The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of Nov. 10,  2013 

Vol. 3, No. 9

Will this be the year?


By John K. Wisniewski

BCMS CEO/Executive Director


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





Unified Voice for Legislative Advocacy



Coordination of Emergency Response Efforts



Citywide Credentialing Cooperative



Medical Office Staffing Service



Coordinated Efforts with TMA and SAMGMA



Practice Management Resources



Promotion of Collegiality and Collaboration Among Bexar County Physicians



Resources for Impaired Physicians



Mediation Venue for Members/Patients



Full-Service Auto Program



Click here to renew your BCMS and TMA membership for 2014 today or call the BCMS Membership Department at (210) 301-4371.




It's not too late to reserve your seat at the Nov. 19 

Women in Medicine Dinner and Shopping Extravaganza!



Click here

to purchase your ticket.








Patricia Sladovnik, office manager for Javier G. Reyes, MD, was the BCMS "Unsung Hero" award winner for October.


The program recognizes those tireless office

managers/administrators who 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 Officer


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  




Happy Veterans Day!






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 particularly impacted.


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 our website.

We are here to help.




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