The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of March 23,  2014 

Vol. 3, No. 28



March 30 is National Doctors' Day. Festivities will be abundant, and we wanted you to know what was going on in your honor and where.


There will be a City proclamation read and presented to Dr. K. Ashok Kumar, BCMS president, at noon Friday, March 28 in the courtyard outside the UT School of Medicine at the Health Science Center, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive. Please join BCMS and the BCMS Alliance in celebration of Doctors' Day.


If you are unable to join us for this presentation, click on the following links to see what is going on at the various hospital systems.


Baptist Healthcare


Christus Santa Rosa Healthcare


University Hospital


Note: All local hospitals were contacted for information. 



Important Deadline Approaching April 1



Have you started using the latest version of the CMS-1500 claim form, either paper or its electronic equivalent? You can start using the new form now, but beginning April 1, payers no longer will accept the older version of the form for payment. You also must use the form for bills submitted for workers' compensation medical services beginning April 1. Click here for details.

Trending Topics


TMA, BCMS continue discussions with members of Congress 

to repeal SGR


BCMS members and staff visit with Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX  - District 28) on Feb. 24 during a reception held in his honor.


Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX - District 20) pauses for a photo with BCMS members and staff on March 17.



Congressman Pete Gallego (TX - District 23) visits with members of the BCMS Board of Directors and Legislative and Socioeconomics Committee on March 18.



By Mary E. Nava, MBA

BCMS Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer


As March 31 approaches, TMA and BCMS have been working very hard to discuss with members of Congress, in writing, by phone and in person, the importance of repealing SGR, the sustainable growth rate formula.  Many thanks to all BCMS members who've taken the time to contact their members of Congress on this issue.  At the time of this writing, HR 4015/S 2000 passed on the House side; but, there's still quite a bit of work to be done.  Over the last three weeks, BCMS members have met with U.S. Representatives Henry Cuellar, Joaquin Castro and Pete Gallego.  The consensus is that if there was ever a good time to achieve success on the SGR front, it is now, with the bicameral support of HR 4015/S 2000. 


For an update on the work accomplished to date, click here. If you haven't already contacted your members of Congress, please do so in the coming week.


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





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