A new program at the Ballard campus of Swedish Medical Center is designed to give faster treatment to workers who’ve been hurt in high risk jobs like marine services, fishing, and heavy manufacturing. Swedish just announced the new program called Employer Medical Assistance (EMA). From the press release:
Among other services, EMA provides emergency-room treatment with wait times much shorter than the national average, access to the largest and most comprehensive surgery program in theregion, quick referrals to medical specialists and sub-specialists in cardiology, neurology, orthopedics, rehabilitation and many other fields.
EMA stays in communication with the patient and the business throughout the process, and then bills the employer’s commercial insurance carrier. The program will be headquartered at the Ballard campus and expects to see up to 400 patients each year.