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National Playground Safety Week

National Playground Safety Week

When you are a kid, playgrounds are the closest thing to heaven. They provide a space to make friends, get some exercise and spread our imaginations.

However, playgrounds can also pose a risk for young ones, which is why National Playground Safety Week exists. While we may never prevent all playground accidents, knowing how to improve their safety can help safeguard many children.

Playground Accident Facts

Every year emergency rooms treat more than 200,000 children under the age of 14 for playground-related injuries.

Most of the injuries treated in the ER (56%) are fractures, contusions, and abrasions. However, around 20,000 children brought to the ER suffered a traumatic brain injury, including a concussion.

Traumatic brain injuries are a genuine concern, especially when considering that the overall rate of playground-related TBIs shows a significant increase in recent years.

Risk Factors

Playground-related accidents can happen to any child regardless of age or gender. However, statistically, some kids are at a higher risk of sustaining an injury while playing in a playground.

 

  • 55% of ER treated injuries were boys, while 45% were girls
  • The age group most likely to suffer an injury that requires emergency attention is children between the ages of 5 and 9

Playground Safety Tips

Playgrounds can’t become safer by themselves. They need the cooperation of everyone involved in their maintenance and usage to ensure fewer kids get hurt while playing.

 

You can help protect your child by:

  • Supervising Children While They Play: You should never leave small children to play unsupervised at a playground. Even older children need supervision, especially when using climbing equipment.
  • Learn How to Use Playground Equipment Correctly: Make sure you read all the instructions and safety precautions posted at the playground before using any equipment. Not all attractions are suited for your child’s age, height, or weight.
  • Examine the Equipment Before Your Children Use It: Not all playgrounds receive the maintenance they require, and this can lead to faulty, rusty, or broken equipment, which can lead to serious injury.
  • Make Sure Your Kids have the Proper Clothing: Before you let your kids go down the slide or run around on the park grounds, check for things like drawstrings that can get caught on the rides and untied shoes. Also, make sure to remove any neckless, purses, or backpacks.
  • Mind the Weather: During the hot summer days, always make sure to test the temperature on slides, monkey bars, and other playground equipment to prevent burns. Additionally, don’t let kids play if the grounds are too wet or muddy, as they can easily fall and hurt themselves.
  • Keeping a Proper Distance: Teach your children never to walk in front or back of swings or stand in front of slides to prevent being knocked down.
  • Hygiene: To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, ask children to wash their hands before and after touching any equipment. It’s also important to try and maintain physical distance from other children.

When Does a Playground Injury Need Emergency Attention?

Not all playground injuries warrant a trip to the ER. However, you should rush to the nearest Altus Emergency Center if your child presents any of the following symptoms:

 

  • They hit their head and lost consciousness
  • If after a fall they feel nauseous, start vomiting, or have a headache
  • If their behavior seems out of place, including being unusually irritable or lethargic
  • If you notice swelling or deformity at the injured site
  • If you suspect they broke a bone
  • They have a deep cut that may require stitches
  • If a rusty object caused their injury

 

All Altus Emergency Centers have specialized pediatric examining rooms designed to calm and reassure children and their parents. Our examining rooms also have size-appropriate equipment for your child’s comfort.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

WHEN THERE’S NO TIME TO WASTE, TRY OUR ONLINE CHECK-IN

How Does the Online Check-In Work?

When minutes matter, try our Quick & Easy Online Check-In System.  It comes in handy to know there’s a great solution as we know there’s no time to wait in an emergency!  Just fill it in, we’ll give you a call within 15 minutes and come in.  We’ll be waiting for you at the door.

Check-In Online

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 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 24 hour ER services in Texas. We’re proud of our top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts, who are here prepped and ready to help save your life 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, 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.

Youth Sports Safety Month

National Youth Sports Safety Month

April is National Youth Sports Safety Month, an observance dedicated to raising awareness of sports injuries in our nation’s youth.

This month, Altus Emergency Centers joins multiple organizations across the country that lead the charge in spreading the message of injury prevention in young athletes.

Youth Sports Injuries by the Numbers

According to a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2010 to 2016:

  • An estimated 2.7 million emergency room visits in the U.S. were patients between the ages of 5 and 24 who had suffered a sport or recreational activity-related injury
  • 66.5% of those sports injuries were from patients aged 10-19
  • The analysis revealed that the top two sports responsible for sports-related ER visits were football and basketball
  • The study also found that gymnastics or cheerleading accounted for an estimated 147,000 annual ER visits
  • 89,000 yearly ER visits were the result of skateboarding injuries
  • Cycling incidents were among the top five activities that resulted in ER visits for sports-related injuries, with most patients being 10-14 years of age

 

These findings are similar to older analysis, suggesting that youth Emergency Room visits due to sports injuries have stayed relatively stable in recent years.

Top Sport-Related Injury Diagnoses

The most common diagnoses associated with sports-related injuries are sprains, strains, and dislocations.

Broken bones, contusions, and superficial wounds are also quite common.

