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Introduction to Group Medical Appointments

Introduction to Group Medical Appointments

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by DeeAnn K. Schmucker, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.
Both patients and providers suffer from time constraints that limit their face-to-face time. With increasing limitations in reimbursement, office (and hospital) visits tend to become more condensed. This leads to dissatisfied patients and unfulfilled providers. In an effort to remedy this situation, many practices have adopted group medical appointments. This article outlines the concept, mechanics, responsibilities of the parties, and the reimbursement features of this relatively novel and seemingly paradoxical initiative.