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July 24, 2016                                                                                                                                                   Vol. 5, No. 28








Attention BCMS Members:  Call to Action – Urgent!

The deadline to respond to the Veteran Administration’s (VA) proposed rule to allow APRNs to practice independently within the VA system is Monday, July 25, 11:59 p.m.  For information about this issue, please read the article that follows, which includes over 20 comments.  If you are a physician in primary care, you are strongly encouraged to respond.


TMA has prepared information, along with talking points and links to reply with your comments, which you can access here:  https://www.texmed.org/vascope/

For local discussion on this and other advocacy topics, consider joining the BCMS Legislative and Socioeconomics Committee by contacting Mary Nava at mary.nava@bcms.org


Act Now to Avoid Losing Your Medicaid Enrollment Status


Thanks to lobbying from TMA and organized medicine, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services extended the deadline for physicians and other health professionals, including advanced practice nurses and physician assistants, to reenroll in Medicaid to Sept. 25, 2016. The initial deadline for reenrollment, driven by a provision in the Affordable Care Act, was March 24. 

According to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), all physicians participating in Medicaid who have not met all ACA revalidation requirements must do so through reenrollment by Sept. 24, 2016. To avoid disenrollment and possible claims payment disruption, Texas Medicaid officials urge physicians to submit a reenrollment application before June 17, 2016.  

The reenrollment requirement applies to physicians and other health professionals who participate in Medicaid managed care, traditional fee-for-service Medicaid (each active Texas Provider Identifier suffix), the Texas Vendor Drug Program, and in long-term care services administered through the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. 

If an application has deficiencies but is submitted by June 17, HHSC says there will not be gaps in payment after Sept. 24, if the physician makes a good faith effort to resolve application errors. Applications submitted after June 17 will be processed, but HHSC cannot guarantee those applications will be completed by Sept. 24, which could result in physician disenrollment from Texas Medicaid and denial of payment.

TMA and Texas Medicaid officials encourage Texas physicians to get ahead of the complex reenrollment process.

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BCMS Auto Concierge Program

Compare the "Traditional way" to buy a vehicle with the "BCMS Auto Program way"

“Traditional way”

1. Decide you need a new vehicle.

2. Take time to visit multiple dealerships.

3. Deal with all the different salespeople. 

4. Visit more dealers to find the perfect vehicle.

5.  You find the vehicle. 

6. Now the negotiation starts.

7. The going back and forth.

8. Remember, they are the professionals. 

9. Now, meet the "closer."

10. You get frustrated, there must be a better way.

11. Did you get the best price?

“BCMS Auto Program way”

1. Decide you need a new vehicle

2. Send the Auto Program your Online Vehicle Request at http://www.bcms.org/Autoprogram.html

3. Enjoy a new or pre-owned vehicle!

4. Get credit approval  Online Credit application at http://www.bcms.org/Autoprogram.html






















BCMS Auto Program at www.bcms.org.

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