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Emergency Care Improvement Act Aims to Expand Emergency Healthcare Access

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Rep. Arrington introduces bill to provide Medicare and Medicaid recognition to FECs

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The National Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers (NAFEC) applauds Representative Jodey Arrington (R-TX 19) and 10 co-sponsors for introducing H.R. 8597 – The Medicare Emergency Care Improvement Act. This important legislation would expand emergency medical access to rural Americans, improve the quality of urban care and provide permanent Medicare and Medicaid recognition to freestanding emergency centers (FEC), allowing patients to keep vital emergency medical access they have been able to access during the pandemic.

“FECs are an essential part of our nation’s healthcare system, providing high-quality, cost-effective care to millions of patients each year,” said NAFEC President Rhonda Sandel. “Many FECs have been providing care to Medicare beneficiaries since the beginning of the pandemic under a temporary program established by CMS. But unless the statute is updated to provide permanent recognition, these beneficiaries will lose access to their FECs when the Public Health Emergency terminates. We are grateful for Rep. Arrington’s leadership working to preserve and expand access to quality emergency care for all Americans.”

In April 2020, as a response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency and to expand patient access, […]

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