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Common Reasons Men Visit the ER

Common Reasons Men Visit the ER

June is Men’s Health Month, a full month dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of keeping the men in our lives healthy. For this reason, we’ve decided to list the top Common Reasons Men Visit the ER and offer ways to improve the overall health of men in our communities.

These are the top reasons men visit our ER’s

Chest Pains

Every year we treat many patients who come to us complaining of chest pains. Although this type of pain is usually associated with cardiac arrest or heart attack, it can also indicate the presence of other health problems.

Chest pains are of particular concern for anyone who has other chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, or heart disease.

Chest pains that are also accompanied by pressure-like or “burning sensation, nausea, sweating, or shortness of breath needs immediate medical attention.

Abdominal Pain

Altus Emergency Centers is synonymous of excellence among providers of emergency medical care in all the communities they serve.

Their decision to become CIHQ accredited is proof of their continued promise of providing the best care to the residents of Waxahachie and Lake Jackson.

Having accreditation status helps ensure that patients receive excellent emergency care that far exceeds minimum standards for safe, quality healthcare. This way, patients can rest easy knowing they are in the best hands.

Common Reasons Men Visit the ER

Sprains and Broken Bones

Both injuries can happen to anyone regardless of their age or physical condition. Sprains and broken bones are often the results of accidents or twisting of joints while playing sports or doing other physical activities.

Mild sprains don’t require medical attention. By just letting the joint rest for a few days, the injury will usually pass. However, if the injury causes severe pain or it makes moving the joint difficult, you need emergency medical attention.

Likewise, if you suspect you’ve fractured a bone, come to the ER to get evaluated.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Upper Respiratory Infections

Most upper respiratory infections are the result of viral infections, although in some cases, bacteria can also cause infections.

Most of the visits at the ER are due to complications from the common cold and flu viruses, which, if left unattended, could lead to more severe conditions.

Cuts and Contusions

Cuts and contusions are common reasons to visit our ER’s. Most cuts are the result of accidents while handling knives, power tools, and other machinery.

Deep cuts that require stitches or those with severe bleeding need immediate medical attention.

Contusions or bruises are typically the results of trauma. Trauma to the head, neck, or back requires medical attention. Severe injury to other parts of the body should also be evaluated by a medical professional.

Back Pain

Back pain-related ER visits are more common than you might think. Accidents, sport-related injuries, lifting heavy items, and repetitive motion at work are the most common causes of back pain.

Common Reasons Men Visit the ER

5 Ways To Improve Men’s Health

Most men already know that eating well, not smoking, drinking less alcohol, and staying physically active is essential for staying healthy.

Here we offer a few additional tips to help improve the health of the men in the communities we serve.

 

Protect Yourself

 

We know you love to stay active and do handy work around the house but protecting yourself while you do what you love needs to be a priority.

Make sure you use the right protective gear like helmets, safety goggles, and gloves when doing handy work. Also, don’t forget to apply sunscreen and insect repellant when outdoors.

 

Manage Stress

 

Take time every day or at least a couple of days a week to do something you enjoy; you deserve it!

Do your best to keep a positive attitude. This doesn’t mean masking your emotions for the sake of others; it’s about embracing the small blessings we each get every day and see how these simple things help make our lives better.

Get plenty of sleep; experts recommend you get between 7-9 hours of sleep per night.

 

Get Regular Check-Ups and Screenings

 

Regular check-ups and health screenings to address the unique healthcare needs of men can go a long way in protecting your health. Speak to your family doctor about your risk factors for certain diseases and formulate a plan to lower the risk or improve the management of your condition.

Common Reasons Men Visit the ER

At Altus Emergency Centers, we know the best way to save a life is through prevention. We are committed to helping men in our communities improve their overall health so they can live longer fuller lives.

We want to remind you that all our centers remain open 24/7 to attend any emergency you face.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Father’s Day Giveaway 2022

Father’s Day Giveaway 2022

Win a FREE YETI Crossroads 35 L Travel Backpack!

At Altus Emergency, we RESPECT YOU, DADS! This Father’s Day Giveaway 2022 is dedicated to all the hard-working dads that every day: nurture, educate, support, and unconditionally love their families. We appreciate all that you do for your children, who are the future of our communities.  Thank you for raising them right.

What Does Dad Get If He Wins?

This year, we’re giving away four lovely YETI Crossroads 35 L Travel Backpacks.  That would be one free prize up for grabs at each of our four locations. 

