The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of Aug. 3,  2014 

Vol. 3, No. 47
















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Please join the

Bexar County Medical Society

in welcoming our sister city delegation from the

Kumamoto City Medical Association


Sunday, August 24, 2014

6:30 p.m. Reception

7 p.m. Program and Entertainment

7:30 p.m. Dinner

8 p.m. Gift Exchange


Oak Hills Country Club

5403 Fredericksburg Road

San Antonio, Texas 78229


Please RSVP to

Lisa Robertson, 210-301-4398,

prior to Friday, Aug. 15


Tickets are just $50 per person

Business casual attire








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




















Oct. 16


BCMS Auto Show


5 p.m.-9 p.m.

BCMS office

parking lot,

6243 IH-10 West


Complimentary buffet and cocktail party. New model vehicles.

Family and friends welcome!




TMA always on the go 

for Texas physicians

Interim session brings much work in preparation for

84th Legislative Session



By Mary E. Nava, MBA

Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer 

The 84th Interim Session is currently under way, and there have already been a number of public hearings at the Capitol and other locations around the state (some of which I've written about previously in this column) to review a variety of issues in preparation for the start of the next legislative session; the 84th Legislative Session, which kicks off in January.


Recently, TMA responded to a legislative appropriations request for 2016-17 from the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS). TMA provided comments in support of certain state funding priority recommendations, including:  immunization services, chronic disease prevention, preventive care for low-income women, mental health services and emergency preparedness.  


To read TMA's comments to HHSC and DSHS, click here.



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









Is your medical practice

struggling with poor collections?



By Jim P. Rice, CPA

Sol Schwartz & Associates, PC


You went into medicine to treat patients. But your office seems to spend more and more hours on collections -- and that takes time away from providing healthcare services. Despite all the efforts to collect money owed to your practice, the results are dismal.


Collection problems are very serious to the financial health of your medical practice.You may find costs and overhead going up while cash flow goes down. To make matters worse, your office is probably spending more time than ever before contending with third-party regulations and rejected claims.


Just as you advise patients to take preventative steps to protect their health,you must be proactive to guard the fiscal well-being of your practice.


Pinpointing weaknesses and spotting opportunities can improve collections and cash flow. .A few examples of what to look out for are: 

  • An assessment of your billing and collection process. Is it timely, efficient and accurate? 
  • An analysis of your fee schedule. Are you charging enough?
  • An evaluation of your reimbursement record. Are there steps you can take to improve your reimbursement rate and speed up payments from the slowest patients and payers? 
  • An examination of coding procedures and claim denials. Can you increase the number of "clean claims"?


For more information, contact

Jim Rice, CPA

Sol Schwartz & Associates, P.C.

210-384-8000, ext. 112




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This information is sent on behalf of a valued BCMS Circle of Friends sponsor at the silver level, but it is not an endorsement. Donations from Circle of Friends sponsors help keep down the cost of dues and allow BCMS to continue to provide quality service to its members. The society continues its pledge to you and only will involve itself in services and programs that benefit you, the member, and your patients.





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