The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of June 22,  2014 

Vol. 3, No. 41



Sept. 18

BCMS Foundation

Golf Tournament

Quarry Golf Club



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

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



Important registrations under

the Physician Payments Sunshine Act in progress 

CMS to make information public this year


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer 


On Aug. 1, 2013, the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, which is part of the ACA, took effect, requiring manufacturers and group purchasing organizations to report physician ownership interests.


Under the act, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has already opened payments registration for reporting year 2013 for applicable manufacturers of drugs, medical devices and biologicals. On June 1, 2014, registration began for physicians through the Enterprise Portal, which notifies physicians of when their financial disclosures are available for public review. Next month, in early July, registration will begin for accessing the CMS Open Payments System.


For more information and to read about the Sunshine Act, the registrations in progress and recommendations for physicians by the AMA, including an online webinar, click here.


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









Call for BCMS Leadership Nominations


It is time to nominate physicians to serve in leadership positions

of the Bexar County Medical Society in 2015.


Please seriously consider getting involved with the leadership of BCMS; don't leave it to someone else to watch out for the practice of medicine. 


Click here to review the positions available, 

and nominate yourself or a colleague.



Nomination deadline: 5 p.m., Wednesday, July 16, 2014




American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin

32nd Annual AAPI Convention

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and

Grand Hyatt, San Antonio

June 25-29


The convention committee cordially invites San Antonio physicians to an outstanding CME program from June 25 to June 29.


World-renowned speakers will discuss gaps between current and best practices of wide-ranging topics in two parallel tracks of CME sessions. On June 27, a third track will include a symposium on maternal-fetal-child health. Plenary sessions will address topics of common interest.


This FREE educational activity, jointly sponsored by AAPI and Postgraduate Institute for Medicine, offers a maximum

of 11 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). 

This includes one hour of Ethics CME on June 25.


Registration for the CME-ONLY event is available on site.

FREE BREAKFAST is available at the Product Theater

beginning 7 a.m.


For the complete CME schedule, click here


Please RSVP your attendance by clicking here.


 NOTE: CME is free for all BCMS members

Ethics lecture time has changed to 5 p.m. 

Individuals who have already registered for the APPI convention

do not need to register again for CME























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