The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of June 8,  2014 

Vol. 3, No. 39




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



Demonstration project to test capitated model of care for

dual-eligible (Medicare-Medicaid) patients

168,000 patients eligible to enroll beginning March 1, 2015


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer 


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a partnership project with Texas to examine a new, capitated model of care for dual-eligible patients, designed to focus on a more coordinated and comprehensive approach to care. 


Basically, through this project, participating Medicare-Medicaid Plans (MMPs) will cover Medicare benefits, in addition to Medicaid benefits currently covered through the state's STAR+PLUS Medicaid HMO program. 


The demonstration project will cover six counties, including Bexar, Dallas, El Paso, Harris, Hidalgo and Tarrant; with a total of 168,000 patients eligible to enroll beginning March 1, 2015.


BCMS member and chairman of the TMA Select Committee on Medicaid, CHIP and the Uninsured, John Holcomb, MD, provides comments in the May 2014 issue of Texas Medicine on this population.


For more information on the partnership demonstration with CMS, including details on the capitated model and enrollment rollout; and to read the Texas Medicine article, "Dual Dilemma," click here.


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

Mary Nava.






The field of medicine offers unique challenges

for physicians and healthcare professionals.


Your primary calling is health and healing but medicine as a business often requires that you make expensive business decisions. Where do you turn when you need a lending partner for your business needs?


Baptist Credit Union provides Medical Business Loans, Business Deposit Accounts, and Business MasterCard® to meet our professional members' needs. Do you need to:


* Purchase specialized medical equipment?           * Buy new equipment?

* Buy land and build an office or lease space?        * Start a specialty clinic?

* Finish-out of one or more office spaces?              * Remodel existing space?

* Consolidate a business loan or loans and refinance on more favorable terms?


As a member of Bexar County Medical Society, you are eligible for membership in Baptist Credit Union. We have been serving the physicians, medical staff, and employees of Baptist Health System since 1955 and the Bexar County Medical Society since 1982 with personal financial services and business services.


Baptist Credit Union offers Medical Business Loans that can meet your specific needs for:

            * Real Estate                 * Construction

            * Renovation                  * Medical and Office Equipment

            * Work Vehicle(s)          * Refinancing



For more information or to initiate a loan, contact:

Robert Orr, Business Development

830-708-6838 (c)





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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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