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Shared Medical Appointment

Do you have one or more of the following health concerns?

  • Diabetes/prediabetes
  • Hypertension
  • High cholesterol
  • Obesity

You may benefit from receiving care in a group setting.

What is a Shared Medical Appointment?

A Shared Medical Appointment (SMA) is a group approach to better serve your medical needs. Six to eight patients, with conditions similar to yours, will join you in a group setting for 90 minutes to discuss your group’s shared medical concerns, as well as approaches to treatment. Our medical team includes a physician, nurse practitioner, psychologist, nutritionist, diabetes educator, medical assistants and an SMA assistant.

During these appointments, you will discuss health conditions, test and lab results, preventive screenings and vaccines, as well as your treatment plan to meet your goals.

Patients are encouraged to bring a friend or family member for support. However, every effort is made to keep personal information and medical diagnosis private. Those who attend will be required to sign a confidentiality commitment agreement.

It’s important to note that these types of appointments do not require you to change your primary care provider. All care plans are sent to your regular health-care provider for seamless care.

Nearly 100 percent remark that they would recommend group medical appointments to a friend or family member.

Shared Medical Appointment benefits

  • Discuss health in more detail due to increased time
  • Set and enhance health goals
  • Discuss lifestyle changes
  • Address medication questions
  • Review preventive screenings and vaccines
  • Discuss current test and lab results
  • Develop coping strategies
  • Share and learn from each other
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 419.383.5555.

 

Last Updated: 1/31/19