction with the Mays Cancer Center.
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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