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July 5, 2015                                                                                           Vol. 4, No. 43





Join Your Colleagues on a Magnificent Trip to Japan

Sept. 26 - Oct. 4, 2015


It is time again to finalize plans for the upcoming visit of the Bexar County Medical Society delegation to our sister medical society in Kumamoto, Japan.  We are looking for names of individuals who are interested in accompanying the delegation on a fun-filled tour through the southern half of Japan. 


The trip will include visits to Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Kumamoto City. If you have ever wanted to go to Japan, this is the way to go! Our friends at the Kumamoto Medical Society treat you like royalty. It will be a trip of a lifetime!


We need to have the final count of the delegation no later than Tuesday, July 7. If you are interested in joining the group or would like more information,

please call Dr. James Humphreys at (210) 250-1481 (cell phone).

We'd love to have you along on this fascinating trip!




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




With ICD-10 roll-out on the horizon,

the state associations of CA, NY and FL

join TMA in letters to CMS calling

for a two-year ICD-10 grace period


CMS responds with invitation to this group to participate on conference call to discuss recommendations


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer 


Recently, during the meeting of the AMA House of Delegates in Chicago, a resolution calling upon the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to establish a two-year implementation grace period for ICD-10 passed by unanimous vote.


David Henkes, MD, chair of the Texas Delegation to the AMA, along with physician leaders of the California Medical Association, the Medical Society of the State of New York and the Florida Delegation to the AMA signed a joint letter to CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt, expressing their concerns of a potential looming disaster once the Oct. 1 mandatory implementation date arrives.


Additionally, this group of state leaders also sent a letter to members of Congress calling for a halt to ICD-10 implementation or that CMS be required to establish a two-year, penalty-free grace period.  The hard work has been recognized and CMS leaders organized a conference call with this group of physician leaders for an in-depth discussion of their request.


To read the letter to Acting Administrator Slavitt, the AMA House of Delegates vote on the Texas-backed resolution and the letter to the leaders of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, 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.







Dannemiller/LINRON Bioskills Training Institute





Dannemiller Inc. encourages local anesthesiologists and pain doctors to register for their upcoming meetings. Anesthesiologists, consider a trip to Maui Aug. 3-6 to attend the Dannemiller Anesthesia Hawaiian Seminar 2015 ($745). Hear from experts on 20 different topics including: Critical Thinking in Anesthesia, Common Misunderstandings and Misadventures in Neuroanesthesia, and participate in discussions during Q&A time with faculty. Go to www.hawaiianesthesia.com. Dannemiller designates this live activity for a maximum of 24.0 CME credits.


Dannemiller also is offering a week-long, comprehensive Pain Review Course to assist physicians with pain review board certification and recertification from Aug. 15-20 at the Doubletree by Hilton, on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago ($1,285). Forty-eight sessions are presented by the top pain experts in the country, including topics such as: Neurolysis: Chemical, Cryoanalgesia and Radiofrequency in Pain Management; Overview of Neurosurgical Invasive Technique; Regional Anesthesia for Lower Extremity Pain (IT) and more. Dannemiller designates this live activity for a maximum of 48.0 CME credits.


LINRON® Bioskills Training Institute


LINRON® Bioskills Training Institute is offering ACLS Initial Provider Course July 15-16 (July 17 renewal). ATLS Initial Provider Course offered July 18-19 (July 19 refresher). PALS Initial Provider Course offered July 29-30 (July 31 renewal course). Call 210-572-2434 or go to www.linrontraining.com.




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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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