VA may have to pay billions in vets’ emergency care bills
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government may be required to pay billions of dollars in emergency care claims to veterans after a federal court ruled this week that the Department of Veterans Affairs...
GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) — Two health care companies are seeking permission from the state to build emergency departments in Delaware's southernmost county.
New law allows emergency care providers to offer other aid
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has signed a bill allowing emergency care providers to offer non-emergency medical assistance in their communities to reduce noncritical calls to...
Marijuana ER visits climb in Denver hospital study
Five years after Colorado first legalized marijuana, a new study shows pot's bad effects are sending more people to the emergency room.
Inhaled marijuana caused the most severe problems at...
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona appellate court ruling says judges generally lack the authority to grant hospital workers' oral requests to authorize medical procedures such as blood transfusions for a minor without consent of minors or their parents.
L+M paramedics celebrate 30th year and imagine the future of emergency care
New London _ Sometimes, the paramedics at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital rescue people from horrific car crashes and fires. They treat stab wounds. They appear in times of chaos.
Just as often, the scenes are quieter, inside people's homes. Someone with lung disease is having trouble breathing, again. They're having a heart attack. They've overdosed on heroin. They're showing the symptoms of a stroke.
Lawmakers, hospitals concerned insurer denying more ER claims
Lawmakers, hospitals concerned insurer denying more ER claims
COLUMBUS, Ohio – One of Ohio's largest insurers is denying payment for emergency room claims when it determines policyholders didn't need emergency care.
The Ohio Hospital Association and state lawmakers are working to combat Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield's new practice, which could leave Ohio policyholders with thousands of dollars in ER bills, according to Thursday morning's Capitol Letter, cleveland.com's daily Statehouse newsletter.
A new healthcare center, Kingwood Emergency Center, opened Jan. 29 in Kingwood.
The center, at 23330 Eastex Frwy Feeder Road, specializes in emergency care and is open 24 hours a day, seven day a week and offers all of the services of a traditional hospital emergency room.
Fort Smith hospital sets up flu clinic to ease ER crowding
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — To keep flu sufferers from clogging its emergency room, a Fort Smith hospital has opened a separate clinic to keep non-emergency patients away.
Free-standing emergency room trend continues to spread
EDINBURG — Construction crews are working around the clock preparing for opening day on Tuesday of South Texas Health System’s latest free-standing emergency department.
This facility, the health system’s third, is a 24-hour operation that provides emergency care to an area where it is not already readily available, according to Conrad Brown, system director.
UAB to build $33.9 million medical office in Gardendale
GARDENDALE, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama at Birmingham will build a $33.9 million freestanding emergency department and medical office next month.
Al.com reports that UAB will break ground on the new facility on Nov. 2 in Gardendale. The medical center says the facility will be on 6.2 acres (2 hectares) and will give residents access to essential medical services.
Rural hospitals struggle in Missouri
FULTON, Mo. (AP) — The impending closure of the Fulton Medical Center startled the local community. In the days leading to when the hospital's doors were supposed to close, residents faced the reality of living without nearby emergency care.
A week before it was to close, EmpowerHMS, a Kansas City-based health management company, announced it purchased the hospital, preventing its closure. But the Fulton hospital story has become all too common in America's rural communities.
Oklahoma emergency care provider urges payment of legal fees
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An emergency medical care provider in Oklahoma has authorized its attorneys to take a liability insurance company to court if needed to force the business to pay a claim aimed at covering legal costs.
More doctors, patients turning to telemedicine for emergency care
It's becoming more common for patients to meet their doctor through a computer screen instead of in person.
Now, that's a growing trend even in emergency care where time is of the essence. The change to telemedicine is helping more patients stay closer to home.
For many of First Health neurologist Dr. Melanie Blacker's patient visits, she never has to leave the room.
The ER, an out-of-network provider and then ‘surprise!’
Is there anything more emblematic of our troubled health care system than a patient receiving a “surprise bill” in the mail after getting emergency care?
