The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of Jan. 27,  2013 

Vol. 2, No. 20


Red tape comes

in small pieces


By John K. Wisniewski

BCMS CEO/Executive Director


In addition to broader legislative issues, this year's agenda is focused on "red tape reduction." We are looking for small, steady aggravations, with corresponding solutions to eliminate them.


A TMA campaign already gathered a list, but you are still encouraged to submit ideas either to the TMA Red Tape Hassle log, through a resolution, or simply by email.


Small victories are often forgotten, but they remain a meaningful part of the value we create together.






Because of recent events, we believe it necessary to clarify the relationship between BCMS and the BCMS Foundation.


Please note that the BCMS Foundation is no longer affiliated or associated

with BCMS in any manner.


Each is a separate, free-standing organization with no affiliation with the

other. Relations between the two organizations have been severed. The Foundation has a completely

separate board and staff, and no longer has offices at BCMS. There is no connection of any nature between the two organizations. The similarity of the Foundation's name with that of BCMS may create

confusion or mislead people into thinking there is some connection with BCMS, but there is not.








2013 SAMGMA Annual Educational Conference





7 a.m.- 4:45 p.m.

 Wednesday, Feb. 6
Marriott Northwest
3233 N.W. Loop 410


Click here for a downloadable flyer and registration form.







In 2010, BCMS conducted a survey of Bexar County physicians to identify which physicians were accepting new patients.


With access to healthcare being at the forefront and the Texas legislature now under way, BCMS wants to update this information so we can better advocate on your behalf.


If you haven't already, please click here to complete a short, one-minute survey.


Each year, BCMS receives more than 10,000 requests from patients looking for physicians who accept their insurance. Let us help them find you! Click here to review your profile on Find a Doctor on the BCMS website.


Thank you very much for your assistance with this important project!




Last call for submitting resolutions, February's

First Tuesdays visit 


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

BCMS Chief Governmental and

Community Relations Officer


Thursday, Jan. 31, is the deadline for submitting resolutions to the BCMS delegation.


If you have any issues you would like the local delegation to consider submitting to TMA regarding changes in policy, or a stance you would like them to take on a particular issue, it's time to submit them in the form of a resolution.


A sample resolution form can be downloaded by clicking here.


Completed resolutions may be emailed to or

faxed to 210-301-2150.


White coats headed to Austin


Grab your white coat and plan to join your colleagues at upcoming First Tuesdays visits to the Capitol in Austin.


The first trip is Feb. 5.


During First Tuesdays visits, physician-members meet with state elected officials, and witness first-hand how they can have an impact by making

their voices heard.


To register to attend First Tuesdays, visit and click on First Tuesdays Visits to the Capitol. Registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 28.


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.



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