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TCMS Committee Appointments 2011

All Member Social

TMA Workers' Compensation Seminar w/CME

Business over Breakfast

New TCMS Member Benefit: Vaccine Buying Group

Retired Physicians' Organization

Austin/Travis County HHSD Public Health Updates

TCMS Members: Download DocBook App Free

Ask the Doctor

TMA Rewards Outstanding Science Teachers

Texas Medical Board Online System

TCMS Membership Applicants

Join TCM Alliance

Spanish Meducation Fall Classes



Brian Sayers, MD, TCMS president elect, will soon be considering 2011 committee appointments and is soliciting volunteers. If you are interested in serving on a committee, review the descriptions, complete the form, and return to the TCMS office.

Committee Descriptions



New members of the Travis County Medical Society and TCM Alliance are invited to join your colleagues honoring new members at the  Salt Lick Bar-B-Que (www.saltlickbbq.com) in Driftwood, Friday, September 24.



For more information or to RSVP contact the Society at (512) 206-1146 or tcms@tcms.com.



The TMA 2010 Workers’ Compensation Seminar will be held in Austin on September 14 at the Doubletree Austin University, 1617 IH-35 North from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Speakers will be Julie Shank, previously with the Texas Workers’ Comp Commission and Amy Rich from the Division of Workers’ Compensation at the Texas
Insurance Department.


This session will review rules on e-billing, new formularies, and discussion of the performance based oversight (PBO) program – the workers’ comp answer to physician profiling. In addition, questions will be answered regarding rules and fee guidelines for non-network, public sector networks, and certified health care networks.


Doctors, ancillary providers, and office staff who want to find out more about the workers’ compensation system should attend.


The Texas Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. TMA designates this educational activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


To register contact (512) 370-1421 or www.texmed.org.






Megan Cermak, Program Coordinator Austin Tobacco Prevention & Control Coalition for the City of Austin Health and Human Services Department will present Establishing Tobacco Cessation Programs in the TCMS second floor boardroom on Tuesday, October 5 at 7:30 am.


The program will cover the following: system changes for cessation treatment to integrate into practice; review of Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance benefits; billing codes for diagnostic and cessation counseling codes; review the Yes You Can Provider Toolkit, and other free resources for both providers and patients.


This presentation is open to physicians and office staff. Limit 2 attendees per office.

To RSVP, contact the Society at 206-1146 or tcms@tcms.com.


This event sponsored in part by these Friends of the Society: Medical Service Bureau, Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust, and Texas Medical Liability Trust.



Discount pricing for vaccines is available through Atlantic Health Partners (AHP). As a physician buying group, AHP helps physicians save money on vaccine purchases by working directly with Sanofi Pasteur and Merck to obtain the most favorable pricing and purchasing terms for a wide variety of pediatric, adolescent, adult, flu, and travel vaccines.


Members of the AHP program make purchases directly from Sanofi and Merck (as you may do now) but typically receive lower prices. AHP also offers savings on medical supplies and injectibles, and there is NO COST to join!


To learn more about this TCMS member benefit and to join the program.






The next meeting of the TCMS RPO will be Tuesday, September 21 at Tarrytown Methodist Church, 2601 Exposition at 11:30 am. Thomas M. Hatfield, PhD will present Courage Defined: The Life of James Earl Rudder, 1910-1970.


Dr. Hatfield is the Director and Senior Research Fellow of the Institute for Studies in American Military History in the Brisco Center for American History at the University of Texas, Austin.


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


To RSVP, contact Ann Jeansonne at 206-1124 or ajeansonne@tcms.com.



Get the latest public health news from A/TCHHS. Included are stats on pertussis, shigella, and rabies for cats and dogs


Click here for latest updates.





TCMS members download – for free – the DocBook app to their iPhone, iTouch, and the iPad. Texas Medical Liability Trust, a loyal supporter of Texas physicians, and organized medicine has partnered with TCMS and DocBook to provide this application at no cost to TCMS members.


