The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of May 12,  2013 

Vol. 2, No. 35

Fabricating demons


By John K. Wisniewski

BCMS CEO/Executive Director


The federal "Hospital Compare" program rolled out data on hospital billed charges this week. This information is virtually meaningless.


What really matters is what Medicare pays, but that will remain a secret. "Physician Compare" is scheduled next.  Over the last 10 years, you've been paid less with significantly more requirements to justify value and demonstrate compliance.


There's a difference between prudent oversight and mocking trustworthiness.  Yes, hospitals are different, but in this case, the public is being confused at their expense.




still open with BCBSTX


Sign up for a free

30-minute mini-conference with Blue Cross-Blue Shield in collaboration with BCMS. 

Physicians and office staff members will be able to ask questions and receive updated information.


Afternoon slots for conferences still are available on

Wednesday, May 15, and

Thursday, May 16, at the BCMS office.


To schedule, call




Need to update

your '80s hair?


Do you need a new professional photograph for the BCMS Physician and Medical Directory and your online Find a Doctor profile?


RCL Portrait Design will offer free portrait photos for BCMS members at:

May 20 and 24: St. Luke's

May 21: North Central Baptist

May 22 and 23: Baptist Downtown


To schedule a time for your photo session, call






83rd Legislative Session Update

BCMS Physicians participate

in last First Tuesdays

visit to Capitol


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

BCMS Chief Governmental and

Community Relations Officer


Several BCMS physicians participated May 7 in the final First Tuesdays visit to the Capitol for this legislative session.


Many thanks to the following physicians, along with a student member and practice administrator, who gathered with their colleagues from around the state last week in Austin: Suresh Dutta, MD; Robert Frolichstein, MD; Michael Guirl, MD; Jim Humphreys, MD; Vijay Koli, MD; BCMS President Gabriel Ortiz, MD; Rajam Ramamurthy, MD; Janet Realini, MD; third-year medical student Leonel Lopez; and Rick White, practice administrator for Greater San Antonio Emergency Physicians. 


Participants met with all 14 offices of the Bexar County elected officials to discuss the most urgent bills of importance to medicine still making their way through the legislative process.


As of this writing, two important bills were on the way to Gov. Rick Perry's desk: SB 166 by Sen. Robert Deuell, MD (R-Greenville) and Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio) allows physicians to check in patients using the electronic strip on the back of their Texas driver's license. SB 945 by Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) and Rep. Sarah Davis (R-West University Place) requires physicians and non-physicians to wear a photo ID badge clearly stating to patients their name, department of the hospital they are associated with, title, and status as a student, intern, trainee or resident.


Stay tuned to this column for more updates as the 83rd Legislative Session continues. The last day of the 83rd Session is Monday, May 27.



Photo above:  Members of the BCMS First Tuesdays delegation pause for a photo with Rep. Joe Farias (District 118) outside the House Chamber on May 7.


For more information and local discussion on the 83rd Session and other legislative advocacy and socioeconomics issues, consider joining the BCMS Legislative and Socioeconomics Committee.  For information, contact Mary Nava at

















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Seven Mistakes People Often Make When Preparing for Their Retirement

Hosted by David Johnson, Financial Advisor


Wednesday, May 22

6:30 p.m. Registration

7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Dinner and presentation

Sonterra Country Club, Ivy Room


For more information and to 


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