By Eric McLaughlin, M.D. & Board Member, Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers (TAFEC) Texas consumers increasingly have their access to emergency medical care delayed or altogether thwarted, and their coverage for legitimate care denied. After witnessing this alarming trend, Texas’ freestanding emergency room … [Read more...] about How the Texas Legislature can fulfill “our promise to patients” this session
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 pay full price if they go there. Sen. Bill Cassidy, M.D., R-LA, has introduced … [Read more...] about Freestanding ERs seeking Medicare and Medicaid recognition
WITH BLUE CROSS BILLING CHANGES, SOME PATIENTS COULD BE FOOTING E.R. BILLS IN FULL Texas’ largest healthcare insurer recently said that HMO subscribers may have to pay the whole bill for out-of-network emergency room visits if the health problem isn’t deemed serious enough. Read More @ Texas Standard … [Read more...] about Texas Standard Takes On BCBS of Texas’ New Rules Limiting ER Coverage
Have you ever wondered why your insurance premiums keep going up while your network shrinks and your insurance company reports BILLION$ in record profits? It's simple, they have perfected the art of UNDERPAYING. We PAY our health insurance premiums… EVERY MONTH — ON TIME — & IN FULL. These rules seemingly don’t apply to health … [Read more...] about Who Pays When Insurance Companies Underpay?
If you are or know a State of Texas employee, you should know about a new Texas Senate budget rider that would limit your options for care in the event of a medical emergency. On Wednesday, March 15, 2017, the Senate Finance Committee voted to add a rider to Senate Bill 1, the Senate budget bill, which directs the Employee Retirement … [Read more...] about Texas Senate Bill Limits Health Care Options For State Employees
No matter what the outside temperature is, you need to drink 8 ounces of water every hour during the day. You should urinate 2–3 times per day and your urine should be light yellow in color. When the temperature and humidity goes up, you should increase your daily fluid intake and eat something with salt. … [Read more...] about How much water should you drink?
Be very careful with electrical outlets — use surge protector strips and follow all product safety communications. Stabilize the tree and avoid hanging ornaments on low branches. Try planting a live tree in your yard and decorating it with treats for the birds. … [Read more...] about Decking the halls: Christmas tree safety
If your child goes to a party, it’s best to attend with friends. If you go trick or treating, travel in a group with an adult chaperone, use reflective tape and bring flashlights, only accept wrapped and sealed treats, and pay attention to the cars on the street. … [Read more...] about Trick or treat! Halloween safety
Although there is no vaccine, prevention is key. If you are coughing, it’s best to stay home. Try to avoid public indoor areas like shopping malls. Use hand sanitizer frequently. … [Read more...] about Signs of the common cold