July 14, 2019

Vol. 8, No. 27

    In this Issue

    Support BCMS Circle of Friends Sponsors

Legislative Update

Seeking Nominations for BCMS Awards
Paid Sick Leave Information
BCMS Auto Program

Touchstone Medical Imaging
Bank of San Antonio

Legislative Update

86th Legislative Session wrap up brochure now available


TMA has just released a comprehensive legislative wrap up brochure of the 86th Legislative Session. The brochure covers the important wins this session, including the passage of SB 21, the Tobacco 21 legislation which, although exempts military personnel, raises the age to purchase tobacco and vape products to 21 years. Other notable wins include: transparency in prior authorizations; stopping bad end of life legislation, network adequacy transparency for patients and physicians; expanding telemedicine opportunities, blocking scope expansion, renewal of the TMB through 2031 and increased funding in the state budget for a number of areas, including: women’s health, mental health and behavioral health, maternal mortality and morbidity, GME and the prescription monitoring program.

For more information and to read TMA’s 86th Session brochure, click here.


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 committee liaison at

Seeking Nominations for BCMS Awards

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. Please 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.


Golden Aesculapius Award – This award is BCMS’ highest honor. Eligible physicians are BCMS Members who have provided a lifetime of distinguished service to the patients and the esteemed medical profession in Bexar County.  


Distinguished Service Award This award can be given to BCMS members (preferably) or non-members who have provided distinguished service to the physicians and/or patients of Bexar County or to the medical profession in general. In contrast to the Golden Aesculapius Award, this is not intended as an award for a lifetime of service, but an award for specific acts of service, accomplishments or contributions which should be recognized by a formal award.


Please send nominations to
Deadline is July 19, 2019.

Paid Sick Leave Information

Register for an information session at

Metro Health to host info sessions for Paid Sick Leave

Metro Health is hosting information sessions to help employers learn about the new Paid Sick Leave Ordinance. Their goal is to provide you with the information and tools that your business needs to successfully implement the ordinance.

BCMS Auto Program

Circle of Friends Program

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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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San Antonio, TX 78249



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