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Project Access Northwest connects un- and under-insured patients with the specialty care they need.
Our care coordination program focuses on patients who are uninsured or enrolled with Apple Health. We are partnering with patients who have a primary care medical or dental provider in a safety net clinic and have a specialty health care need, but no specialty provider.
When a family or primary care doctor determines that the care of a specialist is necessary, a referral is made to Project Access Northwest Specialty Care Coordination.
Our intake person reviews the enrollment form for completeness. Once the referral is accepted, a registered nurse reviews that referral to determine the appropriate specialty and to ensure that all needed labs, tests and imaging are included. The care coordinator then works with the patient to schedule all appointments and schedule interpretation services as necessary.
On the dental side, patients are referred in a similar way to the medical program — through referrals from neighborhood clinics and primary care doctors. At that point, our dental intake person reviews those referrals and once accepted, that referral is sent to the Swedish Community Specialty Clinic (SCSC), where a dentist reviews the referral, determines the treatment, time and care appropriate and sends the information back to our coordinators who then schedule the appointments and any other ancillary services with SCSC clinic. In Snohomish County, the system is the same, but we have a dental hygienist who looks at the referrals, and she sends them back to be scheduled at a variety of different dental provider offices more local to the patient.
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Our program proudly boasts a no-show rate of less than 5 percent, compared to the Medicaid/uninsured average of 30 percent.
Project Access Northwest removes the barriers to the client’s accessing care while reducing the paperwork and management burden on the specialty care provider. This enables providers to focus on care and serve a larger number of low-income patients.
Learn more about our providers who volunteer their time to care for patients in need.