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Project Access Northwest is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2015–2016.
We launched Primary Link, a program that connects Apple Health (Medicaid) and uninsured emergency department patients to a primary care provider close to home. The program also assists patients who were seen at the Country Doctor Community Health Centers (CDCHC) After-Hours Clinic and do not have a primary care provider.
While Care Coordination remains our core service, we launched two innovative programs in 2014:
Our Premium Assistance Program helps individuals who are eligible to purchase private health insurance on the Washington Health Benefits Exchange, but can’t afford the premiums.
Our Minor & James Partnership provides pacing and care coordination for Medicaid patients seeking specialty care with this provider group, enabling the physicians to continue to provide care despite a huge spike in demand
The Affordable Care Act is implemented, but the need for an organization like Project Access Northwest continues.
We expand services into Snohomish County and then Kitsap County. We also began coordinating access to specialty dental care in select areas.
Over the last seven years, more than 16,000 patients have been referred to Project Access Northwest for specialty medical and dental care.
Volunteer dental providers contributed more than $725,000 in services to 810 patients at Swedish Community Specialty Clinic.
At the request of Harrison Medical Center and the United Way of Kitsap County, planning began for Project Access Northwest to provide services for Kitsap County residents beginning in 2013.
An environmental scan including personal interviews with nearly 50 of Project Access Northwest’s health care stakeholders resulted in a strategic plan to prepare for and implement patient support for access to specialty medical and dental care as a result of health care reform and the Affordable Healthcare Act.
Project Access officially changed its name to Project Access Northwest to better reflect its expansion to Snohomish County.
A dental care center for Project Access Northwest referrals opened at the Swedish Community Specialty Clinic providing complex extractions.
Snohomish County requested that Project Access expand its service area. Engaging hospital systems and recruiting physicians resulted in initial patient enrollments in the 4th quarter in Snohomish County.
By the end of 2010, Project Access had recruited more than 850 licensed clinicians; 7,250 patients had been referred to Project Access since its inception in 2006.
Project Access is invited to coordinate specialty care services at the Swedish Community Specialty Clinic (SCSC) as Swedish relocates and combines the Mother Joseph Clinic and Glaser Clinic to its First Hill Campus.
The Snohomish County Medical Society approached Project Access to learn more about the potential model for development in Snohomish County.
In addition to the two pilot programs, physicians from Evergreen Medical Center and Group Health Cooperative committed to participate, and King County Project Access is officially “launched.”
Two pilot programs were successfully launched at Pacific Medical Centers and Swedish – Cherry Hill campus. The local partners recommended start-up of an independent non-profit endorsed by the King County Medical Society.
King County local partners began meeting twice monthly to determine if a Project Access-type program (distributed network of specialty charity care) would be viable in King County. Local partners included:
King County safety net providers convene to discuss potential solutions to the challenge of accessing specialty services for low-income uninsured and vulnerable patients. Discussions led to multiple attempts to engage local providers and agencies; various models were researched and explored.