ITEMS IN FPM ON TOPIC:
Seeing patients with dementia in a group setting can streamline visits and help provide support for caregivers and families.
The author, who runs a solo, no-staff practice, holds regular group visits for patients with a variety of conditions. She describes how the visits are organized and reimbursed.
The article, based on four years of experience at one medical group, describes the advantages and challenges of using group visits to help manage the care of patients with chronic diseases.
The article features 12 "big ideas" in current practice management thinking, submitted by family physicians and selected by a panel of experts.
The article describes one physician's experience planning and conducting his first group visit.
In addition to providing step-by-step instructions for launching group visits, the authors lay out the rationale for group visits and how to code for them.
The author will discuss the following: 1. The steps required for planning, including selection of appropriate patients, specific details, time allotment requirements, patient educational materials and the pitfalls of group visits; 2. The need for appropriate data and documentation for reimbursement of group visits; 3. How group visits increase compliance, enhance clinical outcomes, improve patient satisfaction and reduce health care expenses.