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Important Physician News and Deadlines

 

MIPS Hardship Exemption Offered Again in 2023 for COVID
Physicians eligible to participate in Medicare's Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) may be spared a steep financial penalty, continuing a trend seen throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In the meantime, the Texas Medical Association continues to advocate for legislative improvements to the increasingly complex quality payment program. Read more

Miles of Mentorship: Encouraging Medical Careers Early in Students' Education
The Texas Department of State Health Services projects that within the next decade, Texas will lack over 10,000 full-time physicians. To counteract these trends, physicians, medical schools, and medical students are partnering with their communities to expose students to careers in medicine early in their education, especially in rural areas. Read the Texas Medicine story

UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing Trained More Texans in Opioid Overdose Prevention During COVID-19
A new study shows that virtual training by UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing on opioid overdose prevention reached more Texans during 16 months of COVID-19 than in-person training the same period before then, and in all counties with prior reported opioid deaths. In all, the online training on the use of naloxone to reverse overdoses included nearly half of all Texas counties, including some areas where no deaths had been recorded. Read more

FDA Approves First-Ever RSV Vaccine
The FDA has approved the first-ever vaccine for Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), the agency announced on Wednesday. Marketed under the trade name of Arexvy, the adjuvanted RSV prefusion F protein-based vaccine is specifically indicated for preventing lower respiratory tract infections in adults 60 and over. Continue reading

 

 

Upcoming Community Events

 

The Health Cell's 10th Anniversary of State of the Industry
May 11│Register
Come celebrate the State of the Industry's decade long event that celebrates San Antonio's healthcare and bioscience industry every year through stories of local trailblazers and their world-changing work.

Cybersecurity Health Care Partnership Breakfast
May 16│RSVP here
As health care technology advances, so do the risks of cyber attacks and data breaches. It's more important than ever for physicians to protect their systems and patient data from these threats. The Bank of San Antonio (BCMS Circle of Friends sponsors) invites you to an exclusive event aimed at helping physicians better protect their practice against cybersecurity attacks.

2023 Weitzman Institute Symposium: Community Violence, Trauma, and Racial Healing
May 17│Register
Get energized by award-winning social change agent Dr. Gail Christopher, Executive Director of the National Collaborative for Health Equity, as she shares her approaches to healing from past and present day harms of racism to affect change.

From Surviving to Thriving: Paving Your Way to Wellness
May 18 - 19│Register
CHCS is excited to bring back the 21st Annual Bexar County Behavioral Health & Wellness Conference. This free, two-day conference connects the local community to valuable information and local resources that can help spark their moment of change.

TexMed 2023
May 19 - 20│Register
TexMed is TMA's largest annual conference and is hosted in-person. Network with physician leaders, explore CME tracks, and enjoy two keynote presentations. Attendees can also find an Expo Hall full of the latest technologies, services, and product knowledge.

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

 

 

 

 

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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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