Category: Freestanding ER

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

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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

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Journal republishes withdrawn paper on emergency care prices, amid controversy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

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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

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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

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Closing of freestanding ER in Amarillo may signal industry trend

The shuttering of what had been Amarillo’s fifth freestanding emergency room less than four months after opening may signal market saturation, according to those in the industry locally and statewide. Neighbors Emergency Center at 4121 S. Georgia St. closed its

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Adeptus Health Bankruptcy Objection Filed | Daily Bankrupt Company Updates

The U.S. Trustee assigned to the Adeptus Health case filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court an objection to the Company’s motion to approve Plan modifications, allow the Debtors to file a Third Amended Plan and schedule a confirmation hearing and

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Freestanding ERs, out-of-network providers can lead to surprise medical bills

During the past six years, the state of Texas has seen an influx in freestanding emergency centers, including two recently opening in Southern Brazoria County with another one on the way. A common problem associated with the standalone emergency rooms

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Fort Worth State Senator Takes On Surprise Medical Billing – D Magazine

Figuring out what hospital your insurance company will actually pay for is tough enough. But determining ahead of time which of the physicians that practice at said hospital are in-network with your carrier is almost cruel. This is how balance

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Texas Assoc. of Health Plans Applauds Sen. Hancock Bill to Protect Consumers Against Surprise Medical Bills – Texas Insider

The Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP), the statewide trade association representing commercial and public health plans operating in Texas, today applauded Texas Senator Kelly Hancock’s introduction of legislation to significantly expand protections for Texas consumers against the growing practice of

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