More worrying are traumatic brain injuries such as concussions that, sustained repeatedly or left untreated, could have long-term consequences.

Sports-Related Injury Prevention

The statistics above are scary for anyone who has a child. The good news is that many of these injuries are preventable.

 

  • Schedule a health checkup before your kids start participating in an organized team. Knowing your child is healthy enough to play the sport will give you peace of mind and can help lower your child’s risk of serious injury.
  • Make sure to keep young athletes well hydrated.
  • Warming up before engaging in a vigorous physical activity is a healthy habit all children should learn as soon as possible. Stretching and warm-up exercises can help prevent sprains and strains.
  • Know and teach your kids the signs of heat-related illnesses such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Symptoms include dizziness, headaches, nausea and vomiting, muscle cramps, not sweating, shortness of breath, and confusion. If your child notices any of these symptoms in themselves or another, instruct them to call 911.
  • Insist they wear appropriate protective gear, including helmets, elbow pads, knee pads, and shin guards.
  • Don’t let your child play if they feel unwell or have an injury they have not recovered from.
  • Encourage your kids to try different sports to avoid straining specific muscle groups or joints.
  • Always listen to kids when they report an injury or experience aches and pains and seek medical attention.

 

Since children are still growing, even minor injuries left unchecked can lead to more significant problems in the years to come.

When to Come to Altus ER

Bring your child to the ER if they Injured a limb and are having trouble moving it or putting any weight on it, or you suspect they may have fractured a bone.

Rush to the nearest Altus Emergency Center if you notice any of these signs:

 

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Trouble breathing
  • Bleeding that won’t stop
  • Vomiting more than once
  • Changes in behavior, memory loss, confusion, dizziness
  • Neck pain
  • Abdominal pain

 

All Altus Emergency Centers have a pediatric ward with size-appropriate equipment and trained staff. We are always open, day or night. If your child is in need, we are here to help.

At Altus Baytown ER, We Are In-Network With MEDICARE!

Altus Baytown ER is the Preferred Outpatient NO WAIT Emergency Room of Altus Hospital.
We’re Open 24/7, Including Holidays.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

WHEN THERE’S NO TIME TO WASTE, TRY OUR ONLINE CHECK-IN

How Does the Online Check-In Work?

When minutes matter, try our Quick & Easy Online Check-In System.  It comes in handy to know there’s a great solution as we know there’s no time to wait in an emergency!  Just fill it in, we’ll give you a call within 15 minutes and come in.  We’ll be waiting for you at the door.

Check-In Online

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 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 24 hour ER services in Texas. We’re proud of our top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts, who are here prepped and ready to help save your life 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, 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.

Top Reasons Medicare Patients Visit the ER

Why Quality Senior ER Care is Vital

The babyboomer generation continues to age, and according to one study, every year, some 56,803 senior citizens find themselves visiting the Emergency Room for various conditions.  Today we will cover why quality senior ER care is vital and the top 10 reasons why Medicare patients visit the ER.

With more patients over the age of 65, hospital-based ER’s are having a hard time providing the care these patients require. This makes access to outpatient ER centers like Altus Baytown ER, which is in-network with Medicare, patients a vital service for the community.

Top Reasons Why Medicare Patients Visit the ER

Senior citizens are more likely to suffer from chronic diseases, and this makes them vulnerable to suffer complications or injuries. Meaning, they will need immediate emergency medical attention. Unfortunately, because of the overcrowding crisis in hospital-based ER’s many patients, 65 and over, don’t receive timely care.

Here is a list of the top reasons why medicare patients will need to visit the ER.

 

Injuries and Accidents

Older adults can develop balance problems, and this makes them more likely to suffer falls, which could result in a broken bone, or concussion. 

Additionally, eyesight problems and slower reflexes could make them more likely to be involved in car crashes and other accidents. All crash victims regardless of age should visit the ER to ensure there are no severe injuries, and senior patients are not the exception.

Patients 65 and older also have a higher risk of heat-induced exhaustion and dehydration, which are conditions that require immediate medical attention. 

 

Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain can be a result of digestive problems, viruses or infection, food poisoning, and in some cases, kidney stones.

Adverse Drug Reactions and Accidental Overdose

Negative side effects of prescription drugs are a common reason for which older patients visit the ER. Self-medication and accidental overdoses are also reasons for which senior patients must go to the emergency room.

 

Heart Disease and Chest Pains

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US according to the CDC. Seniors who experience shortness of breath or chest pains need to come to Altus Baytown ER immediately as these could be signs of a heart attack. 

 

Stroke

Another serious condition that sends senior patients to the ER. Strokes rarely cause pain, but they do cause confusion, slurred speech, and paralysis on one side.

chest pain Medicare Patients Visit the ER

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and severe asthma are all conditions that are known as COPD. Smoking is the leading cause of COPD; therefore, quitting your smoking habit can help reduce the risk of developing COPD. Check your Medicare coverage, as most Medicare Part B plans cover counseling sessions for people who want to quit smoking.

