The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of July 28,  2013 

Vol. 2, No. 46

More can be good 


By John K. Wisniewski

BCMS CEO/Executive Director



Do people expect more?  Absolutely!  More services, paperwork, patients, regulations and technology.  And it remains vital to keep healthcare from imploding with expectations.


But more isn't always a burden.  Sometimes it's a challenge.  Accepting the world's expectations for more is part of controlling your destiny.  


This would be a good week to consider your future role in making a better health system.  BCMS will be joining you as part of our 2014 strategic plan.  


Please feel free to share suggestions.






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Saturday, Aug. 3

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Apply now for HHSC Medicaid advisory committees

Application deadline is Aug. 14


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

BCMS Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer


The Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is seeking applications for four new advisory committees established as a result of SB 7, during the 2013 legislative session, which seek to improve the coordination of Medicaid long-term care services with acute care services.  Additionally, HHSC is seeking applications for a new behavioral health committee established as a result of SB 58 to promote the integration of physical and mental health care services.  Each of the four Medicaid-related committees, listed below with a link to further information about each committee's scope of work, will provide stakeholder input and advice on the Medicaid HMO model, including the expansion of the HMO model to new services and populations.


TMA encourages physician participation on all the committees. However, the two new Medicaid committees that will most broadly affect physicians are the statewide Medicaid Managed Care Committee, which will address systemic HMO operational and administrative issues affecting patients and physicians, and the STAR Kids Advisory Committee, which will advise HHSC on the development of a new HMO model for children with disabilities.


If you are interested in applying, please follow the instructions in the links below and submit your application directly to HHSC. Then, please notify TMA of your applications by contacting Helen Kent Davis and

Stacy Warren.  Please include a copy of your CV so they can submit a TMA letter of support for your nomination. Applications must be submitted by Aug. 14. 





  • STAR+PLUS Quality Council- will provide input on how to improve quality and patient-centered care for the STAR+PLUS HMO model, which serves patients with disabilities and seniors



For local discussion on this and other legislative advocacy topics, consider joining the BCMS Legislative and Socioeconomics Committee by contacting Mary Nava at






 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.


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