Is there any reason shared medical appointments (SMA) should not be used to lower the cost of the face-to-face encounter that Medicare requires for obesity counseling?
Support Patients Find in Group Visits Enhances Outcomes: Shared Medical Appointments Can Boost Practices’ Productivity, Revenue, was published by the AAFP in 2010.
Here is an excerpt from the article:
Brent Jaster, M.D., a Denver-based family physician and consultant who specializes in SMA implementation, said shared appointments can provide better access, outcomes and satisfaction for patients; lower health care costs for payers; and increase productivity and revenue for physicians.
“It’s a win, win, win for all parties,” he said.
Jaster said reimbursement is not a problem if a physician documents the individual care provided to each patient, and codes and bills accordingly.
What do you think?