The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of April 28,  2013 

Vol. 2, No. 33

Network adequacy


By John K. Wisniewski

BCMS CEO/Executive Director


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 attestation form 


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






Witte Museum Boot Scoot and 5K Run

 Saturday, May 4 

Registration 7 a.m. Boot Scoot 9 a.m.


Beginning and ending on the front lawn of the Witte, the run benefits the school children of San Antonio by providing important field trip funds.

Following the 5K, change into boots for a kickin' Boot Scoot.

Style awards will be given!

 Presented By New Balance San Antonio

 Endorsed by Mayor's Fitness Council, City of San Antonio


Register at 


Circle of Friends web logo  

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 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.












Local enrollments set for cancer study 


Texas Medical Association and Renal Associates, PA, will host enrollments for the American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) in San Antonio on

May 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 save lives.


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 several cancers.


Tell your 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.


Appointments may be made by visiting or by calling



For posters or fliers for your office, contact Lisa Ayres at 210-595-0219












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