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fathers day giveaway 2022

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Participate in the Altus Lumberton Hospital Father’s Day Giveaway 2022

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IT’S FREE! How it Works

It’s 100% FREE to Participate in the Father’s Day Giveaway

It’s Easy to Participate!  Each winner will be announced on June 18, 2021.  All Sweepstakes Official Rules Apply.

 THROUGH FACEBOOK

 

  1. Visit our Facebook pages.
  2. Like & Follow our Facebook Page!
  3. Find the Father’s Day Giveaway post and add a comment below the post on your favorite thing about your dad or why you love to be dad.
  4. Tag 2 Dads

THROUGH INSTAGRAM

 

  1. Head over to our Instagram Account: Altus Emergency
  2. Like our Father’s Day Giveaway post
  3. Tag a dad!
  4. Follow us
  5. Share the post to your IG Story & Tag Us

Who May Participate?

If you are a father, have a father, know a father, are married to a father, we’d love for you to participate in the Altus Father’s Day Giveaway 2022!  You may either give it to a father or if you are one, enjoy it yourself.  We are sure you deserve it!

We’ll all have to agree that Texas dads are the best! Happy Fathers Day from all of us at Altus!

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is

Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.  After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process.  We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Rules:

  • In order to receive your prize, the winners must present a valid photo ID.
  • The following are not eligible to participate in the contest: employees of the company, affiliates, or any agency working with the company, and their immediate families.
  • Altus Emergency is not liable should the Social Media site experience any issues or downtime.
  • Any disputes relating to eligibility will be determined solely by Altus Emergency.
  • Altus Emergency reserves the right to modify or discontinue this program at any time without prior notice.
  • The Raffle Draw will take place on 6-17-2022.

Preparing for Hurricane Season in 2022

Preparing for Hurricane Season in 2022

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this year, we will potentially have a:

“‘Above Average’ Atlantic hurricane season to reflect more storms”

This means that NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center (CPC) has had to hike up the averages based on the last thirty-year records (1991-2020).  This marks the “seventh consecutive above-average hurricane season”.  Ongoing climate factors, including La Niña, are being attributed to this surge in storms.

We could potentially have 21 storms and 10 hurricanes during our new average hurricane season with 6 major hurricanes being a category 3, 4, or 5.  The year 2022 marks the beginning of a new 30-year record.  Considering the trend of stronger hurricane seasons to come, preparing for hurricane season is essential.

Here is a helpful guide to help you get organized and prepared in case of a hurricane disaster.

At Altus, We Are Safe, Prepared and Open 24/7 Before, During & After Storms & Hurricanes

When preparing for hurricane season in 2022, it’s equally crucial to know where to go in case of an emergency.  At Altus, we ensure that we have taken all necessary precautions to ensure that we will remain open 24/7 to care for your medical needs even when other medical facilities shut down.

 

We’re OPEN 24/7, Before, During & After the Storm

Prepare Your Home Emergency Supply Kit

Should a hurricane make landfall in our area, roads will be flooded or blocked by debris, power lines, and water supply pipes may be damaged, leaving us no choice but to stay home.

Having an emergency supply kit is essential to survive at home during a disaster.

What to include in your Emergency Supply Kit?

Your supplies should last at least two weeks, and should include:

 

  • Easy to prepare nonperishable food
  • Drinking water, you should have one gallon per person per day
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Disinfectant
  • Soap and other personal hygiene products
  • Hand sanitizer
  • First Aid Kit
  • Copies of personal documents make sure to include a list of medications you are taking and any illnesses or allergies you have
  • Emergency contact numbers of family, friends, and local authorities
  • Emergency blankets
  • Extra cash

Evacuation Emergency Kit

Have an evacuation emergency kit ready in case you need to leave your home. Prepare your go-bag in advance; make sure to include food and water supply to last at least 3-day.

To help protect yourself and your family from COVID-19, make sure you include:

  • Reusable face coverings for everyone in your family, however, these are not recommended for children under age 2
  • Hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and other personal hygiene items
  • A change of clothes
  • Emergency blankets
  • A 1-month supply of any prescription medication you take

Medications

If you take any medications, you should speak to your doctor to ensure you have a one-month prescription on hand in case of a disaster. Remember, many pharmacies could be closed, and medications may be hard to find.

Also, prepare to have over the counter medications at home, including cough syrup, pain killers, and fever-reducing drugs.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Updating Your Disaster Plan

You may already have a disaster plan in place from previous years; however, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some shelters may no longer be available.

Make sure to contact your local authorities to obtain an updated list of shelters in your area. View find a shelter in Texas.

