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Important Physician News and Deadlines

Legislative Action Alert: Stop the Medicare Cut
Time is running out. Unless Congress acts now, physicians face another Medicare payment cut – 3.37% starting Jan. 1 – on top of the cuts in previous years. Urge your U.S. representative to cosponsor the Strengthening Medicare for Patients and Providers Act, House Resolution 2474, to fix the broken Medicare payment system and ensure physicians receive inflationary updates like hospitals and other Medicare providers do. It takes just a couple of clicks to send a ready-made message. Act now. More resources: Medicare Advocacy Toolkit / Physician office materials with QR code for patients to send a message to Congress

TMB to Start One-Time Fingerprinting Requirements for License Renewals 
Starting in February, the Texas Medical Board (TMB) will require physicians who haven’t submitted fingerprints since Jan. 15, 2018 to do so during their next renewal process. The requirement stems in part from a new state law. Read more

Feds Propose Information-Blocking ‘Disincentives’
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a proposed rule that would establish what it is calling “disincentives” that could amount to serious penalties for physicians and health care professionals found to have committed information blocking. Continue reading

Gene-editing Therapy That Could Cure Sickle Cell Disease Is Close to FDA Approval
A breakthrough treatment for sickle cell patients could soon become the first gene-editing treatment to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This treatment takes a patient’s stem cells and edits them to produce more fetal hemoglobin, an abundance of which has been observed to cause red blood cells to not “sickle.” Continue reading

Upcoming Community Events
Free CME Leadership & Wellness Coaching Webinar
November 29│Register
All Physicians, APPs and healthcare professionals/leaders are invited to this special Masterclass "Healing From Within: The Power of Self-Compassion" with guest speaker and certified life coach Dr. Sara Tamarin! 

CDC's Suicide Prevention Resource for Action
December 5│Register
In this presentation, participants will learn about the motivation behind the Suicide Prevention Resource and its background and history.

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!

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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