Emergency Room Improvement Act (S. 3531) Will Boost Patient Access to ERs and Improve Care Options for Medicare and Medicaid

October 17, 2018 — Washington, D.C.— U.S.Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), has introduced legislation to provide Medicare and Medicaid beneficiary access to emergency room care in multiple states where Freestanding Emergency Centers (FECs) operate.  The bill would improve patient access to emergency services in crowded urban areas as well as rural areas where access to hospitals is limited. The bill would be a value proposition for Medicare by offering emergency services at a discounted rate.

There are more than 500 Freestanding Emergency Centers across the United States and most were established after 2010. FECs offer high-quality emergency care to patients in fully licensed facilities. Just as hospital-based ERs operate 24/7 and have emergency-trained physicians on-site at all times, so do FECs.

Additionally, Freestanding Emergency Centers are…