 

Stay Informed

 

  • Subscribe to weather apps to receive updated weather information.
  • Follow social media accounts of community leaders and agencies to receive emergency alerts
  • Learn the jargon used in emergencies, for example; a “watch” means you should get ready to act; a warning means you should spring into action immediately.

 

Stay or Go

 

If your local authorities recommend evacuation, don’t hesitate. Grab your emergency evacuation kit, gather your family, including your pets and leave.

Make sure you have a list of shelters available in your community or have plans to stay with family or friends outside the affected area.

Make sure you have a planned route for how to get to your safe place that includes alternate routes.

Set a place where you and your family can meet in case everyone is not home at the time of the evacuation.

 

Altus Emergency will always be here for you and your family. We stayed open during hurricane Harvey, tropical storm Imelda, hurricanes Hanna and Laura and we will remain open should another similar disaster impact our community.

Do Not Forget That We are Still in the Middle of a Pandemic

Please keep in mind:  COVID-19 Symptoms, Prevention & Treatments.  Follow all Texas state and local guidelines in order to not only keep yourself safe, but keep others around you safe as well.

  • Keep your hands clean through proper hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer
  • Minimize in-person contact with individuals not within your social bubble
  • Self-screen and stay at home should you experience any of the COVID-19 signs or symptoms
  • See Checklist for individuals

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Water Safety Tips to Prevent Drownings

Water Safety Tips to Prevent Drowning

Tips to Help Save A Life During Water Safety Month

Summer is almost here, and with it come long, hot, sunny days perfect for swimming in pools, lakes, and rivers.

The truth is that swimming is a great activity. Not only is it fun; it also provides a bunch of physical and mental benefits. However, drowning is a real danger, even for expert swimmers.

Perhaps that is why the month of May has been designated as Water Safety Month. This month we aim to raise awareness of the dangers of accidental drownings and how to prevent them.

How Big is The Problem?

What are the risks of not following proper water safety? Statistics according to the CDC:

  • Ten people die every day from unintentional drowning
  • An additional 332 people die each year from drowning in boating-related incidents
  • Drowning is the fifth leading cause of accidental injury death in the United States
  • 1 in 5 drowning deaths is a child under the age of 14
  • For every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency room care for nonfatal submersion injuries

Where Do Drownings Occur?

According to information published in Enddrowningnow.org, most drownings occur in:

  • Pools 21.3%
  • Lakes 25.9%
  • Rivers 27.2%
  • Oceans 10.4%

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

What Can You Do to Prevent Drownings?

Although not all drownings result in death, nonfatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities such as:

  • Memory problems
  • Learning disabilities
  • Permanent loss of basic functioning (permanent vegetative state)

So, learning how you can prevent accidental drowning injuries is essential. 

Water Safety Tips

Learn to Swim

Although strong swimmers can also suffer drowning injuries knowing how to swim can reduce the risk of drowning in all age groups.

Learn CPR

In a drowning situation, every second counts.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency procedure that combines chest compressions with artificial ventilation. It is used to manually preserve brain function.

CPR performed by bystanders has been shown to save lives and improve outcomes in drowning victims. The more quickly CPR is started, the better.

Supervise

Real life drowning accidents don’t resemble those we see on TV or movies. Most victims don’t scream or thrash in the water.

Instead, victims tend to appear lethargic and are often found unresponsive floating in the water or submerged beneath it.

Therefore, a responsible adult who knows how to swim should always be available to supervise kids who are in or around water.

You can take turns to give the supervisor a break so they can also enjoy the party but be careful never to leave kids unsupervised.

Don’t Swim Alone

It’s never a good idea to swim alone. If you get in trouble, having a buddy close by could save your life. Also, whenever possible, choose swimming sports that have lifeguards.

Use Lifejackets

Whenever you go boating or tubbing, remember to wear a lifejacket. Research shows that half of all boating deaths are preventable with the use of life jackets.

Don’t use air-filled or foam toys, such as “water wings” or “noodles” instead of life jackets. These toys are not designed to keep swimmers safe.

Avoid Alcohol

Avoid drinking alcohol before or during swimming, boating, or water skiing. Do not drink alcohol while supervising children.

Be Prepared

Always have a cell phone, first aid kit, throwing or reaching floating devices near your pool. Remember to add the phone number of your nearest Altus Emergency Center to your contact list.

When to Go to the ER

All drowning victims need emergency care, so bring them to the nearest Altus Emergency Center as soon as possible.

Even though most drowning victims are revived with first aid, they still need to be evaluated by an emergency medical doctor.

