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Nov. 22, 2015                                                                                             Vol. 4, No. 63






Judge rules for healthcare firm and against FTC on data breach case


A recent ruling against the Federal Trade Commission might make it more difficult for the agency to bring and win cases against healthcare companies involved in data breaches, legal experts say.

The FTC alleges that clinical testing laboratory LabMD harmed consumers by using inadequate data security methods. An independent FTC administrative law judge, however, ruled that the agency failed to prove that harm. The judge dismissed the case.

The FTC first filed the complaint against LabMD in 2013 alleging that poor security led to two breaches, including one in 2008 when personal information was available on a peer-to-peer file-sharing network. The second alleged incident occurred in 2012 when LabMD data was found in the possession of individuals who pleaded "no contest" to charges of identity theft. 






 Dr. John Hellerstedt Is the New DSHS Commissioner


Austin pediatrician John Hellerstedt, MD, is returning to state government as the new Texas health commissioner. He will begin his new duties on Jan. 1, 2016.


Dr. Hellerstedt is the former state Medicaid director. Before that, he spent 18 years with Austin Regional Clinic. He is currently vice president of medical affairs for Dell Children's Medical Center. The Texas Department of State Health Services has been without a commissioner since David Lakey, MD, left in January.


Austin pediatrician Stephen Pont, MD, tweeted on Nov. 9, "A big win for kids and all Texans! Thanks and congrats, Dr. Hellerstedt." 




From L-R Dr. Leah Jacobson, 2017 BCMS Elected President, Dr. Diana Burns-Banks, BCMS Past President and Dr. Rajam Ramamurthy, BCMS Past President.


The Bexar County Medical Society held its 23rd Annual Women in Medicine Event on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2015.

The Women In Medicine Committee honored Dr. Rajam Ramamurthy and Dr. Diana Burns Banks and recognized their leadership as the first two female past president leaders of the Bexar County Medical Society.

Guests also enjoyed a fashion show sponsored by Dillard's La Cantera. Female physicians and Circle of Friends sponsors participated as fashion show models.

Dr. Jorge Alvarez performed as Sherlock Holmes - an attendee favorite!

Special thanks go out to all of the sponsors and shopping spree vendors.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the 24th Annual Women in Medicine Event on Nov. 5, 2016.








Greetings, esteemed colleagues!


As your incoming 2016 President of the Bexar County Medical Society (BCMS), I would like to invite you to join me in leading BCMS in 2016. Your participation is fundamental to the well-being of the Society. The future of our Society resides on the physicians that volunteer their time to make the BCMS committees strong and vibrant!


Please take a moment to review the various BCMS committees. There is something for everyone, and the stronger our leaders, the more BCMS can accomplish!


  • Communications/Publications: Plans, facilitates and develops content for San Antonio Medicine magazine.
  • Emergency Preparedness: Coordinates physician participation with other San Antonio medical and emergency organizations, and develops the processes to assist physicians in preparing for significant, but unexpected, emergency situations affecting the community.
  • International Health: Fosters ongoing sister-city relationships with Kumamoto, Japan; Chennai, India; and Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
  • Legislative/Socioeconomics: Studies, recommends, monitors and engages in activities related to the socioeconomic and legislative aspects of healthcare, regulations and managed-care issues.
  • Medical-Legal Liaison: Maintains relationships between the legal/medical community and adjudicates complaints between physicians and attorneys.
  •  Membership: Works to build and retain membership for the society.
  •  Physician Health and Rehabilitation: Advocacy group that identifies and facilitates rehabilitation for physicians with alcohol and/or drug impairment, through support and monitoring.  Committee prefers physicians with substance abuse-related experience.
  • Public Health and Patient Advocacy: Evaluates and makes recommendations to the board and members about public health issues affecting our community and patient population.
  • Women in Medicine: Facilitates the involvement of women physicians in all aspects of society business and activities. Coordinates and arranges sponsors for the annual Women in Medicine appreciation event.

 If you would like to volunteer for a BCMS committee and make a difference please click here and indicate your choice(s) on the committee preference form. (Note: the submit button is on the top left of the form). You can also print the attached form and fax it to (210) 301-2150 by Nov. 16, 2016. Even if you decide at a later date that you have the time or desire, volunteers are always welcome.



I look forward to working with you in 2016! Together we make a difference.If you have any questions or would like to discuss issues you are facing or just want to talk to me, call me anytime at (210) 289-5946.



Jayesh Shah, MD

2016 BCMS President

Bexar County Medical Society








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