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
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
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
like to register to attend First Tuesdays, visit www.texmed.org 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.
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