The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of Dec. 22,  2013 

Vol. 3, No. 15



BCMS joint Installation of Officers



K. Ashok 

Kumar, MD, 

2014 BCMS President.


Cindy Comfort,

2014 BCMS Alliance President



Jan. 25, 2014


The Westin La Cantera

16641 La Cantera Parkway 

San Antonio, Texas 78256







The BCMS office

will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 24, and Wednesday, Dec. 25.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays from your medical society staff!




You have more time to decide whether to participate in Medicare

Deadline extended to Jan. 31


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

BCMS Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer


CMS has announced an extension to the Medicare participation deadline to Jan. 31, due to their delay in releasing the 2014 physician fee schedule. The original deadline was Dec. 31. 


So you now have more time to determine if you wish to participate. If you already participate in Medicare and wish to continue to do so, no further action is required.  For a full explanation of the CMS requirements and options for signing on to participate or to opt out of the program, click here


For local discussion on these and other practice management topics, consider joining the BCMS Legislative and Socioeconomics Committee by contacting 

Mary Nava. 






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


Circle of Friends web logo 


Billing form changes


The Texas Department of Insurance has announced an upcoming change for healthcare providers who bill professional medical services on a Health Insurance Claim Form CMS-1500 in the Texas workers' compensation system.


On April 1, the workers' compensation system will require the use of a new form. The state Division of Workers' Compensation will publish training sessions on the rule revision in February. Dates and times will be announced later. 


For more information, click here.




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