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Adults: Adults may be able to get financial assistance to pay for a health insurance plan through the health insurance Marketplace. To apply, visit www.healthcare.gov or call 800-318-2596.
Update your information at YourTexasBenefits.com or call 2-1-1 and select option 2.
Si no responde a las solicitudes de renovación o de información de la HHSC, podría perder su cobertura.
Atención beneficiarios de Medicaid: ¡Es momento de renovar sus beneficios! Esté atento a los avisos de renovación enviados por correo postal en sobres AMARILLOS que dicen “ACCIÓN REQUERIDA” en rojo, o por correo electrónico a quienes se inscribieron para recibir avisos electrónicos.
Llene y envíe los paquetes de renovación y las solicitudes de información a tiempo. Comuníquese con la HHSC para reportar cualquier cambio (como información de contacto, si hay un embarazo y cambios en el hogar) lo antes posible.
¿No califica más para Medicaid?
Niños: La mayoría de los niños todavía pueden obtener cobertura a través del Programa de seguro médico para niños/CHIP. Para obtener más detalles, consulte su aviso de Medicaid o llame al 800-964-2777.
Adultos: Los adultos pueden obtener cobertura del Mercado de seguros médicos. Visite www.healthcare.gov o llame al 800-318-2596.
Actualice su información en YourTexasBenefits.com o llame al 2-1-1 y seleccione la opción 2.
Austin Regional Clinic (ARC) doctors, staff, and leadership are committed to providing our community with high quality convenient care. One of the ways we demonstrate this priority is through our online transparency.
You can review our provider ratings and comments on our web site with the confidence that they are all based on verified visits. We post all patient feedback relevant to the entire visit and only refrain from posting comments that are libelous, profane, or those that risk the privacy of our patients.
The below guide provides details about how we collect and share our patient feedback.
ARC partnered with Press Ganey to collect patient feedback about their doctor’s visit. We gather feedback from text surveys that are sent after the visit. Press Ganey is an independent third party customer feedback company that provides the technology to collect the feedback and display ratings and comments on our web site. All ratings are submitted by actual patients and verified by ARC.
Patients for whom we have a mobile phone number receive a text survey within two hours of checking in for their visit. Patients are asked to complete the survey and provide ratings and comments regarding their experience at different touch points of their visit. We use this feedback to recognize doctors and staff, identify issues we can correct, and enhance our care.
ARC posts all positive and negative patient feedback that is relevant to the entire visit. We refrain from posting comments that are libelous, profane, or those that risk the privacy of our patients.
ARC asks questions that touch on the overall patient experience related to their visit. Anyone seeking detailed information about each question can view the ratings for each specific question on the Reviews tab on the provider bio page on the website. We calculate our provider star ratings based on the responses to question number six below. We calculate our location star ratings based on the responses to all the below questions.
Since more recent data provides a more accurate picture, we require a minimum of 30 patient surveys per doctor in the last 12 months before we post a physician’s rating.
ARC physicians and staff review all comments and act to rectify issues. Since the purpose of the feedback is to allow us to improve the overall patient experience, we display the last 90 days of comments which are the most relevant for the practice.
No. Only patients having an outpatient visit by an ARC physician receive a survey. The results are based entirely from patients who have actually been treated by the physician in our clinics.
Comments are reviewed and approved prior to being published to the website. If a comment contains any personally identifiable information, that information will be removed from the comment.
Accepting new patients
ARC Center Street
Ages seen: 13 - 99
Joined ARC: 2022
Dr. Cowden was raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. When he is not at work, Dr. Cowden enjoys spending time with his friends in Austin, including hiking the Greenbelt, paddleboarding Lake Austin, catching concerts and trying new restaurants and watering holes. He says he loves sports – “particularly college basketball (Go Tar Heels!),” and skiing. Among his favorite area locales are Barking Springs, “anywhere along the Greenbelt,” New Braunfels, and Gruene.
I began my career in public health as an epidemiologist, conducting public health research with multiple organizations. Thinking about disease at the population level inspired an interest in taking care of patients, so I entered medical school. I was drawn to women’s health because I can serve women with a diverse set of medical needs across all stages of life. Obstetrics and gynecology also allows me to use my public health experience and skills to address health disparities and participate in health advocacy. I listen to the concerns and needs of my patients and offer solutions that are grounded in evidence-based medicine. I strive to create an environment in which patients feel heard and supported so that I may best help them make decisions for their health most consistent with their desires and values.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), adolescents should have their first routine gynecologic visit between ages 13 and 15 years old, which includes an introduction to the gynecologist and general health counseling, as well as discussion of any concerns.
