The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of Sept. 21,  2014 

Vol. 4, No. 2



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BCMS Emergency Preparedness Committee

seeks volunteers 


The BCMS Emergency Preparedness Committee is seeking additional physician volunteers who will comprise teams providing basic medical care during an emergency. The goal is to enhance local emergency-response capabilities by adding more physician volunteers to the emergency preparedness roster.


BCMS is charged with providing medical services for general and special-needs shelters during the first 72 to 96 hours of an emergency disaster situation. These may be natural disasters, such as floods, hurricanes or tornadoes, or those created by humans, such as terrorism or hazardous spills.


"We would like to expand our core group of family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, orthopaedics and geriatrics physicians, but all physicians are encouraged to volunteer," said David Marks, MD, chairman of the BCMS Emergency Preparedness Committee and a specialist in pulmonary critical care medicine and sleep medicine at the Pulmonary and Sleep Institute of San Antonio.


To register as a physician volunteer, click here, or for more information,

call 301-4363.






Oct. 2-3

 BCMS Fishing


sponsored by

Gateway Mortgage Group LLC

Stefen Brooks, RMLO


Departs from Rockport

For information, 

click here



Oct. 16

BCMS Auto Show

5 p.m.-9 p.m.

6243 IH-10 West

parking lot

More information 

to come!



Nov. 1

Women in Medicine Appreciation

11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Omni Hotel at the Colonnade

For sponsorship opportunities, call


To reserve tables and buy tickets, 

click here


Bexar County

Psychiatric Society

Evening Learning


What Next:

Healthcare Reform Impact on Physician Practices


6 p.m. Oct. 2

Maggiano's Little Italy

17603 IH -10

2 hours CME


Donna Kinney, TMA

Cost: $20 CME/Food fee for BCPS and BCMS members;

$10 UTHSCSA residents; 

$30 food fee for all others


To attend, RSVP to

Walter Root, MD,

BCPS president, at











Disaster Preparedness for Healthcare Workers and Those Who Care for Vulnerable Populations


8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6


Omni Hotels and Resorts 
9821 Colonnade Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78230


For more information,

click here






Attention Group Practices: PQRS participation deadline

is Sept. 30


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer 


A friendly reminder to all group practices planning to participate in the 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program year using the group practice reporting option, that in order to do so, practices must register by Sept. 30, 2014.


This deadline does not apply to physicians participating as an individual eligible professional (EP) or to physicians who are members of a group practice, but plan to participate as individual EPs. To read more about the group practice reporting option and for a complete list of reporting options as provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), click here


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








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Lecture: 'The Archaeology of Health in the Ancient Mediterranean World'





Dr. Alain Touwaide will present a lecture on "The Archaeology of Health in the Ancient Mediterranean World" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20 in Chapman Hall at Trinity University.


The event is free and open to the public.


Dr. Touwaide is a science historian who specializes in the history of medicinal plants in the cultures that flourished around the Mediterranean Sea from antiquity to the 17th century CE. His lecture is sponsored by the Southwest Texas Archeological Society (SWTAS), a branch of the Archeological Institute of America.


Financial support is being sought to cover the approximate cost of $2,000 for expenses. Contributions of all sizes are appreciated by the SWTAS, which is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions can be sent to AIA SWTAS.  The check should be mailed to: Laura Childs, 2858 Burning Log, San Antonio, TX 78247. The check should stipulate Touwaide Lecture.

















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