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Group Medical Appointments: An Introduction for Health Professionals [Paperback]

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March 27, 2006 0763739316 978-0763739317 1
Group Medical Appointments offers medical group managers, private practice clinicians, nurse executives, and behavioral health professionals vital information for increasing patient's and health professional's satisfaction and level of care. This must-have resource details the plethora of possibilities afforded by group medical appointments, including a wider range of support, greater focus on the individual's care, as well as more efficient, cost-effective treatment.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Not Avail; 1 edition (March 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763739316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763739317
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,329,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Concept June 15, 2006
Very thorough and concise. Takes the reader from the initial concept of group appointments through the nuts & bolts of actually starting a group. I'm going to be thinking about this for quite a while...lots of ways to use this whether in the private practice, SNF, or other environments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
In the season of healthcare reform, cost is at the center of the discussion. It is clear that no matter what change reform brings, costs must be controlled if we are to provide healthcare for all, . In the process of cost control, we cannot afford to sacrifice quality of care.

DeeAnn Schmucker's book, "Group Medical Appointments: An Introduction for Health Professionals" represents a way to work at the goals of lowering cost and maintaining or improving quality.

Ms. Schmucker outlines the rationale for group medical appointments: more efficient use of medical professionals, patient satisfaction with better access to care, longer and more comprehensive visits and the credibility of patient to patient information-sharing. During the course of a busy day, practicing physicians may welcome the change of pace from the grind of seeing individual patients to a more time-relaxed session inherent in a group appointment.

In short, this book emphasizes the advantages to patients and physicians with group appointments. The advantages to patients and professionals is apparent as one considers that expertise and efficiency that can be brought to a group of patients with a chronic disease. For example, a group of diabetics can meet for an hour with the doctor, physical therapist and dietitian all on attendance.

A final word. Having participated in Ms. Schmucker's seminar, I can attest that she brings enthusiasm, clarity and a sense of humor to these sessions that enable and encourage the medical professional to implement group medical appointments.

Glen E Miller, M.D.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! July 5, 2006
DeeAnn has done an amazing job at capturing the intricacies of Group Medical Appointments (GMA). DeeAnn has provided a wonderful resource for all health professionals needing to explore this dynamic topic. With exceptional insight, DeeAnn overviews GMAs and illustrates the benefits of these types of appointments. DeeAnn then provides a step-by-step process by which to utilize and lever GMAs. The level and breadth of information that DeeAnn provides in this book certainly shows her proven capabilities within this field. Great book, ...great job!


JT Consulting

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5.0 out of 5 stars Time for Change July 3, 2013
This new method for doctors to see their patients is brilliant. The patient gets more time with his/her doctor, has the support of those dealing with similar chronic illnesses, and can be a partner in his/her own care plan. The appointments are not only educational for the patients, but for the doctors as well. Why this isn't catching on faster, I am baffled. Definitely a must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Group Medical Appointments August 24, 2010
This is a very useful text directed toward health professionals on the subject of group medical appointments (GMAs). The book provides a nice overview of GMAs but also delivers enough practical information and details for a dedicated reader to establish a GMA system. For example, draft forms, scripts, and protocols are provided. There is a nice Q&A section that answers many of the questions that are likely to arise in the reader's mind. In addition, a glossary and reference section are included. The writing is clear and concepts easy to understand. While the monograph is well referenced and evidence-based, anecdotes from actual practice settings keep the book interesting and also support the real-world effectiveness of this approach to care delivery. In summary, health professionals interested in learning about or implementing a GMA system will find this book to be a terrific reference and a great starting point.
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