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Important Physician News and Deadlines

Feds Extend Telemedicine Prescribing Flexibilities Through 2024
With permanent telehealth prescribing policies still under consideration, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) again has extended temporary pandemic-era telehealth flexibilities to allow physicians to virtually prescribe certain controlled medications, now through Dec. 31, 2024. Read more

Flu Is On the Rise While RSV Infections May Be Peaking
Flu is picking up steam while RSV lung infections that can hit kids and older people hard may be peaking. Seven states have reported high levels of flu-like illnesses in early November. In a new CDC report, the agency said the tally was up to 11 states — mostly in the South and Southwest. Continue reading

Feds Extend Dispute Resolution Timelines Under No Surprise Act
As a byproduct of ongoing advocacy by the Texas Medical Association (TMA), physicians seeking to resolve out-of-network billing disputes under the flawed No Surprises Act (NSA) may receive certain extensions through mid-January. Read more

Low COVID-19 Vaccination Rates Result in Fewer Doses at Pediatricians’ Offices
During the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), coronavirus vaccines were purchased by the federal government and distributed to doctor’s offices. The only thing doctors had to worry about was how to store the vaccines, which require ultra-cold storage or refrigeration for up to a month. Now, doctors must pay for the shots up-front, and low uptake of the updated vaccine has led some pediatricians to skip ordering it, sometimes making shots difficult for parents to find. Continue reading

Upcoming Community Events
Free Leadership & Wellness Coaching Webinar
December 11│Register
In this month's webinar Dr. Vasquez and Guest Speaker, Coach and OB-GYN Dr. Dooley-Chang will share strategies to conquer overwhelm so you can stress less & thrive in the New Year!

Suicide Cognitions Scale
December 12│Register
Dr. Craig Bryan, a board-certified clinical psychologist with expertise in cognitive-behavioral treatments for individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will be the presenter for this series on Suicide Cognitions Scale.

BCMS Spurs Outing
December 17│Get tickets here
Join us at the Frost Bank Center as the Spurs take on the New Orleans Pelicans.
Tickets starting at $35!

Recovery Science ECHO
December 20│Register
UT Health San Antonio presents a research-focused ECHO program intended to grow a diverse workforce skilled in conducting recovery science research to address knowledge gaps in peer recovery support services (PRSS).

VIPs at Sea
February 18 - 25│Register here
7 Night Physician Well-Being "Cruise" on Royal Caribbean's newest and largest ship for physicians and their guests. Earn up to 28 CME credits!
Use referral code BCMSTX when registering!

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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