Complications of the drowning event may take time to develop; it may be hours before signs and symptoms to develop.

As we get ready to enjoy our long summer days, Altus Emergency Centers would like to remind you always put safety first. And if an accident were to occur, we will be here to nurse you and your loved one back to health.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.  After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process.  We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Altus Gives Scholarship Winners 2022

Altus Gives Scholarship Winners 2022

At Altus Emergency we are delighted to announce the Altus Gives Scholarship Winners 2022! Back in February 2022, we launched our Altus Gives Scholarship Winners 2022 for each of our four locations.  This initiative was done through the Altus Gives program, which was established to help give back to our local businesses and individuals. 

Each location held an Altus Gives Scholarship awards program awarding a total of $2000 in scholarships as a one-time payment.  The awards were given to each of the recipients to pursue a career in healthcare.  

This award was given to each of the recipients as a check to be exclusively used for expenses related to college such as tuition, fees, books, school supplies, and board.  Individuals could apply through the application form directly from our website up until the March 31st, 2022 deadline.  Then, the winners were selected in April 2022 by a review panel appointed by the management of Altus Emergency Centers.

After having been selected, we coordinated with each of the students’ schools to deliver them the good news.  This is how they reacted to having won the Altus Gives Scholarship Winners 2022.  Get to know each of the Altus Gives Scholarship Winners of 2022!

Altus Gives Scholarship Winners 2022 for Baytown

Congratulations to our three Altus Emergency Baytown Scholarship 2022 Winners:

  • Sarah Salinas from Robert E. Lee High School
  • Hannah Wood from Ross S. Sterling High School
  • Mariah Taylor from Goose Creek Memorial High School

The Winners’ Reaction

“I appreciate this reward and look forward to proving that I am a deserving recipient. I plan on using the scholarship to aid my tuition in my future academic career. Your generosity is overwhelming and will allow me to focus on achieving my overarching goal of becoming a physical therapist.”
-Hanna Wood

 

“I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to participate in this scholarship program as it will assist with furthering my education and pursing my career by helping me pay for college tuition.” – Mariah Taylor

Congratulations to the Altus Emergency Baytown Scholarship 2022 Winners!

Altus Gives Scholarship Winners 2022 for Lake Jackson

Congratulations to our three Altus Emergency Lake Jackson Scholarship 2022 Winners:

  • Lindsey Williams from Brazoswood High School
  • Caitlyn Boswell from Brazoswood High School
  • Lauryn Keenom from Danbury High School
  • Elisha Ullrich from Angleton High School

The Winners’ Reaction

“I am thankful to have received the scholarship from Altus. I will be using the money towards my tuition at Texas Tech University as I pursue a degree in nursing. I am very honored to have been chosen for this scholarship. – Caitlyn Boswell

“This scholarship means so much to me because I have not received many in my academic career. So it really means a lot when someone from an outside source recognizes and appreciates my accomplishments. I will use this scholarship towards books and uniforms for my nursing school starting in May. Thank you so much for letting me have this opportunity! – Lauryn Keenom

“Winning the Altus not only helps me pay for college expenses such as books and other necessities, it inspires and encourages me to excel in school and follow my true passion. Working to help others in need is something I have always wanted to do and with Altus giving me their scholarship, makes me realize that they see something in me too. With that being said, this really drives me to pursue a degree in medical field and I can’t wait to see where I go from here! I would personally like to thank y’all again for the opportunity of winning a scholarship. This will help me tremendously as I go off alone and have to buy everything on my own! – Lindsey Williams

Congratulations to the Altus Emergency Lake Jackson Scholarship 2022 Winners!

Altus Gives Scholarship Winners 2022 for Waxahachie

Congratulations to our three Altus Emergency Waxahachie Scholarship 2022 Winners:

  • Emily Essl from Waxahachie High School
  • Chase Pope from Waxahachie High School

The Winners’ Reaction

“The scholarship acts as a reassurance that I am on the right path to becoming an orthopedic surgeon. I plan to use the money on lab fees that come with being a pre-med biology major. Thanks again for your generosity and for helping me pursue my education.” – Chase Pope

Congratulations to the Altus Emergency Waxahachie Scholarship 2022 Winners!

