The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of June 16,  2013 

Vol. 2, No. 40

BCMS launches Public Health and Patient Advocacy initiative


By John K. Wisniewski

BCMS CEO/Executive Director


The BCMS Public Health and Patient Advocacy Committee is focusing attention on cardiometabolic disease and diabetes.


Rather than creating new infrastructure, the specific goal is to increase involvement of BCMS leaders in policy development for existing initiatives and encourage visible member support.


This would be a good week to consider how you and your practice can set an example and encourage San Antonio to get moving. The city is busily improving sidewalks, creating open spaces and even promoting a new sport called RoTenGo. To learn more, click here.


Stay tuned as we continue to provide information and ideas to help lead our community to better health.  As trusted leaders, you can make a difference.




E-Prescribe deadline is June 30

TMA offers resources to help avoid penalties in 2014 and beyond  


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

BCMS Chief Governmental and

Community Relations Officer


This is a friendly reminder to all members that June 30 is the deadline to report e-prescribing (using the G8553 code) on at least 10 Medicare claims in order to avoid the 2014 penalty.


Please note that in addition, there are a number of other incentives, deadlines and qualifying criteria for Medicare Part B claims and applying for the Medicare EHR. 


TMA provides a number of resources to help you sift through the myriad of requirements and deadlines. For more information, click here.


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





Be a leader for your profession!


Would you like to be considered for an elected position with the Bexar County Medical Society? It is time to put your hat in the ring!


If you would like to run for President-elect, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Board Member, Board of Mediations and Censors, or Delegation to TMA, please e-mail your preference and CV to


To read position descriptions, and to nominate yourself or someone else,

click here..


Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. July 9, 2013.


Thank you in advance for your participation in the success of BCMS and organized medicine!





Join your colleagues on a magnificent trip to Japan


Sept. 21-30, 2013


It is time again to finalize plans for the upcoming visit of the Bexar County Medical Society delegation to our sister medical society in Kumamoto, Japan.  We are looking for names of individuals who are interested in accompanying the delegation on a fun-filled tour through the southern half of Japan. 


The trip will include visits to Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagasaki and Kumamoto. If you have ever wanted to go to Japan, this is the way to go! Our friends at the Kumamoto Medical Society treat you like royalty. It will be a trip of a lifetime!


We need to have the final count of the delegation no later than July 3. If you are interested in joining the group or would like more information, please call Dr. James Humphreys at 250-1481 (cell phone).  We'd love to have you along on this fascinating trip!



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