currently available quality improvement programs
John K. Wisniewski
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.
SAVE THE DATE
General Membership Meeting
To Congress and Back
the Hon.Charlie Gonzalez
Tuesday, June 4
The Club at Sonterra
To register, click here
(210) 301-4381, ext. 195
83rd Session Update
Only 8 days left in regular session
Sine die is May 27
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
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:
million to improve mental health services for veterans,
such as peer-to-peer counseling,
million to enhance prevention
identification of mental illness in
million for additional crisis
services to be provided by local mental health
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 email@example.com.
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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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