Altus Gives Scholarship Winners 2022 for Lumberton Hospital

Congratulations to our three Altus Lumberton Hospital Scholarship 2022 Winners:

  • Nathan Fox from Lumberton High School
  • Dixie Wooten from Hardin Jefferson High School

The Winners’ Reaction

“This scholarship is so important to me because i will be studying abroad in Panama City, Panama this summer and this scholarship went towards helping me pay for that! ” – Dixie Wooten

“I’d like to thank Altus for awarding me with the scholarship. It is very appreciated. This scholarship means a lot to me because I will be moving away to attend college and it will help me pay for some additional living expenses while being away from home.” – Nathan Fox

Congratulations to the Altus Lumberton Hospital Scholarship 2022 Winners!

We would like to thank everyone for participating in our Altus Gives Scholarship 2022.  A special thanks go out to the staff and schools who helped make this possible.  We could not have done this without your stellar efforts!

To all recent graduates, congratulations on a job well done! At Altus Emergency Centers and Altus Lumberton Hospital we encourage you to strive and accomplish your pursuit of a career of your choice whether it be healthcare or any other path you choose to take. We will be happy to welcome more dedicated and compassionate healthcare professionals to our community. It is an honor to be able to contribute to the future needs of our community through Altus Gives.

 

Altus wishes each and every one of you continued success through your college career and beyond.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

9 Reasons Why an Appeals Process is Needed

9 Reasons Why an Appeals Process is Needed

There is no doubt that suffering an injury or illness that requires a trip to the ER is stressful. Still, it can become a nightmare when your insurance provider decides to deny coverage of treatment received in the emergency room.

Fortunately, the law is on your side. There are effective ways for asking the insurance provider to reconsider their decision and honor their coverage agreement.

patient advocate speaking with injured patient

What is Health Insurance Denial?

Suppose you suffer an accident or sudden illness and need to go to the ER, and you use your health insurance to help cover the costs. In that case, the healthcare facility will prepare a claim on your behalf detailing the treatments provided during your visit.

An insurance denial happens when your health insurance provider notifies you that they won’t cover the cost of your ER visit.

This is frustrating and scary as it potentially means you will have to pay the total cost of the treatment out-of-pocket.

However, there is no need to panic, as you can submit an appeal.

after patient care patient advocate

What is an Appeal?

Appealing means formally asking your insurance provider to reconsider its decision to deny paying for the medical services you received while in the emergency room.

You should know that you have a legal right to appeal an insurance denial. It’s no secret that insurance companies care more about their bottom line than the people they insure.

Therefore, it’s not uncommon for these companies to deny medical care payments or try to charge you out-of-network rates for emergency care services, which is illegal.

Additionally, many insurers try to complicate the appeal process to discourage patients from trying to rectify a wrong. The good news is that you don’t have to go through this process alone. Our patient advocate is here to help you submit an appeal and fight the insurance companies on your behalf.

couple with patient advocate emergency room

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Why is An Appeal Process Necessary?

Here are nine reasons why an appeal process is required:

  1. When the Insurance company processes the patient’s ER visit as an Out of Network Provider instead of an ER visit

The insurance must process the claim as an Emergency Room visit. They can’t just process it as an out-of-network provider.

Insurance companies sometimes try to do this because their plans state benefits are different for out-of-network providers vs. emergency room visits.

  1. When the Insurance Company processes your ER visit out of network, instead of In-Network

State law states that emergency room visits must be processed at the in-network benefit level. This means your insurance company cannot charge you more for emergency care received in a facility that is not part of their network.

  1. When the Insurance Company denies the Emergency Room visit, stating the charges are Not Covered

When you first come to the emergency room, we quote your plan’s benefits to verify eligibility. There is no valid reason for your insurance company to deny payment in these cases as long as your premium payments are up to date.

  1. The Insurance Company applies more to the patient than what they paid

Some insurances will apply a deductible to the claim, even though the benefits clearly state that the deductible does not apply to the ER visit.

  1. If the patient had COVID-related testing, and the Insurance Company applied patient cost-share

Currently, the Insurance companies have waived patient cost-share. Additionally, according to the COVID Cares Act, there is no patient cost-share for the covid testing/encounter.

  1. The insurance company processed the ER claim at an extremely low Allowable Amount, possibly at a Medicare Rate

Most benefit plans state that for Emergency Room visits, the Allowed Amount is a negotiated Rate. Some plans will have a third-party vendor reach out to negotiate the claim.

  1. Insurance Company denied the ER claim for past timely filing

Some insurance companies try to deny payment based on technicalities. We submit proof that all claim information was submitted within the timely filing limit in these cases.

  1. Insurance Company did not pay according to the contract on file

In these instances, we present a copy of the agreement to show that they did not pay according to the signed contract.

