The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of April 6,  2014 

Vol. 3, No. 30



April 28-30

Medical World Americas Conference and Expo

 George R. Brown Convention Center,


Up to 13 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)

For information and to register, click here



May 6

BCMS General Membership Meeting

6:30 p.m. 

Embassy Suites Northwest, 7750 Briaridge Drive

For information, 

click here



June 3

BCMS New Member Welcome

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Mix and Mingle Party

The Argyle Club

934 Patterson Ave.

San Antonio 78209


Congress has voted:  SGR receives yet another patch and ICD-10

will be delayed for another year

The next SGR cliff is April 1, 2015; 

ICD-10 delayed to Oct. 1, 2015


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer 


Well, the gloves can come off again ... for a little while.  After months of consternation and a hard fight by physician members of BCMS, TMA and the AMA urging lawmakers to repeal SGR, Congress has placed another patch on SGR, averting for one year the 24 percent physician payment cut that had been scheduled for April 1, 2014.  HR 4032, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, passed the U.S. House of Representatives on March 27 and the U.S. Senate on March 31. Although the opportunity to fix SGR once and for all is all but lost, something good did come out of HR 4032's passage:  the one year delay (and second deadline extension) of ICD-10 implementation to Oct. 1, 2015.


To read more about HR 4032 and the specific provisions of the bill, click here 


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


San Antonio Medical Group Management Association (SAMGMA)

2014 Charity Gold Tournament

benefiting Lackland Fisher Houses

May 8, Hyatt Hill Country Resort

Register to golf, donate or sponsor at or

call Jason Lott at 210-852-3399 





Free, local help available for Medicaid specialist program


UT Health Science Center Houston and Gulf Coast Regional Extension Center (GCREC) provide technical assistance to Medicaid providers participating in the Texas Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program.


This assistance is offered at NO COST to eligible Medicaid primary care and Medicaid physician specialists. Additionally, if you are a Medicare provider, there are still some openings to receive assistance at NO COST to your practice. 


The GCREC is a program within the School of Biomedical Informatics at UTHSC-Houston focusing on Meaningful Use consulting and EHR technical assistance. The GCREC has local health information consultants in the Bexar County and South Texas area assisting providers with project management, workflow redesign, security risk assessment, and Meaningful Use attestation support.


The Medicaid program previously was available only to a limited pool of Medicaid providers who specialize in cardiology, endocrinology, pulmonary disease and psychiatry. However, the specialty list has been expanded to all Medicaid specialties.  This opens the door to a greater number of Texas providers that are in need of Texas-based resources with experience in the Medicaid/Medicare Incentive program.


For information, call 713-500-3479 or email to determine your eligibility for free services.





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