Category: Freestanding ER

Anthem’s emergency room coverage denials draw scrutiny

Paul Sweatman was back at the emergency room. It was fall 2017 and a week before his left ankle had swollen to three times its normal size. His first stop, an urgent care clinic, said the problem was out of

Presbyterian to open state’s first hybrid ER and urgent care facility | KOB 4

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Presbyterian Medical Group is opening the state’s first hybrid emergency room and urgent care center. The new center, currently being built on the southeast corner of Paseo Del Norte and San Pedro, will help take away the options

Freestanding Emergency Centers seeking Medicare and Medicaid recognition | KRISTV.com

Freestanding Emergency Centers look much like urgent care clinics and so, many consumers have confused the two. There is a big difference. While an urgent care clinic’s billing is usually similar to that at your doctor’s office, billing at a

Freestanding Emergency Centers seeking Medicare and Medicaid recognition | KRISTV.com

Freestanding Emergency Centers look much like urgent care clinics and so, many consumers have confused the two. There is a big difference. While an urgent care clinic’s billing is usually similar to that at your doctor’s office, billing at a

AARP Warns of Sticker Shock at Freestanding ERs 

AUSTIN, Texas – Confusion by Texas consumers over freestanding emergency rooms has left many families with unexpected and unnecessary high medical bills. A new AARP survey of Texas freestanding ERs finds that, unlike urgent care clinics, many of freestanding ER billings are

Push to ensure freestanding ER patients aren’t stuck with big bills

BASTROP, Texas (Nexstar) — Texas is home to more than 200 independent, freestanding emergency centers. They aren’t affiliated with a hospital and aren’t recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, so people with that insurance may have to

Utah State lawmaker is renewing efforts to end balance billing

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – Utahns are getting stuck with tens of thousands of dollars in medical debt, even though they have health insurance. One state lawmaker says enough is enough, and he’s running a bill to change it.

Lawmakers pledge crackdown on free-standing ER billing practices – Houston Chronicle

Texas lawmakers on Monday vowed to crack down on the state’s booming free-standing emergency room industry in the wake of a troubling AARP Texas survey and a Houston Chronicle story that both showed how some facilities are sending confusing messages

Despite law to force clarity, confusion over free-standing ERs persists – HoustonChronicle.com

Fifteen months after Texas enacted a law to bring transparency to the state’s for-profit free-standing emergency rooms, many of the facilities continue to send mixed messages about insurance coverage that could expose unsuspecting patients to enormous surprise medical bills. A

Tampa Bay Times: No hospital, just an emergency ‘department’. They’re popping up all over.

As the health care industry evolves, free-standing “emergency departments” are adding to the range of options for patients. They’re more convenient and people are using them, but some see downsides. Video EMERGENCY | 116s From the outside, the new Bayfront Health

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