The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of Sept. 7,  2014 

Vol. 3, No. 52





Sept. 18


BCMS Foundation Golf Tournament 


Quarry Golf Club


To register, 

click here.


Sept. 24


BCMS Fall General Membership Meeting


6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. 

Hilton San Antonio Airport, 

611 N.W. Loop 410


CME and legislative updates


Click here for information and reservations.



Oct. 2-3


BCMS Fishing Tournament


Departs from Rockport


For information, call 301-4391




New BCMS Website Feature of the Week 



Large group practices

with 100 percent membership in BCMS and TMA 


100 percent member practices are recognized in BCMS publications and at events.


Helpful links allow members to apply, pay dues and update their information easily.


Resources specifically for physicians who are new to Texas also are available.


For more information, call BCMS at 









Dr. Gabriel Bietz (above), a vascular surgeon at Peripheral Vascular Associates, takes the ALS ice water challenge. PVA is a BCMS/TMA

100 percent large group practice.


The MS2 class of UTHSCSA was nominated for the challenge by their neurology faculty. Students talk about the personal impact of ALS and complete the challenge in this video


Impact Urgent Care staff took the challenge, too. Facebook users can watch their video here


For information on the challenge, which benefits research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, visit the Muscular Dystrophy Association at





If you are not yet participating in the Medicare EHR incentive program, time is running out


2014 is the last year to begin participating in the program


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer 


Please read the accompanying link for additional information on the Medicare electronic health record (EHR) incentive program. There is still time for physicians to begin the program (by Oct. 1, 2014) and still receive up to $24,000 over the next three years. However, there are specific details relating to required reporting periods and attestation deadlines you will want to read carefully. 


To learn more, click here.


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


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.






 About The Weekly Dose 

  The Weekly Dose is a service of the Bexar County Medical Society.

Some of the suggestions conveyed may not be applicable to your practice today, but the goal is to offer information over time that returns value in excess

of the cost of your membership.

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