 

Pneumonia

Pneumonia is perhaps the most common upper respiratory infection that lands seniors in the ER. Medicare Part B covers the annual pneumococcal vaccine, which could help prevent respiratory infections like pneumonia.

 

Spinal Disorders

Conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, as well as injuries to the back or neck can cause severe pain. Back pain is a common symptom that prompts older patients to come to the ER.

 

Urinary Tract Infections

Many senior citizens are chronically dehydrated. Dehydration is one of the leading causes of urinary tract infections. To help prevent UTI’s, make sure you drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.

If you are a senior citizen with Medicare coverage, you now have access to quality emergency room care. Altus Baytown ER is now an outpatient facility for Altus Hospital, and therefore we are now able to accept Medicare patients.

You don’t have to wait in line anymore to get the medical attention you deserve, come to Altus Baytown ER, where top ER doctors and nurses are available 24/7 to attend your medical emergency.

At Altus Baytown ER, We Are In-Network With MEDICARE!

Altus Baytown ER is the Preferred Outpatient NO WAIT Emergency Room of Altus Hospital.
We’re Open 24/7, Including Holidays.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

WHEN THERE’S NO TIME TO WASTE, TRY OUR ONLINE CHECK-IN

How Does the Online Check-In Work?

When minutes matter, try our Quick & Easy Online Check-In System.  It comes in handy to know there’s a great solution as we know there’s no time to wait in an emergency!  Just fill it in, we’ll give you a call within 15 minutes and come in.  We’ll be waiting for you at the door.

Check-In Online

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 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 24 hour ER services in Texas. We’re proud of our top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts, who are here prepped and ready to help save your life 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, 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.

Flu Season, No Problem! We’re In-Network, Baytown!

GREAT NEWS, YOU HAVE BETTER ER OPTIONS!

Altus Baytown ER is Now In-Network with More Insurance Options.  Together, we can all Fight the Flu.

We should never downplay the dangers of flu season. This year, as the coronavirus continues to spread in our communities, we need to double our efforts to prevent getting sick.  Fortunately, as Baytown ER is in-network with many more insurance options, there’s no reason why you should risk your health – come in for a free medical screening!

Let us explore the many reasons why you should take flu season seriously.

The Effects of Flu Season in America

very year millions of Americans get sick with the flu. This year many experts are hopeful we will have a milder flu season like other countries, including Australia, have had, but nothing is certain.

Last year was a particularly tough season. According to the CDC, this past flu season, we had:

  • 38 million flu-related illnesses
  • 18 million medical visits
  • An estimated 405,000 hospitalizations
  • 22,000 deaths

Last year, the most affected age groups were children under the age of 4 and adults aged 18-49. But the flu can impact everyone’s lives regardless of age, so we all need to take precautions.

Flu Season in the Age of COVID-19

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, continues to spread indiscriminately through our communities.

Viral respiratory illnesses like the common cold, the flu, and COVID-19, although caused by different viruses, can have similar symptoms. So how can you be sure if you have the flu?

The following chart can help you determine the type of illness you may have. However, refrain from auto diagnosing. When you feel sick, you should always speak to a medical professional about your symptoms.

And if your symptoms are severe, don’t hesitate to come to Altus Baytown ER. Remember, we are now an in-network facility for Aetna, Cigna, and BCBS, and we also accept Medicare patients.

Symptom Comparison Chart

Symptoms

Covid-19

Symptoms Can Range from Mild to Severe

Common Cold

Gradual Onset of Symptoms

The Flu

Abrupt Onset of Symptoms

Fever

Common

Rare

Common

Cough

Common

Common

Common

Sore Throat

Common

Common

Common

Shortness of Breath

Sometimes (with mild/moderate infection)

No

No

Fatigue

Sometimes 

Sometimes 

Common

New Loss of Smell or Taste

Common

Common

Common

Aches and Pains

Sometimes

Sometimes

Common

Headaches

Sometimes

Common

Sometimes

Sneezing

No

Common

Sometimes 

Diarrhea

Rare

No

Sometimes (especially in children)

Together We Can Help Prevent the Flu

Altus Baytown ER is proud to support the CDC’s #FightFlu campaign to help stop the influenza virus spread.

There is no cure for the flu, and nobody can guarantee you won’t get sick this year, but these simple steps can help lower your risk.

 

Get Vaccinated!

Getting a yearly flu vaccine is vital to protect ourselves against flu viruses. Vaccination is especially important this year, so make sure to get yourself and your family vaccinated as soon as possible.

The CDC recommends everyone 6-months or older get an annual flu vaccine. Together we can protect ourselves, our families, and our neighbors.

 

Maintain Physical Distance

Many respiratory viruses spread through tiny droplets expelled when an infected person speaks, sneezes, or coughs. By staying a safe distance away (at least 6-feet) from people who do not live with you, you can reduce your risk of infection.

 

Wear a Mask When Out in Public

Face coverings help prevent droplets from becoming airborne, and this can help stop the spread of viruses.

