The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of Jan. 12,  2014 

Vol. 3, No. 18



BCMS Installation of Officers


Jan. 25

6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Westin La Cantera

Dinner and reception for Dr. K. Ashok Kumar, 2014 BCMS President, and Cindy Comfort, 2014 BCMS Alliance President


To RSVP, click here




Jan. 24 and 25 


Free workshop for primary care physicians and those who treat patients with chronic illness and diabetes

Omni Las Mansion

del Rio

Free; CME available

Sponsored by Texas Chapter of American College of Physicians

For information,

click here




Trista Conyers from Gastroenterology Consultants San Antonio was named the BCMS Unsung Hero for December.


She was nominated by Dr. Hays Arnold, who stated: "Ms. Conyers constantly demonstrates initiative. She has played a key role with devising and managing three physicians' schedules in an office with only four exam rooms. She has also made significant contributions to the planning and development of a new, 17,000-square-foot office building and ambulatory surgical center, where she will continue to serve as office manager in charge of numerous personnel and at least four physicians. She is our go-to person to take care of all urgent issues and is always available to help patients even if it is after hours. Ms. Conyers frequently works well beyond normal business hours and is always available to assist, even in the evenings well after the end

of the work day. She has frequently been

commended by our patients about her caring demeanor and attention to their questions and numerous phone calls. Many of our patients make a point to stop by her desk to say hello and offer their care. I have even known her to drive patients home or to our surgical center in Stone Oak when their coordinated transportation failed."


Physician members: Please remember to recognize your "Unsung Hero." Monthly deadlines and additional information are at www.bcms.org.


(Photo above, from left): 

Robert Rosso, CEO; Dr. David P. Jones; Trista Conyers, LVN, office manager; Dr. Hays L. Arnold and Dr. Oscar G. Martinez.






More ACA exchange marketplace health plan woes

TMA sends strong message to HHS opposing new federal policy


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer


Once again, the issue of incorrect health plan provider directories is back up on our radar, but this time, it's a new federal policy, recently recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, that is causing major concern.  Basically, the interim final rule by HHS treats any out-of-network physician as being in-network if the physician in question is listed incorrectly by a health plan in its directory. TMA responded swiftly with a letter to HHS officials.


To read the letter and learn more about this issue, click here


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







ICON Development Solutions 

to host diabetic open house 


ICON Development Solutions is hosting free testing for diabetics from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. daily Jan. 20 through 24 at company offices at 8307 Gault Lane, San Antonio. 


The event, which is open to people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, will include free A1C blood sugar testing, informal meetings with previous study participants and staff. Refreshments will be provided.


Dr. Dennis Ruff, vice president and medical director of ICON Development Solutions, said the diabetic population in San Antonio is about 14 percent, almost double the national average. 


ICON Development Solutions is a San Antonio-based clinical research organization engaged in research of possible new medications for the treatment of various medical conditions, including diabetes. Its diabetic research studies have involved healthy volunteers, Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes mellitus patients and pre-diabetics. In order to fulfill study requirements, ICON continually recruits for volunteers to add to its diabetic database. Research studies are the key to improving current medication and making diabetes more manageable. The company has excellent volunteer retention rates due to the provision of excellent care and hospitality of the clinical staff. 


Information is available to volunteers through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and at www.YouAreTheType.com.


For more information on the event or to RSVP, 225-5437.


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This information is sent on behalf of a valued BCMS Circle of Friends sponsor at the platinum 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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