The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of March 10,  2013 

Vol. 2, No. 26

Sign up now to ride the BCMS bus

April 2 for

First Tuesdays 

BCMS wants you to join us at First Tuesdays at the Capitol so we are arranging bus transportation from San Antonio to Austin! To secure a seat on the BCMS bus,

click here.


With just under 80 days left in the regular session of the 83rd Legislature, we're at a critical point in the legislative process and need as many physicians and Alliance members as possible to join us at the April First Tuesdays event.



must register with TMA to attend First Tuesdays. 


Messages or wallpaper


By John K. Wisniewski

BCMS CEO/Executive Director

I entered a physician office last week and found most available wall space covered with notices: notices of policies, accomplishments, promotions, reminders, warnings, announcements, rules and directions. Taped, framed, posted, highlighted, handwritten, promulgated and rotating on a flat-screen.


It seemed unsanitary and impersonal, and it made me anxious. I was there to be healed, not notified.


Of course, a few things are required by law, but this would be a good week to consider the value of posting anything else.





March 22


8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

TB Update

Heartland National TB Center

For information, click here.


1 p.m.

Stop TB in my Lifetime

5K Fun Run/Walk

For information, click here




83rd Legislative Session Update

Another BCMS resolution 'idea' becomes part of filed legislation


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

BCMS Chief Governmental and

Community Relations Officer


BCMS would like to recognize those physician and Alliance representatives who participated in the March 5 First Tuesdays visit to the Capitol: Cynthia Casteel, MD; Jesse Moss, MD; Robert Luedecke, MD; Gabriel Ortiz, MD; Jaime Pankowsky, MD; Janet Realini, MD; Walter Root, MD, and BCMS Alliance President-elect Cindy Comfort.


The group visited with 13 offices of Bexar County elected officials, including meetings with state representatives Philip Cortez (District 117); Lyle Larson (District 122); Trey Martinez Fischer (District 116), and Justin Rodriguez (District 125).


BCMS physicians discussed numerous bills that are of importance to medicine.


Bills we support include HB 620, which focuses on the issue of regulating silent PPOs; HB 1032, which looks to establish a standardized prior authorization form for prescription drug benefits; SB 317, which would prohibit sugary drinks in Texas schools; SB 303, which focuses on advance directives and end of life; HB 1803, which would streamline and improve the process used by DPS to renew physicians' controlled substance permits; and HB 1782, a truth in advertising bill, which requires positive identification name badges with credentials for healthcare practitioners.


HB 1803 and HB 1782 are of special significance for BCMS in that certain portions of these bills cover subject areas previously presented in BCMS resolutions submitted by Richard Benedikt, MD, and Estrella DeForster, MD, respectively, approved by the BCMS Delegation to TMA, and later adopted by the TMA House of Delegates during TEXMED 2012.


Bills we oppose include SB 684, which removes the requirement for school fitness exams and makes them optional; HB 446, which would dictate to physicians how to practice medicine in requiring physicians to document they counseled and provided information on fetal alcohol syndrome to patients during their first prenatal visit; and HB 1039, which allows direct access for physical therapists.


PHOTO ABOVE: BCMS physicians listen as Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer (District 116) shares his position on Medicaid expansion and other issues important to medicine during the March 5 First Tuesdays visit.


For more information and local discussion on legislative advocacy, First Tuesdays and the 83rd Legislative Session, consider joining the BCMS Legislative and Socioeconomics Committee.


For information, contact Mary Nava by email at

















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