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Networking Social - South

Business of Medicine

2011 TCMS & TCMA Installation of Officers

First Tuesday at the Capitol

Red Flags Rule

Retired Physicians' Organization

Electronic Death Registration Required

PAHCOM - Professional Association for Office Staff

Membership Applicants

Austin Physicians for Social Responsibility

2011 TCMS Pictorial Directory Photos

Spanish Meducation

What's Your Story?

Promote Your Practice to Colleagues

2011 Pictorial Directory Profiles





Join your colleagues at The Stompin' Grounds, 3801 South Congress Ave on Thursday, January 13 at 6:00 pm for the first networking social of the year. Come as you are – bring your spouse, physician colleagues, and your business cards. Complimentary appetizers and cash bar.


RSVP not necessary. For more details, contact the Society at 206-1146 or tcms@tcms.com.


Sponsored in part by these Friends of the Society: Medical Service Bureau; Texas edical Association Insurance Trust; Texas Medical Liability Trust; University Federal Credit Union (UFCU); and Brian Novy Company.



On Thursday, January 20 at 6:00 pm in the TMA, Thompson Auditorium, 401 W 15th St. Dan Finch, TMA Director of Legislative Affairs will present Working Together on Medical Issues in Texas.


Join us to hear more about TMA’s 2011 legislative agenda. This session will provide information to physicians on how they can preserve patient care through the legislative process. Physicians attending this course also will learn about the strategies TMA will use to advance bills important to medicine.


Continuing Medical Education The Texas Medical Association is accredited by the ccreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


TMA designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


The Texas Medical Association designates this activity for up to 1 hour in the area of ethics and/or professional responsibility education.For more information or to RSVP, contact the Society at 206-1146 or tcms@tcms.com.


Sponsored in part by these Friends of the Society: Medical Service Bureau; Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust; Texas Medical Liability Trust; Austin Brokerage Company; and Tax Resources.




You and your spouse/guest are cordially invited to attend the 2011 Joint Installation of Officers honoring 2011 TCMS President Brian S. Sayers and 2011-12 TCMA President  Mrs. Vickie Blumhagan. Join your colleagues on Thursday, March 3 at the Hyatt Regency, 208 Barton Springs Rd. Reception at 6:30 pm followed by dinner at 7:30 pm.



To RSVP call (512) 206-1146 or tcms@tcms.com.


TCMS Executive Board

Brian S. Sayers, MD                    R.Y. Declan Fleming, MD

President                                    President Elect


Michelle A. Berger, MD,                C. Mark Chassay, MD

Secretary-Treasurer                    Immediate Past President

Robert K. Cowan, MD                   Isabel V. Hoverman, MD

Member At Large                         Member At Large


Pradeep Kumar, MD                     Hillary Miller, MD

Member At Large                         Member At Large


Adam J. Schneider, MD                Sarah I. Smiley, DO

Member At Large                         Member At Large


Jeffrey M. Jekot, MD                    James R. Eskew, MD

Chair, Board of Ethics                  Delegation Representative


Stephen S. Clark, MD

BTC Representative








The “White Coat Invasion” has been the key to physicians’ successes in the Texas Legislature since the inception of First Tuesdays at the Capitol in 2003. Our senators and representatives listen when their hometown doctors show up in their offices en masse.


The 2011 session of the Texas Legislature will be a tough one for medicine. It is absolutely essential for medicine to engage its representatives and senators early and often. The theme for the 2011 session is “Caring for Patients in a Time of Change.”


It’s time again to bring out Texas medicine’s strongest weapon in the 2011 Legislative Session. Be a medical lobbyist for a day. You will make a difference. To register for First Tuesdays, visit www.texmed.org/firsttuesdays. For questions, contact Stephanie Triggs at (512) 206-1124 or striggs@tcms.com.




Physicians are now exempt from the Federal Trade Commission's "Red Flags Rule" thanks to legislation passed by the US Senate and House. The FTC regulations have been deemed an unnecessary administrative burden on physicians since identity theft concerns are covered under HIPAA regulations.




The next meeting of the RPO will be Tuesday, January 18 at Tarrytown Methodist Church, 2601 Exposition at 11:30 am. Don Carlton, PhD retired CEO of Radian International LLC, will present The Changing Energy and Environment Scene.


All retired physicians or those who are contemplating retirement are invited to attend.


To RSVP, contact Ann Jeansonne at 206-1249 or ajeansonne@tcms.com.




Even though the Texas Medical Board (TMB) has suspended disciplinary action for not completing death certificates electronically, physicians should continue signing up for and using the Texas Electronic Registrar (TER) Death Registration system. The suspension won't last forever, and violators eventually will face a $500 fine.Physicians must submit all cause-of-death information and medical certifications to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) electronically through the state's online death registration system.



Physicians must submit all cause-of-death information and medical certifications to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) electronically through the state’s online death registration system, the Texas Electronic Registrar (TER) at www.dshs.state.tx.us/vs/requestTER/default.asp.




