February 2020

In this issue . . . 

Business of Medicine-Managing Cyber Threats
Weekend Warm-Up-Chicken Sh*#!t Bingo
TCMS/TCMA Installation of Officers
Tip of the Month-Unclaimed Property
Travis County Medical Alliance Annual Party
Retired Physicians' Organization Luncheon
Spanish Meducation®
Wonders & Worries Unmasked Gala
2020 Adolescent Health Symposium
Dell Medical School Update


Join Us Tuesday Night - Feb 4
Business of Medicine Dinner & Presentation

"Health Care Data: Managing Cyber Threats

As forms of connected technology used by health care providers increase — so do cyber security risks. Of particular concern are data breach threats involving patients’ protected health information (PHI). This sensitive information is highly desired by cyber criminals seeking to commit medical identity fraud. Learn how to minimize cyber risks, assess the strength of your IT systems; conduct privacy, security, and breach risk assessments; train staff to minimize risks; and maintain appropriate cyber liability coverage.

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 4
Time: 6:30 dinner, 7pm presentation
Place: TMA Building, 401 W. 15th Street, Thompson Auditorium

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


Monday, February 24
Weekend Wrap-Up: Chicken Sh*#! Bingo at The Little Longhorn Saloon

Only the best for our members - and if Texas Monthly says Chicken S*#! Bingo at the Little Longhorn Saloon us a priority, TCMS is on it.
Join us for happy hour and tacos in a down home, country dive made even more entertaining with the appearance of a live chicken and some lucky sh*#!.

Date: Monday, Feb. 24
Time: 6:30 pm
Place: Little Longhorn Saloon , 5434 Burnet Road, Austin

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



Thursday, March 5
TCMS and TCMA Installation Dinner

You and a guest are invited to attend the joint installation of the 2020 officers for TCMS and TCMA at the Renaissance Austin. Dr. John Abikhaled will accept the gavel from 2019 TCMS president, Dr. Tony Aventa. Christina Fenrich of the Alliance will accept the position of TCMA president from current president, Wendy Propst.

Date: Thursday, March 5
Time: 6:30 pm reception, 7:30 pm dinner
Place: Renaissance Austin , 9721 Arboretum Blvd., Austin


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

Tip of the Month: Unclaimed Property

A quick search of a few physician/group names found $400, $2000, and even $4000 in unclaimed checks. Most of these are checks from insurance companies just waiting for you to claim them. After searching for your name, search for your business name using multiple abbreviations such as Aus for Austin, or Cap for Capitol.

Most physicians have insurance reimbursements in these funds. Some were addressed to a business but the name was abbreviated. After searching for your name, search for your business name using multiple abbreviations such as Aus for Austin, or Cap for Capitol. Other examples of property that can become abandoned are: dividend, payroll, and cashier's check; stocks, mutual fund accounts, and bonds; utility deposits and other refunds; bank accounts and safe deposit box contents; and insurance proceeds.

Unclaimed Property can be any financial asset that appears to have been abandoned by the owner for more than one year. Some examples of property that can become abandoned are:

Dividend, payroll or cashier's checks
Stocks, mutual fund accounts, bonds
Utility deposits and other refunds
Bank accounts and safe deposit box contents
Insurance proceeds
Mineral interest or royalty payments
Court deposits, trust funds, escrow accounts

Find unclaimed property in Texas .

If you are not a native Texan, this site will also link you to unclaimed property in the other states.


Travis County Medical Alliance
Annual Party with a Purpose “Havana Nights”

Let’s drink a mojito, shuffle some dominoes and dance under the stars !

Date:Saturday, March 28
Time: 6 pm
Place:Fiesta Gardens, 2101 Jesse E. Sequia St, Austin
Attire:Old Havana white attire



Tuesday, Feb. 18
Retired Physicians’ Organization Luncheon

Michael Griffith has 20 years of experience as an educator and nonprofit leader. Since 2008, he has worked with the non-profit Breakthrough Central Texas, a program that creates a path to and through college for students who will become the first in their families to earn a college degree.

