The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of Sept. 22, 2013 

Vol. 3, No. 2

Be ready for upcoming coverage changes


By John K. Wisniewski

BCMS CEO/Executive Director

In the next few weeks, health coverage options for the exchange and marketplace are scheduled to be revealed to the public. Although selected  payers are required to have adequate physician networks, few BCMS members indicate that they have arrangements in place to participate.


This would be a good week to identify a point person and process to respond to an anticipated flurry of activity.


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Special Alert:

 Have you updated your Business Associate Agreements and

Notice of Privacy Practices?


Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, deadline to update new and/or amended agreements since Jan. 25


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

BCMS Chief Governmental and

Community Relations Officer


This is a reminder that in order to comply with the Texas Privacy Law, physicians are required to update their business associate agreements as well as the notice of privacy practices.


Covered entities have until Sept. 23, 2014, to update all business associate agreements. However, any business associate agreements, new or amended after Jan. 25, 2013, must be updated by Monday, Sept. 23, 2013.


TMA has prepared a number of training webinars and sample forms you can use to bring your practice into compliance.  


To access the TMA HIPAA Resource Center, webinars and additional information on the 2013 HIPAA omnibus rules, click here.


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




BCMS Staffing Services provides relief 

for staffing headaches




We are pleased to introduce Rupal Patel, BCMS Placement Consultant, who joined BCMS Staffing Services in January. Rupal's recruiting and staffing specialty is direct hire and permanent placements. As part of the service provided to member physicians submitting orders, Rupal sources candidates and provides candidate profiles to members for review. From those selected, she arranges candidate interviews and manages the credentialing required to complete the hiring process.


BCMS Staffing Services' permanent placement offering includes a 60-day placement guarantee to ensure a great employment fit.  Please feel free to contact Rupal at BCMS Staffing Services for your temporary or permanent placement needs.  Call 210-301-4362 or visit us online to submit your job request through our custom BCMS member website.


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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.















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 Bexar County Medical Society, San Antonio, Texas.



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