The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of Jan. 20,  2013 

Vol. 2, No. 19

ICD 'whatever' unlikely to offer further delays


By John K. Wisniewski

BCMS CEO/Executive Director



The delayed rollout of ICD-10 was a victory for organized medicine.


With EMR, PQRI and e-scripts, another change would have been more than either payers or providers could handle.


About this time last year, Congress approved what was originally a TMA resolution, and moved implementation from October 2013 to October 2014.


The change quelled the promotion of tools, courses, consultants and may have relaxed your focus on this important deadline.


This would be a good week to reassess your preparation plans.  It's highly unlikely there will be further changes or delays. 




Greenway Medical's Electric Medical Records


Greenway Medical's Electric Health Record (EHR) system has built an enviable track record of helping providers across more than 30 specialties and sub-specialties maximize operational efficiency, return on investment and, most importantly, improve clinical, financial and satisfaction outcomes.


This is due to a number of factors, from PrimeSUITE's robust functionality to five-star ease of use; interoperability with acute-care systems; embedded clinical content; flexible, patented template design; and an unparalleled level of customer service that's garnered more than a dozen "Best in KLAS"  independent awards since 2004.


Greenway is committed to effective implementation, education, training and support to help ensure your practice is successful in improving care quality and efficiency, preparing for emerging value-based medicine payment models, compliance with ever-changing regulations, and connecting physicians, healthcare consumers and entire communities of health to enable delivery of effective, coordinated care. 


To learn more about Greenway or EHR/EMR's in general, contact William O'Brien at 210-238-7596 or by email.

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.



How to get involved

in legislative advocacy


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

BCMS Chief Governmental and

Community Relations Officer


Now that the 83rd Legislative Session has begun, are you interested in getting involved in legislative advocacy?


Join the BCMS Legislative and Socioeconomics Committee at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23,

at the BCMS office, 6243 IH-10 West, Suite 600, to learn how YOU can participate!


The meeting will include planning for upcoming First Tuesdays visits to the Capitol. The first trip to Austin is Feb. 5.


First Tuesdays participants join colleagues to visit with state elected officials in Austin about medicine's issues.


The meeting also will address plans for each of the visits, and how BCMS and TMA work together to educate elected officials on priority issues.


Please RSVP by Tuesday, Jan. 22, if you plan to attend the committee meeting on Jan. 23 by calling Mary Nava at 210-301-4395.


During First Tuesdays visits, participants witness first-hand how they can make a difference and make their voice heard.


For those of you who have participated in the past, we thank you.  Please encourage your colleagues to make plans to join us on First Tuesdays.  The impression created by a sea of white coats in the halls of the Capitol is talked about repeatedly by our legislators and their staffs.


If you'd like to register to attend First Tuesdays, visit and click on First Tuesdays Visits to the Capitol.



Feb. 15 is deadline

to participate in Medicare 


CMS has extended the filing deadline to Feb. 15 for physicians interested in participating in Medicare. If you need help deciding whether or not to participate, TMA has prepared some materials, along with a webinar that can assist you with your planning.


Access the educational resources in the TMA Resource Center here.


For more information and local discussion on legislative advocacy, practice management and other issues, consider joining the BCMS Socioeconomics and Legislative Committee.

For information, contact Mary Nava at

210-301-4395 or by email.






BCMS and BCMS Alliance

Installation of Officers


6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26

The Witte Museum

3801 Broadway



210-301-4381, ext. 195,

or by clicking here








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