  1. Insurance Company did not pay according to the Agreement that we signed with the 3rd party vendor

We will call and make the insurance company aware that we signed an agreement. Then, we will submit a copy of that agreement to the insurance provider.

 

If you’ve recently received a health insurance denial after a visit to one of Altus Emergency Centers, please get in touch with our patient advocate as soon as possible. We can help you submit an appeal.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients

Get Peace of Mind, Call Patient Advocate

If you have any questions regarding your billing, please contact our Patient Advocate Department. 

Lumberton & Waxahachie: Call us (469) 383-7361 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm and ask for the Patient Advocate.

Baytown & Lake Jackson Call us (979) 529-2000 between 12:00 pm and 7:00 pm and ask for the Patient Advocate.

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Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24-hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24-hour emergency room services in Texas. We have top-of-the-line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.  After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions to the Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process.  We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Altus Patient Advocates: We’re On Your Side

Altus Patient Advocates: We’re On Your Side

A solid Patient Advocate department plays an essential role in delivering a quality medical care. Our ER Trained Physicians get you well, and our Patient Advocates help give you peace of mind. Learn about some of the many ways they can help you as a patient. Our patient advocates are here to help with your deductible and much more!

patient advocate speaking with injured patient

How Can Our Patient Advocate Department Help You?

We are Your Spokesperson, Supporter, Guide & Patient Navigator

 

There are many services our Patient Advocate can help patients and their families with, including:

  • Help resolve grievances and complaints about our services
  • Assist during a crisis
  • Help you communicate with our physicians
  • Make you aware of your rights as a patient
  • Mediate and resolve conflicts with your insurance provider

From this list, perhaps the most important ones are getting to know your rights and making sure your insurance policy covers your medical bill.

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Know When it’s Time to Ask for Help.

When Should You Approach Our Patient Advocate Department?

 

We’re here to help you during your emergency.  Our Patient Advocate Department is available to assist you with anything you require during your visit to our centers especially matters concerning your insurance and billing needs.

We can help you understand the benefits you are entitled to with your insurance policy, we can even speak to your insurance representatives and provide them with any information they request.

Something most people don’t know is that State Insurance Law ensures that true emergencies such as patients injured during a crash, heart attacks, or internal bleeding injuries must be covered by your insurance policy regardless of the treatment facility being In-Network or not.

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Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

The Real Job Begins After Your Visit

We help ensure hassle-free billing. Even after you have left our centers, our Patient Advocate Department continues to work on your behalf, by reviewing all EOB (Explanation of Benefits) sent to us by insurance companies to make sure your coverage was applied correctly.

And if your insurance provider did not process your claim correctly, we will help by filing an appeal on your behalf. This means we will fight the insurance companies to make sure you are treated fairly and honestly. You should know that reprocessing and appeals could take up to an additional 90 days, during which time our Patient Advocate Department will do regular follow-ups and keep you informed of any developments.

The Patient Advocate Department at Altus Emergency Centers can also assist you with financial arrangements, hardships, and assistance. We understand that nobody is fully prepared for an emergency and we all need help from time to time, which is why we establish payment plans to fit your budget.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients

Altus Emergency is happy to offer special customer care billing management services through Patient Advocate.  This is our promise to you:

  • At Altus Emergency we have the ability to establish payment plans.
  • Within these payment plans, Altus Emergency has the ability to consider financial hardships.
  • Altus Emergency offers a special customer care service, Patient Advocate.  We will work with the insurance company for a complete payment.

Get Peace of Mind, Call Patient Advocate

If you have any questions regarding your billing, please contact our Patient Advocate Department. 

Lumberton & Waxahachie: Call us (469) 383-7361 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm and ask for the Patient Advocate.

Baytown & Lake Jackson Call us (979) 529-2000 between 12:00 pm and 7:00 pm and ask for the Patient Advocate.

couple with patient advocate emergency room

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24-hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24-hour emergency room services in Texas. We have top-of-the-line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.  After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions to the Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process.  We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Tell-Tale Signs of a Broken Bone

How to Know if your Bone is Broken?

You know what they say about sticks and stones?  Well, a broken bone really hurts!  Bookmark this easy guide of the signs of a broken bone to know what to do if you or someone you love ever has an accident in the future.  Bone fractures, like most other injuries, vary in severity, and diagnosing is not easy without the use of advanced imaging technology like X-rays.

Some folks believe they can tell if a bone is broken by whether the patient can use it or put weight on it or not. Unfortunately, that is a myth; it’s surprising how often people who have a broken bone don’t even realize it because they can move it.

