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In this Week's Issue

  • PMP Integration Free to Physicians
  • US Households Will Be Able to Order More Free COVID-19 Tests Very Soon
  • Medicare Advantage Audits Expected to Rise in Face of Increased Federal Scrutiny
  • Half a Million Children and Families Regain Medicaid Coverage
  • San Antonio Medicine September Issue
  • Weekly News Digest

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Important Physician News and Deadlines

PMP Integration Free to Physicians
Following TMA advocacy, the Texas Legislature approved funding for two years for statewide integration of the Texas Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) and NarxCare into electronic health record and pharmacy management systems. The change comes at no cost to physicians and can help them oversee patient care more effectively. Read more

US Households Will Be Able to Order More Free COVID-19 Tests Very Soon
The US government will relaunch a program to provide free COVID-19 home tests to Americans, the US Department of Health and Human Services stated. The program was suspended in May, after the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), to preserve supply. As of recently, US households will be able to order four free tests from starting September 25. Read more

Medicare Advantage Audits Expected to Rise in Face of Increased Federal Scrutiny
Based on a new rule and in response to heightened scrutiny, Medicare Advantage plans – and the physician practices that care for patients enrolled in them – should expect an increase in the number of audits related to such risk-sharing contracts. In response, the Texas Medical Association (TMA) has developed free CME to help member physicians prepare for such audits, which could result in financial liability for practices. Continue reading

Half a Million Children and Families Regain Medicaid Coverage

Some 500,000 children and families have had their Medicaid coverage reinstated after many states improperly terminated their enrollment because of a systems issue, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services stated. States are in the midst of reevaluating the eligibility of more than 87 million people in Medicaid and several million more in the Children’s Health Insurance Program and terminating those who no longer qualify for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Continue reading

Upcoming Community Events
Free CME Leadership & Wellness Coaching Webinar
September 25│Register
Discover strategies that every healthcare professional should know to lead their teams effectively and have more professional fulfillment in medicine!

2023 Teeing Up Hope
October 2│Register
The Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas presents their inaugural golf tournament that features a back 9 of par 3's, each offering the opportunity to win one-of-a-kind prizes! All proceeds from the tournament will be donated directly to the Center.

2023 San Fernando Health & Safety Fair
October 7│More info
Join the celebration of San Fernando Cathedral's 30th Annual Health & Safety Fair! Where all volunteers, including health care professionals and community workers from San Antonio join together to offer a variety of free screenings, including cholesterol, blood pressure, vision, dental, and more.

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!

Out of the Darkness San Antonio Walk
October 28│Register
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) presents a community walk, providing an opportunity to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental health conditions have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about.

2024 VIPs at Sea
February 18 - 25│Register here
7 Night Physician Well-Being CME 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!

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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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