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Employee Benefits and Compensation

We believe that our employees are the heart of our practice.  NWMS provides a high quality and cost effective benefits package. Benefits offered by NWMS include health care options, wellness programs, tuition assistance, PTO, holidays, educational and career opportunities.

You are eligible for benefits if you are a regular full-time employee, partner or shareholder working at least 24 hours per week.  Health Coverage for newly hired employees begins on the first day of the month following or coinciding with one month of employment.

Insurance coverage

Northwest Medical Specialties (NWMS) offers Premera group insurance plans to qualified employees. Any premiums paid by the employee are pre-tax payroll deductions.

  • Medical insurance: We offer three comprehensive medical plans through Premera Blue Cross; two HDHPs and one PPO plan are available. For the HDHPs, NWMS pays the majority of the premium for the employee and pays a significant portion of the cost for dependent coverage. If you choose to enroll in the PPO plan be advised that any additional cost beyond the HDHP is paid for by the employee.
  • Dental insurance: A choice of two dental plans are available through Premera Blue Cross. NWMS pays the total cost for employee coverage for the base plan. Dependent coverage and enrollment in the buy-up plan is available for an additional cost.
  • Life insurance: NWMS provided a basic life and AD&D benefit in the amount of $50,000 for all eligible employees. Note: Employees can elect for additional coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts (FSA): These are accounts that you may participate in which will allow you to set aside pre-tax dollars in anticipation of what you may spend on medical, dental or vision, as well as dependent care, over the company’s benefit calendar year for yourself, your spouse and your eligible dependents
  • Health Savings Accounts (HSA): Similar to a Flexible Spending Account, you can set money aside in this account on a pre-tax basis to use for healthcare expenses.

Employee assistance program

The employee assistance program (EAP) provides guidance for personal issues that you may be facing as well as information about other concerns that affect your life. The EAP offers assistance with education, lifestyle and fitness management, dependent care and caregiving, and legal and financial concerns, as well as information on work matters such as career development.

  • EAP counselors are available 24/7. The program offers up to 3 free sessions per year with local counselors
  • You also have access to their website which contains over 3,400 helpful articles that will help you learn more and create balance in your life.

Paid time off

Paid time off (PTO): Employees begin to accrue PTO on your date of hire. After completion of the 90-day introductory period, you are eligible to use your PTO.

HEALTH ALERT! For the safety of our patients and staff only patients will be allowed into our clinics and everyone MUST wear a mask. See additional information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Important COVID 19  Information for patients of Northwest Medical Specialties

November 16, 2020 Update

During these difficult times we are making every effort to keep our patients and staff safe from COVID 19, we appreciate your patience and understanding with the changes you may have seen within our practice.

We strive to protect our patients and staff as much as we possibly can from any exposure on our premises.  NWMS has implemented a system wide policy that does not allow anyone in the building that is not a patient and everyone must wear an NWMS provided mask over their mouth and nose during their time on our premises.  This is to protect our vulnerable patients from the unforeseen possibility of exposure to COVID 19 which can be transmitted through aerosol droplets.  Sadly, we have had patients that have died from the complications of COVID 19, which is both devastating and preventable.

We offer a virtual visit option for family, friends, and companions to participate in the care of our patients through Zoom.  Our staff will assist you with every step of the login process and invite you to participate in real time from your vehicle or designated safe space in our building. Please contact us at 253-428-8700 to set this up.

The following offices are temporarily closed:

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, please make sure to contact us via phone prior to your appointment. You may also contact us for any additional questions by calling our office at (253) 428-8700.

Here are a few additional resources as well:

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control