That is why it’s important to know the signs of a broken bone and get the issue fixed before it becomes an even bigger problem.

Signs of a Broken Bone

1. Bruising and Discoloration

Most of us tend to ignore our bruises thinking they are not that big of a deal, but they could be the first sign that your fall or accident led to a broken bone.

Bruising occurs when tissue capillaries get damaged, and blood leaks out of them. The bigger the bruising area is, the more likely damage involves deep tissue, possibly bone deep.

 

2. Swelling

 

There are many reasons behind swelling, but when it occurs after a trauma, it could be a sign of a broken bone. Swelling occurs when fluids and sometimes blood from an injury start to leak into the surrounding soft tissue like muscle, fat, and skin. The extra fluids cause the tissue to swell and become hard and painful to touch.

 

3. Deformity

 

If your injured arm, leg, hand, or foot look deformed, chances are you broke it. If your arm or leg bends in strange ways, this is a clear indicator that you need to come into the nearest Altus Emergency Center to get this issue fixed.

4. Crepitus

 

This word sound ominous and it is. Crepitus is when you can feel or hear crunching beneath your skin. Trust us when we say, that’s not supposed to exist anywhere in your body; and if it does, then this is a sign there are broken pieces of bone rubbing against one another.

 

 

5. Loss of Function

 

Loss of function is an indicator that something is not right, and your injury could have caused a bone to break. If you cannot move your arm, hand, leg, or foot, then you need to be seen by one of our doctors as soon as possible.

Remember being able to walk or move your injured limb does not mean you do not have a fractured bone if you are in severe pain and are experiencing any of the above signs you need to be seen by a doctor as soon as possible.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

When to Go to the ER

You should rush to the nearest Altus Emergency Center if you experience any of the following after a fall or other trauma:

  • Heavy Bleeding at the site of the injury
  • Numbness in the injured or surrounding area
  • The area turns a bluish color
  • Severe swelling
  • A visible deformity at the injury site
  • Bone protruding through the skin (Open fracture)

Dislocations

You should also come in if you have a dislocated joint. In many ways, a dislocated joint can be even worse than some types of fractures. Dislocations are serious orthopedic injuries, and they happen when a joint such as a knee or shoulder become severely misaligned.

Dislocations always involve deformity and can cause stretching or even tearing of ligaments and tendons. These types of injuries will always require emergency medical attention.

 

The only sure way to know if you have a broken bone or another type of orthopedic injury is with advanced imaging tests like X-rays, MRI’s, and ultrasounds.

At Altus Emergency Centers we have invested heavily in the most advanced diagnostic technologies available. This equipment allows our physicians to provide faster and more accurate diagnosis and treatment of our valued patients.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24-hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24-hour emergency room services in Texas. We have top-of-the-line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.  After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions to the Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process.  We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Altus Easter Basket Coloring Contest

Altus Easter Basket Coloring Contest

Thank you to all of the kiddos that entered our Altus Easter Basket Coloring Contest!

Now, Family & Friends Can VOTE for the Winners!

We will be selecting two winners from each of our four locations.  The prize is a lovely Easter Basket!

The student with the most votes (likes) wins a pizza party for the whole class!

This is a great chance to push your family and friends to help your child win!

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Visit the Altus Facebook page nearest to your location: Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, Waxahachie.
  • Like & Follow our page!
  • Find your child’s school and teacher’s photo album.
  • Click LIKE (choose a reaction) on your child’s art submission.
  • You can SHARE the art on your own Facebook page to ask your friends to help get more votes!
  • You can also tag your friends in the comments to ask them to help you get more votes!
  • Updated Voting Period: Voting closes on April 18th, 2022 at noon.

 

Tune in after April 18th, 2022 for the Winners!

Keep your eyes and ears glued to our social media pages find out the outcome!  Remember that the two art submissions with the most votes (likes) per location will win!  Thank you for everyone who participates and good luck!  Don’t forget that we are here for you 24/7 as the safest ER option near you.  We cover all ER needs from babies to Medicare.  Stay safe and take care.

Rules:

  • Altus is giving away a total of two (2) Easter baskets per location and two (2) pizza parties.
  • The top winner’s class from each location will win a pizza party for his/her whole class.
  • In order to receive your prize, the winners must present a valid photo ID.
  • The following are not eligible to participate in the contest: employees of the company,
    affiliates, or any agency working with the company, and their immediate families.
  • Altus Emergency is not liable should the Social Media site experience any issues or downtime.
  • Any disputes relating to eligibility will be determined solely by Altus Emergency.
  • Altus Emergency reserves the right to modify or discontinue this program at any time without prior notice.
  • The voting closes after 4.18.2022 noon

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is

Here for You 24/7

Altus ER. We-Have-Dedicated-Specialists

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, and bone breaks, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.  After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process.  We are here to help you get well and stay well!

