What is a Shared Medical Appointment? A Shared Medical Appointment, also known as a group visit, occurs when multiple patients are seen as a group for follow-up care or management of chronic conditions. It allows patients to learn from each other, ask questions, and share experiences. Patients are seen one-on-one by the doctor and then by a team that includes a Registered Nurse, Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetic Educator, and Medical Assistant.
What are the BENEFITS of a Shared Medical Appointment? Patients have more time with the provider. You will receive a combined 90 minutes with your provider, which includes some individual time and some group time. The visits also include a multidisciplinary care team and the shared experience, concerns, and support of other patients. Patients leave with more information and answers to questions they may not have known to ask.
Is the Shared Medical Appointment a Seminar? No. Although patients receive a lot of information and they do get more time with their doctor and care team, it is not a seminar. Patients will receive many of the same services they receive in a regular appointment; such as medication review, review of results, referrals, and medications needed. However, they will also learn from other patient's questions and experiences. They may also participate in activity demonstrations, sample healthy food alternatives, view cooking demonstrations, and receive additional education and handouts not normally included in a regular visit.
If I attend a Shared Medical Appointment, do I always have to see my doctor in a Shared Medical Appointment? No. The shared medical appointment is an additional visit and health care choice available to you. Most patients who try a shared medical appointment want to return, but you can always also schedule regular individual office visits with your doctor.
What about Privacy? If you participate in Shared Medical Appointment, you will be asked to sign a privacy and confidentiality agreement. All patients that participate have to sign this agreement. The confidentiality and privacy agreement assure that any information patients share during these appointments remains private and confidential. Once patients participate, many have reported reported feeling much more comfortable with sharing information and grateful for the information others share with them in return.
Does my insurance pay for a Shared Medical Appointment? Yes. Shared Medical Appointments are covered just like regular office visits. It will be billed exactly like a regular office visits. Patients are normally just responsible for their co-payment and or co-insurance.
Can I get my medications in a Shared Medical Appointment? Yes, everything available to you at a regular office visit can be done as part of the Shared Medical Appointment. You can do everything at a shared medical appointment that you would a regular medical visit. The doctor can give you prescriptions, referrals, test results and a plan for ways to improve your health.
Can I bring a family member or friend with me? Yes. We encourage you to bring a spouse, family member or friend. It is your appointment but may be helpful to you to have someone with you. Anyone that attends with you will be required to sign a privacy and confidentiality agreement.
How can I join a Shared Medical Appointment? Please speak with your doctor at your next appointment and ask for more information. You may also speak with any member of our Patient Care Team.
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