this be the year?
John K. Wisniewski
BCMS has finalized a strategic
plan, budget and measurable goals for 2014. I'm sharing this
news to thank all who participated but also to encourage you to
complete a similar process. It's not too late to initiate annual
planning for your practice or family.
If you need resources, suggestions
or encouragement, don't hesitate to call me or email me.
TOP 10 REASONS TO BE A MEMBER OF BCMS
Voice for Legislative Advocacy
of Emergency Response Efforts
Office Staffing Service
Efforts with TMA and SAMGMA
of Collegiality and Collaboration Among Bexar County Physicians
for Impaired Physicians
Venue for Members/Patients
to renew your BCMS and TMA membership for 2014 today or call the BCMS
Membership Department at (210) 301-4371.
SAVE THE DATE
It's not too
late to reserve your seat at the Nov. 19
Medicine Dinner and Shopping Extravaganza!
Patricia Sladovnik, office
manager for Javier G. Reyes, MD, was the BCMS "Unsung
Hero" award winner for October.
The program recognizes those
assist their physicians in delivering the best attention and care
to their patients.
Dr. Reyes, a BCMS Life member,
said Ms. Sladovnik "always looks for ways to deliver the best
care," makes the budget work efficiently, and demonstrates her
care for patients beyond the office by participating in the
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Physician members: Please remember to recognize
your "Unsung Hero." Monthly deadlines and additional
information can be found here.
TMA, AMA stand firm on scope expansion issue
Both organizations oppose VA's APRN proposal
By Mary E. Nava, MBA
BCMS Chief Governmental and Community Relations
You can rest assured that when it
comes to scope expansion, TMA and AMA stand vigilant on working to
prevent any intrusion into the core principle that diagnosing and
prescribing remain within the practice of medicine.
In a recent letter to Robert
Petzel, MD, the undersecretary for health of the Department of
Veterans Affairs, both the TMA and AMA, along with other state
medical associations, stated their concerns over the Veterans
Health Administration's proposed changes to designate advanced
practice nurses (APRNs) as independent providers.
To read the TMA/AMA letter
opposing the VA's proposal, click here.
For local discussion on this
and other legislative advocacy topics, consider joining the BCMS
Legislative and Socioeconomics Committee by contacting Mary Nava at
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
ICD-10: Ready or not?
The Oct. 1, 2014, ICD-10
implementation date is quickly approaching. The number of providers who
have yet to start preparing for this change is startling, considering
the rigorous ICD-10 requirements. All specialties across the board will
be impacted, but orthopaedists, cardiologists and obstetricians will be
The biggest challenge following the
implementation will be insufficient documentation to support the
specificity required for the new code sets. ICD-10 will radically
change coding and will require a significant effort to implement. If
your front office is fully prepared for ICD-10, but your physicians and
clinical staff have not received training, accurate coding and proper
payment will not be possible. Don't run the risk of denied claims
and reduced payments. The time for training your providers and
staff is now.
Concordis Practice Management, LLC's,
AHIMA-certified coders have the tools to perform an ICD-10 readiness
assessment to evaluate your current documentation in preparation for
ICD-10. We will identify and capture information about what systems and
processes need to be addressed through the ICD-10 transition. We can
help you implement the necessary changes found during our assessment,
as well as offer training for providers and staff.
Concordis Practice Management, LLC,
is a full-spectrum healthcare management consulting firm specializing
in billing and coding.
Contact Dina Petrutsas, CPA, at (210) 704-1014 or visit
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