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Important Physician News and Deadlines

CMS to Deny Incomplete Claims on Discarded Drugs Starting in October
The week of Oct. 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will kick back certain claims involving discarded or unused drugs if practices fail to implement a new billing and coding policy the payer has been phasing in since the beginning of the year. Read more

Last Chance CME
Physicians have until Oct. 14 to access a webinar on evaluation and management coding changes that began in 2021. Watch the webinar to improve level-of-service selection skills, learn proper documentation, and more. Get the course

Payer Use of AI Sparks Concerns
Among other products, payers are using artificial intelligence (AI) to process prior authorization requests with results that, on the one hand, can deliver near-instantaneous approvals, and on the other hand, employ algorithms that appear to systematically deny coverage. Worried about how payers’ AI products affect their patients and their practices, physicians are seeking transparency. Read the Texas Medicine story

Novavax's COVID-19 Vaccine Gets FDA Authorization

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted emergency use authorization to Novavax’s COVID-19 vaccine on Oct. 3, bringing the number of immunizations effective against the current circulating strain up to three. Novavax’s vaccine, a more traditional protein-based shot that differs from the mRNA vaccines that have become commonplace, has been authorized for people 12 years of age and older. Previously vaccinated people are eligible for one dose while those who haven’t been immunized yet are eligible for two. Read more

Upcoming Community Events
37th Annual BCMS Auto Show
October 19│RSVP here
Join us for the 37th Annual BCMS Auto Show! Come enjoy the live music, food and drinks while looking at the new vehicles!

Free CME Leadership & Wellness Coaching Webinar and Panel Discussion
October 23│Register
Discover infinite possibilities to reignite your passion & create more impact in this month's webinar! Learn from 9 Physicians across diverse disciplines who have transformed their careers through coaching in this panel discussion!

Out of the Darkness San Antonio Walk
October 28│RSVP here
Join the BCMS Physician Wellness Committee for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Out of the Darkness Community Walk.
RSVP to join!

Military Health Institute Distinguished Lecture Series
November 1│RSVP here
UT Health Science Center at San Antonio presents Lieutenant General Peak, who will give a lecture titled, “"Veterans Day - University, Military, VA collaboration in San Antonio - a Perspective."

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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