The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of Aug. 25, 2013 

Vol. 2, No. 50

Warriors, vigilanties and dreamers


By John K. Wisniewski

BCMS CEO/Executive Director


An advocacy team requires all three. 


Warriors take a stand against opposing forces, vigilantes write the details of new laws into regulation, and dreamers draft legislation based on new ideas.


Much of this work occurs between sessions and if you'd like to serve, let me know.





Join the 2013 BCMS

Bay Fishing




Enjoy bay fishing at its best in Rockport, Texas.


Oct. 10: Happy Hour

and Dinner

Oct. 11: Guided Fishing Trip


We are limited in space so reserve your spot early.

For more information,



Congress continues

work to repeal SGR

AMA provides analysis

 of proposed 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

BCMS Chief Governmental and

Community Relations Officer


Last month, HR 2810, the Medicare Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act of 2013, passed out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and was sent to the full House of Representatives.


This bill, which has received bipartisan support, creates a plan to eliminate SGR and provide five years of fee updates.  Both the AMA and TMA are keeping a close eye on this bill which, by the way, neither organization fully endorses, but they are glad that such a bill is gaining some ground.


In addition, CMS has released their proposed 2014 Medicare Fee Schedule.  The AMA has stepped up to the plate and done the reading for you on this 605-page rule; and summarized it in an eight-page analysis. Final information on the impact of the SGR on physician fees will be released by CMS in November.


TMA has prepared additional information. Click here to access the CMS proposed rule, AMA's analysis and HR 2810.


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





Reduce your monthly overhead



Bexar County Medical Society is collaborating with other medical societies in Texas to help our members lower their monthly overhead. Physicians working together always achieve more. This truth is at the core of the introduction of BCMS Group Purchasing, our newest member benefit.


Using just one approved vendor, a single physician practice is saving in excess of $30,000 annually.


The program offers clinics the opportunity to access deeply discounted products and services that they use every day. Vendors include business class Internet, phone and cable TV, office supplies, transcription, credit card processing, shredding, medical waste disposal, etc.  Participating practices are assured of savings since they receive a "savings profile" prior to engaging with the vendors.


The program will get stronger as additional vendors are brought into the fold and the base of participating clinics in Texas expands.


You can see an immediate reduction in your overhead expense. To receive a no-obligation "savings profile" or to learn more about all of the benefits available to you through the BCMS Purchasing Program, please contact us by email or call (210) 301-4363.







 About The Weekly Dose 

  The Weekly Dose is a service of the Bexar County Medical Society.

Some of the suggestions conveyed may not be applicable to your practice today,
 but the goal is to offer information over time that returns value in excess

of the cost of your membership.

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 Bexar County Medical Society, San Antonio, Texas.



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