Send your elected officials a quick note today and tell them that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) need to immediately recognize Freestanding Emergency Centers (FECs) that are treating thousands of patients in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Doctors and nurses at these full-range Emergency Centers are devoting massive resources to take care of people with serious medical needs in many SE Texas communities ravaged by Harvey and deserve to be supported by CMS in this time of great need.
In places like Rockport, TX, where the hurricane made landfall, a Freestanding Emergency Center is the ONLY option for people anywhere in the area. In places like Houston, Beaumont, Port Arthur, and numerous other communities, Freestanding ERs have become the primary receiving locations for local EMS. And in areas that still can’t be accessed due to flooding, they ferry patients by boat to their facilities. They are filling the gaps of the emergency care system in Southeast Texas, and THEY NEEED OUR SUPPORT RIGHT NOW!