 

If You do Get Sick, Ask Your Doctor About Antiviral Medications

If you happen to get sick with the flu, speak to your doctor. Describe your symptoms and ask if antiviral medications are suitable for you.

This type of medication can help relieve symptoms and shorten the time you are sick

When Should You Go to The ER?

If you experience any of the following severe symptoms, please visit our ER:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or severe abdominal pain
  • Confusion
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Vomiting that won’t stop
Altus Baytown ER the location is Now In-Network with Cigna!

Altus Baytown ER is Now In-Network!

At Altus Baytown ER, we offer all the benefits of a hospital ER, including in-network rates for members of Aetna, Cigna, BCBS, and Medicare patients, but with added conveniences such as more personalized care and guaranteed shorter wait times.

Our facility is conveniently located and offers ample parking. We are open 24-hours every day of the year and follow strict sanitizing protocols to ensure our patients’ safety.

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 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 24 hour ER services in Texas. We’re proud of our top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts, who are here prepped and ready to help save your life 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, 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.

Flu Season, No Problem! We’re In-Network, Baytown!

GREAT NEWS, YOU HAVE BETTER ER OPTIONS!

Altus Baytown ER is Now In-Network with More Insurance Options.  Together, we can all Fight the Flu.

We should never downplay the dangers of flu season. This year, as the coronavirus continues to spread in our communities, we need to double our efforts to prevent getting sick.  Fortunately, as Baytown ER is in-network with many more insurance options, there’s no reason why you should risk your health – come in for a free medical screening!

Let us explore the many reasons why you should take flu season seriously.

The Effects of Flu Season in America

very year millions of Americans get sick with the flu. This year many experts are hopeful we will have a milder flu season like other countries, including Australia, have had, but nothing is certain.

Last year was a particularly tough season. According to the CDC, this past flu season, we had:

  • 38 million flu-related illnesses
  • 18 million medical visits
  • An estimated 405,000 hospitalizations
  • 22,000 deaths

Last year, the most affected age groups were children under the age of 4 and adults aged 18-49. But the flu can impact everyone’s lives regardless of age, so we all need to take precautions.

Flu Season in the Age of COVID-19

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, continues to spread indiscriminately through our communities.

Viral respiratory illnesses like the common cold, the flu, and COVID-19, although caused by different viruses, can have similar symptoms. So how can you be sure if you have the flu?

The following chart can help you determine the type of illness you may have. However, refrain from auto diagnosing. When you feel sick, you should always speak to a medical professional about your symptoms.

And if your symptoms are severe, don’t hesitate to come to Altus Baytown ER. Remember, we are now an in-network facility for Aetna, Cigna, and BCBS, and we also accept Medicare patients.

Symptom Comparison Chart

Symptoms

Covid-19

Symptoms Can Range from Mild to Severe

Common Cold

Gradual Onset of Symptoms

The Flu

Abrupt Onset of Symptoms

Fever

Common

Rare

Common

Cough

Common

Common

Common

Sore Throat

Common

Common

Common

Shortness of Breath

Sometimes (with mild/moderate infection)

No

No

Fatigue

Sometimes 

Sometimes 

Common

New Loss of Smell or Taste

Common

Common

Common

Aches and Pains

Sometimes

Sometimes

Common

Headaches

Sometimes

Common

Sometimes

Sneezing

No

Common

Sometimes 

Diarrhea

Rare

No

Sometimes (especially in children)

Together We Can Help Prevent the Flu

Altus Baytown ER is proud to support the CDC’s #FightFlu campaign to help stop the influenza virus spread.

There is no cure for the flu, and nobody can guarantee you won’t get sick this year, but these simple steps can help lower your risk.

 

Get Vaccinated!

Getting a yearly flu vaccine is vital to protect ourselves against flu viruses. Vaccination is especially important this year, so make sure to get yourself and your family vaccinated as soon as possible.

The CDC recommends everyone 6-months or older get an annual flu vaccine. Together we can protect ourselves, our families, and our neighbors.

 

Maintain Physical Distance

Many respiratory viruses spread through tiny droplets expelled when an infected person speaks, sneezes, or coughs. By staying a safe distance away (at least 6-feet) from people who do not live with you, you can reduce your risk of infection.

 

Wear a Mask When Out in Public

Face coverings help prevent droplets from becoming airborne, and this can help stop the spread of viruses.

 

If You do Get Sick, Ask Your Doctor About Antiviral Medications

If you happen to get sick with the flu, speak to your doctor. Describe your symptoms and ask if antiviral medications are suitable for you.

This type of medication can help relieve symptoms and shorten the time you are sick

When Should You Go to The ER?

If you experience any of the following severe symptoms, please visit our ER:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain or severe abdominal pain
  • Confusion
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Vomiting that won’t stop
Altus Baytown ER the location is Now In-Network with Cigna!

Altus Baytown ER is Now In-Network!

At Altus Baytown ER, we offer all the benefits of a hospital ER, including in-network rates for members of Aetna, Cigna, BCBS, and Medicare patients, but with added conveniences such as more personalized care and guaranteed shorter wait times.

