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Group Visits For Tobacco Cessation Get Paid More to Produce Better Clinical Outcomes This session is supported in part by a grant to the AAFP from the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center Evidence-based recommendations:

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Group Visits For Tobacco Cessation

Get Paid More to Produce Better Clinical Outcomes

This session is supported in part by a grant to the AAFP from the Smoking Cessation Leadership Center


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Evidence-based recommendations:

  • All patients should be asked if they use tobacco and should have their tobacco-use status documented on a regular basis. Evidence has shown that this significantly increases rates of clinician intervention.Strength of evidence: A

  • Clinic screening systems such as expanding the vital signs to include tobacco-use status, or the use of other reminder systems such as chart stickers or computer prompts are essential for the consistent assessment, documentation, and intervention with tobacco use.

    Strength of evidence: B

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Clinical Guidelines and Evidence Reports (AHRQ) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?rid=hstat2.section.7838


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Evidence-based recommendations:

  • All physicians should strongly advise every patient who smokes to quit because evidence shows that physician advice to quit smoking increases abstinence rates.Strength of evidence: A

  • All clinicians should strongly advise their patients who use tobacco to quit. Although studies have not independently addressed the impact of advice to quit by all types of nonphysician clinicians, it is reasonable to believe that such advice is effective in increasing their patients' long-term quit rates.Strength of evidence: B

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Clinical Guidelines and Evidence Reports (AHRQ) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/bv.fcgi?rid=hstat2.section.7838


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Question for audience:

Do you currently offer group visits?

  • Yes – for tobacco cessation

  • Yes – for conditions other than tobacco use

  • No


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Outline

  • What are group visits?

  • Why should you offer group visits?

  • What are the outcomes from using groups visits?

  • How do you organize and schedule a group visit?

  • How do you bill & document a group visit?

  • How do you apply group visit techniques to tobacco cessation?


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“Skeptical scrutiny is the means...by which deep insights can be winnowed from deep nonsense.” --Carl Sagan


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What kinds of patients benefit most from group visits?

  • High-risk patients:

    • Those patients who have an increased risk for both high resource utilization and poor outcomes

    • Tobacco users are certainly at high risk for both


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High-risk groups

  • Diabetes

  • Tobacco users

  • Asthma

  • Cardiovascular disease (CVD)

  • Dyslipidemia

  • Depression

  • Total joint replacements

  • Frail elderly

  • HIV/AIDS


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We can afford to focus on high-risk patients

  • 1 percent of the population accounts for 20 to 30 percent of health care expenses

  • 5 percent of the population accounts for 50 percent of total expenses

  • Insurers are starting to fund and encourage group visits, even if they increase physician revenue



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Shared medical visits that provide an effective way to manage high-risk cohorts

  • Maximize educational time by working with 15 to 30 patients at a time

  • Many patients prefer group visits

  • Group visits offer a billable service

  • Any medical provider can offer group visits

    • Doctors, nurses, PAs, pharmacists, mental therapists, dieticians, etc. A physician and a dietician can even do a visit together

    • Attendance drops if primary physician is not involved


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Group visits can be annual, in a series, or longitudinal manage high-risk cohorts

  • Annual visits share information and reach set targets for the group’s diagnosis (e.g., an osteoporosis visit or a single tobacco cessation group visit)

  • Series group visits consist of 2 to 3 visits focused on tobacco cessation (e.g., initial and one 2 to 4 weeks later)

  • Longitudinal group visits can substitute for many individual doctor visits (e.g., type 2 diabetes, but could also be used for patients with tobacco use and other related major health issues)


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Difference between a group visit and a class: manage high-risk cohorts

  • Class only provides information to a group

  • A group medical visit may include both an individual E/M service and group education or individual E/M services observed by the group.

  • The individual E/M service is a billable service. Group education may be billable.

  • In a group visit you must spend one-on-one time to clarify the subjective, objective, assessment and plan for the visit.


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Models for shared medical appointments manage high-risk cohorts

During the early 1990s, we had three models:

  • Diagnosis-specific group visits (Masley)

    • Pick a diagnosis and invite those patients (e.g., tobacco abuse)

  • Cooperative clinics (Scott, Internist, Kaiser)

    • Invite a group with different diagnoses to get their care together (frail elderly)

  • DIGMAS: Drop-in Group Medical Appointments (Noffsinger, Psychologist, Kaiser & Private)

    • A system to help with access

      Now, many models exist


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Provider and Behaviorist Models manage high-risk cohorts

  • In the high-risk cohort model, I’ve done visits with myself and a few medical assistants

  • In the Cooperative Clinic and DIGMA models, you always invite a behaviorist to moderate the group

  • Residents do well with a behaviorist present

  • You don’t require a behaviorist; family physicians are great with people


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Models for Group Visits manage high-risk cohorts

  • No “right model,” just the one that works for you and your patients

  • The model you use is based upon

    • The goals for your patients

    • Your patients’ diagnoses

    • Your reimbursement needs

    • Available office space


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The model you choose should: manage high-risk cohorts

