John K. Wisniewski
Leaders of the U.S. House Energy
and Commerce Committee released the framework of a plan that, in
their words, "would repeal SGR and, in return, replace it with
an improved fee for service system in which providers develop quality
measures that will lead to better care in a more efficient
Two Texas congressmen -- Energy and
Commerce Health Subcommittee Vice Chairman Michael Burgess, MD
(R-Lewisville), and Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin
Brady (R-The Woodlands) -- have played major roles in drafting
This would be a good week to read the document.
Keeping abreast of the direction of
these important changes will help position your practice for
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Joshua Creek Ranch
memberships still available
We still have two vacancies
available at Joshua Creek Ranch through the BCMS corporate
membership. The cost has been discounted to $500 for now through
Located in the Texas Hill Country
just 45 minutes northwest of San Antonio and 90 minutes southwest
of Austin, Joshua Creek Ranch occupies a uniquely diverse terrain
including miles of Joshua Creek and Guadalupe River bottomland
planted in fields of grain crops for prime pheasant hunting
habitat; bordered by limestone bluffs that rise to oak- and
elm-studded pastures lush with prairie grasses providing perfect
quail hunting cover; and densely wooded areas conducive to Texas
deer hunting, both whitetail and axis.
Open throughout the year, Joshua
Creek Ranch's hunting season from October through March is
complemented by year-round sporting clays, Texas fly-fishing for
rainbow trout November through May, and spring-summer activities
including corporate meetings and retreats, reunions, private
parties, a Texas summer youth program, river sports such as
kayaking, canoeing and tubing, workshops for artists and musicians,
information on the ranch, click here.
about a membership, call BCMS at 210-301-4363.
Contact Congress today
about important medicine issues
By Mary E. Nava, MBA
BCMS Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer
case you missed this last week: Please check your emails for an
important message from TMA President Stephen Brotherton,
MD. Dr. Brotherton is calling on all TMA members to contact the
offices of their U.S. senators and representatives to send an important
message on three items of importance to medicine: Repeal SGR; Stop ICD-10; and
legalize private contracting.
mentioned in the letter from Dr. Brotherton, here is a link
to TMA's Grassroots Action
Center, which also includes talking points on the issues and
TMA's 2013 federal agenda.
For local discussion on these and other advocacy
topics, consider joining the BCMS Legislative and Socioeconomics
Committee by contacting Mary Nava at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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