Petition to Charles Whelan, Candace Moon, Kathy Turley, Carrie Penaloza, Doris Truhlar, Ken Lucas, Mark Gotto, Stephanie Piko
Urge Centennial City Council to deny ER on corner of Dry Creek Road/Colorado Blvd!
The Centennial City Council is voting to approve a Free Standing Emergency Room (FSER) on the corner of Colorado Boulevard and Dry Creek Road. Urge the Council to DENY APPROVAL for these reasons: The proposed FSER will negatively affect local home values. The FSER in question will literally be in neighbors’ backyard. The adverse impact on home values is the reason that local HOAs are fiercely opposed to this initiative. The location of the proposed FSER is ill suited for the intended use. The northeast corner of Colorado Boulevard and Dry Creek Road is in the middle of a busy residential intersection that would make egress and ingress of emergency vehicles hazardous to pedestrians and traffic. FSERs are much more expensive than urgent care. FSERs charge exorbitant “facility fees,” which are passed along to patients. FSERs typically do not disclose their fees before care is rendered, and as such there is a complete lack of transparency as to potential medical costs. FSERs medical bills can be over 10x the cost of a visit to a doctor or an urgent care clinic! FSERs not connected to a hospital cannot accept Medicare or Medicaid. Therefore, senior citizens (often on fixed incomes) and the economically disadvantaged are most at risk at incurring ruinous medical bills. Overlap in scope of services with urgent care centers and hospital-based EDs lead to consumer confusion about appropriate use. FSER medical bills can be so large that patients find themselves in multi-year payment plans or have their unpaid bills being sent to debt collectors. FSERs are not equipped to handle all trauma care, and some do not have on-call specialists. The Centennial/Littleton area is saturated with existing emergency services options. Controversial Model and Risk of Failure. FSERs have been subject to intense public scrutiny and at least one class action lawsuit. The largest FSER operator in the United States, Adeptus Health Inc. (UC Health’s partner for its Colorado FSERs) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on April 19, 2017. FSERs are increasingly being built in locations that compete with hospital emergency departments. FSERs duplicate personnel and equipment offered by acute care hospitals, and FSER are adverse to a healthcare delivery system already facing severe economic challenges. Minimal academic study confirming quality and effectiveness.