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Project ETHAN: Reducing Unnecessary Trips to the Emergency Room

Posted on · Back in December 2014, all firehouses in the city of Houston began implementing an intervention program called Project ETHAN, or Emergency Tele-Health and Navigation. The goal: to direct non-emergency patients who call 911 to primary care clinics, instead of automatically taking them to the ER. We talk with Dr. Michael Gonzalez, program director of Project […]

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Surprise Medical Bills and Austin City Limits Turns 40: Houston Matters for Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

Posted on · It seems straight-forward enough: With most health insurance plans, if you’re treated by a doctor in your plan’s network, the cost of that treatment will be less than if you see someone outside the network. So, if you need to go to the emergency room, it would stand to reason you’re better off going to […]