January 2019

In this issue . . .


New Prescription Forms Taking Months to Deliver
Enter a Chance to Win HAMILTON Tickets
We Must Be Doing Something Right, We've Been Around for 165 Years. Join the Party!
Save the Date
Weekend Warm-Up at Esther's Follies
Clean Up Your Act with TCMS Document & Data Services
Member Applicants
Spanish Meducation®
TCEP CONNECT 2019 Conference

New Prescription Forms Taking Months to Deliver

If you haven’t already ordered new prescription forms for certain controlled substances, you should do so soon in order to stay compliant with new state regulations that will take effect next year. Since September, the Texas State Board of Pharmacy has been issuing new official prescription forms that include advanced security features designed to help deter fraud. Because of the volume of orders, the new forms are currently taking about two months to be delivered, a board official told the Texas Medical Association.

Effective June 1, 2019, official prescription forms ordered prior to Sept. 1, 2018, will no longer be valid, the pharmacy board says. New security features on the forms include a unique control number on each form, thermochromic ink, and a watermark.

You can find more information on the forms, and how to comply with them on the pharmacy board’s website.

Enter for a Chance to Purchase HAMILTON Tickets!
Call 512-206-1249

TCMS has a limited number of orchestra level tickets to the blockbuster musical HAMILTON on June 9, 2019 at 7 pm. For a chance to purchase tickets (which is often nearly impossible), make a $50 donation to the TCMS Foundation Physician Wellness Program. You will be notified if your name is selected. 

Tickets are $165 each. Limit 2 tickets per entry.

Call 512-206-1249 to donate/enter drawing

Drawing will take place Feb. 1.

We Must be Doing Something Right, We’ve Been Around for 165 Years. Join the party!

It’s time to renew your membership with TCMS and 2019 promises to be a great year—from white coat invasions at the State Capitol to free CME dinner presentations and unique social events and services. 

What are you waiting for?   

It's a Surprise! (select the image)

Save the Date
March 26! 

The TCMS/TCMA installation dinner will be held Tuesday, March 26. TCMS president Jeff Apple, MD, will hand the gavel over to Tony Aventa, MD. In addition, Alliance president Melissa Smith will introduce their new president, Wendy Propst.  More details to come.

Weekend Warm-Up at Esther’s Follies
January 17

Start 2019 with a laugh. Join TCMS at Esther’s Follies for comedy and magic. 

Date: Thursday, Jan. 17
Time: Arrive at 7:30 pm, show starts at 8 pm
Cost: $15 per person, includes show and one drink ticket (beer, wine or soda)

RSVP: tcms@tcms.com or call 512-206-1249

Parking: Metered street parking is available or in the public garage at 5th and Red River for $10.

Clean Up Your Act with TCMS Document & Data Services

Now is a good time to get organized. TCMS Document & Data Service offers discounted rates on medical record storage, retrieval and disposal. 

For more information call 512-206-1250.

Member Applicants

View information and photos of new TCMS members .

Spanish Meducation®

Spanish Meducation® is the practical medical Spanish program offered through the Travis County Medical Society. The eight-week program (meeting once a week) is designed for all health care professionals, including 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 while grammar takes a back seat. All handouts are included in the tuition cost; no textbook is required. Read more.

TCEP CONNECT 2019 Conference
March 23-25

AT&T Conference Center, Austin  

TCEP CONNECT allows colleagues from around Texas to share ideas, innovations, and frustrations as we collectively work towards better, more efficient ways to care for our patients while maintaining a work life balance that promotes physician wellness. For registration and more information