The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of Feb. 24,  2013 

Vol. 2, No. 24


Supporting San Antonio's Strategies for Health


By John K. Wisniewski

BCMS CEO/Executive Director


At a recent BCMS Inter-hospital Council meeting, Dr. Thomas Schlenker, director of San Antonio Metro Health, presented the city's Health Strategic Priorities for 2012-15.


The four primary categories are:

  1. Evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention
  2. Built Environment for Active Living
  3. Neighbors Engaged in Health
  4. Blood and Sexually Transmitted Disease

This would be a good week to identify ways in which you can promote and support our community's public health efforts through your practice. 


To read the full report, click here.





March 5
First Tuesdays at the Capitol


While we always love to see as many physicians, medical students, and alliance members as possible ...

The March 5 First Tuesdays event recognizes our

young physicians!


If you've always wanted to make a difference in the profession you'll practice for the rest of your life,

here's your chance.


Register today.






A Balancing Act:

Medical Practices and the Four Humors in the Renaissance 


Wednesday, Feb. 27

Noon to 1 p.m.

Howe Conference Room

Fifth Floor Briscoe Library




Dr. Charleen Moore, 

Department of Cellular and Structural Biology, UTHSCSA



Lecture presented in conjunction with the National Library of Medicine's traveling exhibit, There's the Humor of It: Shakespeare and the Four Humors, which is on display on the first floor of the Briscoe Library through March 22.

All are invited; attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.








  BCMS Supports SB 313

Measure would increase minimum age

for tobacco consumption, purchase 


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

BCMS Chief Governmental and

Community Relations Officer 


On Feb. 19, I attended a hearing of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee at the Capitol to lend our visibility and drop a card in support of SB 313, a bill which would increase the age for consumption/purchase of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years of age.


The bill's author, State Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio), said during the hearing that the bill is designed to save lives and mitigate costs by keeping people off a lifelong addiction. Uresti said no other state has enacted such a measure before, and Texas would be the first state to do so.


John Nava, MD, chairman of the BCMS Public Health and Patient Advocacy Committee, stated, "This is one bill we ought to support as an organization."


James Humphreys, MD, chairman of the BCMS Legislative and Socioeconomics Committee, echoed the same sentiments.


After the hearing, I spoke with Uresti to personally convey a message of support from BCMS President Gabriel Ortiz, MD. The senator thanked me for BCMS' support of the legislation.


To read SB 313, click here.


Stay tuned to this column for more updates on the status of bills and other activities as the 83rd Legislative Session continues.


For local discussion on the 83rd Legislative Session, First Tuesdays trips to the Capitol, and other legislative and socioeconomic topics, plan to 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.


ABOVE: Members of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, led by Chair Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) (at head of table), listen to Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) (right), as he lays out SB 313 on Feb. 19 in Austin. 






Circle of Friends web logo


Henry Schein Medical


Tax rates are set for 2013.  Have you planned for the decreased revenue that will be caused by the "fiscal cliff" deal and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act?


As a BCMS Circle of Friends Platinum Sponsor, we invite you to join us Feb. 28 as we bring together a panel of healthcare professionals who will help you plan for the new tax environment.


Topics of discussion:

  • American Tax Relief of 2012 Legislation
  • Review of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the impact on your business
  • How should you adjust your investment strategies?
  • How do you shelter more income from new taxes?
  • Penalties and reduction for not using EMR
  • What is Texas House Bill 300?

 For more information, click here.


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.





If you want to find out who in your practice is not a member, please contact the BCMS Membership Department at

or (210) 314-4371.




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