John K. Wisniewski
Network adequacy refers to the number
of options a patient has when choosing from a provider list.
Just as employers scrutinize
network adequacy when choosing a health plan for their employees,
this would be a good week to review network adequacy of plans that
you participate in.
If you're contracted with a health
plan and are one of only a few providers (or the only provider),
chances are you were the lowest bidder.
SIGN UP NOW for the
Medicaid fee increase
for primary care physicians scheduled under the
Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act
Qualifying physicians must complete and submit an
By Mary E. Nava, MBA
BCMS Chief Governmental and
Community Relations Officer
In case you missed it, TMA has
provided information updates on the Medicaid fee increase for
primary care physicians scheduled for 2013 and 2014 under the
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The time is now for all
qualifying physicians to complete and submit the attestation form
as required by Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership (TMHP).
The higher payments, which the
state anticipates will begin this summer, will be made retroactive
to Jan. 1.
For more information on
eligibility requirements and to access the attestation form, click here.
For local discussion on this and other legislative and
socioeconomic topics, consider joining the BCMS Legislative and
Socioeconomics Committee by contacting Mary Nava at email@example.com.
SAVE THE DATE
Witte Museum Boot Scoot and 5K Run
Saturday, May 4
Registration 7 a.m. Boot Scoot 9 a.m.
and ending on the front lawn of the Witte, the run benefits the school
children of San Antonio by providing important field trip funds.
the 5K, change into boots for a kickin' Boot Scoot.
awards will be given!
By New Balance San Antonio
by Mayor's Fitness Council, City of San Antonio
Register at www.WitteMuseum.org
This information is sent on behalf of a valued BCMS Circle
of Friends sponsor at the Gold 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
The society continues its pledge to you and only will
involve itself in services and programs that benefit you, the member,
and your patients.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Local enrollments set for cancer study
Association and Renal Associates, PA, will host enrollments for the
American Cancer Society's Cancer
Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) in San Antonio on
17, 18 and 31. The goal is to enroll men and women
from various racial/ethnic backgrounds from across the United States in
an effort to help researchers better understand the lifestyle,
environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer, and to
Since the 1950s,
studies like this have involved hundreds of thousands of volunteer
participants and led to discoveries such as the link between cigarette
smoking and lung cancer, and the role obesity plays in the risk of
patients, office staff and family about the study, and encourage them
to schedule an appointment to enroll. Participants must be age 30
to 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer, not including
basal or squamous skin cancer, and are willing to make a long-term
commitment to the study. There is no charge for them to participate.
may be made by visiting cancerstudyTX.org or by calling
posters or fliers for your office, contact Lisa Ayres at
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