Addressing the Root of Surprise Bills for Texans

Recently there has been much attention in the media and at the Texas Capitol placed on surprise bills for Texas consumers. One bill aimed at addressing surprise billing, Senate Bill 507 by Senator Kelly Hancock, is a step in the right direction for consumers to have...

Sponsor Feature: Austin Generator Service

When it comes to the FEC market, the Austin Generator Service Team is “second to none” in delivering exceptional results! We are the industry experts who provide a complete approach to FEC Emergency Standby Generator requirements. Success begins with more than...

Member Highlight: Dr. Gillian Schmitz

Member Highlight: Dr. Gillian Schmitz

My background had previously been practicing emergency medicine at academic medical centers and serving in various leadership roles at the state and national level with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). I started becoming frustrated by hospital...

Misinformation Clouds Benefits of Freestanding Emergency Centers

Misinformation Clouds Benefits of Freestanding Emergency Centers

Around the country, lawmakers, health insurers, and healthcare providers are attempting to address rising healthcare costs. While many factors contribute to this problem, among the most discussed are surprise billing and out-of-network healthcare. But much of what we...

TAFEC Passes Resolution to Increase Health Insurance Data Collection

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers (TAFEC) has called on the Texas Legislature and the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) to increase the collection of health insurance payment data to establish clear...

A Day in the Life: John Hennessy, RN

A Day in the Life: John Hennessy, RN

My name is John Hennessy, I am a registered nurse and I am also the Charge Nurse at Golden Triangle Emergency Center Orange. I have worked with GTEC since we opened on April 1st 2015. A typical day at GTEC Orange involves assessing and treating patients. Being the...

A Day in the Life: Jennifer Miner

A Day in the Life: Jennifer Miner

After working as a nurse in a large hospital emergency room for over 20 years, I love the feeling of walking into the Harlingen Neighbors Emergency Center facility in the early morning.  I arrive every day with a smile on my face and am greeted by genuinely cheerful...

A Day in the Life: Annie Kovatch

A Day in the Life: Annie Kovatch

Hello, my name is Annie Kovatch, I am the Charge nurse at Golden Triangle Emergency Center in Port Arthur. My average day at the facility consists of checking to make sure everything is in working order, cleaning and organizing what's left on the nurses station,...

Freestanding Emergency Centers: A Solution to Healthcare Challenges

Freestanding Emergency Centers: A Solution to Healthcare Challenges

By Dr. Janna Welch Dr. Janna Welch is an ER physician at Five Star ER, the Assistant Program Director – University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School Emergency Residency Program. Following the election, we have been made painfully aware of the problems facing our...

TAFEC Member Highlight: Dr. Henry Shih

TAFEC Member Highlight: Dr. Henry Shih

I took a non-traditional route into the freestanding emergency department industry. I was born in Auburn, AL and grew up in Huntsville, AL.  I first went to optometry school at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Following optometry school, I was commissioned in the...

A Day in the Life: Dr. R. Lee Chilton

A Day in the Life: Dr. R. Lee Chilton

Emergencies happen 24/7, so every FEC is open every hour of every day of the year.  Most of the folks who work in FSECs come from hospital emergency departments. Many are from large urban facilities with overflowing waiting rooms, miserable patients, and very slow...

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