The Texas Department of State Health Services recently published detailed proposed rules on the construction and operation of freestanding emergency medical care facilities. 35 Tex. Reg. 1568 (Feb. 26, 2010). The rules define a freestanding emergency medical care facility as a facility that is structurally separate and distinct from a hospital and which provides evaluation and stabilization services for medical conditions that would lead a prudent layperson to believe that failure to get immediate medical care could place the person's health in serious jeopardy or result in serious bodily impairment, dysfunction or disfigurement or serious jeopardy to the health of a fetus. Under the proposed rules, most freestanding emergency medical care facilities would be required to be licensed by September 1. Comments on the proposed rules are due on or before March 29, 2010