The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of Nov.  16, 2014 

Vol. 4, No. 10




Late registrations still being accepted

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Why attend this meeting?

Read a letter from James Humphreys, MD, 
Chairman, BCMS Legislative and Socioeconomics Committee,

by clicking here.

Strong leaders wanted

to serve on 2015

BCMS committees


Please take a moment to review the various BCMS committees. There is something for everyone, and the stronger our leaders, the more BCMS can accomplish!


Communications/Publications: Plans, facilitates and develops content for San Antonio Medicine magazine.


Emergency Preparedness: Coordinates physician participation with other San Antonio medical and emergency organizations, and develops the processes to assist physicians in preparing for significant, but unexpected, emergency situations affecting the community.


International Health: Fosters

ongoing sister-city relationships with physicians in India, Japan and Mexico.


Legislative/Socioeconomics: Studies, recommends, monitors and engages in activities related to the socioeconomic and legislative aspects of healthcare, regulations and managed-care issues.


Medical-Legal Liaison: Maintains relationships between the legal/medical community and adjudicates complaints between physicians and attorneys.


Membership: Works to build and retain membership for the society.


Physician Health and Rehabilitation: Advocacy group that identifies and facilitates rehabilitation for physicians with alcohol and/or drug impairment, through support and monitoring.  Committee prefers physicians with substance abuse-related experience.


Public Health and Patient Advocacy: Evaluates and makes recommendations to the board and members about public health issues affecting our community and patient population.


Women in Medicine: Facilitates the involvement of women physicians in all aspects of society business and activities. Coordinates and arranges sponsors for the annual Women in Medicine appreciation event.


If you would like to volunteer for a BCMS committee and make a difference, 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. 1. 


Apply by Dec. 8 for the 2015

TMA Award for Excellence

in Academic Medicine


TMA is now accepting applications for the 2015 Award for Excellence in Academic Medicine. This multi-level program recognizes academic physicians for achievements in teaching, serving as role models, mentoring, professional development, leadership, and service.


Deadline for submission to TMA is 5 p.m. Dec. 8.


For more information,

click here



Attention physicians: Nonphysician entities can legally provide Medicare wellness visits

What physicians can do to stay ahead of the game


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer 


Just a friendly reminder from TMA and BCMS that Medicare rules do not require only primary care physicians to provide annual Medicare and first-time "Welcome to Medicare" wellness visits. Medicare rules also allow a number of healthcare professionals to administer these exams.


To learn what you and your practice can do to stay ahead of this issue, click here to access additional information from TMA, including links to Novitas, the state Medicare contractor, a free Medicare quick reference guide, and CMS rules on Advance Beneficiary Notices (ABN).


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




Unsung Hero honored



Elizabeth Leyendecker, practice administrator at Bucay Center for Dermatology and Aesthetics, was named the BCMS Unsung Hero for November.


The Unsung Hero program allows BCMS members to recognize their office managers/administrators for their dedication and hard work in assisting physicians in delivering the best attention and care to patients.


Leyendecker was nominated by Dr. Vivian Bucay, who wrote: "Elizabeth's dedication, commitment, attention to detail and above all compassion to our patients have earned her this award."


Physician members: Please remember to recognize your "Unsung Hero." Monthly deadlines and additional information are available here.



Dr. Vivian Bucay (left) congratulates Elizabeth Leyendecker, the BCMS Unsung Hero for November 2014.











Thank you to Luciano Ristorante Italiano

for sponsoring lunch at the

BCMS Foundation golf tournament.





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