The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of Nov. 23,  2014 

Vol. 4, No.  11

Free online CME looks at Ebola 


The UT Health Science Center Office of Continuing Medical Education is pleased to provide a free online learning opportunity for "Ebola Virus Disease: What Should You Know? Update and Demonstration of Donning and Doffing of Personal Protective Equipment." 


Continuing education and ethics credit may be applicable.


To register and watch the video, click here.




Call for resolutions

for 2015 


Do you have a TMA policy change suggestion or recommendation for a stance on an issue?  Submit your resolutions now to the BCMS Delegation to TMA.


The deadline is

Jan. 9. 


For a sample resolution form, 


For more information or to submit completed resolutions, contact 

 Mary Nava.







BCMS General Membership Meeting on GPCI held Nov. 17



By Mary E. Nava, MBA

Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer 


BCMS hosted a general membership meeting Nov. 17 featuring TMA's director of research and data analysis, Donna Kinney, CPA, who presented a discussion on an important reimbursement calculation, the Geographical Practice Cost Index (GPCI).


Approximately 100 doctors attended to hear about how GPCI was initially established, what it is intended to do, what components are used in order to calculate this payment formula, and what options are available for possible consideration. GPCI is, by law, an attempt by the federal government, through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), to compensate physicians for three physician fee components:  physician work, practice expenses, and medical malpractice insurance rates by individual payment localities. Currently, the state is divided into eight payment localities:  Austin, Beaumont, Brazoria, Dallas, Fort Worth, Galveston, Houston and "the rest of Texas" (which includes San Antonio).


To see Ms. Kinney's presentation slides,

click here. Her presentation is expected to be available on DVD after Jan. 1.


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

    PHOTO ABOVE: TMA's Donna Kinney (left) is greeted at the BCMS meeting Nov. 17 by BCMS past president and current board member Dr. John R. Holcomb. 








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