30 is National Doctors' Day. Festivities will be abundant, and we
wanted you to know what was going on in your honor and where.
will be a City proclamation read and presented to Dr. K. Ashok Kumar,
BCMS president, at noon Friday, March 28 in the courtyard outside the
UT School of Medicine at the Health Science Center, 7703 Floyd Curl
Drive. Please join BCMS and the BCMS Alliance in celebration of
you are unable to join us for this presentation, click on the
following links to see what is going on at the various hospital
Christus Santa Rosa
All local hospitals were contacted for information.
Important Deadline Approaching April 1
you started using the latest version of the CMS-1500 claim form,
either paper or its electronic equivalent? You can start using the
new form now, but beginning April 1, payers no longer will accept the
older version of the form for payment. You also must use the form for
bills submitted for workers' compensation medical services beginning
April 1. Click here
TMA, BCMS continue discussions with members of
to repeal SGR
BCMS members and staff visit with Congressman Henry
Cuellar (TX - District 28) on Feb. 24 during a reception held
in his honor.
Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX - District 20) pauses
for a photo with BCMS members and staff on March 17.
Congressman Pete Gallego (TX - District 23) visits
with members of the BCMS Board of Directors and Legislative and
Socioeconomics Committee on March 18.
By Mary E. Nava, MBA
BCMS Chief Governmental and Community Relations
As March 31 approaches, TMA and
BCMS have been working very hard to discuss with members of
Congress, in writing, by phone and in person, the importance of
repealing SGR, the sustainable growth rate formula. Many
thanks to all BCMS members who've taken the time to contact their
members of Congress on this issue. At the time of this
writing, HR 4015/S 2000 passed on the House side; but, there's
still quite a bit of work to be done. Over the last three
weeks, BCMS members have met with U.S. Representatives Henry
Cuellar, Joaquin Castro and Pete Gallego. The consensus is
that if there was ever a good time to achieve success on the SGR
front, it is now, with the bicameral support of HR 4015/S
For an update on the work
accomplished to date, click here.
If you haven't already contacted your members of Congress, please
do so in the coming week.
For local discussion on this and
other legislative advocacy topics, consider joining the BCMS
Legislative and Socioeconomics Committee by contacting Mary Nava.
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