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Q: What are the ways in which shared medical appointments can work in sports medicine?

posted on March 19, 2013

A: Sports medicine is an ideal place for shared medical appointments. Ideal opportunities include shared medical appointments geared to specific injuries or conditions, management of chronic conditions, and arthritis management. SMAs are a way to achieve multiple organizational goals: improve care, improve patient satisfaction with care, improve work satisfaction for providers and staff and (not least of all) improve the organizations bottom line. Sports medicine and musculoskeletal care practices and clinics provide an opportune place to set, and achieve, these goals.

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Physician Access - Can Shared Medical Appointments Help?

posted on December 17, 2012

Physicians are taking less patients, but feel just as overextended. Can SMAs help?

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Physician Burnout

posted on December 10, 2012

Are you feeling burnt out? Well, you’re not alone. There have been several nationwide, cross-specialty surveys that have shown that physicians are struggling with burnout.

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Ask the Expert: Quantifying the Benefits

posted on December 03, 2012

Yes! There are clear benefits to SMAs in the areas of operational efficiency, financial results, and quality metrics when they are implemented effectively.

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SMAs And Goal Setting

posted on November 28, 2012

Changing behaviors around our health is incredibly difficult. Whether it is losing weight, exercising more, monitoring our blood glucose levels, or taking our prescriptions regularly, we all struggle to meet our goals. Part of this is because we are often doing it on our own. Part of it is because it seems to get in the way of our everyday lives.

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SMAs And Health Literacy

posted on November 20, 2012

Shared medical appointments improve patient education, prevention, and chronic disease management. By integrating the help and support of other patients, they also offer much needed emotional support.

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Ask the Expert: Physician Personality

posted on November 19, 2012

There is a common misconception that it takes a special type of personality to be successful with SMAs... but even the most shy can be successful!

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Something For Everyone

posted on November 15, 2012

Do you think that you can’t use shared medical appointments with a heterogeneous group? Think again. Does it feel like it would be strange to do a SMA for physicals? It’s been done.

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My First SMA

posted on November 12, 2012

I admit – I was a bit skeptical when I first heard about SMAs. If I were the patient, I thought, I don’t know that I’d want everyone else eavesdropping on my doctor’s appointment. I couldn’t imagine sitting there for 90 minutes without getting bored. I wondered what I could possibly learn from other patients.

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Hello Blogosphere!

posted on November 06, 2012

For the past few months, we’ve been following many of you on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook and working on getting our website off the ground. Now here it is! We’d love to hear what you think of the blog and website, so please don’t hesitate to email us if you have any feedback at all.

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