Our emergency facilities currently offer COVID-19 testing for patients who present with certain risk factors and symptoms. Testing is done on symptomatic patients in conjunction with an emergency room visit. Healthy, asymptomatic, “worried well” individuals should consider other options.
Our in-house rapid antigen test is charged at $200. As a symptomatic patient, you will also be charged an ER visit. Total charges for an ER visit vary depending on the level of patient illness, intensity of medical needs, and the resources required to render care. We also offer an extensive molecular testing panel that includes COVID-19 as one of 20+ respiratory testing targets. This comprehensive respiratory panel tests for a variety of viral and bacterial conditions which are charged together as a single service. The accuracy, complexity, and expense of the molecular respiratory panel warrants a charge of $2501-$2888. Our third COVID-19 testing option is a send-out PCR test for COVID-19 only. The sample is collected by our staff during the patient visit and processed by outside laboratories. These outside laboratories set their own prices and bill separately for their services. Most laboratories price the COVID-19 test from $200 to $300. Again, regardless of the type of COVID-19 test provided, total charges will include an ER visit and will vary depending on the patient’s individual medical needs and services rendered.
Most insurance plans are required to cover COVID-19 testing and treatment at no cost to the patient. Likewise, insurance plans waive out-of-pocket amounts for insured patients who receive testing and treatment for COVID-19. Our emergency facilities also offer cash-pay case rates designed for uninsured patients. These patients often qualify for different levels of financial assistance depending on their unique financial situation. Out-of-pocket costs vary depending on the emergency services provided in conjunction with the visit. Most uninsured patients presenting for COVID-19 testing and treatment should expect to pay several hundred dollars after financial assistance has been applied. As always, we offer full disclosure of individualized out-of-pocket costs based on the emergency services provided during your visit.
Texas Senate Bill 425
Senate Bill 425, passed by the Texas Legislature during the 84th Regular Session, requires all FECs to post notice of the following:
- This is a Freestanding Emergency Medical Care Facility
- This facility charges rates comparable to a hospital Emergency Room and may charge a facility fee
- This facility or physician providing medical care at this facility may not be a participating provider in your Health Benefit Plan provider network
- A physician providing medical care at this facility may bill separately from the facility for the medical care provided to you
Texas House Bill 3276
- If we are not in-network with your particular health plan, Federal law requires insurance companies to process your ER visit at the in-network benefit level.
- We are not yet recognized by Medicaid. If you would like to assist us in being able to accept these insurance plans, please contact your legislators.
Texas House Bill 2041
House Bill 2041, passed by the Texas Legislature during the 86th Regular Session, requires all FECs to post notice of the following:
- This facility is a Freestanding Emergency Medical Care Facility.
- This facility charges rates comparable to a hospital Emergency Room and may charge a facility fee.
- The facility or physician providing medical care at this facility may be an out of network provider for the patient health benefit plan provider network.
- A physician providing medical care at this facility may bill separately from the facility for the medical care provided to the patient.