The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of March 3,  2013 

Vol. 2, No. 25

State announces

best practices

for Alzheimer's



By John K. Wisniewski

BCMS CEO/Executive Director




The Texas Council on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders and the Alzheimer's Disease Program at the Texas Department of State Health Services recently announced Clinical Best Practices for Early Detection, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Persons with Alzheimer's Disease.



These best practices were developed and peer-reviewed by a group of Alzheimer's disease partner experts working to meet the Disease Management objectives of the 2010-15 Texas State Plan on Alzheimer's Disease.  The Texas Department of State Health Services asked that we share this information with you.



To learn more and read the full report, click here











March 19


Public Health and the Built Environment


7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

St. Anthony Riverwalk Wyndham Hotel


Sponsored by San Antonio Metropolitan Health District


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83rd Legislature Update:

BCMS resolution becomes

filed legislation

Resolution adopted

 during TMA HOD in 2012



By Mary E. Nava, MBA

BCMS Chief Governmental and

Community Relations Officer


If you ever wonder whether your ideas get heard, well, here's a perfect example of an idea suggesting a change in policy, going full circle and now becoming pending legislation during this 83rd Session of the Texas Legislature.


In March 2012, the BCMS Delegation to TMA was hard at work reviewing the resolutions submitted by BCMS members that, if approved, would move up for consideration during the House of Delegates (HOD) business meeting during TEXMED 2012.  One of those resolutions, submitted by Richard Benedikt, MD, was a suggestion to simplify and modernize the controlled substances registration (CSR) program. This resolution, among others, was approved by the members of the BCMS Delegation to TMA and submitted to the TMA HOD for consideration. The resolution was adopted during discussion and vote of the HOD, and this "idea" eventually went on to become part of TMA's 2013 Legislative Agenda.  Click here to see BCMS Resolution 302.


Now, fast forward to the 83rd Legislative Session ... Last Wednesday, Feb. 27, HB 1803, a TMA-supported bill, was filed by Rep. Bill Callegari (R-Katy).  House Bill 1803 would streamline and improve the process used by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to renew physicians' controlled substance permits. Physicians must have a DPS controlled substance permit to maintain a valid federal Drug Enforcement Administration license. The legislation would accomplish the following:

  • Extend the now annual renewal period of the DPS controlled substance permit to two years,
  • Sync the renewal of the DPS permit to the physician's license renewal, and
  • Allow the renewal process to start with the Texas Medical Board and the physician's license renewal.

As part of TMA's legislative agenda is to reduce red tape and increase efficiency for physicians and their practices, HB 1803 is one way to begin tackling this issue.  So, yes, BCMS members, your ideas and voices are definitely heard. 


Stay tuned to this column for more updates on the status of bills and other activities as the 83rd Legislative Session continues.


For local discussion on the 83rd Legislative Session, First Tuesdays trips to the Capitol and other legislative and socioeconomics topics, consider joining the BCMS Legislative and Socioeconomics Committee by contacting Mary Nava at






For more information, click here.


This information is sent on behalf of a valued BCMS Circle of Friends sponsor at the SILVER 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.


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 For more information about the BCMS Circle of Friends program, click here

or contact Joan Bailey at 210-301-4366 or by email.











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