The Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers is requesting changes to state rules that would help freestanding emergency centers relieve overcrowding at hospitals and reduce the cost of coronavirus testing at their facilities. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Texas' freestanding emergency centers have requested the state allow them to provide some nonemergency care during the coronavirus pandemic.

Freestanding emergency centers, or FECs, also known as freestanding emergency medical centers, or FEMCs, provide patients with emergency care in an environment that is structurally separate from a hospital, according to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. FECs and FEMCs differ from urgent care facilities in that they treat conditions that place a person’s health in serious jeopardy, including severe pain and psychiatric disturbances, according to information from THHSC.

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