The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of Dec. 8,  2013 

Vol. 3, No. 13

Your employment contract 


By John K. Wisniewski

BCMS CEO/Executive Director


I have several copies of the recently released 2nd edition to  "A Guide to Understanding and Negotiating a Physician Employment Contract."


It's a compact, plain language document prepared by a local attorney with TMA's support.  If you'd like a copy, please



Volunteers needed! 


Get involved in BCMS by serving on a committee in 2014.


Your participation is fundamental to the well-being of the medical society. The future of BCMS 

resides on the physicians who volunteer their time to make the society's committees strong and vibrant!


Whether your interests include legislative issues, communications, public health and patient advocacy, physician mediation and rehabilitation, or membership, there is a committee that would benefit from your expertise. 


The deadline for volunteering has been extended --  



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







Van de Putte announces run

for lieutenant governor


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

BCMS Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer


State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio officially announced Nov. 23 that she is running for lieutenant governor of Texas.  Speaking to a packed house at San Antonio College, Van de Putte, a Democrat representing Senate District 26, described her love of family and Texas, adding that it was her love of the state that brought her to public service initially.


Van de Putte has served in the Texas Legislature for 23 years, and first served in the Texas House from 1990 to 1999.  She has been in the Texas Senate ever since.  Her current senate term expires in 2016. 


Van de Putte said she is not happy with the current state of affairs in Texas, particularly the lack of access to preventive care for women, healthcare access issues for veterans, and the state not pursuing Medicaid expansion, which also would have generated jobs for Texas.  If elected, she vows to fight to improve these issues.  If she does not win the lieutenant governor's seat, she will retain her seat in the state senate.


On the local front with the BCMS Legislative

and Socioeconomics Committee


During the interim session, the BCMS Legislative and Socioeconomics Committee meets with elected officials on an individual basis to continue discussions on issues of importance to medicine.   


The meetings are informal and are an opportunity for physicians to visit face-to-face with incumbents and candidates to get to know each other and also to learn about each other's stand on issues.

The committee recently met with Elisa Chan, Republican candidate for Senate District 25.  Chan most recently was San Antonio City Councilwoman for District 9 and stepped down from her post to run for senate.  Chan, a small-business owner, said her father is a doctor in Taiwan and her mother is a nurse.  Chan expressed a willingness to learn about healthcare issues.


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

Mary Nava.







 Save patients up to 75 percent on meds this holiday season



As a member of BCMS, you now have free access to Texas Drug Card, a FREE statewide prescription assistance program launched to help the uninsured as well as those taking meds not covered by their insurance. You can now help patients save up to 75 percent, with an average savings of 35 percent on non-covered meds.


To receive complimentary hard cards for your patients, contact:


Todd Walker



Circle of Friends web logo  


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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