Project Access is a specialty care referral network administered by the PCC. It is composed of a dedicated group of health care specialists, local hospitals, and diagnostic facilities that participate in a coordinated effort to provide specialty care to low-income, uninsured community members.
Project Access receives referral requests from more than 11 clinic organizations and secures timely and appropriate access to specialty care services for patients with the highest priority needs. Project Access volunteers help these individuals gain timely access to needed specialty care, potentially preventing more serious medical problems or complications, avoiding acute hospitalizations, and reducing expensive medical bills.
Patients participating in Project Access are referred from Montgomery Cares safety-net clinics or Nexus Montgomery and continue to receive primary care through their home clinic.
Project Access relies on the contributions of a dedicated network of approximately 100 local specialists who agree to see low-income, uninsured patients. We also partner with all six hospitals in Montgomery County to schedule surgeries and other hospital-based procedures.
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1,500+ individuals served each year an over 3,000 appointments.
Clinics participating in Montgomery Cares provide primary care to these patients. Once the primary care provider (PCP) determines the patient’s need for specialty care, the clinics refer the patient to Project Access, which coordinates an appointment with a specialist in our network. You can access the Project Access Referral Manual for participating clinics here.
Project Access staff evaluate each referral and arrange specialty care based on the urgency and severity of the case. The specific services Project Access provides vary based on the specialty areas of the participating specialists and may include:
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Eligibility Project Access patients must be referred by a health care provider. Most patients are referred from Montgomery Cares clinics. Eligible patients:
Project Access is administered by the Primary Care Coalition and funded by Nexus Montgomery and Montgomery County. Core funding is augmented by in kind contributions of volunteer physician specialists and diagnostic facilities as well as grants and donations secured by the PCC. This web page has not been reviewed or approved by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services or the Nexus Montgomery Board of Managers.