Our facility is conveniently located and offers ample parking. We are open 24-hours every day of the year and follow strict sanitizing protocols to ensure our patients’ safety.

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 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 24 hour ER services in Texas. We’re proud of our top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts, who are here prepped and ready to help save your life 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, 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.

Blue Cross Blue Shield – Altus Baytown ER is Now In-Network!

HELLO, BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD!

Altus Baytown ER is Now In-Network with Even More Insurance Options!

Blue Cross Blue Shield Patients Can Now Enjoy Better Healthcare!

We have exciting news! Throughout the year, Altus Baytown ER has been on a mission to expand it’s insurance coverage options to provide better healthcare for Baytown and the surrounding communities.  We took the first step back on September 1st, 2019, when we first transitioned to become the preferred outpatient ER of Altus Baytown Hospital, allowing our facility to take Medicare patients.  Then, back on January 2020, we officially became an in-network provider of CIGNA

Then, the world changed.  After the COVID-19 virus was declared a pandemic, we foresaw a great need for safe, efficient, fast ER care for the community that was eminent.  We took action immediately.

As a result, on August 2020, we announced that we had become in-network with Aetna and Aetna TRS, Cigna, and Cigna Health Spring.  This was great news for the whole community!  Still, we knew there was more work to be done to help more get premium ER care. 

For this reason, we are proud to announce that as of October 2020, Altus Baytown ER is in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS).

What is the Difference Between In-Network and Out-of-Network Providers?

Insurance companies negotiate service rates with a network of facilities to help provide better prices for their members.

The healthcare facilities that agree to offer their services at the negotiated discount rate are considered to be in-network providers.

Any hospital or emergency room that does not have a contract with the insurance company is an out-of-network provider.

Altus Baytown ER the location is Now In-Network with Cigna!

So, What Does This Mean to YOU?

As we mentioned before, you will receive the best emergency care possible, with guaranteed low wait times.

Additionally, when you come to our facility in Baytown our Patient Advocate can now examine your healthcare plan in detail.

Our team of experts will explain your benefits and provide you with a general overview of where your deductible is today, what you could pay once processed through the ER, as well as the copay associated with your insurance plan.

What this does is eliminate a lot of the confusion and guesswork that is so often associated with the billing process at an out-of-network facility.

IN A NUTSHELL, THIS MEANS PEACE OF MIND.  You will have contracted rates with your insurance company, which means your insurance will pay for some or all of the services you receive from us.

Altus Baytown ER Benefits

  • Excellent Care
  • Top-rated Doctors, Nurses, and Technicians
  • Low or No Wait Times
  • Better Service Rates
  • Clear Explanation of Benefits
  • Less Confusion During the Billing Process

Altus Emergency Centers is continuously evolving and improving our level of service. Our Altus Baytown ER facility, the preferred outpatient ER of Altus Hospital, is a clear example of how we are shaping the future of emergency care.

Are In-Network Emergency Rooms Better than Out of Network ER’s?

Not necessarily. The quality of care you receive at an ER center is not dependent on them being part of a network or not.

Rather it depends on the quality of doctors, nurses, technicians, and administrative staff they have working for them as well as the diagnostic equipment they have in their facilities.

All Altus Emergency Centers are known to provide more personalized care and significantly lower wait times. Additionally, we strive to hire only the best doctors, nurses, and technicians to ensure that our patients receive the best care possible.

Moreover, we continuously invest in new technologies that provide faster, more accurate test results that help our physicians make the right diagnosis.

Pediatric to Medicare In-Network with Cigna!

Why Altus Emergency Centers is Different

We’ve always prided ourselves on the high quality of our care, and our patients agree, our staff always goes above and beyond the call of duty.

However, some of our patients expressed their concerns regarding their out-of-pocket expenses for the services we provided, not only did we understand we agreed that we could do better. So we set out to find a solution that worked, and we found it.

family ER care texas Altus Baytown ER is Now In-Network with Cigna!

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 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 24 hour ER services in Texas. We’re proud of our top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts, who are here prepped and ready to help save your life 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, 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.

Blue Cross Blue Shield – Altus Baytown ER is Now In-Network!

HELLO, BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD!

Altus Baytown ER is Now In-Network with Even More Insurance Options!

Blue Cross Blue Shield Patients Can Now Enjoy Better Healthcare!

We have exciting news! Throughout the year, Altus Baytown ER has been on a mission to expand it’s insurance coverage options to provide better healthcare for Baytown and the surrounding communities.  We took the first step back on September 1st, 2019, when we first transitioned to become the preferred outpatient ER of Altus Baytown Hospital, allowing our facility to take Medicare patients.  Then, back on January 2020, we officially became an in-network provider of CIGNA

Then, the world changed.  After the COVID-19 virus was declared a pandemic, we foresaw a great need for safe, efficient, fast ER care for the community that was eminent.  We took action immediately.

