FAQs

Texarkana Emergency Center is open every day of the year, 24 hours a day. We never close, not even for holidays!
Texarkana Emergency Center is full-service emergency center. We can effectively diagnose and initiate treatment for all kinds of medical emergencies, from insect bites to heart attacks to industrial and car accidents.
It depends entirely on your condition, and we can provide a estimated cost of care before any sort of treatment if you come in for a complimentary basic medical screening.
No, there is no need to make an appointment for emergency medical care with Texarkana Emergency Center. We treat patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Yes, Texarkana Emergency Center treats patients of all ages for all medical conditions. We even have a “Peanuts” themed Pediatric Exam room that is designed just for your little ones.
Texarkana Emergency Center differs from an urgent care center in that most urgent care centers are designed to handle non-life-threatening medical complaints. An urgent care facility is much like a doctor’s office with extended hours. Urgent care clinics are often staffed by Physician Assistants or Nurse Practitioners who are unable to treat critical trauma patients. If a patient goes to an urgent care clinic with a life-threatening emergency, the patient will be redirected to EMS or 911. In contrast, Texarkana Emergency Center is always open and is staffed by highly trained emergency room doctors and nurses. Our ER is also equipped like a large hospital and offers onsite imaging services like X-rays, CT scans, and ultrasound. We also offer in-house laboratory services and are equipped and staffed to treat a full range of emergencies, 24/7. TEC's imaging and lab equipment is the most modern, state-of-the-art technology. Texarkana Emergency Center provides prompt and thorough results for any test ordered.
Should you require hospital admission, Texarkana Emergency Center has inpatient transfer agreements and we can get you admitted directly to major hospitals. We can arrange prompt transfer to any hospital as instructed by your or your primary care physician. We also arrange for direct admission to an inpatient bed, allowing you to completely bypass the hospital’s emergency room. Our staff will do anything possible to ensure that the transfer to the hospital goes smoothly. It is important to note, however, that this is usually unnecessary. Most patients who visit Texarkana Emergency Center are treated and released without the need for a hospital transfer.
We have no wait time. In hospital-based ERs, the wait times are longer than freestanding ERs like Texarkana Emergency Center. This is due to an increase in patient volume as well as taking care of critical patients that are brought in by ambulances. Texarkana Emergency Center does not accept patients from 911 ambulance services. With the lower patient volume our ER physicians and registered nurses can see you promptly and efficiently, so that you are back in the comfort of your home.
Yes, our diagnostic laboratory is both CLIA and COLA certified. We are able to perform the majority of tests hospital ERs perform. These tests are processed by TEC onsite, so we can get the results to you quickly. Typical turnaround time for obtaining lab results at Texarkana Emergency Center is around 15 minutes.
Yes, we have X-ray, Ultrasound, CT, and Doppler technology. When you require imaging services, in addition to being evaluated in real-time by the ER doctor, we also send the images electronically to an offsite radiologist sot hat it can be read immediately. An added benefit is that this technology provides printed radiology reports, that are typically ready in about 20 minutes, which is faster than in hospital ERs. Texarkana Emergency Center also provides patients with CDs of their images, which are ready by the time they leave our facility.
Texarkana Emergency Center participates in private insurance plans like Aetna, United Health, Humana, BC/BS, and Cigna. We also honor all insurance in-network benefits. Even if our center is not in your network we will still honor the in-network benefits. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, or CHIPS at this time.
We accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards including MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover.
You will be required to pay your emergency room copay at the end of your visit.
According to Texas guidelines, all insurance carriers must pay in-network benefits for any member seeking emergency medical treatment at an ER. Texas law requires the insurance carrier to pay for your emergency care, regardless of whether the emergency room is “in network” or “out of network.” The state of Texas empowers you to use the "prudent layperson standard” when considering what constitutes an emergency.
Texas state law requires patients to be reimbursed for ER visits by their insurance carriers. If your insurance company refuses to pay for your ER visit, you have the option of filing a grievance with the Texas Department of Insurance. For more information about the Texas Department of Insurance, visit http://www.tdi.state.tx.us.
The health care system can be confusing and costly when consumers lack access to critical information. SB 425 alleviates this problem by requiring free-standing ERs like Texarkana Emergency Center, to provide more transparency about fees, prices and network status. For more information about Senate Bill 425, click here.