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COVID-19 Restricted Access At NWMS

 

As of 3/23/20 NWMS has implemented a restricted access protocol at all 3 clinics that remain open- Tacoma, Puyallup and Gig Harbor.

 

-Only 1 additional person will be allowed during new patient consults

-No caregivers or visitors will be allowed except for special circumstances that will be based on doctor’s discretion

 

 

We understand the difficulty this may cause, however we must ensure the safety of our patients and staff during this time. 

 

Thank you,

Your NWMS team

 

 

NWMS COVID-19 Update 3.22.20

 

Dear NWMS patients,

We are taking every possible measure to protect our patients and staff during this COVID-19 National Public Health Emergency.

Some precautions we would like you to be aware of are:

-We have restricted area screenings at all clinic entry points
-All patient facing staff are wearing personal protective equipment for their entire shift
-Adjustments are being made to clinic schedules in order to reduce patient volumes
-We will now be offering Telemedicine visits
-We will have open clinics on the weekend to accommodate blood draws, injections, and office visits
-Our Bonney Lake and Federal Way offices are temporarily closed in order to allocate our staffing resources to our other locations 

A few additional important reminders:

-Always call our clinic if you are sick so that we can determine how to best care for you
-Please do not walk into the clinics if you are having symptoms, call first
-Call our office if you would like to see if your office visit is eligible for Telemedicine, your request will be review by your provider
-Only 1 additional person will be allowed during new patient consults
-No caregivers or visitors will be allowed except for special circumstances that will be based on doctor’s discretion
-Please do not bring any caregivers or companions to the clinics that are having symptoms

 

To date, NWMS has surpassed CDC and DOH recommendations and we continue to update these protocols daily as we receive new information from state and national entities. We would like you to know that we are taking every precaution to ensure your safety when coming into the clinic for your office visits and treatment. We want to personally thank you for your compliance and patience with our new protocols. We will continue our day to day operations in order to continue to serve you, our valued patients.

 

Please remember that we are all in this together and in order to help eliminate the threat of COVID-19 we all must follow the guidelines given to us by the CDC and DOH. It’s important that you practice social distancing and home isolation during this time. The only way we can get through this is by working together and taking this disease seriously.

 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your treatment, appointment or health, please contact our office at 253-428-8700.

 

Centers for disease control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Department of health: https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: 3/14/20

 

As always, the safety of our staff, patients and community is extremely important to us. We want you to be aware of some updates and steps we are taking to do our part in preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • We are maintaining our already thorough cleaning standards by utilizing CDC approved sanitation solutions.
  • As always, we have a professional cleaning crew that will clean and sanitize our clinics each evening.
  • If you have a fever, cough, runny nose or respiratory infection please call our clinic to speak with a nurse and you will be given further instructions and precautions. You may need to be rescheduled or be seen for further evaluation.
  • If you have traveled to any of the known locations with confirmed cases of COVID-19 or have come in contact with anyone known to have the virus, please call our office prior to your appointment to determine if you need to be rescheduled. 
  • A staff member at each NWMS clinic entrance will screen visitors for symptoms, travel history and contact with others before they are allowed enter the facility.
  • To ensure the ongoing safety of our patients and staff, we have implemented visitor restrictions at all locations. A limited number of caregivers or companions will be allowed with each patient as long as they pass our door screening protocol.
  • As always, we will continue to encourage patients to not bring children to the clinics. Additionally, children with symptoms will not be permitted to enter the clinic. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
  • All staff will be wearing masks as a safety precaution, not because they are ill. Staff that are ill will not be permitted to work.
  • Our commitment to the safety of our staff and patients within our practice is unwavering. We will take care of COVID-19 patients and all patients following all the appropriate policies and procedures to keep them and our staff safe.
  • Patients that are positive for symptoms will be isolated while in the clinic .

 

Please be aware that these policies and practices may require alterations in the event of new developments in the community and guidance coming from our advisory bodies for this rapidly changing situation.

 

For the most up to date information you can go to: 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html 
https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/Coronavirus 
https://www.tpchd.org/healthy-people/human-coronavirus 

 

NWMS Coronavirus Updates

Dear valued patients,

NWMS is committed to the health and safety of our patients, staff and community. It is our top priority. As we continue to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we offer you reassurance that we are taking every precaution necessary to ensure your safety. We are following standard cleaning protocols and precautions as well as taking guidance from state and national entities around COVID-19.

