Subject: Eat healthy, save time and money


 The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

For the week of June 17,  2012 

Vol. 1, No. 40

Credentials matter!

By John K. Wisniewski

BCMS CEO/Executive Director


One of BCMS's unique services is BCVI: Bexar Credentials Verification Inc.


Through coordination and community hospital collaboration, many duplicative tasks and costs of granting hospital privileges can be avoided by using BCVI's services.


While it's crucial for you or your staff to respond promptly to information requests received from BCVI, you also are welcome to proactively submit updates to licensure or other information at any time.


This would be a good week to be sure that your credentialing coordinator is aware of this option.  If there are any questions, call 301-4370.


BCVI recently was granted recertification by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.  I'm pleased to announce that this process involved a detailed review of 75 files and the surveyors noted ZERO exceptions.


Congratulations to BCVI director of operations

Mary Jo Quinn, her very capable staff, and all the hospital and physician participants that contribute to this successful effort.  






July 11

BCMS leadership positions

application deadline

Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. for BCMS President-elect,

Vice President, Secretary,

Treasurer, Board Member,

Board of Mediations and Censors, or Delegation to TMA. 

To read position descriptions, and

to nominate yourself or someone else, click here.




¡Por Vida! is a restaurant recognition program that helps adults and children make healthier food choices by identifying those menu items that meet nutritional guidelines developed by the Healthy Restaurants Coalition.


In January 2009, the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, the San Antonio Restaurant Association and the San Antonio Dietetic Association joined forces to develop the Healthy Restaurants Coalition.


In 2010, the HRC launched the ¡Por Vida! program, a menu labeling and recognition program for food service establishments that offers healthy menu items.


The nutritional criteria, developed by the San Antonio Dietetic Association, are based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The criteria establish clear limits for calories, total fat, saturated fat, trans fat and sodium.


The ¡Por Vida! program currently has 17 participating partners, which include area restaurants and institutions such as LifeCare Hospital, Morningside Ministries, UTSA, Trinity University, Security Service Federal Credit Union and University Hospital. The expansion to healthcare settings, schools and worksite cafeterias has given the program the opportunity to reach more people in San Antonio.


Currently, The ¡Por Vida! program is continuing to expand to new restaurants and institutions to create more healthy options for the community.


For more information, visit or find us on Facebook by liking "PorVidaSA."


The information above is presented on behalf of the BCMS Public Health and Patient Advocacy Committee.




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Henry Schein Medical 


Have you taken a look recently at the BCMS medical supply, equipment and vaccine purchasing program through Henry Schein?

Practices on the program are enjoying savings of 10 percent to 30 percent, depending on their specialty.

For more information, click here.

For a no-obligation pricing analysis, call Tom Rosol at 413-8079.


This information is sent on behalf of a valued BCMS Circle of Friends sponsor at the PLATINUM level, but it is not an endorsement. Donations from Circle of Friends sponsors help keep down the cost of dues and allow BCMS to continue to provide quality service to its members. The society continues its pledge to you and only will involve itself in services and programs that benefit you, the member, and your patients.




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