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Bexar County Medical Society
start May 1
John K. Wisniewski
The enrollment requirement for
ordering/referring physicians which is part of the ACA will no longer
result in warnings.
Beginning May 1, claims for
services ordered or referred by physicians not appropriately enrolled
will be DENIED.
This would be a good week to verify
you're ready. TMA has a tool to determine if you have
registered with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
PECOS (Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System) program.
Access it by clicking here.
In addition to checking your
status, if applicable, resolve any warnings received by your billing
department, as a result of orders or referrals you receive.
For the first
time in several years, there are vacancies available at Joshua Creek
Ranch through the BCMS corporate membership. The cost is $600 from
now through February 2014.
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.
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, and more.
more information on the ranch, click here.
inquire about a membership,
BCMS at 210-301-4371.
83rd Session Update
BCMS physicians participate in
First Tuesdays visit to Capitol
By Mary E. Nava, MBA
BCMS Chief Governmental and
Community Relations Officer
A big THANK YOU to the following BCMS physicians, and
Alliance and BCMS representatives who attended the April 2 First
Tuesdays visit to the Capitol last week: Chelsea Clinton, MD;
Michael Guirl, MD; Pam Hall, MD; David Henkes, MD; Jim Humphreys, MD;
Margaret Kelley, MD; Scott Kercheville, MD; Ashok Kumar, MD; Robert
Luedecke, MD; BCMS President Gabriel Ortiz, MD; Raymond Osbourn,
MD; Janet Realini, MD; Maria Tiamson-Beato, MD; BCMS Alliance
President Lee Robin; Alliance members Jun Beato, MD, and Anne Foster;
and BCMS CEO/Executive Director John Wisniewski.
Participants had a busy day
meeting with legislators and staff members to update them on a
number of legislative bills concerning a variety of topics,
including: advance directives and end-of-life issues;
immunizations, silent PPOs, uniform prior authorizations for
prescription drugs and medical services; telemedicine, Medicaid,
GME, OIG, women's health, PAs, APNs, TMB and license/DEA renewals.
Also on April 2, James Humphreys,
MD, BCMS vice-president and chairman of the BCMS Legislative and
Socioeconomics Committee, testified before the House Insurance
Committee on behalf of TMA in opposition to HB 2838 by Rep. John
Smithee (R-Amarillo). HB 2838 requires physicians and other
healthcare providers to tell patients the price accepted as payment
in full for healthcare services and to provide it in writing at
least 48 hours prior to providing the service(s).
To read HB
2838, click here.
read Dr. Humphreys' testimony,
The last First
Tuesdays visit to the Capitol will be May 7. To register,
ABOVE: BCMS First Tuesdays participants stop to take a photo
with Rep. Mike Villarreal (District 123) (center) April 2 at the
Stay tuned to this column for
more updates on the status of bills and other activities as the
83rd Legislative Session continues.
For local discussion on the 83rd Legislative
Session, First Tuesdays trips to the Capitol and other legislative
and socioeconomics topics, consider joining the BCMS Legislative
and Socioeconomics Committee by contacting Mary Nava at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Seminar to focus on new income alternative
Robert C. Cadena Jr. at Retirement Solutions invites BCMS
members to a seminar on Non-traded
BDCs: The New Income Alternative.
The seminar will provide information on adding investments
in private U.S. companies to diversity a portfolio through
a Business Development Company (BDC),
a highly regulated investment designed to give the
investing public access
to private debt and equity securities.
Cadena is a registered representative of Invest Financial
Thursday, April 11
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Speaker: Jim Hermes
of FS2 Capital Partners
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
255 E. Basse Road
San Antonio 78209
To register, contact Gloria Peveto at Retirement
This information is sent on behalf of a valued BCMS Circle
of Friends sponsor at the SILVER level, 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
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