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    Mojo Riposte June Bug's Avatar
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    CareNow Urgent Care: I 35 at Parmer

    Today was supposed to be a quick pack of the car with bikes and head west to El Paso, Las Cruces and maybe Truth or Consequences, NM, which has hot springs. They're missing out on the deep freeze and are forecast to be in the mid to high 60s now through Saturday.

    Coming out of the back bedroom with an armful of jackets, I tripped on something on the floor, and took an almost dead center, full force header into the end of the partially open door and simultaneously gashed open my thumb on a bike pump.

    Zipped over to CareNow Urgent Care at Parmer and I 35 and got two stitches in the scalp and six on the outside of the thumb. Good news -- no ligaments cut in the thumb. Doc was great and like many physicians in Austin, he had served in the military and specifically at Fort Hood and he enjoys stitching people up because it's more fun.

    No road trip; can't wear a bike helmet for at least a week.

    This is a new clinic and I give them two thumbs up. They are the closest urgent care clinic to Walnut Creek, should one have a minor mishap needing medical attention. They are near the HEB at Parmer and I 35, which would be the southeast quadrant of that giant intersection. If you exit WC on Lamar, you'd go north (left), turn right on Yager Lane at the light, and left on the north bound access road. CareNow Urgent Care is on the right, past JC Pennys and immediately north of Schlotzsky's.
    (Note that Yager Lane becomes Tech Ridge Blvd. east of I 35.)

    CareNow Urgent Care
    12415 N Interstate 35
    Austin, TX 78753

    Phone: (737) 205-1270
    carenow.com/locations/austin/tech-ridge/


    One of the things they treat is "foreign body removal" which sounds like they dispose of alien life forms, but realistically, if you end up impaled on a stick, they would be your go to. Also bruises, sprains, strains, closed fractures, scrapes and cuts.

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    Nice, I've had two good experiences at the CareNow on South Mopac near the greenbelt. It's the closest urgent care to the Spec's drop-in. Much better than the 24 hour clinic on South Lamar. My last visit involved deep abrasion from a biking fail and the staff was efficient and empathetic. Rare for a doctors office.

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    Urgent care franchises are a booming business; you can't swing a (metaphorical) cat in Austin and surrounding areas these days without hitting an urgent care center. My impression yesterday (don't know if it was a correct one) is that the doc I saw was a partner in that particular location, rather than an employee. He seemed "invested" and obviously enjoyed his work.
    The downside is that people show up with contagious illnesses, like the flu. I noticed the sick people in the waiting area were immediately given a face mask.

    Won't go back to a MedSpring; they have some dodgy business practices.
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    June Bug, there's got to be an easier way for you to gather data for your Urgent Care reviews.

    Jeez, at least do your on the trail, this IS a Mountain Bike forum.

    Glad to hear you survived and that they treated you well. Too bad about the cancelled road trip. Enjoy the Big Chill a'comin' as best you can.
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    A few months ago I was working on my bike and was bending over to pick up a tool when I hit the top of my scalp on the corner edge of our entertainment system. Had to get 3 staples in the scalp. My wife said I need to wear my helmet when I work on the bike now too.

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    Is it an urgent care or one of those standalone ERs? Hopefully the former. If it's the latter, you're fucked when you get the bill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericandrewscott View Post
    Is it an urgent care or one of those standalone ERs? Hopefully the former. If it's the latter, you're fucked when you get the bill.
    Why is that? Arent they the same?

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    No. Urgent care is ~$150 for most visits. A standalone ER could be $5-6K for the same visit. ALWAYS check before you go. To add insult to (actual) injury, your insurance will usually always cover you at an urgent care but may not cover you in a standalone ER. There is a huge difference and most don't know until after they get the bill. Then it is too late.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cafeend View Post
    Why is that? Arent they the same?

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    Iíve been to several urgent cares and paid my deductible or a tiny bit more. I went to a stand-alone ER when I needed stitches in my leg. 8 or 9 stitches later I was billed over $1700... thatís my 20% after insurance. I fought the crap out of it with my wife, whoís a nurse, and ended up paying ~$500.


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    Yep, absolutely not the same. I hurt myself pretty bad at Flat Creek during the race a few years ago (foot got messed up and felt like I cracked a rib), stopped at the 'urgent care' in Dripping Springs and they said they were a full service ER. I immediately said nope, thanks, and drove back to Austin to hit the Avery Ranch urgent care by Deception. A few X-rays and a boot later, it was like 200 bucks. ER would have been 5k for the same.
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    This sort of shenanigans on the part of some health care providers grossly overcharging has spawned an industry of attorneys who work for the patients to deal with excess billing some of these places dole out. My employer's provider uses an outfit called ELAP and all employees have strict instructions to NEVER pay any more than the deductible. If any other bill comes it is to be forwarded to ELAP and they handle the negotiations.

    I've never had any issues with the several urgent care places I've used over the years. Other than sitting in the waiting room with all the other sickos and wondering what I might leave with that I didn't bring in with me.
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