Aug. 13, 2017

Vol. 6, No. 32


In this Issue…

Border Health Conference
Distinguished Service Award Nominees Sought
Golden Aesculapius Award Nominees Sought
Seminar on Buying or Selling a Medical Practice

Upcoming Events
BCMS Lease Space Available
BCMS Auto Program

Support BCMS Circle of Friends Sponsors

MedPro Group


 Border Health Conference

12th Annual Border Health Conference held in Edinburg

On Friday, Aug. 4, members of the Border Health Caucus (BHC), of which BCMS is a member, hosted their 12th annual conference at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance in Edinburg. Numerous topics were discussed, including: access to care; critical health care needs and challenges on both sides of the border; public health infrastructure; and Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) reform and the future. 
On the topic of cross border health issues, the importance of Texas collaborating with health officials in Mexico was highlighted because many of the health issues and concerns patients face along the border also affect Texas and other parts of the nation. The conference was led by BHC Vice Chair Luis Benavides, MD of Laredo; TMA President and founding BHC member, Carlos J. Cardenas, MD of Edinburg and honorary conference chair, U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Brownsville). U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-Corpus Christi) and U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Flower Mound) also attended and provided remarks from their perspectives in Congress.
Representing BCMS were Jesse Moss, Jr., MD and Mary Nava, BCMS chief government affairs officer.

For local discussion on these and other legislative advocacy topics, consider joining the BCMS Legislative and Socioeconomics Committee by contacting Mary Nava, chief government affairs officer and lobbyist at

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Flower Mound) speaks to attendees about the future of the ACA during the Border Health Conference in Edinburg on August 4.

Distinguished Service Award Nominees Sought

The Bexar County Medical Society periodically honors chosen physicians who have given much to the medical community in the form of lifetime service to organized medicine, or have made other significant contributions to the practice of medicine.

Dr. Leah Jacobson has asked that each of you consider and recommend BCMS physicians whom you believe should be considered for one of these awards. Obviously, we can’t give awards to everyone, but we would like to hear from you on who you think should be considered and recognized for these awards and why.


Please send your recommendations to the attention of Steve Fitzer ( and Leah Jacobson, MD ( by no later than Sept. 1, 2017.

The BCMS Distinguished Service Award was established in 2009 and has been presented to the following individuals:


Date presented

          William H. “Bill” Hinchey, MD          2009

          George “Rick” Evans                       2010

          Charles Rockwood, MD                  2010

          Marion Primomo                              2011

          Bernard “Buddy” Swift, DO, MPH   2017

          Stephen C. Fitzer                            2017


Golden Aesculapius Award Nominees Sought

In 1980, the Bexar County Medical Society established the Golden Aesculapius Award as our highest honor recognizing a lifetime of distinguished service by a BCMS member to our patients and our profession.


This award is not given annually but only upon the occasion of nomination and confirmation of distinguished service.



Those who have received the award are:

                   Alvin O. Severance, MD        1980

                   John M. Smith, Jr., MD          1984

                   John J. Hinchey, MD             1985

                   Charles A. Hulse, MD            1996

                   Merle W. Delmer, MD            1998
                   Al Sanders, MD                      2006

                   Robert N. Jones, MD             2009

                   Jose M. Benavides, MD        2010

                   Harmon W. Kelley, MD          2011

                   Antonio Cavazos, Jr., MD     2013

                   Charles “Chuck” Bauer, MD  2016

                   Vijay N. Koli, MD                    2017


Seminar on Buying or Selling a Medical Practice

Buying or Selling a Medical Practice

A Seminar Presented by    Mike Kreager, Esq.

of Kreager Mitchell, PLLC

Saturday, September 9, 2017
Click Here to RSVP

Bexar County Medical Society Building
4334 N. Loop 1604 West, San Antonio
9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

No purchase or sale of a medical practice is exactly like another.  Your purchase or sale of your practice will be unique to you.  But the process itself, though daunting, follows a predictable path.

It all starts with valuation – how much is the practice worth? – and proceeds through structuring the purchase or sale and negotiations to document the transaction and sign the contract.  In this session, attorney Mike Kreager will use a model case to examine each stage.

Michael Kreager has practiced business and tax law in Texas for 38 years.  Mike founded Kreager Mitchell, PLLC over 20 years ago to address the unique business, corporate, tax and regulatory legal needs of physician and physician practices.  Mike authored Employment Contracts for Physicians: The Comprehensive Guide, Second Edition, and “What’s My Practice Worth?  A Comprehensive Guide to Practice Valuations and Sales” both of which are published and sold by the TMA.  His extensive article on physician covenants not to compete, “The Physician’s Right in §15.50(B) to Buy Out a Covenant Not to Compete” is read by physicians, attorneys and judges as the definitive work on the subject.  It is available online and was published in the Baylor Law Review, volume 61, page 357 (2009).

Admission is FREE to BCMS Members

Upcoming Events

BCMS Lease Space Available

One professional office suite available on the first floor with 1,749 square feet of rentable space.

The property has an above standard parking ratio of 5.5 spaces per 1,000 SF and Class A common area finishes.

Bexar County Medical Society occupies the entire second floor and member physicians are regular visitors to the building for society meetings.

For more information call
Jon Wiegand at 210-585-4911

BCMS Auto Program

Circle of Friends Gold Sponsor

Circle of Friends Silver Sponsor


Thank you to our BCMS Circle of Friends sponsors!

This information is sent on behalf of our sponsors 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 patients.



Bexar County Medical Society

4334 N Loop 1604 W., Suite 200

San Antonio, TX 78249



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