The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of May 19,  2013 

Vol. 2, No. 36

Evaluating currently available quality improvement programs


By John K. Wisniewski

BCMS CEO/Executive Director



Many physicians don't take advantage of financial incentives offered by various quality improvement programs, many of which will become penalty programs in the coming years.


There are several active programs, such as Medicare's Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), Blue Cross Blue Shield's and Aetna's Bridges to Excellence (BTE), Medical Home, and value based contracting.


TMA has new tools to help practices evaluate the benefits of participating and assist in implementation.


For more information click here.





 BCMS General Membership Meeting

To Congress and Back


the Hon.Charlie Gonzalez

Tuesday, June 4 

6:30 p.m.

The Club at Sonterra


To register, click here

or call

(210) 301-4381, ext. 195




83rd Session Update

Only 8 days left in regular session

Sine die is May 27

Budget Conference Committee

making progress



By Mary E. Nava, MBA

BCMS Chief Governmental and

Community Relations Officer


Last week, the Budget Conference Committee completed the details of the Article II portion of the state budget dealing with health and human services spending for 2014-15.


The proposed Article II budget includes $225 million in new funding for mental health services. This is a huge success for the mental health system. The new funds target specific initiatives, including: prevention, early identification, community-based services, and inpatient hospital care.


These are some of the new mental health initiatives slated for improvement by the legislature:

  • $4 million to improve mental health services for veterans, such as peer-to-peer counseling,
  • $5 million to enhance prevention and early identification of mental illness in school-aged children,
  • $25 million for additional crisis services to be provided by local mental health authorities, and
  • $25 million to promote public-private partnerships to improve mental health care delivery and services.

Stay tuned to this column for more updates on the state budget and other bills of importance to medicine as the 83rd session continues.


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




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