Group Medical Appointments: An Introduction for Health Professionals
DeeAnn K. Schmucker, MSW, LCSW
Softcover: 176+ pages
Jones & Bartlett
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This outstanding resource provides a comprehensive introduction to Group Medical Appointments (GMA) for health professionals with chronically ill patients, and includes financial cost analysis, step-by-step instructions, tools, scripts, and marketing materials – all to help the provider create a GMA that best addresses the needs of the practice and the patient.
Recommended by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), this book 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.
Group medical appointments (GMAs) are customized, extended medical appointments with a patient’s own doctor and a behavioral health professional.
Patients served best by group medical appointments are those with chronic conditions who require extensive monitoring, support, and follow up. Group Medical Appointments provides an introduction to GMAs for health professionals with chronically ill patients.
This book includes financial cost analysis, step-by-step instruction, tools, scripts and marketing materials, all to help the provider create a GMA that best addresses the needs of the practice. Topics fully covered include:
The Many Faces of Group Management Appointments
Why it Works: Benefits to Patients
Benefits to Clinicians
Preparation: Laying the Groundwork
Launch and Execution: The Nuts and Bolts
Ongoing Market: Keeping the Census Up
Medical group managers, private practice clinicians, nurse executives, and behavioral health professionals will find this to be an excellent resource for group medical appointments.
DeeAnn K. Schmucker, MSW, LCSW, completed a Master of Social Work Degree, specializing in health care, at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Throughout her career, DeeAnn has created focused therapies for a wide range of populations. She has worked in long-term care facilities, neonatal intensive care, in-patient acute and rehabilitation hospitals, and in a variety of out-patient settings. DeeAnn has written a variety of health education courses covering the topics of mental health and retirement, stress management, healthy lifestyle choices for seniors and staff training manuals about sensitivity training for senior citizen patients. DeeAnn co-developed a course for patients with chronic pain. By helping these patients understand the pain cycle, the patients could see behaviors that contributed to their pain and make modifications in those behaviors. Recently, DeeAnn has broadened her study of pain in Neurobehavioral work, to help patients turn off their pain.
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