The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of Feb. 17,  2013 

Vol. 2, No. 23


Communication between referral sources


By John K. Wisniewski

BCMS CEO/Executive Director


One of the most manageable components of a patient's overall care is the communication of important information among multiple treating physicians.


What was once a direct exchange is now more commonly automated and/or delegated. This would be a good week to make sure the system you use today is truly working for you and your colleagues.


Schedule time for a real, live conversation with the physicians with whom you share patients. Involve key staff, if necessary, to get an accurate assessment.


Reaffirm that your process of exchanging clinical information is resulting in the best care possible.   





TexMed in SA 


Registration is open for the TexMed 2013 convention May 17-18

in San Antonio.


Join the Texas Medical Association for more than 100 hours of clinical and business continuing medical education programming.


Registration is free for BCMS/TMA members and $200 for nonmembers.


Click here to register and get program information.






NOW is the time

to contact state legislators on dual-eligibles


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

BCMS Chief Governmental and

Community Relations Officer



BCMS President Gabriel Ortiz, MD, has taken a leadership role with the Border Health Caucus (BHC) in advocating to the legislature on behalf of BCMS regarding the dual-eligibles issue. 


The BHC works collectively to demonstrate the urgency of this critical issue.

Legislators are holding state budget hearings now.


Please call, write, email or fax the legilsators who are championing these efforts within the next two weeks to let them know how this issue impacts you and your patients.


Details, talking points and contact information for legislators is available on the BCMS website.  


To read the most recent BHC report, click here.


For more information on the 83rd Legislative Session and First Tuesdays, join us at the next meeting of the BCMS Legislative and Socioeconomics Committee at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the BCMS office.


For more information, contact Mary Nava

at 210-301-4395 or by email. 



Circle of Friends web logo  

Henry Schein Medical



Did your practice run out of flu vaccine this year, or have trouble getting enough?


Check out Henry Schein Medical's worry- free guarantee for the 2013-14 season:

  • Guaranteed delivery by Sept. 13
  • No payment until Dec. 27
  • Return privilege of 25 percent on orders of 12 vials or more


For more information, contact


As part of an agreement between BCMS and Henry Schein, BCMS earns a fee from participating vendors, based on the volume of member purchases. Information about the amount of these fees for your purchases is available upon request.


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



Time for a new professional photograph? 


RCL Portrait Design will be coming to a location near you in March to take professional portraits of all physicians. The photographs will be taken free of charge, and you will be able to select your favorite shot.


For professional quality and best presentation, we recommend the following attire: for women, a suit jacket or long-sleeved blouse; for men, a dark jacket and a tie.


The photo shoots currently scheduled are shown below.


Please call 800-951-8712 to schedule a time to have your portrait taken.


March 4:   Baptist Downtown, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

March 5:   North Central Baptist, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

March 6:   Mission Trails Baptist, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

March 7:   St. Luke's Baptist, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

March 8:   Bexar County Medical Society, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

March 11: North East Baptist, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

March 12: North Central Baptist, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

March 13: St. Luke's Baptist, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

March 14: Baptist Downtown, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

March 15: St. Luke's Baptist, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.


NOTE: Dates and times subject to change.




 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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