The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of July 27,  2014 

Vol. 3, No. 46



















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 joins fight to oppose proposed new rules

for nurse practitioners 


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer 

TMA and nine other state medical societies recently submitted a formal letter to the Texas State Board of Nursing (TBN) opposing proposed new rules regulating the scope of practice of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs).


In 2013, the Texas Legislature passed SB 406, a law which changed the regulatory structure related to physician delegation of duties for APRNs and physician assistants (PAs).  SB 406 received strong support from TMA, the Texas Academy of Family Physicians, the Texas Academy of Physician Assistants and various APRN organizations. Among the changes: the number of PAs and APRNs to whom a physician could delegate, in addition to giving the physician the authority to decide what acts to delegate. The proposed rules, however, would require APRNs to adhere to standards of the nursing practice and not the standards of medicine.


To read the proposed new rules for nurse practitioners and the letter submitted by TMA and others to the TBN, click here 



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













Could long-term care costs

shatter your nest egg?


By Nancy Thomas, CWS

Senior Vice President, Frost



Imagine your doctor delivers a devastating diagnosis. Sooner or later a caregiver will be your lifeline, feeding, bathing and dressing you, and attending to other basic needs just so you can get through the day. As you learn, this comes with a hefty price tag.


Without planning and depending on your accumulated wealth, income and family dynamics, you would face some hard choices and almost certainly deplete your financial assets. Those consequences could be minimized by including long-term care in your financial planning.


A long-term care policy pays for specific services, according to the terms and conditions of the policy. You're insuring that if you need long-term care -- generally defined as help with the activities of daily living -- you won't pay 100 percent of the costs of that care out of your pocket.


Your decision to purchase long-term care insurance depends on many factors, but at least by age 55, you will want to begin investigating policy options.


For more information, contact Nancy Thomas at 

210-220-6532 or





Nancy Thomas is a registered representative of Frost Brokerage Services Inc., member FINRA and SIPC. Investment and insurance products are offered through Frost Brokerage Services Inc., member FINRA and SIPC. Insurance products are also offered through Frost Insurance. Investment and insurance products are not FIDC insured, are not bank guaranteed and may lose value.




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