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In this Week's Issue

  • As New Covid Variant Surges, What to Know About Testing and Accuracy
  • Red Cross Declares Emergency Blood Shortage, Calls for Donations
  • CMS Approves Low-Income Texas Moms to Retain Medicaid Coverage for a Year
  • Volunteers Sought for TMA Councils & Committees
  • San Antonio Medicine January Issue
  • Weekly Digest

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Important Physician News and Deadlines

As New Covid Variant Surges, What to Know About Testing and Accuracy
The US is currently in the midst of a COVID wave, fueled by the JN.1 variant that’s driving up hospitalizations and deaths across the country. For most people, however, the new variant doesn’t seem to be causing worse symptoms. That’s left many wondering whether we need to keep swabbing our nasal passages with Covid tests at the first sign of congestion or achiness? Continue reading

Red Cross Declares Emergency Blood Shortage, Calls for Donations
The American Red Cross is facing an emergency blood shortage as it experiences the lowest number of people giving blood in the last 20 years. Blood and platelet donations are needed now to help alleviate the shortage and ensure lifesaving medical procedures proceed without delay. Red Cross and the NFL offer those who come to give a chance to win a trip to Super Bowl LVIII. Read more

CMS Approves Low-Income Texas Moms to Retain Medicaid Coverage for a Year
Texas moms will be able to stay on Medicaid for a year after childbirth, after the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) approved the state's application earlier this month. The approval goes into effect on March 1, 2024. Read more

Volunteers Sought for TMA Councils & Committees
Physicians who serve on the TMA Councils and Committees (C&Cs) help initiate TMA policies and programs that affect the practice of medicine in many ways. It is important for Bexar County to have strong leaders on the C&Cs. Click here for more information on the councils and committees. Also, if you are interested in serving, click here or email BCMS at

Upcoming Community Events
Leadership Summit
January 25 - 27│Register
The TMA Leadership Summit is a unique opportunity for emerging and established physician leaders to come together and focus on the skills that will help them grow as trusted figures in their practice, organization, and community.

17th Annual Community Service Learning Conference
February 3│Register
UT Health San Antonio presents it's annual Community Service Learning (CSL) a structured learning experience that combines community service with explicit learning objectives, preparation, mentorship and reflection.
Be sure to register by Jan. 28!

2024 General Membership Meeting
February 7│RSVP here
 Hosted by the Bariatric Counseling Center of San Antonio, Dr. Rick Snyder, TMA President, will be presenting on the 2023 Legislative Session. 
Earn 1 hour ethics CME Credit!

HIV & Trauma Awareness for First Responders
February 8│Register
Presented by Laura Hinds, MSW, LCSW on HIV & Trauma Awareness for First Responders: Training for Effective Support. This comprehensive series will provide foundational education on HIV field testing and linkage to care for first responders. 

Advancing the Science on Peer Support and Suicide Prevention
February 8│Register
Sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, this virtual workshop will bring experts in peer support suicide prevention to discuss relevant conceptual frameworks, recent advances in understanding what works and for whom, service settings, and more.

51st Annual Symposium on Sports Medicine
February 17 - 18│Register
UT Health San Antonio presents a forum for sports medicine specialists to discuss problems and concepts related to preventing, treating, and rehabilitating injured athletes. Registered attendees will have the opportunity to gain most Continuing Education credits in one weekend!
Welcome Our Newest Circle of Friends Gold Sponsor
Thank you to our BCMS Circle of Friends sponsors! Donations from Circle of Friends sponsors help keep down the cost of dues and allow BCMS to continue to provide quality services to its members.The Society continues its pledge to you that it will only involve itself in services and programs that benefit you, the member, and your patients.
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