As a result, on August 2020, we announced that we had become in-network with Aetna and Aetna TRS, Cigna, and Cigna Health Spring.  This was great news for the whole community!  Still, we knew there was more work to be done to help more get premium ER care. 

For this reason, we are proud to announce that as of October 2020, Altus Baytown ER is in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS).

What is the Difference Between In-Network and Out-of-Network Providers?

Insurance companies negotiate service rates with a network of facilities to help provide better prices for their members.

The healthcare facilities that agree to offer their services at the negotiated discount rate are considered to be in-network providers.

Any hospital or emergency room that does not have a contract with the insurance company is an out-of-network provider.

Altus Baytown ER the location is Now In-Network with Cigna!

So, What Does This Mean to YOU?

As we mentioned before, you will receive the best emergency care possible, with guaranteed low wait times.

Additionally, when you come to our facility in Baytown our Patient Advocate can now examine your healthcare plan in detail.

Our team of experts will explain your benefits and provide you with a general overview of where your deductible is today, what you could pay once processed through the ER, as well as the copay associated with your insurance plan.

What this does is eliminate a lot of the confusion and guesswork that is so often associated with the billing process at an out-of-network facility.

IN A NUTSHELL, THIS MEANS PEACE OF MIND.  You will have contracted rates with your insurance company, which means your insurance will pay for some or all of the services you receive from us.

Altus Baytown ER Benefits

  • Excellent Care
  • Top-rated Doctors, Nurses, and Technicians
  • Low or No Wait Times
  • Better Service Rates
  • Clear Explanation of Benefits
  • Less Confusion During the Billing Process

Altus Emergency Centers is continuously evolving and improving our level of service. Our Altus Baytown ER facility, the preferred outpatient ER of Altus Hospital, is a clear example of how we are shaping the future of emergency care.

Are In-Network Emergency Rooms Better than Out of Network ER’s?

Not necessarily. The quality of care you receive at an ER center is not dependent on them being part of a network or not.

Rather it depends on the quality of doctors, nurses, technicians, and administrative staff they have working for them as well as the diagnostic equipment they have in their facilities.

All Altus Emergency Centers are known to provide more personalized care and significantly lower wait times. Additionally, we strive to hire only the best doctors, nurses, and technicians to ensure that our patients receive the best care possible.

Moreover, we continuously invest in new technologies that provide faster, more accurate test results that help our physicians make the right diagnosis.

Pediatric to Medicare In-Network with Cigna!

Why Altus Emergency Centers is Different

We’ve always prided ourselves on the high quality of our care, and our patients agree, our staff always goes above and beyond the call of duty.

However, some of our patients expressed their concerns regarding their out-of-pocket expenses for the services we provided, not only did we understand we agreed that we could do better. So we set out to find a solution that worked, and we found it.

family ER care texas Altus Baytown ER is Now In-Network with Cigna!

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 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 24 hour ER services in Texas. We’re proud of our top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts, who are here prepped and ready to help save your life 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, 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.

TRICARE ER Family Care – We Care for Our Military and Their Families

We Care for Our Military and Their Families

The very nature of the job of a military person means they will face daily challenges. However, no service member should ever have to worry about their healthcare needs or those of his family being met, especially during an emergency.  It shouldn’t be a challenge to find TRICARE ER Family Care.

A report by news agency Reuters explains how a study revealed how American families with military healthcare are more likely to experience difficulties with healthcare access.

If you are looking for TRICARE ER Family Care, you’ve found it!  Altus Emergency Centers has been a proud TRICARE provider for many years. We believe our brave men and women in uniform should receive the best emergency medical care possible. That is why all our locations accept TRICARE patients. 

The following are some frequently asked questions to help shed light on TRICARE ER Family Care and coverage for veterans, active military, and their families.

Does Your TRICARE Healthcare Plan Cover Emergency Care?

Yes!

TRICARE emergency care coverage includes professional and institutional charges as well as services and supplies administered or prescribed in the emergency room.

TRICARE is very clear that in the event of a medical emergency, you should call 911 and visit an ER, not an urgent care clinic.

Moreover, emergency room care does not require prior authorization. However, TRICARE Prime plan members must contact their primary care provider within 24 hours or the next business day after receiving emergency care at one of our ER centers.

What Does TRICARE Consider an Emergency?

TRICARE covers three types of medical emergencies:

 

Medical Emergency

TRICARE defines a medical emergency as the sudden and unexpected onset of an illness or injury or the worsening of a chronic condition that:

  • Is life-threatening, 
  • Could cause the loss or severe impairment of a limb or eyesight
  • Requires immediate medical attention
  • Manifests painful symptoms requiring medical care to alleviate suffering

 

These are some examples of medical emergencies covered by TRICARE:

  • Cardiac Arrest (No pulse)
  • Injuries with Severe Bleeding
  • Spinal Cord, Neck or Back injuries
  • Severe Chest Pain
  • Severe Eye Injuries
  • Broken Bone
  • Trouble Breathing

Maternity Emergency

A maternity emergency applies to any circumstance that results in a medical complication which puts the mother or baby at risk.

