The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of Jan. 6,  2013 

Vol. 2, No. 17

Transparency helps resolve patient complaints about fees


By John K. Wisniewski

BCMS CEO/Executive Director


In many cases, patients receive an explanation of benefits (EOB) that describes your billed charges as "covered services," and they are left with the impression that this is the amount you will be paid.


If you receive a complaint, give the facts - specifically, the actual amount you received from the payer, the patient balance as determined by the payer in accordance with their policy, and the total payment you'll receive.


If a patient remains skeptical, send them a copy of the remittance advice (be sure to black out other patient information).


EOBs are designed with input from the marketing department of the payers. Your efforts toward transparency will help patients understand the true value of their coverage and strengthen the trust they have in you. 




Start the year off right

with discounted

educational materials


From now until Jan. 15, TMA members receive 25 percent off their entire TMA Education Center purchase!*


Formats include hard copy and electronic publications, on demand webinars and podcasts. Topics address billing, coding, fraud and abuse compliance, ethics, practice management and many others.


Click here to see all the educational materials available through the TMA Education Center.


For information,

call 877-880-1335.


*Offer excludes live seminars and the Texas Medical Jurisprudence Manual and Study Guide.




First Tuesday visit to Austin planned for Feb. 5 


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

BCMS Chief Governmental and

Community Relations Officer


With the state legislative session beginning this week, TMA and BCMS are encouraging physician and alliance members to participate in First Tuesday visits to the Capitol in Austin.


The First Tuesday program begins Feb. 5 and continues monthly through May.


The program involves face-to-face meetings between physicians and elected officials. BCMS schedules appointments with officials, and attendees participate in the visits as a group.


To learn more, click here.


Medicare payments frozen for another year


One day after the official deadline, the U.S. Congress on Jan. 1 stepped away from the so-called "fiscal cliff" and slapped another one-year patch on physicians' Medicare payments.


For details on the deal, which averted the 26.5 percent cut in Medicare payments that was scheduled to take effect Jan. 1,

click 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, and to sign up for First Tuesdays, contact Mary Nava at 210-301-4395 or by email.




RSVP for Jan. 26

BCMS Installation


Join your BCMS colleagues at the Installation of Officers at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Witte Museum.


Click here to read more about the 2013 officers and directors. 


While at the installation, all attendees also will be able to visit

"Mummies of the World: The Exhibition"

free of charge.


NOTE: A construction project beginning mid-January will convert Hildebrand Avenue into a one-way, east-bound street between the San Antonio River and North New Braunfels Avenue. Alternative east-west routes to the Witte from U.S. Highway 281 include Basse Road and Mulberry Avenue. Those attending the BCMS installation may want to allow extra travel time. 


To RSVP for this special event,

click here.



 About The Weekly Dose 

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 Bexar County Medical Society, San Antonio, Texas.



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