Billing Practices

House Bill 2041 NOTICE

  1. Texas Emergency Care Center is a Freestanding Emergency Medical Care Facility.
  2. Texas Emergency Care Center charges rates that are comparable to a hospital emergency room and may charge a facility fee.
  3. Texas Emergency Care Center and the physicians providing medical care at Texas Emergency Care Center may be an out-of-network provider for your health benefit plan provider network.
  4. The physicians providing medical care at Texas Emergency Care Centers will bill separately from the facility for the medical care provided.
  5. Texas Emergency Care Center is an out-of-network provider for all health benefit plans.

Our Fees

You can view our fee schedule by clicking on the link below.

TECC Fee Schedule

Your protection against surprise billing.

When you get emergency care or get treated by an out-of-network provider at an  in-network hospital or ambulatory surgical center, you are protected from surprise billing or balance billing.

What is “balance billing” (sometimes called “surprise billing”)?

When you see a doctor or other health care provider, you may owe certain out-of-pocket costs, such as a copayment, coinsurance, and/or a deductible. You may have other costs or have to pay the entire bill if you see a provider or visit a health care facility that isn’t in your health plan’s network. “Out-of-network” describes providers and facilities that haven’t signed a contract with your health plan. Out-of-network providers may be permitted to bill you for the difference between what your plan agreed to pay, and the full amount charged for a service. This is called “balance billing.” This amount is likely more than in-network costs for the same service and might not count toward your annual out-of-pocket limit. “Surprise billing” is an unexpected balance bill. This can happen when you cannot control who is involved in your care—like when you have an emergency or when you schedule a visit at an in- network facility but are unexpectedly treated by an out-of-network provider.

You are protected from balance billing for:

Emergency services

If you have an emergency medical condition and get emergency services from an out-of- network provider or facility, the most the provider or facility may bill you is your plan’s in- network cost-sharing amount (such as copayments and coinsurance). You can’t be balance billed for these emergency services. This includes services you may get after you’re in stable condition unless you give written consent and give up your protections not to be balanced billed for these post-stabilization services.

In accordance with the No Surprise Act requirement the beneficiary or guarantor receiving services at Texas Emergency Care Center will not be balanced billed for any amounts which are considered not allowable by your insurance company. The guarantor or beneficiary will only be billed for co-pays, deductibles and co-insurance amounts in accordance with the insurance plan.

Certain services at an in-network hospital or ambulatory surgical center

When you get services from an in-network hospital or ambulatory surgical center, certain providers there may be out-of-network. In these cases, the most those providers may bill you is    your plan’s in-network cost-sharing amount. This applies to emergency medicine, anesthesia, pathology, radiology, laboratory, neonatology, assistant surgeon, hospitalist, or intensivist services. These providers can’t balance bill you and may not ask you to give up your protections  not to be balance billed. If you get other services at these in-network facilities, out-of-network providers cannot balance  bill you, unless you give written consent and give up your protections.

You’re never required to give up your protections from balance billing. You also aren’t required to get care out-of-network. You can choose a provider or facility in your plan’s network.

This facility is in compliance with HB2041. This information is provided to you in a separate disclosure. This facility does not balance bill for any out-of-network services.

When balance billing isn’t allowed, you also have the following  protections:

You are only responsible for paying your share of the cost (like the copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles that you would pay if the provider or facility was in-network). Your health plan will pay out-of-network providers and facilities directly. Your health plan generally must:

  • Cover emergency services without requiring you to get approval for services in advance (prior authorization).
  • Cover emergency services by out-of-network
  • Base what you owe the provider or facility (cost-sharing) on what it would pay an in-network provider or facility and show that amount in your explanation of
  • Count any amount you pay for emergency services or out-of-network services toward your deductible and out-of-pocket

If you believe you’ve been wrongly billed, you may contact Texas Health and Human Services at  (800) 458-9848 or email hfc.complaints@hhs.texas.gov

Visit https://www.cms.gov/nosurprises  for more information about your rights under federal law.

Visit https://www.tdi.texas.gov/tips/texas-protects-consumers-from-surprise-medical-bills.html for more information about your rights under Texas state laws.