The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of July 21,  2013 

Vol. 2, No. 45

ACA implications for employers beginning 2014 


By John K. Wisniewski

BCMS CEO/Executive Director


Much focus has been on the ACA effects on your payer and patient relationships, but this would be a good week to evaluate how it will affect your internal employee benefit strategy.


There are different requirements and opportunities depending on the number of folks you employ and adjustments or delays to the implementation of these rules since the original bill was passed. If you currently cover your employees, your carrier and broker will likely be communicating changes or recommendations for the future. Regardless of your renewal date, take time now to contact your broker or other advisors to develop a plan.





Two laws now in effect ease Texas medical records

law provisions

Important highlight from

the 83rd Legislative Session


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

BCMS Chief Governmental

and Community Relations Officer


Gov. Rick Perry signed into law two important pieces of legislation aimed at maintaining the strength of privacy protections passed in 2011, while at the same time clarifying and simplifying the process for compliance with the law.


SB 1609 and SB 1610 by Sen. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) and Rep. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) are now in effect.


Click here to read additional information on how these new laws are helping ease the burden of the medical record privacy law provisions.


For local discussion on this and other advocacy topics, consider joining the

BCMS Legislative and Socioeconomics Committee by contacting Mary Nava at




BCMS Emergency Preparedness Committee seeks volunteers 


The BCMS Emergency Preparedness Committee is seeking additional physician volunteers who will comprise teams providing basic medical care during an emergency. The goal is to enhance local emergency-response capabilities by adding more physician volunteers to the emergency preparedness roster.


BCMS is charged with providing medical services for general and special-needs shelters during the first 72 to 96 hours of an emergency disaster situation. These may be natural disasters, such as floods, hurricanes or tornadoes, or those created by humans, such as terrorism or hazardous spills.


"We would like to expand our core group of family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, orthopaedics and geriatrics physicians, but all physicians are encouraged to volunteer," said David Marks, MD, chairman of the BCMS Emergency Preparedness Committee and a specialist in pulmonary critical care medicine and sleep medicine at the Pulmonary and Sleep Institute of San Antonio.


To register as a physician volunteer, click here,

or for more information, call 301-4363.




 This information is sent on behalf of a valued BCMS Circle of Friends sponsor at the

Bronze 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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