The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of  Dec. 14,  2014 

Vol. 4, No.  14

Donations to new BCMS building are tax-deductible 


In addition to a portion of your TMA dues and 100 percent of your BCMS dues, donations to the new BCMS office building also are tax-deductibe. 


For information on renewing your memberships or   

joining TMA and BCMS, contact BCMS Director of Membership Brissa Vela at 210-301-4371 or via email.

 To learn more about the new BCMS building, click here




84th Legislative Session is one month away; make plans now to attend First Tuesdays  


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer 


The 84th session of the Texas Legislature begins on Tuesday, Jan. 13.  For those of you who have not attended one of the First Tuesdays visits to the Capitol, please consider joining us.  Mark your calendars for the following First Tuesdays:  Feb. 3, March 3, April 7 and May 5. Click here for more information.


For more information on First Tuesdays, visit TMA's website by clicking here



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


Physician survey addresses genetics services 


A genetic counseling graduate student at the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston is seeking physician input on a survey.


For her thesis research project, Callie Jenevein is participating in a larger mission to evaluate the need for genetics services in Texas, as genetic testing is rapidly becoming more affordable and accessible to patients.


The 5- to 10-minute survey is designed to assess Texas physicians' awareness and utilization of genetic services in the state. The project has UT IRB approval. All information gathered is anonymous and confidential.


To access the survey, click here.




BCMS committees need members' participation, leadership


If you would like to participate on a BCMS committee and make a difference in organized medicine, please click here and indicate your choice(s) on the committee preference form, or print and fax it to (210) 301-2150 no later than Dec. 18. 





Physician Consulting Inc. offers opportunities

to improve patient outcomes and practice revenue


Clinics can generate significant consulting income while participating in two IRB studies offered by Physician Consulting Inc. designed to improve patient outcomes.


IRB Study Option No. 1: A simple buccal swab that will identify if your patients are taking the right medications in the right dosages based on their phenotype -- including herbs and nutraceuticals. The testing is covered 100 percent by Medicare and many PPOs. Physicians participating in this IRB approved study will receive compensation for study documentation. A med-tech can be provided at no charge to facilitate testing and study requirements.


IRB Study Option No. 2: An alternative to allergy shots. Participate in an IRB study with a revolutionary allergy cream specific to your patients' airborne allergies. Prescription is covered by most PPOs. Physicians participating in the IRB study will receive generous compensation.


To determine if your clinic qualifies for one or both of these studies, email Lisa Durow, or call her at 954-608-1300, to set up a time to speak briefly. Physicians participating in both IRB studies can generate approximately $12,000/month in consulting income. Physician assistants and nurse practitioners participating in IRB Study No. 2 will generate $6,000/month in consulting income. BCMS member Dr. Melissa Kempf is a program participant. 









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