The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of April 20,  2014 

Vol. 3, No. 32



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



Sept. 24

BCMS Fall General Membership Meeting

6:30-8:30 p.m. 

Hilton at the Airport, 611 N.W. Loop 410

CME and legislative updates 



Oct. 16

BCMS Auto Show

BCMS office parking lot, 6243 IH-10W

5-9 p.m.

Complimentary buffet and cocktail party; new model vehicles; family and friends welcome



Oct. 2-3

BCMS Fishing Trip

Rockport, Texas

For information and pricing, contact Mark Lachenauer at (210) 301-4391



Nov. 1

BCMS Women in Medicine Appreciation

11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Omni Hotel at the Colonnade 

Speaker Dr. Robin Eickhoff, style show, gifts and prizes



March's Unsung Hero honored  



Rick White of Greater San Antonio Emergency Physicians (GSEP) has been named the BCMS Unsung Hero for March.


Mr. White, who has been the administrative leader of GSEP for more than 10 years, has assembled and leads a team of dedicated staff, who come to work each day with an attitude of "what can I do to make GSEP better," said the group's physicians in their nomination.


Among Mr. White's  many accomplishments in the past year have been hiring a new accounting manager/controller; renewing a hospital service agreement for three years; realizing significant savings from a renegotiated management services agreement; reviewing and revising the professional courtesy policy; adopting an online compliance training program; updating and adopting the professional fees schedule; adopting a new business office reporting system with more robust features to improve accessibility to patient information, and many others.


"Rick reminds us consistently that the success of GSEP is because of the high-quality care that we deliver to patients each and every day," his nominators said. "He has created an administrative team that allows our doctors to be doctors and confidently trust that he will conduct our business affairs with integrity and let us focus on providing quality care."


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.


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


PHOTO: Greater San Antonio Emergency Physicians staff include (from left) Maegan Drummonds, Dr. Robert Frolichstein, Dr. Robert Wilson, Maribel Guerrero, Dr. Kathlene Bassett, Rick White, Dr. Sam Mehta, Dr. David Hnatow, Dr. Brian Bates, Jennifer Lincoln, David Zamora and Nick Garza. 


Texas Workers' Compensation transition to ICD-10 code system delayed


On March 18, the Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) issued a memo stating that beginning Oct. 1, 2014, the Texas workers' compensation system would transition from the use of the International Classification of Diseases, 9th edition, Clinical Modification and Procedure Coding System (ICD-9) to the International Classification of Disease, 10th Edition, Clinical Modification and Procedure Coding System (ICD-10) for medical billing, processing and reporting in alignment with federal regulations. The federal regulations adopt standard medical data codes sets that apply to the Medicare system, which is regulated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).


Recent federal legislation led to the signing of H.R. 4302 by President Barack Obama which includes a provision that delays the implementation of the ICD-10 to no earlier than Oct. 1, 2015. The DWC anticipates that CMS will follow suit by issuing policy notices regarding this legislation.


Click here to see the complete memo from the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI).


TDI will be conducting one-hour free educational programs on this topic and the new utilization review rules in May at all local DWC field offices. See the division calendar for dates and times here.



BCMS physicians heading to Fort Worth for TexMed 2014

Delegation to TMA ready to work; 

Moss and Battista seeking elected positions


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer 



TexMed 2014 is just around the corner, and the BCMS Delegation to TMA is ready to work to help push adoption of three BCMS resolutions and to campaign for the elections of Dr. Jesse Moss Jr., for TMA Board of Trustees, and Dr. Michael Battista for AMA Alternate Delegate. This year's annual meeting of the TMA and House of Delegates takes place May 2-3 in Fort Worth.  


The three BCMS resolutions submitted for consideration by the TMA House of Delegates, including the reference committee that will consider each, may be read by clicking here on each topic: the underserved areas requirement; ImmTrac registry and ICD-10


Additionally, the TMA House of Delegates elections take place May 3.  


Campaign information about Dr. Moss and Dr. Battista is available by clicking on their names here.  


For more information on this year's TexMed, click here.


PHOTO: BCMS delegation chairman Dr. Jim Humphreys (right, foreground) explains a resolution to members of the BCMS Delegation to TMA at a meeting April 9.


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



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