Chance for Free Portrait Sessions
your photo for the Bexar County Medical Society Physician & Medical
Directory and for
the online Find a Doctor search
/ J Russell Photography will be coming to BCMS in November
to take professional portraits of physicians.
photographs are free-of-charge and you will be able to select your
You can call (512) 266-8921 to schedule your appointment or you can go online
at www.goJRussell.com and choose “Schedule” (menu on the left
side of the website); then choose “Guest Account” to get to the calendar.
Times are available November 26 – 28 at
the New BCMS Award Winning Building at 4334 N Loop 1604 W (just west of NW
encourage all physicians (and staff) to take advantage of this free service.
By Christine Mojezati, TEXPAC Director
Far Right and Anti-Vaxxers Lose Their Stock
night yielded huge wins for medicine across the state. We are happy to report
that the vast majority of TEXPAC-endorsed candidates will be returning to the
legislature. We were also instrumental in the defeat of one of the worst
votes for medicine, as well as an anti-vaxxer candidate.
Two Dallas challengers who had medicine’s backing, Julie Johnson and John
Turner, will be joining the 10 other freshmen in the Texas House. Another
huge victory for medicine came with the reelection of Rep. Sarah Davis
(R-West University Place). Representative Davis, who was caught in the
crosshairs of Harris County politics, still managed to win by nearly seven
points. Overall, TEXPAC was able to secure numerous victories for medicine
and create new relationships with those coming into office. All statewide
incumbent Republicans were able to retain their seats, including the Texas
Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals. Sen. Ted Cruz, Lt. Gov. Dan
Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton, and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller
all earned victories with around 51 percent of the vote. Gov. Greg Abbott was
the top Republican vote getter at 56 percent. These margins are significantly
less than the nearly 20-percent average Republican margins during the 2014
We will be inviting all of the freshmen legislators to our
reception Friday night, Nov. 30, at the TMA Advocacy Retreat. You don’t want to miss it! For more
information or to register, visit the TMA website.
Plant the Seed in Texas
Democrats did not win any of the top of the ticket races, again, but they did
pick up a dozen State House seats and two highly contested State Senate
seats. Despite losing his race for the U.S. Senate, Beto O’Rourke received
the most votes ever for a Democrat in Texas, 4.18 million, topping Hillary
Clinton’s 3.88 million in 2016. Texas Democrats picked up two seats with
their defeat of congressional incumbents John Culberson and Pete Sessions.
Incumbent U.S. Reps. John Carter and Will Hurd, and newcomer Chip Roy — all
Republicans — won narrow victories. The Texas delegation now stands at 23-13
The legislature will see the departure of Republican Reps. Paul Workman, Ron
Simmons, Linda Koop, Rodney Anderson, Matt Rinaldi, Tony Dale, Mike
Schofield, and Gary Elkins — all lost to Democrat challengers. Four open
seats previously held by Republicans also flipped Democrat, making a grand
total of 12 new House Democrats for next year. The 2019 House partisan split
is 83-67 Republican.
All the Republican candidates in the Texas Courts of Appeals with ties to the
urban counties of Bexar, Dallas, Harris, Nueces, or Travis were completely
dominated by Democratic opponents, with 32 Democrats winning contested races,
and 20 Republican incumbent justices losing seats in these courts.
discussion on these and other legislative advocacy topics, consider joining
the BCMS Legislative and Socioeconomics Committee by contacting Mary Nava,
chief government affairs officer at email@example.com.
Installation of Officers
Date: Saturday January 19,
Networking: 6 pm
Dinner: 7 pm
Address: Mays Family Center@
Witte Museum (3801 Broadway St).
Cost per person: $50
Valet parking (to be
paid at the door) cost: $15 per vehicle
Deadline to purchase
January 10, 2019 @ 5 pm.
CMS Delays Dramatic Office-Visit Coding Changes Until 2021
advocacy by the Texas Medical Association and much of organized medicine, the
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has delayed its proposal
to dramatically overhaul evaluation and management (E&M) coding for
physician services, a proposal that TMA warned would make treating Medicare
patients “even more challenging.”
here to read more.
local discussion on these and other legislative advocacy topics, consider
joining the BCMS Legislative and Socioeconomics Committee by contacting Mary
Nava, chief government affairs officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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