Warriors, vigilanties and dreamers
John K. Wisniewski
An advocacy team requires all
Warriors take a stand against
opposing forces, vigilantes write the details of new laws into
regulation, and dreamers draft legislation based on new ideas.
Much of this work occurs between
sessions and if you'd like to serve, let me know.
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work to repeal SGR
AMA provides analysis
of proposed 2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
By Mary E. Nava, MBA
BCMS Chief Governmental and
Community Relations Officer
Last month, HR 2810, the Medicare
Patient Access and Quality Improvement Act of 2013, passed out of
the House Energy and Commerce Committee and was sent to the full
House of Representatives.
This bill, which has received
bipartisan support, creates a plan to eliminate SGR and provide
five years of fee updates. Both the AMA and TMA are keeping a
close eye on this bill which, by the way, neither organization
fully endorses, but they are glad that such a bill is gaining some
In addition, CMS has released
their proposed 2014 Medicare Fee Schedule. The AMA has
stepped up to the plate and done the reading for you on this
605-page rule; and summarized it in an eight-page analysis. Final
information on the impact of the SGR on physician fees will be
released by CMS in November.
TMA has prepared additional
information. Click here
to access the CMS proposed rule, AMA's analysis and HR 2810.
For local discussion on this and other advocacy
topics, consider joining the BCMS Legislative and
Socioeconomics by contacting Mary Nava at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Reduce your monthly overhead
County Medical Society is collaborating with other medical societies in
Texas to help our members lower their monthly overhead. Physicians
working together always achieve more. This truth is at the core of the
introduction of BCMS Group Purchasing, our newest member benefit.
just one approved vendor, a single physician practice is saving in
excess of $30,000 annually.
program offers clinics the opportunity to access deeply discounted
products and services that they use every day. Vendors include business
class Internet, phone and cable TV, office supplies, transcription,
credit card processing, shredding, medical waste disposal, etc.
Participating practices are assured of savings since they receive a
"savings profile" prior to engaging with the vendors.
program will get stronger as additional vendors are brought into the
fold and the base of participating clinics in Texas expands.
can see an immediate reduction in your overhead expense. To receive a
no-obligation "savings profile" or to learn more about all of
the benefits available to you through the BCMS Purchasing Program,
please contact us by email or call
About The Weekly Dose
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Some of the suggestions conveyed may not be applicable to
your practice today,
but the goal is to offer information over time that returns value
of the cost of your membership.
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