Join us as he discusses the success and the work ahead for this organization.

Date:Tuesday, Feb. 18
Time: 11:30 am
Place:Tarrytown United Methodist Church
Cost: $20 (no cost if paid annual dues)

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


Spanish Meducation® Spring Classes

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.

Spring class schedule

Join a group of Spanish students in June for the annual immersion trip.

Contact Program Director, Jill Snyder, PhD at jld@prismnet.com or 512-835-7612. 


Wonders & Worries Unmasked Gala

Wonders & Worries is an Austin-based nonprofit that provides free, professional mental health support to children and teenagers during a parent’s serious illness. Parents who are dealing with a cancer diagnosis, recurring heart condition or other illnesses like ALS or MS often don’t know how to talk about their disease and its impact on the family.

The Unmasked Gala is Wonders & Worries’ largest fundraising event and last year, over 550 people were present at this event at the JW Marriott in downtown Austin. It is well attended by both the medical and business communities and Texas Oncology is the presenting sponsor. There is a cocktail hour, dinner, live auction and dancing. The theme of this year's event is “futuristic glamour.”

Last year, Wonders & Worries helped 982 children and families thrive during a difficult time. In order to offer their services free of charge to client families, Wonders & Worries relies on generous donations from individuals and companies.

Unmasked Sponsorship Packet for more details about sponsorship levels and visit the following link to purchase a table/tickets. If you have questions about the event, please contact Nicole Halder, Director of Development & Outreach by phone at 512-329-5757 x120 or email Nicole@WondersandWorries.org.


March 25
2020 Adolescent Health Symposium
"Transforming Risk Into Wellness" 

Topics will include: vaping, immigrant health, and social media. This session will be a networking and learning opportunity for healthcare providers, parents, teens and young adults, and other community members.

Determination of CEU credit for this event is pending.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact AnnMarie.Wilke@AustinPCC.org.


Thursday, February 13, 12-1 pm
'Interprofessional Collaboration in Practice: A Personal Journey’

Dell Medical School — Health Learning Building Auditorium

At this year’s Ken Shine Health Lectureship, Kathleen Dracup, RN, PhD, FAAN, will present strategies to overcome challenges to interprofessional collaboration in health care. Dracup is the winner of the 2020 Ken Shine Prize in Health Leadership, awarded to a person who has made significant leadership advancements in health. She is dean emeritus and professor emeritus of the School of Nursing at the University of California San Francisco.

RSVP to attend . Lunch will be provided.

Thursday, March 5, 12-1 pm
'Physician Leadership & the Urgency of the Moment in Medicine’
Patrice Harris, MD, AMA President

Dell Medical School — Health Learning Building Auditorium

At the next installment of Dell Med Grand Rounds, Patrice Harris, MD, MA, president of the American Medical Association, will discuss the AMA’s advocacy priorities in 2020 and its efforts underway to bring greater equity to medicine. She’ll talk about some of the most concerning national health trends and their roots in determinants of health. And she’ll look to the future of medicine – beyond the politics of an election year – and highlight the steps physician leaders are taking to improve the delivery of care and outcomes.

Patrice Harris, M.D., MA, is the 174th president of the American Medical Association — the first African-American woman to hold the position.

About Patrice Harris

Patrice Harris, M.D., MA, is the 174th president of the American Medical Association — the first African-American woman to hold the position.

A renowned child and adolescent psychiatrist from Atlanta, Dr. Harris has been an active leader in organized medicine for her entire career. She has served on the AMA’s Board of Trustees since 2011, including a term as chair. She has also served as chair of the AMA Opioid Task Force since its inception in 2014. Beyond the AMA, Dr. Harris has held positions of leadership with the American Psychiatric Association, the Georgia Psychiatric Physicians Association, the Medical Association of Georgia, and The Big Cities Health Coalition.

CME credit is available, and a light lunch will be provided.

Learn more and RSVP