March 2019


In this issue . . .


TexMed 2019
Medicare has Revised its Enrollment Application
TCMS/TCMA Installation Dinner
New! Discounted Tickets to Shows at HEB Center in Cedar Park
TCMS/AISD Athletic Physicals: Volunteers Needed
Member Applicants
Retired Physicians' Organization Luncheon
Spanish Meducation
Dell Med School Update

TexMed 2019
May 17-18

TexMed returns to Dallas and the Hilton Anatole on May 17-18. At TMA’s annual meeting, physician leaders conduct TMA business, network with other specialties, and attend interdisciplinary CME programs. Attendance to TexMed is a FREE member benefit. Register today!

Medicare has Revised its Enrollment Application 

A new Medicare enrollment application form for physicians and non-physician practitioners will go into effect May 1. The CMS-855I form, revised in December 2018, is available for use now. Medicare requires you to revalidate your enrollment information every five years.  

TCMS/TCMA Installation Dinner
March 26

Join your colleagues at the JW Marriott for the installation of Dr. Tony Aventa as TCMS president and Wendy Propst as TCMA president. RSVP at or call 512-206-1249.

New! Discounted tickets to shows at HEB Center at Cedar Park

Tickets to PJ Masks Live, Pop 2000 with Lance Bass and Outlaws & Renegades with Travis Tritt and Charlie Daniels are discounted for TCMS members. Some of the shows are right around the corner so get your tickets today

TCMS AISD Athletic Physicals: Volunteers Needed

Help over 1,000 underinsured AISD students continue with sports, marching band and cheer activities by volunteering to assist with free physicals. For over 20 years, TCMS has partnered with AISD to enable these kids to continue with the physical activities they love. Two shifts are available each evening: 5:30-7:00 pm and 6:30-8:00 pm. Sign-up forms will be e-mailed soon.

April 16, Berger Event Center, South,
April 18, Delco Event Center, North,
April 23, Delco Event Center, North
April 30, Berger Event Center, South 

Member Applicants

View information and photos of new TCMS members.

Retired Physicians’ Organization March Luncheon
March 19

“Sometimes it Takes a Magician” is the title of the presentation to be given by Kent Cummins, CMCE for the March meeting.  Mr. Cummins is a motivational speaker, author and entertainer whose programs are in high demand by organizations all over the world—and they always include a bit of magic. 

Date: Tuesday, March 19
Time: 11:30 am
Place: Tarrytown United Methodist Church
Cost: $20 (no cost if paid annual dues)

RSVP: or call (512) 206-1249

Spanish Meducation® Classes for Spring 

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

Dell Medical School Update 

Reimagining Brain Health in Austin & Beyond

In partnership with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Dell Medical School announced plans to redesign the Austin State Hospital (ASH), turning the mental health facility into the cornerstone for an improved system of collaborative, community-focused care that helps people across Central Texas.

Plans for the hospital’s redesign — contingent on state funding — include transforming the ASH campus with state-of-the-art facilities and improved operations; optimizing the use of community psychiatric beds throughout Central Texas; redesigning competency restoration programs and processes; and increasing residential care and supported housing capacity.

The redesign team comprises partners and stakeholders across the region, including Integral Care, Central Health, Bluebonnet Trails Community Services, Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, and the University of Texas System.