The Professional Association of Health Care Office Management (PAHCOM) meets from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm on the third Wednesday of every month at Seton Medical Center, 1201 W. 38th Street in McFadden Auditorium. Programs are designed for office managers and other staff to obtain helpful information to implement in the office. Networking with other office staff and corporate sponsors rounds out the meetings each month.


Everyone is invited to the January 19 meeting when canned goods will be collected for the Capital Area Food Bank. Tom Zimmermann will present Three Ways to Win as a Medical Office Manager. Tom is a professional speaker who inspires businesses and organizations to value their most important resource – People.


To RSVP call (512) 206-1146 or for more information on joining PAHCOM contact Maria Harvey at (512) 381-1592 or mlharvey@austinent.com.







The following physicians have applied for TCMS membership. Under the provisions of he bylaws, names of applicants are presented to the membership for review. Written objections to the applicant’s membership must be directed to the TCMS Board of Ethics within 30 days of publication.


Click here for New Member Applicants







Come meet Austin Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) at Central Market Cafe, 38th Street location, on Wednesday evening, January 19, 2011, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Come and relax, buy a drink in the cafe, and talk with Austin PSR physicians about your work, about PSR, and about how those two topics intersect!



For more information contact Marian Morris at mmorris@psr.org.




RCL Portrait Studio will offer free photo sessions for Travis County Medical Society members at the Medical Society offices, 4300 N. Lamar (Blood Center building) from Jan. 24 - 28.


Each session will take approximately 20 minutes. Members will be able to choose a photo for the 2011 TCMS Directory at the session. Personal portraits will be available for purchase. No obligation to buy.


To schedule an appointment call RCL at 266-8924 or 800-951-8712.






Spanish Meducation® is the practical medical Spanish program offered through the Travis County Medical Society since 1994. The 10-week program (meeting once a week) is designed for all health care professionals: physicians, pharmacists, nurses, therapists, social workers, technicians, emergency personnel, and their support staff.


The classes develop beginning, intermediate, and advanced conversational skills in general Spanish with a concentration on health care situations. Grammar takes a back seat. All handouts are included in the tuition cost; no textbook is required. Free booster make-up lessons are provided for level I absences. To take advantage of our early registration discount of $20, enroll by January 7: $230 for new students and $210 for continuing students. After January 7, the tuition will be $250 and $230.

If you are a true beginner, level I is for you, otherwise contact the Program Director, Jill Snyder at (512) 835-7612 to discuss which level class will best match your current Spanish language skills.


Level I - Beginner: Mon. Jan. 31 - April 11 or Wed. Feb. 2 - April 13 from noon - 2:00 pm“brown bag” at 2100 Northland Drive
Level II - Basic (Beginner-Plus): Wed. Feb. 2 - April 13
Level III - High Basic: Tues. Feb. 1 - April 12
Level V - Intermediate: Mon. Jan. 31 - April 11
*Advanced conversation, reading and translation:
Wed. Feb. 2 - April 13
* This advanced course does not certify students for
professional translation services.


All classes except one noontime beginner section meet once a week from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Travis County Medical Society: 4300 N. Lamar. The daytime beginner “brown bag” class is being offered at 2100 Northland Drive (see above schedule).


For questions and forms, please contact Jill at jld@io.com or (512) 835-7612.




TMA has posted a very short video from Fort Worth pediatrician Gary Floyd, MD on their website. He tells a story only a physician can tell: what it means to be someone’s doctor, the trusting relationship between physician and patient. Every Texas physician has a story like this and TMA wants to share these stories . . . with lawmakers and the public.


The power in these stories will help them understand the problems in medicine today and how we hope to solve them. So, what’s your story? Why did you go to medical school in the first place? Do you remember that patient encounter that brought it all home to you? The patient you think of when times are tough? Tell your story to a video camera.


Use your cell phone, a flip camera, or a full-featured video recorder to record your story, then send it to TMA. A special YouTube channel has been set up where you can upload your story.


Just follow the simple directions at www.texmed.org/yourstory.aspx.




Practice Listings are back for the 2010 TCMS Pictorial Directory. For only $75, your practice listing – designed to enhance the use of the TCMS Pictorial Directory as a patient referral tool – can be seen year-round by over 2,800 practicing physicians in the Central Texas area.


Let your professional colleagues know more about your practice – office locations, languages spoken, procedures performed, etc. The Practice Listings section will be located immediately after, and as a companion to, the “TCMS by Practice Code” section in the directory.


You control the factual content of your listing within legal and ethical standards. Contact Ron Mize at rmize@tcms.com or (512) 206-1245 and TCMS will provide a form for the listing.




You should be receiving your information update forms for the 2011 Directory soon. Please take a moment to review it, update it, and return it to the Society offices. You may submit a current professional photo by February 15 to have it included in the 2011 Directory if you have not already done so. Photos taken by RCl will automatically be included.


E-mail photos to Steve Hinojosa.






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