 

Mental Health Emergencies

TRICARE patients diagnosed with a mental disorder can visit our ER when they are thought to be a risk to themselves or others.

Emergency room care does not require prior authorization. However, if the patient is admitted to the hospital as a result of their psychiatric emergency, the incident must be reported to the regional contractor within 24 hours of admission and no more than 72 hours after admission.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Are Pediatric Emergencies Covered?

TRICARE offers several healthcare plans some of which include benefits for family members including children.

  • TRICARE Prime: This is available to active duty and retired service members and their families
  • TRICARE Select: Active duty and retired service members and their families as well as active and non-active reserve, and retired reserve members and their families are eligible
  • TRICARE For Life: Available for beneficiaries who have Medicare Part A and B
  • TRICARE Reserve Select: Intended for members of the Selected Reserve and their families. Recipients must meet certain qualifications
  • TRICARE Retired Select: Available to qualified Retired Reserve members and their families
  • TRICARE Young Adult: This plan is for unmarried or adult children of an eligible sponsor. Beneficiaries must be at least 21 years of age and no older than 26

 

For more information on TRICARE healthcare plans, please visit: https://tricare.mil/Plans/HealthPlans

 

TRICARE members can trust their children’s emergency care to us. All our Emergency Centers have certified pediatric emergency physicians and nurses on staff 24/7 to attend pediatric emergencies. We also provide separate, dedicated pediatric examining rooms and equipment.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we strongly believe the members of our military deserve the best. We provide them the peace of mind of knowing their loved ones are safe and cared for with compassion by professionals who care. 

For this reason, we provide the best emergency care to all members of our military branches and their families.

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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 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 Baytown ER. In-Network with Aetna & Cigna

GREAT NEWS, YOU HAVE BETTER ER OPTIONS!

Altus Baytown ER is Now In-Network with More Insurance Options.

We have exciting news! As of now, Altus Baytown ER is in-network with, Aetna and Aetna TRS, Cigna, Cigna Health Spring, as well as Medicare.

What is the Difference Between In-Network and Out-of-Network Providers?

 

Insurance companies negotiate service rates with a network of facilities to help provide better prices for their members.

The healthcare facilities that agree to offer their services at the negotiated discount rate are considered to be in-network providers.

Any hospital or emergency room that does not have a contract with the insurance company is an out-of-network provider.

Altus Baytown ER the location is Now In-Network with Cigna!

Are In-Network Emergency Rooms Better than Out of Network ER’s?

Not necessarily. The quality of care you receive at an ER center is not dependent on them being part of a network or not.

Rather it depends on the quality of doctors, nurses, technicians, and administrative staff they have working for them as well as the diagnostic equipment they have in their facilities.

All Altus Emergency Centers are known to provide more personalized care and significantly lower wait times. Additionally, we strive to hire only the best doctors, nurses, and technicians to ensure that our patients receive the best care possible.

Moreover, we continuously invest in new technologies that provide faster, more accurate test results that help our physicians make the right diagnosis.

Pediatric to Medicare In-Network with Cigna!

Are Out-Of-Network Providers More Expensive than In-Network Providers?

In most cases, patients will have higher out-of-pocket expenses when they visit an out-of-network facility or doctor.

The big exception to the rule, of course, is Altus Emergency Centers, while not all our facilities are in-network; we offer exceptional service at considerably lower costs in all our locations compared to other out-of-network facilities.

Why Altus Emergency Centers is Different

We’ve always prided ourselves on the high quality of our care, and our patients agree, our staff always goes above and beyond the call of duty.

However, some of our patients expressed their concerns regarding their out-of-pocket expenses for the services we provided, not only did we understand we agreed that we could do better. So we set out to find a solution that worked, and we found it.

family ER care texas Altus Baytown ER is Now In-Network with Cigna!

How Doctor Fees Work

Most doctors who work for hospitals and emergency centers are not employees of the healthcare facility. They are employed as contractors, meaning they set the prices for the services they provide.

If they are not part of an insurance company’s network, it means their prices could be higher than those of in-network providers, and this will mean higher copays for the patient.

To solve this gap, Altus Emergency Centers decided to become a direct employer for all the physicians working at our centers. In simple terms, we created our network, and just like insurance companies negotiate discounted rates, we did the same with our employees.

As a result, we can now provide the same high quality of care at a much lower price compared to other out-of-network facilities.

Can I Only Go to An In-Network ER?

NO!

The law guarantees coverage & treatment for a real emergency. Regardless of the type of healthcare plan or which insurance company you work with, you can visit any ER including our multiple facilities throughout Southeast Texas.

We will process and file a claim with all major insurance companies on your behalf.

pediatric er Altus Baytown ER is Now In-Network with Cigna!

So, What Are The Benefits of Altus Baytown ER Now Being An In-Network Provider?

As we mentioned before, you will receive the best emergency care possible, with guaranteed low wait times.

Additionally, when you come to our facility in Baytown our Patient Advocate can now examine your healthcare plan in detail.

