Aug. 12, 2018

Vol. 7, No. 32


In this Issue…

News and Announcements
TMA News Alert
Texas Vaccines for Children Program
BCMS Medical Classifieds

BCMS Circle of Friends Sponsors

      Favorite Healthcare Staffing

Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP
Sol Schwartz and Associates PC

TMA News Alert

Blue Cross HMO Emergency Payment Review Policy Begins

By Steve Levine, TMA

Blue Cross Blue and Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) will require some members to pay 100 percent of their medical bills if they go to an out-of-network emergency room for certain non-life-threatening conditions, company officials have confirmed.

BCBSTX announced the policy for its fully insured group and retail HMO members in April, drawing criticism from numerous medical organizations, including the Texas Medical Association, as well as the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI). 

“We are disappointed that Blue Cross is moving ahead with this policy,” said TMA President Douglas Curran, MD. “Unfortunately, even the announcement of this plan has already planted a seed in patients’ minds that they’ll be left with a big bill if they go to the emergency room for the ‘wrong reason.’

We encourage TDI to join us in monitoring this closely to make sure no patients are denied necessary care.”

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

Texas Vaccines for Children


BCMS members are encouraged to enroll in the Texas Vaccines for Children (TVFC) program.

By enrolling in TVFC, eligible providers can provide innumerable benefits to the families in their practice, and to the people of Bexar County. One of the most important benefits is removing barriers to immunizations. For instance, providers will no longer have to refer an uninsured child to a public health center for immunizations. TVFC removes the burden of the financial cost of vaccines, thereby eliminating the need to refer clients. Children are then kept in their "medical home," which is beneficial to the provider and client. Families who are currently paying for vaccinations may be TVFC eligible.


TVFC does not tell enrolled providers whom they must see or dictate that they accept Medicaid clients. Providers continue to serve the same populations they have always served. Except now, through enrollment in the TVFC, more children will be receiving their complete series of immunizations. This benefits everyone by maintaining a higher level of immunity in our community. TVFC automatically offers all vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


For more information call 800-252-9152 or email

BCMS Medical Classifieds

Be sure and check out the Medical Classifieds section on the BCMS web page.


Medical Equipment

Job Opportunities

Practice Opportunities

Favorite Healthcare Staffing

Circle of Friends Gold Sponsors


Circle of Friends Silver Sponsors



Thank you to our BCMS Circle of Friends sponsors!

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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