Senate Bill 425 relates to health care information provided by and notice of fees charged by freestanding emergency center (FEMC) facilities. This new law became effective on September 1, 2015.
As a result of this law, a FEMC facility is required to post a sign that is at least 8.5″x11″, at the primary place of entrance, in each patient treatment room, at the FEMC payment center, and on its website, notice of the following:
- That the facility is a freestanding emergency medical care facility;
- That the facility charges rates comparable to a hospital emergency room and may charge a facility fee;
- That a facility or a physician providing medical care a the facility may not be a participating provider in the patient’s health benefit plan provider network; and
- That a physician providing medical care at the facility may bill separately from the facility for the medical care provided to a patient.
DSHS will begin enforcement of this new law effective January 1, 2016. Failure to comply with this law will result in a deficiency citation and possible adverse disciplinary action.