Exceptional ER expected to open in February
For Dr. Kazim Hussain, Wednesday’s groundbreaking for a new emergency care center on Alton Gloor Boulevard was a dream come true.
Hussain is chief operating officer for Exceptional Health Care Inc., which is building the 18,000-square-foot facility at 449 E. Alton Gloor Blvd., and also chief of emergency medicine for ValleyBaptistMedicalCenter in Brownsville. Exceptional ER is expected to be complete in September, he said.
Five months after Baptist Hospital in Orange halted emergency services, Orange County is no closer to finding a replacement, the county's top official said on Friday.
Judge Stephen Brint Carlton said progress has been slow on securing emergency care for the county's 83,000 residents.
After Baptist announced it would close its Orange ER in January, county officials started pursuing the idea of creating a hospital district.
Never discount the value of emergency medicine providers
As we look out to the battlefields at home and abroad throughout history, there have been the noble men and women who risk their lives to render medical care to the ill and injured.
All too often, illness or injury appear out of the blue: You wake up in the middle of the night with intense abdominal pain. You stumble while carrying groceries up a flight of stairs, and can no longer put weight on your swollen ankle. Or your baby spikes a high fever on the weekend.
When these situations occur, we’re often faced with uncertainty about where to go for care, especially if the symptoms seem severe and our regular doctor’s office is closed.
Bill aims to get vets better access to health care in Montana
Ed Lesofski and Jason Zentgraf are sure they have a good idea.
A failure at the ballot box last year convinced them to approach the Legislature this year and they scored their first win on Wednesday when their bill made it out of the House.
"The problem we're trying to solve is the five-hour drives and the six-month wait times veterans face to get into the VA," Zentgraf said.
Injured police dogs in Champaign to get ambulance rides
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Police dogs hurt on the job in the Champaign area will soon be able to get an ambulance ride to a hospital along with emergency care on the way there.
Arrow Ambulance and the University of Illinois are teaming up to provide the ambulance ride to the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, The News-Gazette reported (http://bit.ly/2n2h7BP ).
Valley Baptist begins construction of pediatric ER
HARLINGEN – Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen held a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony Monday for a new emergency pediatric care unit.
Valley Baptist Health System CEO Manny Vela says the pediatric fast track emergency room unit will provide high-quality healthcare for area children.
No matter what your age or occupation, chances are you or a loved one will visit Greenwich Hospital’s emergency department at some point in your life.
As a critical community resource, we take pride in providing round-the-clock emergency care and constantly look for opportunities to improve the way our clinicians deliver services.
New hospital in Hazen inches forward to completion
HAZEN, N.D. (AP) — In about two months, Hazen's medical team will walk 50 feet into a new century of health care.
A $30 million combined hospital-clinic-therapy-emergency care facility is inching forward, behind schedule, but the finish line is, oh, so tantalizingly close.
When it's done and open for use tentatively by the end of February, a building design that lights up every corner with ambient sunshine will make going to the doctor almost a pleasure.
Rescuers help hunter suffering medical emergency in woods
CANAAN, N.H. (AP) — Police in Canaan, New Hampshire, say rescuers have come to the aid of a hunter who suffered a medical emergency in a remote area.
Health hotline NurseAdvice New Mexico at risk of going silent
One recent call came late at night from a veteran living in a remote part of the state. The man had run out of food and was desperate. The nurse on the other end of the line called state police, who agreed to help. Another call came from a woman living in a safe house with her infant son. He had burned himself with his mother’s hair-straightening iron, and she wasn’t sure if he needed emergency care.
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Family ER + Urgent Care acquires Texas Emergency Care Centers (TECC) and ER Centers of America (ERCA)
Family ER + Urgent Care announced today that it has completed its acquisition, in two separate transactions, of Texas Emergency Care Centers (TECC) and ER Centers of America (ERCA).
Irving, TX (PRWEB) August 03, 2016
Family ER + Urgent Care announced today that it has completed its acquisition, in two separate transactions, of Texas Emergency Care Centers (TECC) and ER Centers of America (ERCA). Dedicated to providing high quality, fairly priced emergency and urgent...