For the week of June 17, 2012
By John K. Wisniewski
BCMS CEO/Executive Director
BCMS's unique services is BCVI: Bexar Credentials
and community hospital collaboration, many duplicative tasks and
costs of granting hospital privileges can be avoided by
using BCVI's services.
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
be a good week to be sure that your credentialing coordinator is
aware of this option. If there are any questions, call
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.
to BCVI director of operations
Quinn, her very capable staff, and all the hospital and physician
participants that contribute to this successful
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,
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
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
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 www.porvidasa.com or find us on
Facebook by liking "PorVidaSA."
The information above is presented on behalf of
the BCMS Public Health and Patient Advocacy Committee.
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
information, click here.
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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