Project Access NW provides donated dental care through the Swedish Community Specialty Clinic (SCSC) and a limited number of private practices in King County. For uninsured patients, all care is donated. For patients with Medicaid coverage, the insurer is billed as normal. The participating clinicians appreciate the efficiency that Project Access NW brings to the care they provide to the uninsured and under-insured they serve.
In the coming year, they will continue to operate the Project Access NW King County dental program. This funding will maintain a critical part of the program that is integral to its success and will allow them to serve more patients. They do not expect any changes other than a continuation of the growth they are experiencing.
1. Community health centers and free clinics will continue to perform general dentistry services at no cost for Medicaid patients and sliding fee for low-income patients.
2. When the patient needs a complex extraction or has complicated medical issues, the safety net clinic dentists and referral coordinators refer the patient to Project Access NW. This involves sending a completed enrollment form, dental referral form and general health history.
3. Project Access NW care coordinators assure the patient meets Project Access NW’s eligibility requirements and that timely dental imaging is available at the Swedish Community Specialty Clinic (SCSC) dental appointment
4. They work with the dental director at SCSC to assess the dental needs of the patient to assure the right dentistry skills are available for the patient and the appropriate amount of time is allocated to treat the patient.
5. They work with the patient to alleviate nervousness and anxiety, explaining fully the care the patient can expect and the pain management available for care.
6. They appoint the patient, order interpreters as necessary, and send the complete dental referral information and imaging to SCSC.
7. They make reminder phone calls.
8. They juggle appointments for dental care to meet the patient’s needs while also fully maximizing the clinical care available.
9. The patient receives his/her care. This may be accomplished in one visit or in multiple visits.
10. Project Access NW works with SCSC to assure that the treatment record is returned to the referring safety net clinic.
- Expanded Support for Dental Care Case Management
- Pacific Hospital PDA Announces a partnership with the Seattle-King County Dental Society
Project Access Northwest
Project Access Northwest, now serving King, Snohomish and Kitsap counties, collaborates with volunteer providers in the health care community to open doors to medical and dental care for individuals with limited access. Case managers screen all patient referrals to ensure that appropriate paperwork, tests and imaging are completed efficiently and available to the specialist at the time of the patient’s visit. Nearly 1,100 healthcare specialists currently volunteer with Project Access NW, and more than 16,000 patients served since its founding in 2005.
Visit Project Access Northwest website here.
Seattle-King County Dental Foundation
Seattle-King County Dental Foundation is dedicated to eliminating dental infection and pain for populations that lack resources or access to dental care. They do this by: advocating and facilitating access for the underserved; increasing awareness of and resources for new and existing programs; partnering with others that can help; and demonstrating responsible use of our resources to our donors.
Visit Seattle-King County Dental Foundation website here.
Seattle-King County Dental Society
Seattle-King County Dental Society is a membership organization of almost 1,700 dentists practicing in King County, Washington. They are a component society of the Washington State Dental Association and the American Dental Association.
Visit Seattle-King County Dental Society website here.
Swedish is the largest nonprofit health provider in the Greater Seattle area. In addition to general medical and surgical care, Swedish is a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as cardiovascular care, cancer care, neuroscience, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatric specialties, organ transplantation and clinical research.
Visit Swedish Hospital website here.
Swedish Medical Center Foundation
The Swedish Medical Center Foundation is organized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of Swedish Health Services.