-If you are on active treatment and are having symptoms, please call our office so that we can determine how to support your care and treatment needs.

-If you are having symptoms and have a scheduled appointment with us, please call our office prior to your appointment. Office phone number: 253-428-8700

-Please avoid bringing family or caregivers that have symptoms to the clinic. Out of precaution, any companion with symptoms will be asked to remain in the car.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 a respiratory disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus. The virus primarily spreads person-to-person through respiratory droplets by means of coughing or sneezing.

According to Department Of Health, the risk of exposure is increasing for people who live in communities in Washington state with reported spread of COVID-19, though the risk is still relatively low. As you may know, the first case of COVID-19 in the United States was identified in Washington state on January 21, 2020, and the first death from COVID-19 in the United States also occurred in Washington state this past week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and DOH are monitoring the situation very closely.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

According to the DOH, symptoms can appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Most patients experience mild symptoms. Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

Fever
Cough
Runny nose
Headache
Sore throat
Shortness of breath

How can I prevent the spread of COVID-19?

There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19, and there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for the virus—in most cases, people with COVID-19 will recover on their own. Nonetheless, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventative actions to help prevent exposure:

-Avoid close contact with people who are sick
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
-Stay home when you are sick
-Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
-Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
-Avoid travel to countries with travel health notices related to COVID-19. Information about travel to specific countries can be found on the CDC’s website.

To help prevent the spread of the virus to others, the CDC recommends that face masks should only be used by certain individuals, including people experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and health care workers. For more information, visit the CDC’s website.

What should I do if I’m experiencing symptoms?

Remember the guidance coming from the CDC and the DOH: If you’re sick with mild symptoms and don’t have an underlying chronic condition, stay home. If symptoms worsen or you have trouble breathing, call your healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider will work with the DOH and CDC to determine whether you need to be tested for COVID-19.

What should I do if I am in close contact to someone with COVID-19 but am not sick?

You should monitor your health for fever, cough and shortness of breath during the 14 days after the last day you were in close contact with the sick person with COVID-19. You should not go to work or school, and should avoid public places for 14 days.

What should I do if I am in close contact to someone with COVID-19 and get sick?

If you get sick with fever, cough or shortness of breath (even if your symptoms are very mild), you should stay at home and away from other people.

If you have any of the following conditions that may increase your risk for a serious infection —age 60 years or over, are pregnant, or have medical conditions—contact your physician’s office and tell them that you were exposed to someone with COVID-19. They may want to monitor your health more closely or test you for COVID-19.

If you do not have a high-risk condition but want medical advice, you can call your healthcare provider and tell them that you were exposed to someone with COVID-19. Your healthcare provider can help you decide if you need to be evaluated in person. There are currently no medications to treat COVID-19. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you may have been exposed to COVID-19.

If possible, put on a face mask before emergency medical services arrive or immediately after they arrive.

Sources:

CDC – https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Washington State Department Of Health – https://www.doh.wa.gov/emergencies/coronavirus

 

Viral Illness Prepardness at NWMS

 

Beginning March 2, 2020 you will begin to see some changes around our clinics to ensure that we are doing our best to prevent the spread of several viral illnesses that are in circulation. The health and safety of our patients, staff and community remain our highest priority.

We will be asking for your help as we begin to implement these changes. If you are having flu like symptoms when you come to our clinics, please visit our sanitation station located in our waiting rooms. At this station, we ask that you utilize hand sanitizer and grab a mask! Please wear your mask for your entire visit. 

Flu like symptoms include:

-fever* or feeling feverish/chills *It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever

-cough

-sore throat

-runny or stuffy nose

-muscle or body aches

-headaches

-fatigue (tiredness)

 

For more information regarding the Coronavirus please visit:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html

 

For more information regarding Influenza please visit:

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/keyfacts.htm

NWMS Earns the Cigna Care Designation!

NWMS is proud to announce that we have earned several quality recognition’s from Cigna! 

Cigna Logo

Here are the recognition’s we have achieved through a rigorous quality evaluation done by Cigna.

Cigna Care Designation-

Cigna Care Designation (CCD) distinguishes network physicians who practice in one of the 21 specialties reviewed and who meet certain quality and cost-efficiency measures. 

Cigna Care Network Tier 1

Cigna offers a tiered benefit design option available to customers where they are afforded a lower copayment or coinsurance level for covered services provided by Tier 1 providers than if they select a participating non-Tier 1 provider. Tier 1 providers are listed on the directory with the “Cigna Care Network – Tier 1 Provider” designation.

