Group visits can be an effective practice tool for busy physicians caring for patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, that call for close management. In fact, the AAFP supports group visits, also called shared medical appointments, as a proven method of improving care quality and helping patients take control of their health care.
Research shows that group visits are a win-win for physicians and their patients. Physicians are able to see as many as 15 patients in a two-hour period, and positive results for patients include reductions in obesity, blood pressure, cholesterol levels and hemoglobin A1c levels.
Other pluses include enhanced physician-patient relationships and improved patient satisfaction, health behaviors and medication adherence.
Physicians who want to try group visits but aren't sure how to get started can sign up now for a free AAFP webinar(engage.vevent.com) scheduled on Dec. 18 from 1-2 p.m. CST.
The webinar, titled "Prepare Your Practice for Group Visits," will be co-hosted by family physician Bertha Safford, M.D., of Ferndale, Wash., and John Coumbe-Lilley, Ph.D., an assistant clinical professor and director of undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Both moderators have experience guiding physicians and patients through group visits.
Safford is on the clinical faculty in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle and maintains a part-time practice schedule. She's also the medical director of quality performance for a group of Seattle-area clinics called the Family Care Network.
Coumbe-Lilley's previous work at the Practice Transformation Institute from 2007-2009 centered on quality improvement in the delivery of care to patients with chronic medical conditions.
Join in the webinar and learn how to increase practice revenue and enhance the care provided to patients with chronic diseases. Safford and Coumbe-Lilley will help physicians
- understand the components necessary to achieve successful group visits,
- show how to educate and prepare practice staff members for the change, and
- explain how to properly bill and get paid for conducting group visits.
Webinar moderators also will share group visit resources, such as the AAFP's planning and implementation tools.
As always, the webinar will archived for later viewing.
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