The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of Oct. 13,  2013 

Vol. 3, No. 5

Don't strike out on HIT 


By John K. Wisniewski

BCMS CEO/Executive Director


Physicians looking for information on health information technology (HIT) can tap TMA's resources online.


TMA's Tech Tuesdays webinar series has two more upcoming installments, including a course this week on high-tech patient engagement. After that, courses will be available on-demand in the technology area of the TMA Education Center.  


This would be a good week to bring yourself up to speed on HIT. 



Click image above to register  





Bexar County Healthcare Leaders Announce Results of 2013 Community Health Assessment



By Mary E. Nava, MBA

BCMS Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer


The Health Collaborative, an organization comprising several major healthcare institutions in San Antonio, released the 2013 Community Health Assessment Report on Oct. 9.


The report's findings assist San Antonio and Bexar County with updating the Community Health Improvement Plan, which identifies major priorities and goals for the area. Dr. John Nava, chairman of the BCMS Public Health and Patient Advocacy Committee, who attended the leadership breakfast event, said: "The work of the Health Collaborative is very important when it comes to identifying the most serious health concerns affecting our city. Though there have been some recent gains in terms of the prevalence of obesity, there's still a lot of room for improvement."


To read the Health Collaborative report, click here.


For local discussion on this and other public health topics, consider joining the BCMS Public Health and Patient Advocacy Committee by contacting Mary Nava at  








Stepping Up to Leadership conference

set Nov. 7-9 in San Antonio


The Texas Medical Association and the Texas Hospital Association have endorsed an unparalleled opportunity for medical staff leaders in Texas: the Stepping Up to Leadership program, Nov. 7-9 in San Antonio. This conference teaches physicians the skills and expertise needed to successfully lead a medical staff.


Stepping Up to Leadership engages physicians with interactive, hands-on learning modalities, focusing on small-group sessions, video vignettes, and real-life case studies. Topics scheduled include the "how-tos" of leading a staff, credentialing and privileging, assessing the needs of the organization, using continuing medical education effectively, resolving on-call issues, improving communication skills, using data to improve quality, and managing disruptive or impaired colleagues.


With the help of a grant from the Physicians Foundation, the two-and-a-half-day program is available at one-third of its normal cost. Prices start as low as $595.





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