Know where to go when it matters most. The Emergency Center is far from the average quick care clinic – it is a fully equipped, freestanding emergency room with the same capabilities as a traditional hospital ER. Led by experienced, licensed medical doctors and ER-trained Registered Nurses, The Emergency Center should be your first choice for fast, expert emergency care.
The TEC Difference
The Emergency Center is a free-standing ER that has all the same services you’d find at a hospital ER, but BETTER. TEC is redefining the patient experience by featuring:
Don’t get stuck waiting on emergency care. We offer NO WAIT – See a licensed physician within minutes.
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. No matter when you need emergency care, we are here for you.
Experienced, licensed emergency medical doctors on site 24 hours a day.
Cutting-edge 64-slice CT scanner to better diagnose patients.
Immediate access to all your medical records from your visit so you can share with your primary care physician.
Skip the pharmacy for a few days! TEC sends you home with up to 72 hours of medication so you can fill your prescription when you’re feeling better.
We have an in-house pharmacy and lab service for concise, immediate patient care.
Most major health insurance plans accepted.
Telemedicine provides a face-to-face follow up with your physician from the comfort of your own home – saving you a trip back to the doctor’s office.
In short, YES! By law, your insurance company must pay at the in-network benefit level.
Texas law requires that insurance companies pay emergency facilities “at the insured’s in-network benefit level” for all services. Additionally, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act added numerous patient protections that require health plans covering emergency services to provide such coverage without need for prior authorization, regardless of the participating status of the provider, at the in-network level.
It also included the “national prudent layperson standard” which is a generally accepted principle in the healthcare industry that applies to emergency medical care. Health plans are required to pay for emergency visits for medical situations in which a person believes his or her health is threatened. This standard was created to protect consumers from high medical costs that arise from emergency situations, allowing them to be charged at in-network rates.
Insurance companies have been reluctant to apply this standard for care issued at freestanding emergency centers (FECs). By not providing usual and customary reimbursement rates, insurance providers violate the intent of the medical community and legislators who turned the prudent layperson standard into law. The final diagnosis should not influence whether the insurer pays for the emergency room visit, and insurers cannot legally apply the claim towards the out-of-network benefits.