DocBook was designed by physicians for physicians as a flexible, efficient, and easy-to-use communication tool that allows a TCMS member to search for another member and then text, call, or e-mail them with just one touch. There’s even a look up feature for pharmacies.

TCMS DocBook is secured through the highest levels of encryption and verification and may be activated only by TCMS members with a unique access number provided by the Society.


For your access number and download instructions, contact the Society at
206-1252 or shinojosa@tcms.com.


DocBook - www.docbookmd.com.


Texas Medical Liability Trust - www.tmlt.org.



For the past four years, the A/TCHHS Community Health Initiative Unit has brought free health screening services to historically underserved communities and at-risk populations. The initiative is looking for physician volunteers to be a part of Take a Loved One to a Check Up Day  on Saturday, September 18.


Physicians are needed at two locations – HEB Springdale Road and HEB N Lamar from 11 am to 4 pm. To volunteer for a shift at the “Ask the Doctor” booth to answer questions and provide referrals, please contact Herman Gentry at (512) 972-5651 or (512)696-6598.



The TMA’s Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching honor teachers who share their energy and enthusiasm for science through creative and innovative methods. TCMS members can help identify nominees for these awards. Nominations are open through Friday, October 15, 2010. All nominees will be contacted by TMA and asked to complete an application packet by Friday, December 17, 2010. Three Texas science teachers will receive $5,000 each, a $2,000 award for their schools, and an expense paid trip to TMA’s annual conference in May 2011.


Visit www.tmacares.com for additional information and nomination forms.




Texas Medical Board Online system for supervision and prescriptive delegation registration. The Texas Medical Board has launched an online Supervision and Prescriptive Delegation Registration System for the immediate registering of:

1) notice of a physician assistant’s intent to practice with a particular doctor (note: supervision must be registered before a physician assistant may begin work)
2) notice of a doctor’s intent to supervise a physician assistant
3) termination of a supervisory relationship
4) a doctor’s delegation of prescriptive authority to a physician assistant or advanced practice nurse

The new system, which requires a username and password, replaces the paper system. Hard copy supervision and delegation forms will not be accepted after July. Physician assistants, doctors and advanced practice nurses may all initiate registration, letting the other party complete his or her part later.

The new system, as well as further information about the system, can be reached on the TMB website at www.tmb.state.tx.us.

Since January 31, 2010, physicians who delegate prescriptive authority have been required to register with the Texas Medical Board, to fulfill requirements of legislation passed in 2009. Senate Bill 532 expanded physicians’ ability to delegate prescribing to hysician assistants and advanced practice nurses. This authority includes prescribing dangerous drugs and Schedules III, IV and V controlled substances.

For more information, visit the TMB website or contact Pre-Licensure, Registration and Consumer Services at 512-305-7030. An article about prescriptive delegation that ppeared in the fall 2009 Texas Medical Board newsletter can be accessed here.


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






Throughout the year, there are numerous recruitment opportunities such as social functions and special interest groups (including Book Review, Lunch Bunch, Mah-jongg, For Parents Sake, and Austin Fun Runs). These opportunities are available to members and new recruits for support and fellowship.  


Contact VP Membership, Mari Josey at mari.josey@gmail.com or visit www.traviscountymedicalalliance.com.



The fall session of Spanish Meducation®, the practical medical Spanish program offered through the Travis County Medical Society since 1994, starts on October 4.  The 10-week session (meeting once a week) promotes beginning, intermediate  and advanced communication in general Spanish with concentration on health care situations.  Listening and speaking skills are developed, while grammar takes a back seat.  All handouts are included in the tuition cost - no textbook is required.


Free booster make-up lessons are provided in case of absence from the level I class.  TCMS members and their staff are invited to enroll. The evening classes take place at the Travis County Medical Society (4300 N. Lamar). 


Tuition is $250 for new students and $230 for continuing students. A $20 early registration discount is available to those who register by September 10. If you are a true beginner, then level I is for you.  If you have had any previous Spanish (class, travel, family), then please call for placement advice.


For all questions and forms, please contact Program Director Jill Snyder, PhD, at jld@io.com or 835-7612.



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