Please join the
Bexar County Medical Society
in welcoming our sister city delegation from the
Kumamoto City Medical Association
Sunday, August 24, 2014
6:30 p.m. Reception
7 p.m. Program and Entertainment
7:30 p.m. Dinner
8 p.m. Gift Exchange
Oak Hills Country Club
5403 Fredericksburg Road
San Antonio, Texas 78229
Please RSVP to
Lisa Robertson, 210-301-4398,
prior to Friday, Aug. 15
Tickets are just $50 per person
Business casual attire
General Membership Meeting
Hilton San Antonio Airport,
611 N.W. Loop 410
and legislative updates
CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION AND
5 p.m.-9 p.m.
6243 IH-10 West
buffet and cocktail party. New model vehicles.
and friends welcome!
TMA always on
Interim session brings much work in preparation for
84th Legislative Session
Chief Governmental and Community Relations
The 84th Interim Session is currently under way, and there have
already been a number of public hearings at the Capitol and other
locations around the state (some of which I've written about
previously in this column) to review a variety of issues in
preparation for the start of the next legislative session; the 84th
Legislative Session, which kicks off in January.
Recently, TMA responded to a
legislative appropriations request for 2016-17 from the Health and
Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Department of State Health
Services (DSHS). TMA provided comments in support of certain state
funding priority recommendations, including: immunization
services, chronic disease prevention, preventive care for
low-income women, mental health services and emergency
To read TMA's
comments to HHSC and DSHS, click here.
For local discussion on this and
other advocacy issues, consider joining the BCMS Legislative and
Socioeconomics Committee by contacting Mary Nava.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
with poor collections?
& Associates, PC
You went into medicine
to treat patients. But your office
seems to spend more and more hours on collections -- and
that takes time away from providing healthcare services. Despite
all the efforts to collect money owed to your practice,
the results are dismal.
Collection problems are
very serious to the financial health
of your medical practice.You may find costs and
overhead going up while cash flow goes down. To make
matters worse, your
office is probably spending more time than ever
before contending with third-party regulations and rejected
Just as you advise
patients to take preventative steps to
protect their health,you must be proactive to guard the fiscal
well-being of your practice.
Pinpointing weaknesses and
spotting opportunities can improve collections and cash flow. .A
few examples of what to look out for are:
assessment of your billing and
collection process. Is it timely, efficient and accurate?
analysis of your fee schedule. Are you charging enough?
evaluation of your reimbursement record. Are there steps you can
take to improve your reimbursement rate and speed up payments from
the slowest patients and payers?
examination of coding procedures and claim denials. Can you
increase the number of "clean claims"?
For more information, contact
Jim Rice, CPA
Sol Schwartz & Associates, P.C.
210-384-8000, ext. 112
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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 patients.
About The Weekly Dose
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County Medical Society.
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