Adherence to Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) Standards

Doctor is in approximately the top tier of practices within their geographic market for use of evidence based medicine. Measuring adherence to Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) standards can illustrate how well a doctor uses recommended medical guidelines for treating chronic diseases and providing preventive care.

Cigna evaluates the quality of doctor care using measurement rules developed by the National Quality Forum (NQF), Ambulatory Care Quality Alliance (AQA), Healthcare Effectiveness Data Information Set (HEDIS), or evidence based standards developed by independent physician organizations (such as the American College of Physicians, the American College of Cardiology, or the American Diabetes Association). These rules span 38 disease and preventive care conditions

National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Recognition

Awards or recognitions that come from experts in the medical industry and indicate the doctor provides excellent patient-centered care in one or more of the following areas: diabetes, heart and stroke, back pain, use of technology for improved patient care, or commitment to comprehensive treatment approaches that involve other doctors, specialists and the patient’s family.

NCQA Physician Practice Connections – Patient-Centered Medical Home™ (PCMH) – recognizes doctors that effectively manage their patient’s care by coordinating with other doctors, specialists and family members to deliver a holistic, or comprehensive, patient treatment.
NCQA Patient-Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP) – recognizes practices that have demonstrated commitment to patient-centered care and clinical quality through: streamlined referral processes and care coordination with referring clinicians, timely patient and caregiver-focused care management and continuous clinical quality improvement.

Northwest Medical Specialties and the American Cancer Society visit the capital!

Members of the NWMS team joined the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network this month to advocate on behalf of our patients and our community.

 

ACS CAN is the nation’s leading cancer advocacy organization that is working every day to make cancer issues a national priority.

Many of the most important decisions about cancer are made outside of your doctor’s office. Instead, they are made by your state legislature, in Congress and in the White House. ACS CAN empowers regular people to be part of the growing national movement that is fighting back against cancer.

If we are to succeed in our mission and fight against cancer, it won’t just happen in the doctor’s office or research lab. This movement must start at the statehouse and in Congress. And, it will be led by volunteers – regular people whose lives have been impacted by cancer – rallying together to demand change from their elected officials.

 

World Cancer Day 2020

 

 

World Cancer Day every 4 February is the global uniting initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). By raising worldwide awareness, improving education and catalysing personal, collective and government action, we’re working together to re-imagine a world where millions of preventable cancer deaths are saved and access to life-saving cancer treatment and care is equal for all – no matter who you are or where you live. 

Created in 2000, World Cancer Day has grown into a positive movement for everyone, everywhere to unite under one voice to face one of our greatest challenges in history.

Each year, hundreds of activities and events take place around the world, gathering communities, organisations and individuals in schools, businesses, hospitals, marketplaces, parks, community halls, places of worship – in the streets and online – acting as a powerful reminder that we all have a role to play in reducing the global impact of cancer.

This year’s World Cancer Day’s theme, ‘I Am and I Will’, is all about you and your commitment to act. We believe that through our positive actions, together we can reach the target of reducing the number of premature deaths from cancer and noncommunicable diseases by one third by 2030.

Join us on 4 February and speak out and stand up for a cancer-free world.

Visit https://www.worldcancerday.org/ to learn more!

 

Together We Ride, Together We Fight!

 

On January 26, 2020 members of the NWMS care team attended the annual Cycle For Survival event in Seattle,WA! We couldn’t be more proud of our team’s dedication to our patients and the fight against cancer!

About Cycle for Survival

Cycle for Survival is the movement to beat rare cancers. Our high-energy indoor team cycling events provide a tangible way for you to fight back—100% of all money raised directly funds lifesaving rare cancer research.

Why we ride-to beat rare cancers!

Rare cancer patients make up about half of all people fighting cancer, but they often have limited or no treatment options because rare cancer research is drastically underfunded.

Cycle for Survival raised $42 million in 2019—more than $236 million in over a decade. Every single dollar is directly allocated to rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center within six months of the close of fundraising.

BINGO NIGHT

Bingo Night Display

Please join Cancer Support Community for a night of Bingo. Come enjoy dinner, bingo, and prizes.
 
When: Friday 1/31/2020 5:30-7:00pm
Where: Puyallup Methodist Church 1919 W
               Pioneer Ave Puyallup, WA 98371
 
*This is a free event for whole family, but registration is required.*
Please Register with Abra Kelson at 253-200-3164 or email at akelson@nwmsonline.com