Our team of experts will explain your benefits and provide you with a general overview of where your deductible is today, what you could pay once processed through the ER, as well as the copay associated with your insurance plan.

What this does is eliminate a lot of the confusion and guesswork that is so often associated with the billing process at an out-of-network facility.

Altus Baytown ER Benefits

  • Excellent Care
  • Top-rated Doctors, Nurses, and Technicians
  • Low or No Wait Times
  • Better Service Rates
  • Clear Explanation of Benefits
  • Less Confusion During the Billing Process

Altus Emergency Centers is continuously evolving and improving our level of service. Our Altus Baytown ER facility, the preferred outpatient ER of Altus Hospital, is a clear example of how we are shaping the future of emergency care.

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 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 24 hour ER services in Texas. We’re proud of our top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts, who are here prepped and ready to help save your life 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, 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.

Altus Baytown ER is Now In-Network with Cigna!

GREAT NEWS, HELLO CIGNA!

Altus Baytown ER is Now In-Network with Cigna!

We have exciting news! As of now, Altus Baytown ER is an in-network provider for Cigna. In other words, Altus Baytown ER is Now In-Network with Cigna!

What is the Difference Between In-Network and Out-of-Network Providers?

 

Insurance companies negotiate service rates with a network of facilities to help provide better prices for their members.

The healthcare facilities that agree to offer their services at the negotiated discount rate are considered to be in-network providers.

Any hospital, or emergency room that does not have a contract with the insurance company is an out-of-network provider.

Altus Baytown ER the location is Now In-Network with Cigna!

Are In-Network Emergency Rooms Better than Out of Network ER’s?

Not necessarily. The quality of care you receive at an ER center is not dependent on them being part of a network or not.

Rather it depends on the quality of doctors, nurses, technicians, and administrative staff they have working for them as well as the diagnostic equipment they have in their facilities.

All Altus Emergency Centers are known to provide more personalized care and significantly lower wait times. Additionally, we strive to hire only the best doctors, nurses, and technicians to ensure that our patients receive the best care possible.

Moreover, we continuously invest in new technologies that provide faster, more accurate test results that help our physicians make the right diagnosis.

Pediatric to Medicare In-Network with Cigna!

Are Out-Of-Network Providers More Expensive than In-Network Providers?

In most cases, patients will have higher out-of-pocket expenses when they visit an out-of-network facility or doctor.

The big exception to the rule, of course, is Altus Emergency Centers, while not all our facilities are in-network; we offer exceptional service at considerably lower costs in all our locations compared to other out-of-network facilities.

Why Altus Emergency Centers is Different

We’ve always prided ourselves on the high quality of our care, and our patients agree, our staff always goes above and beyond the call of duty.

However, some of our patients expressed their concerns regarding their out-of-pocket expenses for the services we provided, not only did we understand we agreed that we could do better. So we set out to find a solution that worked, and we found it.

family ER care texas Altus Baytown ER is Now In-Network with Cigna!

How Doctor Fees Work

Most doctors who work for hospitals and emergency centers are not employees of the healthcare facility. They are employed as contractors, meaning they set the prices for the services they provide.

If they are not part of an insurance company’s network, it means their prices could be higher than those of in-network providers, and this will mean higher copays for the patient.

To solve this gap, Altus Emergency Centers decided to become a direct employer for all the physicians working at our centers. In simple terms we created our network, and just like insurance companies negotiate discounted rates, we did the same with our employees.

As a result, we can now provide the same high quality of care at a much lower price compared to other out-of-network facilities.

If I Have a Cigna Plan, Can I Only Go to An In-Network ER?

NO!

The law guarantees coverage & treatment for a real emergency. Regardless of the type of healthcare plan or which insurance company you work with, you can visit any ER including our multiple facilities throughout Southeast Texas.

We will process and file a claim with all major insurance companies on your behalf.

pediatric er Altus Baytown ER is Now In-Network with Cigna!

So, What Are The Benefits of Altus Baytown ER Now Being An In-Network Provider?

As we mentioned before, you will receive the best emergency care possible, with guaranteed low wait times.

Additionally, when you come to our facility in Baytown our Patient Advocate can now examine your Cigna healthcare plan in detail.

Our team of experts will explain your benefits and provide you with a general overview of where your deductible is today, what you could pay once processed through the ER, as well as the copay associated with your insurance plan.

What this does is eliminate a lot of the confusion and guesswork that is so often associated with the billing process at an out-of-network facility.

Altus Baytown ER Benefits

  • Excellent Care
  • Top-rated Doctors, Nurses, and Technicians
  • Low or No Wait Times
  • Better Service Rates
  • Clear Explanation of Benefits
  • Less Confusion During the Billing Process

Altus Emergency Centers is continuously evolving and improving our level of service. Our Altus Baytown ER facility, the preferred outpatient ER of Altus Hospital, is a clear example of how we are shaping the future of emergency care.

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 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 24 hour ER services in Texas. We’re proud of our top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts, who are here prepped and ready to help save your life 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, 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.

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