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FREESTANDING EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE FACILITY STAKEHOLDER MEETING – JANUARY 25, 2013

Notice to Freestanding Emergency Medical Care Facilities Regarding New 2-Year License Cycle


The Freestanding Emergency Medical Care Facility Act was first enacted in 2009 by the 81st Legislature. A freestanding emergency medical care facility is a facility that is structurally separate and distinct from a hospital and which receives an individual and provides emergency care. Emergency care is defined as health care services provided in a freestanding emergency medical care facility to evaluate and stabilize a medical condition of a recent onset and severity, including severe pain, psychiatric disturbances, or symptoms of substance abuse, that would lead a prudent layperson possessing an average knowledge of medicine and health to believe that the person's condition, sickness, or injury is of such a nature that failure to get immediate medical care could result in: placing the person's health in serious jeopardy; serious impairment to bodily functions; serious dysfunction of a bodily organ or part; serious disfigurement; or in the case of a pregnant woman, serious jeopardy to the health of the woman or fetus.

The Freestanding Emergency Medical Care Facility Licensing Rules became effective June 1, 2010. The licensing rules provide procedures for obtaining a freestanding emergency medical care facility license; minimum standards for freestanding emergency medical care facility functions and services; patient rights standards; discrimination or retaliation standards; patient transfer and other policy and protocol requirements; reporting, posting and training requirements relating to abuse and neglect; standards for voluntary agreements; inspection and investigation procedures; enforcement standards; fire prevention and protection requirements; general safety standards; physical plant and construction requirements; and standards for the preparation, submittal, review and approval of construction documents.

The Architectural Review Group is responsible for conducting plan reviews and construction inspections of new and existing freestanding emergency medical care facilities.

The staff of the Facility Licensing Group is responsible for licensing freestanding emergency medical care facilities. To become licensed, please refer to the Freestanding Emergency Medical Care Facility License Application.

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Last updated January 04, 2013