The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of April 27,  2014 

Vol. 3, No. 33

RSVP Today


 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 p.m.-8 p.m.

Mix and Mingle Party

The Argyle Club

934 Patterson Ave.

San Antonio



Sept. 24

BCMS Fall General Membership Meeting

6:30 p.m.-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 p.m.-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



Visits with our Congressional officials continue

U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith meets with BCMS physicians



By Mary E. Nava, MBA

Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer 


BCMS physician members welcomed U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (Texas Congressional District 25) on April 22 for a meeting to discuss the recent SGR patch and to hear from the congressman about other issues of interest to physicians.


On SGR, the congressman stated basically that these are tough budget times, adding that just recently the Congressional Budget Office revised its estimate of the cost of a permanent fix to SGR from $150 billion to $180 billion.


On the issue of medical liability, Smith said there is a bill in the works, but it has not been introduced at this time.  Smith agreed we should replicate at the federal level what we did in 2003 at the state level and place caps on medical liability.


Smith encouraged the doctors to also have a presence in Washington, DC, explaining the importance of being visible on the Hill and visiting congressional offices on medicine's issues.


Many thanks to the physicians and staff who attended:  Michael Battista, MD; Pam Hall, MD; James Humphreys, MD; Alex Kenton, MD; Ashok Kumar, MD; Rodolfo Molina, MD; Jesse Moss Jr., MD; Mark Nelson, MD; Virginia Pittman-Waller, MD; Bernard Swift Jr., MD; Ryan Van Ramshorst, MD; J.J. Waller, MD; Robert Weiss, MD; Dorothy Jo Weiss, practice manager; and Steve Fitzer, BCMS CEO/Executive Director.


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


PHOTO: James Humphreys, MD, chair of the BCMS Legislative and Socioeconomics Committee (middle), and Ashok Kumar, MD, BCMS President (right), listen to Congressman Lamar Smith during a meeting April 22.


Coming soon to your mailbox!






Ebola outbreak


Given the current outbreak of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever in Guinea and Liberia, the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) with the Texas Department of State Health Services prepared a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and answers for healthcare providers about the Ebola Virus Disease.


Ebola outbreaks in some African nations are not uncommon; however, the cases are occurring in capital and populated regions, raising the risk of transmission to other areas of the world.


Please review the FAQs and disseminate to your healthcare colleagues and/or healthcare facilities, as you deem necessary. 


More information about the current outbreak can be found  here.  




Do you have a family member graduating

from high school or college?

Need a new vehicle for your new graduate?


The BCMS Auto Program can help you locate the perfect vehicle, hassle free! 


This free BCMS member benefit is a concierge service available to physicians, staff and family members. We can help you take advantage of the special incentives that are offered by manufacturers as special cash discounts, targeted leasing and discounted percentage rates. We have rates available as low as 1.6 percent for new vehicles and additional low rates for pre-owned vehicles.


Click here to apply online where you can complete a "quick request" for a vehicle from any of our participating dealers, along with our online credit application to get the best rate and term.


Call us at 210-301-4367 anytime day or evening. 


We look forward to serving you!





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