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In this Week's Issue

BCMS is pleased to announce the result of the 2023 Special Election for BCMS President-elect. Ezequiel “Zeke” Silva, MD, will be filling the unexpired term of President-elect due to the resignation of Brent Sanderlin, DO.

Rajeev Suri, MD, has been appointed to fulfill the unexpired term of Dr. Silva as Treasurer.

BCMS is grateful to have such distinguished leaders!

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Important Physician News and Deadlines

FDA Recalls More Than 500K COVID-19 Tests From SD Biosensor
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recalled more than 500,000 COVID-19 tests over concerns of them being contaminated with bacteria. The FDA has advised people to throw out recalled tests from SD Biosensor, Inc., which makes the Pilot COVID-19 At-Home Tests. Some "500,000 of the recalled tests were distributed to CVS, while about 16,000 were given to Amazon. The FDA and Roche are working together to determine how many of the contaminated tests were sold to consumers." Read more

WHO Says COVID-19 Is No Longer A Global Health Emergency
COVID-19 is no longer a Global Health Emergency (GHE), according to the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO's International Health Regulations Emergency Committee discussed the pandemic on Thursday at its 15th meeting on COVID-19, and WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus concurred that the Public Health Emergency of International Concern, or PHEIC, declaration should end. Continue reading

DEA Issues Temporary Rule For Telehealth Prescribing Capabilities
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is extending providers' telehealth prescribing capabilities beyond the end of the COVID Public Health Emergency (PHE). The temporary rule, issued on May 9, will allow providers to prescribe controlled medications through telemedicine appointments without an in-person consultation until November 11. This change follows a comment period on proposed rules that would inhibit prescribing controlled medications without an in-person interaction via telehealth—a move that was made during the height of the pandemic to prevent a lapse in care for patients. Read more

Free HHS Cybersecurity Training Helps Physicians Guard Against Top Threats
The free platform released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services helps physicians and others working in health care protect against top electronic threats, such as ransomware and data loss. Each training contains videos and other easy-to-reference tools. Read more

Upcoming Community Events
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.

Health Confianza's Health Equity in Action Summit
June 9│RSVP here
Join the Health Confianza summit focused on leveraging health literacy education and community connection to achieve health equity for all.

Summer in the City: Cool Down & Wellness Festival
June 9│RSVP here
Kick off your summer by joining Health Confianza in a celebration of community and wellness. Enjoy, live music, games, family movie night, free health screenings and more!
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