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Important Physician News and Deadlines

Mandated CME – Free for Members
There are five topics that physicians and their staff must receive training on regularly per state and federal requirements, and the TMA Education Center offers programs to meet those mandates. All these programs are free to members, saving them $200 or more per program. Read more

HV.1 Now the Most Common COVID-19 Variant in US

A new COVID variant has become dominant in the U.S., but relatively few people have thus far gotten the new shots that could offer some protection against it. The variant, called HV.1, replaced EG.5 as the country's most prevalent this week, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Continue reading

Medicare Premiums, Deductibles to Increase in 2024
Medicare patients will be paying more for their coverage in 2024, which will impact how much co-pay practices collect. The rise in patient costs comes at a time when Medicare physician payments still decline and payments to hospitals and other Medicare entities increase. Read more

East Texans Have a Higher Rate of Diabetes Than the National Average
As of 2021, about 2.5 million Texas adults, or 11.1%, had been diagnosed with diabetes, compared to a national rate of 8.5%, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). From 2001 to 2021, the percentage of adults with diabetes increased by more than half in Texas and by nearly a third nationally. Continue reading

Upcoming Community Events
Fetal Infant Morbidity Review (FIMR)
November 7│Register
San Antonio Metro Health presents an eligible CME credit (3.5 hours) workshop to assess key elements in congenital syphilis prevention.

Uncork to Support San Antonio
November 10│Register
Be a part of the 3rd Annual Uncork to Support San Antonio and enjoy a wine tasting experience in support of families affected by cancer.

Recovery Science ECHO
November 15│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).

Meeting Challenges in Medical Staffing
November 16│Register
Texas Medical Liability Trust (TMLT) presents a live 2-hour CME webinar discussing medical practice staffing issues such as hiring, retention, and managing liability.

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
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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