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July 12, 2015                                                                                           Vol. 4, No. 44




Interior of new BCMS office takes shape

Thank you, Capital Campaign contributors!



Construction continues on schedule at the new BCMS office, 4334 North Loop 1604 West. Workers recently completed the second-floor beams, joists and deck, and prepared to pour the second-floor concrete. Roofing also has begun.


BCMS wishes to thank the following donors for their generosity in making this project possible:


Luminary Level - $50,000

Frost Trust


Innovator Level - $25,000


Favorite Staffing

Gastroenterology Consultants



Northside Ford


Benefactor Level - $5,000

Dr. Chad and Rebecca Christopherson

Dr. Del and Louise Chumley

Dr. Gerald Greenfield

Gunn Dealerships

Dr. David Henkes

Kahlig Auto Group

Dr. Vijay Koli

Nix Health

Dr. Jayesh Shah 



Capital Campaign contributors will be recognized on a donor wall at the new building. For more information and to donate, click here




CMS answers call to help physicians

convert their practice to ICD-10

Mandatory roll-out begins Oct. 1 with a one-year transition grace period


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) have announced they will continue in their educational efforts so that physicians are ready for the Oct. 1 switch from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding, with an added plus -- a one-year transition grace period. As you will recall, TMA, along with the state associations of California, New York and Florida, recently urged CMS for a two-year, penalty-free and audit-free grace period.  With the Oct. 1 deadline less than three months away, TMA has compiled a number of resources to assist physicians with preparations for the roll-out.


To read the CMS/AMA announcement and comments from TMA President Tom Garcia, MD, and to access TMA's resource link, click here.


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


BCMS Call for Nominations


Physician-members of the Bexar County Medical Society: 


This is the time of year we ask for nominations for elected officers to lead the Bexar County Medical Society. I would like to challenge all member-physicians to think hard about who should be elected to impact the direction of medicine in San Antonio and Bexar County. 


We need strong leaders. Apathy is not a strategy. Please think about who you want to represent you to your colleagues and the outside world; let's have multiple candidates running for every position. Practices would be well-served to designate representative physicians from those practices or other practices to get involved to make a difference. We really need you! The society is only as good as the physicians you elect to run it!


To learn more and nominate online, click here.



Steve Fitzer

CEO/Executive Director

Bexar County Medical Society




Texas Workers' Compensation 101 for Medical Office Staff 


Sponsored by the Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) and the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Small Business Development Center


9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, July 23

UTSA Downtown Campus, Durango Building, Room 2.316, 

501 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. 

Registration fee: $50 with lunch provided.


To register, click here.

For assistance with registration, call 210-458-2460.


For seminar information, call the DWC CompConnection,

 800-252-7031, option 3, or e-mail medben@tdi.texas.gov.











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Gold-level Circle of Friends sponsors contribute $5,000 or more to BCMS annually. 


Support our sponsors; our sponsors support us!


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Thank you to our BCMS Circle of Friends sponsors! This information is sent on behalf of a valued 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 patient.






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6243 I-10 West, Suite 600 

San Antonio, TX 78201







About The Weekly Dose

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