June 11, 2017

Vol. 6, No. 23


In this Issue…

Legislative News

Call For BCMS Nominations

TMA Seminar: Contract Negotiations

Dr. Charles R. Bauer: In Memoriam

Drug Misuse Prevention Summit

BCMS Auto Program


Support BCMS Circle of Friends Sponsors

Legacy at Forest Ridge
The Doctors Company

Legislative News

Governor Abbott announces call for a Special Session set to begin July 18


Last Tuesday, Gov. Abbott called the Texas Legislature back to work for a special session set to begin July 18.  The special session will focus on 20 items left unfinished during the regular session of the 85th Legislative Session.  The first order of business will be the Texas Medical Board sunset legislation and the renewal of the Texas Medical Practice Act. 


Additionally, Gov. Abbott signed into law HB 62 by Rep. Tom Craddick (R-Midland), the statewide ban on texting while driving.  Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) was the bill’s Senate sponsor.  This legislation was a priority of TMA and the Texas Public Health Coalition (TPHC), of which BCMS is a member.

Please stay tuned to this column for continuing coverage on the special session in the coming weeks.


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


 Call For BCMS Nominations

Click here for a nomination form.

TMA Seminar: Contract Negotiations



A recent TMA survey shows that more than half of the physicians who attempted to negotiate a contract were successful in getting changes to a plan’s contract language, payment terms, or both. This seminar will teach your staff:

  The nuts and bolts of payer contracts

  About common contract elements, terms, and clauses

  Where to start with negotiations, and how to prepare

  What to ask for and how to do it — you CAN negotiate aspects of your contracts


Register today • Mail to InReach, 5700 S. MoPAC, Ste. C310, Austin, TX 78749 • Fax to (512) 381-1571 • online • Check-in with breakfast breads at 8:30 am • Seminar 9 am-12:30 pm.

Click here for more information.

Dr. Charles R. Bauer: In Memoriam

In Memoriam

It is with a sad heart that we inform you that Charles R. “Chuck” Bauer, MD passed away Sunday, June 4, 2017. Dr. Bauer was loved and admired for all his service to the United States, Texas and to San Antonio.

Rosary for Dr. Charles Bauer will be held at 7 p.m., June 15th, 2017 at Porter Loring Funeral Home, located at 1101 McCullough, San Antonio, TX 78212.


Services will be at 11:30 a.m., June 16th, 2017 at Porter Loring Main Chapel, with burial to follow at Fort Sam at 1:15 p.m.


Click here for more.


Drug Misuse Prevention Summit


 The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is conducting regional Town Halls to discuss suggested best practices and solutions to prevent prescription drug misuse. The Town Halls will be two to three hours in length. HHSC and local community representatives will make remarks and then ask for public comments and suggestions.


San Antonio
Tuesday, July 18 - 2-5 pm
Oblate Whitley Theological Center 
285 Oblate Drive 
San Antonio, Texas 78216-6693

Click here to register.

BCMS Auto Program

Circle of Friends Gold Sponsor

Circle of Friends Silver 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.



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