What It Takes to Be an Altus ER Physician

What It Takes to Be an Altus ER Physician

Back in June 2019, Altus Emergency Centers added its own in-house physicians’ group. This means we directly employ every doctor working in our facilities.  Only the cream of the crop qualifies to be an Altus ER Physician.

Working in an emergency room is one of the most demanding jobs in the world. The demands are both physical and mental, after all, people’s lives are at stake, and not everyone is up to the task.

From the first day since we opened our doors, our first and most important goal has been to offer the highest standard of emergency care to our patients.

Our commitment to our patient’s wellbeing is the reason why we have gone to extremes to ensure our doctors are the most qualified for the job.

What is an ER Doctor?

Before we discuss what it takes to be an Altus ER Physician, let’s get to know the role of an ER doctor.  An emergency room doctor is one who knows about every aspect of the human body because their job is to diagnose, stabilize, and provide treatment to any patient who comes into the ER.

ER physicians are trained to handle acute (severe or critical) medical problems. They are also trained to use various medical devices to stabilize and save the lives of their patients.

These are some of the tasks ER doctors routinely perform:

  • Evaluate and examine patients
  • Order tests and blood work to help diagnose the patient’s condition
  • Order or administer medications to treat the patient’s injury or illness
  • Consult with other doctors, nursing staff and support staff to decide on the best treatment course for the patient
  • Explain procedures, diagnoses, tests, and available treatments to patients and their families
  • Work closely with specialists who will care for the patient once they leave the emergency r

What Training Do ER Physicians at Altus ER Have?

At Altus Emergency Centers, we hold our staff to very high standards, especially our doctors and nurses. When it comes to selecting the right person to work at any of our facilities, we, of course, take into consideration the preparation and experience of each physician.

Training to become an emergency room physician is not easy; it takes time and a lot of hard work. To become an ER doctor, a person must:

 

1. Earn a College Degree

Aspiring doctors need a bachelor’s degree to apply to medical school. Although there is no specific major required, its vital that they complete science-related courses in their bachelor’s degree program

 

2. Pass the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

Medical schools use the scores from this exam to determine if the applicant has the critical thinking, problem-solving, and writing skills necessary to succeed in the field of medicine.

 

3. Earn a Medical Degree

Medical degrees involve four more years of studies. The first two years focus on theory and laboratory experiences. While the last two years include clinical rotations in different fields. During this time, students will begin working with patients, taking medical histories, and completing necessary procedures under the supervision of experienced physicians.

4. Obtain a Medical License

Before they can practice medicine, medical doctors need to obtain a license from the state of Texas. To do this, doctors must pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).  The examination tests applicants on their ability to care for patients and work in a medical and emergency setting.

 

5. Complete a Residency

An emergency medicine residency lasts three years and consists of:

  • Conferences: These conferences cover specific areas of emergency medicine, like cardiovascular or pulmonary treatment.
  • Lab Work: During lab work, ER doctors are trained in specific skills like airway management, repairing of wounds, and orthopedics.
  • Clinical Simulations: Working with mannequins’ students are placed into simulated situations that they might face on a day-to-day basis in a healthcare setting.

 

Additionally, emergency medicine residency also includes:

  • Peer reviews
  • Seminars
  • Supervised clinical training in a real-world environment.

 

6. Complete a Fellowship

Emergency room physicians who wish to specialize in a subspecialty must complete a fellowship program.  Subspecialties include:

  • Pediatric emergency medicine
  • Pain management
  • Disaster medicine
  • Toxicology

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

What Makes Altus ER Physicians Outstanding?

As we mentioned before, we hold our doctors to higher standards than those established by the state board.

There is more to a good doctor than just their academic accomplishments. Our doctors stand out because, in addition to being gifted physicians, they are extraordinary human beings.

 

Here are just a few of the qualities that are expected from an Altus ER Physician:

  • Confidence
  • Humility
  • Great Communication Skills
  • Professionalism
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Compassion
  • Empathy
  • Honesty
  • Courage
  • Respect
  • Optimism
  • Passion

 

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are always looking for great talent. If you believe you have what it takes to become part of our family, we invite you to apply at ERjobs@altusemergency.com.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top-of-the-line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.  After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions to the Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process.  We are here to help you get well and stay well!

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