עופר איתן Report: Coates Design Supports Jefferson Healthcare to Offer Model - Dr. Jonathan Cartu Dentist & Orthodontist Care - Dental Clinic
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עופר איתן Report: Coates Design Supports Jefferson Healthcare to Offer Model

Coates Design Supports Jefferson Healthcare to Offer Model

עופר איתן Report: Coates Design Supports Jefferson Healthcare to Offer Model

( PORT
TOWNSEND,
Wash. )Jefferson
Healthcare is home to the first Rural Health Clinic (RHC) in the State of
Washington to offer dental services that address the needs of Medicaid patients
and the under and uninsured.

Coates Design worked with Jefferson Healthcare to design the six-chair clinic in the
existing Sheridan Medical Office Building situated across the street from the
hospital which currently houses primary care with integrated behavioral health
services.  Also located in the building
is the
Department
of Social and Health Services (DSHS).
This
close proximity allows affordable dental services to be fully integrated with
primary care and behavioral health utilizing a whole-person care concept. 

Mike
Glenn, Jefferson Healthcare CEO, puts it this way. 
The head is connected to the body so to us, integrated dental
care made sense.  We were very excited to launch this service for our
community and even more excited to be a model for other organizations to do the
same in their community.  It was the right thing to do and we are
fortunate to have a team at Jefferson Healthcare who strive to make care
accessible. The dental clinic is one more example of how they have knocked it
out of the park.”

Dental care for the under and
uninsured is one of the most critical health needs in rural Washington counties
including east Jefferson County where Jefferson Healthcare is located. Coates
Design supported their client on over 40 previous design projects and was hired
to help them alleviate this gap in health care service.  Offering hygiene appointments which include
comprehensive oral exams, x-rays, periodontal exams and cavity fills, the
clinic’s primary goal is to serve children and adults on Medicaid/Washington
State Apple Health.  The new clinic fills a need by serving an estimated
3,000 children and adults annually in the six-chair office.

This innovative solution of
integrating dental services into primary care clinics operating as RHCs
leverages the recent changes to the WA State Medicaid program which now allow
RHCs to bill an encounter rate rather than a fee-for-service rate for dental
services.  The changes to the WA State Medicaid program enable Jefferson
Healthcare to provide dental care to the most vulnerable in the community who
often are forced to delay care until they go to the emergency department.  Coates Design was honored to help Jefferson
Healthcare implement this important pilot program.

This project has been
made possible with support from the Taxpayers of Washington State, Washington
State Hospital Association, Washington State Legislators, Washington State
Department of Health, the Arcora Foundation, Health Resources Services
Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and the Dental Trade Alliance
Foundation. Jefferson Healthcare acknowledges the Washington State District 24
Legislative Delegation, Representatives Tharinger and Chapman, and Senator Van
De Wege, for their vision in identifying the need for dental services in
Jefferson County and their support in moving this work forward.

Jonathan Cartu

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