The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of Oct. 27,  2013 

Vol. 3, No. 7

Are you part

of the exchange?


By John K. Wisniewski

BCMS CEO/Executive Director


BCBS-TX is offering training sessions for the Blue Advantage HMO, which is one of their products on the exchange in Texas.


Blue Advantage HMO is new, and to be a participant, you would have signed a separate agreement earlier this year. If you're unsure of your status in the Blue Advantage HMO, the market provider relations office is available by clicking here.  


If you are ONLY contracted with the BCBS PPO network, you can still attend the session, but its primary focus will be on the new HMO product.





Benign and Malignant Hematology: What Providers and Clinicians Should Know


Saturday, Nov. 2

La Quinta-Medical Center


Sponsored by Alamo City Cancer Council and Cancer Care Centers of South Texas.


To register,

click here.




TMLT seminar Nov. 5

to address HIPAA Omnibus Rule


Penalties. Fines. Audits.


They can happen if physicians don't comply with the new HIPAA Omnibus Rule, a rule that strengthens the privacy protections established by HIPAA. With this new rule, physicians now face even more scrutiny by the federal government, as well as new administrative burdens.


Texas Medical Liability Trust (TMLT) offers its 2013 fall seminar series, including the 2.5-hour CME seminar, Did You Miss the HIPAA Omnibus? Protecting Patient Privacy and Patient Safety. The seminar will provide easy-to-follow guidelines for compliance with HIPAA, including the Omnibus additions.


The seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the San Antonio Marriott Northwest, offering 2.5 CME credits and a 3 percent premium discount.


For information and registration, click here.  


Circle of Friends web logo 


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




Important reminder:

New OSHA hazardous materials training must be completed

by Dec. 1



By Mary E. Nava, MBA

BCMS Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer


This is a friendly reminder that practices have until Dec. 1 to train staff on the new OSHA Hazards Communication Standard, which applied revisions to the safety data sheets and the labeling system.


TMA has compiled a number of resources, available online, including a training requirements fact sheet, to help practices with staff training.  To access the OSHA training materials, click here


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





   Click image above to register 



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