100.024 Regulation of Free-Standing Emergency Departments

100.024

100.024 Regulation of Free-Standing Emergency Departments:  The Texas Medical Association supports Texas’ statutory framework regulating the operation of free-standing emergency departments (FSED) that stipulates, among other provisions, that an FSED must (1) provide medical screening and stabilization services for all patients seeking emergency services; (2) be staffed with physicians, nurses, and other necessary staff with specialty training or experience in managing catastrophic illnesses or life-threatening injuries, including training in advanced cardiac life support, advanced trauma life support, and pediatric advanced life support; (3) be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year; (4) maintain full-time coverage by a physician(s) either board certified in emergency medicine or otherwise qualified to provide emergency medical care; and (5) be certified by the Joint Commission or other such independent accreditation body. TMA will continue to collaborate with the Texas College of Emergency Physicians to review and comment on any proposed FSED-related legislation or regulation and will oppose any proposal that is onerous or goes against TMA policy (Amended Res. 204-A-08; amended CM-EMST Rep. 2-A-18).

Last Updated On

August 20, 2018