Category: Freestanding ER

Non-Emergency Visits Costing North Texas Taxpayers Millions « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Acne, bad breath and ingrown nails: all seem like relatively minor health issues. But a Consumer Justice investigation found millions of taxpayer dollars paying for Medicaid patients to use the emergency room for non-emergency medical attention.Data from the Texas Health

Texas’ freestanding emergency center boom brings convenience, questions 

The booming freestanding emergency treatment industry has receded a bit from its high-water mark earlier this year, with a handful of closures at facilities across the state, including one in Amarillo. But Lubbock facilities are holding on. It’s been one

UCHealth acquires Colorado Springs hospital, freestanding emergency rooms

The fast-growing hospital system, which leases Colorado Springs’ Memorial Hospital, acquired the remaining 17 freestanding ERs and two boutique hospitals it operated in a partnership with Texas-based Adeptus Health, including Grandview Hospital in Colorado Springs and four of the freestanding

Colorado – How an investigation into freestanding ERs turned into so much more 

What started with an email address and a plea has now turned into a project that’s saved viewers more than a quarter million to date. The odd thing is, was never intended to be a project that would take 9Wants

Two Texas ERs got bad reviews online. Now they want Google to help them find out who did it

Two North Texas free-standing emergency room operators want tech giant Google to give up the identities of nearly two dozen reviewers who rated them poorly online. Highland Park Emergency Center on Lemmon Avenue and Preston Hollow Emergency Room on Walnut

New Texas legislation protects health care consumers

While much was discussed and debated during the 85th Texas Legislative session, two important and successfully passed bills will help protect Texas healthcare consumers from the outrageous costs and confusion associated with freestanding emergency rooms. Senate Bill 507, authored by

New law seeks to prevent surprise medical bills from freestanding ERs

Patients who visit freestanding emergency rooms in Texas should now have a better idea of whether their health insurance will cover the bill. A new state law that took effect Sept. 1 requires the facilities — which resemble urgent care clinics but

Journal republishes withdrawn paper on emergency care prices, amid controversy

The Annals of Emergency Medicine has republished a controversial paper it withdrew earlier this year which compared the cost of emergency care at different types of facilities. Because the paper drew heavy criticism when it was originally released, the journal has published a revised

Comparing Utilization and Costs of 20 most common procedures by facility type – Annals of Emergency Medicine

Table 2 lists the 20 most common procedures by facility type for the study period 2012 to 2015. The prices in Table 2 include both the facility and professional component of each procedure’s price. Rank by frequency, percentage of all visits, and mean prices of

Comparing Utilization and Costs of Care in FSED, HED, and UC

Results Characteristics of Study Subjects The freestanding ED claims processed by BCBSTX came from 52 facilities in 2012. The number of facilities submitting claims increased to 86 in 2013, 134 in 2014, and 207 in 2015. The smaller number for