The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of Nov. 3,  2013 

Vol. 3, No. 8

Find Your Doctor at BCMS


By John K. Wisniewski

BCMS CEO/Executive Director



BCMS, in collaboration with TMA, offers the most accurate, comprehensive physician referral service on behalf of its members.  


Historically, the combined web/phone inquiries exceed 10,000 per year. One of our strategic initiatives is to increase the value of this community/member benefit.


This week we launched a redesigned physician referral web page that is significantly more functional and intuitive.  We are proud of this effort, and encourage you to access the new tool by clicking here.






BCMS Officer Installation Ceremony


Reception and dinner celebration for

Dr. K. Ashok Kumar and Cindy Comfort to be installed as the 2014 BCMS President and 2014 BCMS Alliance President


6:30 p.m. 

Saturday, Jan. 25

Westin La Cantera




U.S. Secretary of Health

visits San Antonio

Marketplace enrollment website issues of top concern


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

BCMS Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer


As the Healthcare Marketplace enrollment continues to be plagued with technical issues, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visited Texas last week and joined Mayor Julian Castro; County Judge Nelson Wolff and officials with CentroMed to express to our community that enrollment is continuing, technical issues are being dealt with accordingly, and a new general contractor has been hired to oversee the enrollment website fixes.


Mayor Castro commented that San Antonio is actively raising awareness of the enrollment period and that much has been done to educate the people of San Antonio through a variety of local community events.


PHOTO ABOVE: Participants in the health insurance marketplace panel discussion in San Antonio Oct. 25 were (from left) Ernesto Gomez, PhD, President and CEO with CentroMed;County Judge Nelson Wolff; Mayor Julian Castro; HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius; a local resident who plans to shop the Marketplace and a volunteer patient navigator.


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





For an update from DHS and Metro Health on the pertussis outbreak, including accurate vaccination codes for payment by Medicaid, click here.



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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