The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of Nov. 17,  2013 

Vol. 3, No. 10



By John K. Wisniewski

BCMS CEO/Executive Director


Advocacy focus has rapidly narrowed from running a country to running a health system, to running an insurance exchange to running a website.


It's all important and interesting, but this would be a good week to skip the headlines and turn to page 2. Our local representatives spend much of this time learning from constituents and refining campaign platforms. It's the best time for new advocacy efforts to be launched.


The BCMS Legislative Committee is setting a calendar to meet with elected officials, and the delegation will soon be looking for meaningful resolutions. If you're tired of following the bouncing ball, start a new game.  


Volunteer for a BCMS Committee 


It is time to recruit strong leaders to serve on BCMS committees.


Your participation is fundamental to the well-being of the society. The future of BCMS resides on the physicians who volunteer their time to make the society's committees strong and vibrant!


To volunteer for a BCMS committee and make a difference, please click here and indicate your choice(s) on the committee preference form, or print and fax it to 301-2150.


The deadline for volunteering has been extended to Dec. 2.



BCMS joint Installation of Officers



K. Ashok 

Kumar, MD, 

2014 BCMS President.


Cindy Comfort,

2014 BCMS Alliance President



Jan. 25, 2014


The Westin La Cantera

16641 La Cantera Parkway 

San Antonio, Texas 78256





Healthcare Access San Antonio (HASA) announces launch of regionwide

Health Information Exchange (HIE)

Five major hospital systems participating



By Mary E. Nava, MBA

BCMS Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer


Healthcare Access San Antonio (HASA) announced Nov. 12 that five of the city's major hospital systems have begun to provide secure patient records into HASA's health information exchange (HIE), which allows the sharing of medical records electronically.


A first for this region, the HIE covers a 22-county area, including Bexar County. The value in sharing patient information is that duplicate care is avoided, which in turn benefits the patient.The HIE is designed to help patients and doctors. Patients decide how their health information is viewed, or they may choose to opt-out of the system.


To learn more, click here


Photo above:  HASA executive director Gijs Van Oort describes the new HIE on Nov. 12. Patients can look for the HASA sticker to know if their healthcare provider participates in the HIE.


For local discussion on this and other practice management tips, consider joining the BCMS Legislative and Socioeconomics Committee by contacting Mary Nava.





Why Abraham Lincoln

needed title insurance


Abraham Lincoln was born in a meager, one-room cabin near Hodgenville, Ky. Lincoln's father, Tom, had paid $200 for the cabin and 300 acres of discouraging land. It wasn't much, but it was home.


After four years of fighting mosquitoes, heat and hardscrabble land, the Lincolns had to pack up and leave. There was a defect in the title. They didn't have the right sort of papers, and somebody else had a better claim to the land. With 3-year-old Abe in his mother's arms, the family moved eight miles away to Knob Creek.


In less than four years, Tom Lincoln had to go to court to prove his ownership rights to this second farm. Another claimant to the land sued him for being a "trespasser." Tom Lincoln won the suit but was haunted by the fear that he might someday lose another property. Tom decided to move his family to Indiana where there was government land with clear title and the right kind of papers. Thus Abraham Lincoln lost a second home to title problems.


It was the frustration and anguish of such hard-working Americans that gave rise to today's title insurance industry. A home is still the largest purchase most of us make in our lifetime. And with escalating land values, the loss of property can still bring a family to ruin. Consequently, Alamo Title and other such real estate property related companies provide the reliability and stability we need to ensure the sanctity of that which we call "home."


Please visit the Alamo Title Co. table at the

Nov. 19 BCMS Women in Medicine appreciation dinner. Visitors can be coached through the title process and enter to win a Coach purse.


For information, contact Jackie Browning, Alamo Title Co. commercial and residential business development, at (210) 414-6912 or


Circle of Friends web logo 


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



 About The Weekly Dose 

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 Bexar County Medical Society, San Antonio, Texas.




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