Category: Freestanding ER

Hospital Corporation of America constructing new emergency room in Red Oak

Hospital Corporation of America is planning to construct a 20,400-square foot emergency room on 2.1 acres of land on East Ovilla Road in Red Oak. The facility, which had a zoning change approved by the Red Oak City Council last

Texas ruling on $11,000 ER bill may have long-lasting effects, experts say

The health care industry is closely watching a recent decision by the Texas Supreme Court that some say could have broader implications on how hospitals and health insurers negotiate their rates. The court sided with an uninsured woman who was

Victoria freestanding ER closes amid battle with insurers 

Mercer ER, a slick, stand-alone 24-hour emergency center near Home Depot, closed its doors for good last week. Patty Lutes, a 29-year-old executive assistant in Victoria, said she wasn’t surprised it closed, especially after her experience of receiving a surprise

HCA helps fill gap in care left by Houston hospital closure

Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare’s Gulf Coast Division will open a new freestanding emergency room in Houston July 17, according to the Houston Business Journal. The new ER will help fill the medical gap left by the closure of HCA’s East Houston

Why you may start seeing fewer free-standing ERs around Houston

 Gavin Grajales is a typical little boy. “He’s very, very active. I mean, into everything,” said Gavin’s mother, Holly. He never stops moving, until something, such as an accident at the park, gets in his way. “He fractured his wrist

Financial problems threaten Houston-area freestanding…

There are 300 freestanding emergency rooms across Texas, down just slightly from a year ago, according to the Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers (TAFEC). While business has been booming for almost a decade, one company located in Houston is

In Texas, health insurance industry puts profit over patients

In a matter of days — unless the Texas Department of Insurance intervenes — the largest health insurance company in the state, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, will put into place a policy to retroactively decide if a patient’s

State of emergency: An examination of freestanding ERs in Texas | Economic Snapshot | Dallas News

Since the Legislature passed a 2009 law allowing freestanding emergency rooms to operate in Texas, the industry has taken off statewide. The facilities aim to add convenience by allowing patients to be seen faster than in full-service hospitals’ ERs —

Texas must help consumers understand freestanding ERs  | Editorials | Dallas News

You probably drove by a freestanding emergency room today. Red crosses and vaguely optimistic names like “Excellence” and “Five Star” emblazon buildings all across North Texas, promising convenient emergency care with the ubiquity of a Starbucks. But the names of these

New bill could help Austin patients avoid surprise medical bills after visiting freestanding ERs

Over $800 in out-of-pocket expenses was not what area resident Lance Kubiak expected to pay after visiting a freestanding emergency department, or FSED, late one night last year. Kubiak, who has employer-provided health insurance, visited the FSED after experiencing an