Big things are happening this year in the field of emergency medicine here in the great state of Texas. New regulations will make it easier for you and your family to make an informed decision when seeking emergency medical treatment. You can now be confident that you’ll receive qualified care at any medical facility calling itself an Emergency Room.
The new law (Title 25 Chap 131) went into effect Sept 1, 2010 to formally regulate and license emergency rooms not attached to a hospital through the Texas Department of Health. This legislation was passed to create standards for medical facilities operating as an “Emergency Room“. Standards include requirements for on-site CT scanning and x-ray, ultrasound, laboratory services, provisions for backup electrical power, board-certified emergency medical staff, minimum hours of operation and more. These standards were designed to ensure patients are able to confidently select a freestanding emergency room as a place of treatment in an emergency situation when time is a precious commodity. As of Sept 1, 2010 any stand-alone ER facility will be open for business at least 12 hours per day, 365 days a year. Beginning Sept 1, 2012, all stand-alone Emergency Rooms will be open 24-hours a day.
First Choice Emergency Room (FCER) is the original and largest network of stand-alone ER’s in the state of Texas. FCER has been operating stand-alone ER’s in Texas since 2002, and currently has 12 facilities in Texas. All FCER locations are full-service, state-licensed, and have been accredited by the Joint Commission (www.JointCommission.org).