The annual gynecological exam is a yearly preventative and diagnostic examination that helps monitor any ongoing physical or hormonal conditions. The examination typically includes a routine breast and pelvic exam, and may include a screening for sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia or gonorrhea.
Contraception (birth control) is any activity, medicine, or equipment used to prevent pregnancy. There are many types of birth control available for women who do not wish to become pregnant. The choice of a birth control method is a complex decision; ARC provids information and supporting patients' decision-making about birth control methods through contraceptive counseling.
A gynecologist sees patients of all ages for a wide variety of health issues, including pap tests, menopause, UTIs, birth control, well-checks, and STD testing and treatment.
Obstetrical care is a term used to describe the management of both normal and complicated pregnancy as well as the delivery and postpartum periods.
Endometrial ablation is a procedure to remove a thin layer of tissue (endometrium) that lines the uterus. It's done to stop or reduce heavy menstrual bleeding.
Whether you plan to start a family soon or grow your current family, fertility problems can make the exciting time more challenging. Many different medical conditions and other factors can contribute to infertility, affecting men and women equally.
Flu vaccine can help prevent a flu-related visits to the doctor each year. CDC recommends everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated every flu season.
Genetic screening is the process of testing for a genetic disorders that may be passed to offspring.
A high-risk pregnancy is one where the mother or the fetus has an increased risk of adverse outcomes compared to uncomplicated pregnancies.
Hysterectomy is surgery to remove the uterus. In some cases, other parts of the reproductive system may be removed.
Intrauterine contraception is a minimal user effort method, and an IUD is safe in most women. It is especially a good choice for any woman who is trying to avoid estrogen hormonal therapy. IUD insertions are scheduled at your Ob/Gyn’s office. The best time for placement is toward the end of normal menstruation.
For your convenience and to provide you with the best care, ARC Ob/Gyn doctors are credentialed to deliver at a hospital near your clinic location.
Mammograms play a key role in early breast cancer detection and can help decrease breast cancer deaths. Often, a mammogram can detect cancer, noncancerous or benign tumors, and cysts before they can be felt.
An ARC Ob/Gyn physician can help treat menopause symptoms and help prevent osteoporosis and will work with you to recommend lifestyle changes and possibly medicine.
Getting regular preventive care and screenings may help find cancer and other health risks early, when they are most treatable and more treatment options are available.
Your ARC doctor will show you what to expect and how to manage soreness and discharge, soreness, mood changes, and more after delivery.
Prenatal care provides the best care for you and your unborn child. It also helps prepare you for the delivery of a healthy baby.
If you're planning to become pregnant, you want to take the best care of you and your baby to help reduce risks. Proper health before deciding to become pregnant is almost as important as maintaining a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy. We recommend you begin with a pre-pregnancy exam with an ARC Ob/Gyn physician or Nurse Practitioner.
Proper health before deciding to become pregnant is almost as important as maintaining a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy. We recommend you begin with a pre-pregnancy exam with an Ob/Gyn physician or Nurse Practitioner.
A sonogram is a medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves, or ultrasound waves, to look at the organs and structures in your pelvic area.
STIs are infectious diseases passed from person to person through sexual contact. They may also be called STDs for sexually transmitted diseases.
Tubal ligation, or “tying your tubes,” is a surgical procedure that prevents you from becoming pregnant.
Rating based on "Did the healthcare provider or doctor provide the care you expected?"
Everything was good 👍
Dr Cowden was awesome! Very attentive to my medical needs, compassionate, and professional ! Will be staying with him as my doctor !
A bit improvement in appointment time
Tech who did the ultrasound was also excellent.
I really appreciated that the MD was very easy to talk to and made me feel very comfortable along with the nurses and staff.
Everyone is so friendly..
We are happy to welcome Christopher S. Cowden, MD, MPH, Obstetrics/Gynecology (Ob/Gyn), to the team at ARC Center Street.
October 17, 2022
1 min read
Dr. Cowden is currently accepting new patients at:
Children (ages 3-11)
Adolescents (ages 12-18)
Toddlers (ages 0-2)