The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of May 10, 2015

Vol. 4, No. 35

Southwest Texas

Regional Advisory Council


Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Provider Course

May 14-15 

Two-day course

Check-in and breakfast both days from 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. 

Lunch provided

Class ends each day by 5:30 p.m.

Location: San Antonio Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

8130 Inner Circle Road

San Antonio, 78235

For information and registration, click here.


'Every Necessary Care and Attention: George Washington and Medicine'




Briscoe Library May 11-June 20


Exhibit developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health with George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, Museum and Gardens

For more information, contact

Anne Comeaux,





84th regular legislative session

in its final three weeks;

TMA/BCMS events held

Minjarez sworn in as new state rep


By Mary E. Nava, MBA

Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer 


The final two TMA/BCMS legislative events of the 84th regular session in Austin included a special "Last Thursday" held April 30 during TMA's annual meeting, TexMed, and the last 'First Tuesdays" on May 5. 

A big thanks to the following individuals who participated: Carmen Garza, MD; Pam Hall, MD; David Henkes, MD; Bill Hinchey, MD; James L. Mims, III, MD; Gabriel Ortiz, MD; Raymond Osbourn, MD; Ryan Van Ramshorst, MD; Jennifer Rushton, MD; Courtney Hobza, medical student, and Jennifer Lewis, BCMS Alliance president-elect.


The newly elected state representative for Texas House District 124, Ina Minjarez was sworn in during the week of April 27. Minjarez assumes the seat formerly held by now Sen. Jose Menendez (Dist. 26).


Stay tuned to this column as the legislative session continues.  Please look for additional updates in San Antonio Medicine magazine and the BCMS website.





Offering congratulations to the new state representative for House District 124, Ina Minjarez, during the May 5 First Tuesdays visit were (from left) Raymond Osbourn, MD; Courtney Hobza; Ryan Van Ramshorst, MD; Minjarez; James L. Mims, III, MD; Carmen Garza, MD; Pam Hall, MD, and Mary Nava.



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


BCMS General Membership Meeting


Gijs van Oort, PhD (left), CEO/Executive Director of Healthcare Access San Antonio, discusses HASA's role as regional health information exchange provider at the BCMS General Membership Meeting May 7 at the Security Service Federal Credit Union headquarters.


Shannon Vogel (right), director of health information technology at Texas Medical Association, also provided insight into electronic health records. Attendees enjoyed free refreshments, courtesy of Security Service, and CME credit.


To learn more, visit the HASA website or TMA's HIE site.



Special thanks to our sponsor:







Physician Outreach Program

Office of Physician Advocacy 


In conjunction with Bexar County Medical Society, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas is pleased to offer Individual, 30-minute mini-conferences for physicians and/or their office staff members.




Ask questions impacting your practice, including:

·         Authorizations, benefits, medical policy and appeals;

·         Discuss specific claims issues including bundling;

·         Electronic filing and online tools specific to BCBSTX;

·         Marketplace.


Meet BCBSTX representatives.


Make connections you will be able to contact directly.


Get information about online and individual training opportunities.


There is no cost to participate in this outreach program!


Specialty trainers from provider education and customer service will be available, along with representatives from the provider relations and the office of physician advocacy. You will have the chance to discuss issues regarding BCBSTX Blue Choice PPO/POS, HMO Blue, Blue Advantage (BAV) HMO, as well as Marketplace and Blue Card issues.



Wednesday, May 20, and Thursday, May 21

Available times between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


Bexar County Medical Society

6243 W. IH-10, Suite 600, San Antonio 78201



To schedule your 30-minute mini-conference, 

contact BCMS at 210-301-4391. 























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