  • Improve clinical outcomes

  • Increase your productivity by about 15 to 25 percent

  • Improve both patient and provider satisfaction

  • Lower total health care costs


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Succeed in changing lifestyles with group visits manage high-risk cohorts

  • Group visits help many patients succeed in making lifestyle changes, such as in quitting tobacco use

  • Involve partners & family in changes

  • Groups visits have been shown to improve dietary intake and activity levels; which help to address weight gain concerns related to tobacco cessation


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Why should you offer group visits? manage high-risk cohorts

Share more information in less time

Improve clinical outcomes

Improve patient satisfaction for many patients

Save money on the cost of providing care

Increase productivity

Improve provider satisfaction

This is a rare Win-Win-Win opportunity


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Outcome Data From manage high-risk cohortsGroup Visit Studies

We need more data on Group Visits in particular related to tobacco cessation


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“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.” --Winston Churchill


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Outcome Data pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.”

  • Data shows group visits improve quality of clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction with care, cost data, & MD productivity

  • This includes for diabetes, HTN, prenatal visits, asthma, etc.

  • While group visits have been used for tobacco cessation programs, we don’t yet have data showing that the same intervention produces better results in groups than individually


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Organizing & Scheduling Group Visits pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.”


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“By doing just a little every day, I can gradually let the task completely overwhelm me.” --Ashleigh Brilliant


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How can you identify cohorts for group visits? task completely overwhelm me.”

  • Pull diagnosis codes from billing data

    • ICD code 305.1, Tobacco Cessation

  • Create registries at patient visits

    • Empower your staff to enroll patients

  • Review pharmacy prescription data

  • Create an Excel file or a Registry file that you can update at scheduled intervals


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Plan in advance task completely overwhelm me.”

  • Schedule > 8 to12 weeks in advance

  • Schedule 2 to 3 MA/LPN level providers for the first 15 to 30 minutes to collect data

  • Reserve a room!

  • Prepare overheads, handouts or choose reading material in advance

  • Prepare chart note forms in advance


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Group visit organization task completely overwhelm me.”

  • Organization brings order

  • Disorganization produces chaos

  • Some chaos will occur


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“In science as in love, too much concentration on technique can often lead to impotence.” --P.L. Berger


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How much time do you need for a group visit? technique can often lead to impotence.”(one tested method)

4 hours for a group visit with 20 to 30 patients: 2 hours group time and 2 hours prep time (5 patients/hour of your time)

  • 1 hour to prepare didactic materials and to coordinate with your staff

  • 1 hour for chart reviews prior to the visit

  • 1/2 hour for 2 to 3 nurses to collect data, and for the provider to document specific plans

  • 1 hour to share information within the group

  • 1/2 hour for wrap-up


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You can vary the time technique can often lead to impotence.”

  • Choose a group visit size that reflects your style, patient population and group visit room

  • You could see 10 patients during a total of 2 hours of physician time for a 1 hour group visit session

    • Allow 30 minutes for chart review, 30 minutes to prepare materials and 1 hour for the session (again at least 5 pts/hour of MD time)


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Selecting Patient Material technique can often lead to impotence.”

  • Select evidence-based objectives and targets, and give them to your patients

    • A notebook for patients with current status and targets

    • A book addressing lifestyle changes

    • AAFP patient education handouts: www.familydoctor.org

    • 28-page AAFP Stop Smoking Guide: http://www.aafp.org/online/etc/medialib/aafp_org/documents/clinical/pub_health/askact/guide.Par.0001.file.tmp/StopSmokingGuide2001.pdf

    • Review the other tobacco cessation resources on www.askandact.org


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How do you invite patients? technique can often lead to impotence.”

  • Willingness to enroll with the primary physician is about 50%

  • Create a registry of patients with tobacco use

  • Contact the tobacco users in your practice (e-mail, mail, postcards)

  • Offer 2 to 3 group visits yearly for tobacco cessation; have your staff market these sessions year round


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How do you invite patients? (cont) technique can often lead to impotence.”

  • One month prior, write a letter to tobacco users in your practice advertising dates for you next group visit (postal mail or e-mail)

  • The letter encourages them to call and enroll for the group visit

  • Have your receptionist call 1 week later to encourage enrollment.


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Chart review before the group visit (ensures quality) technique can often lead to impotence.”

Addresses key targets for the specific diagnosis

If you have a registry of high-risk cohort patients, this is very easy

If your charts lack cohort specific targets, the first review can be lengthy, but critically important

Once a template is built for the chart review, a nurse/PA/MA can add data for physicians review


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Registration technique can often lead to impotence.”

  • First visit, during registration forms must be signed (I strongly recommend confidentiality and HIPAA forms), patients should be registered and fees collected

  • Thereafter, register, collect co-payment or normal appointment fee, and begin data collection


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Agreement to Participate Example technique can often lead to impotence.”

  • I agree to meet with a group of patients and my doctor. I have the choice to be seen by my physician in this group or individually.

  • Like any doctor’s appointment, I agree to be responsible for the bill or co-payment associated with this doctor’s visit.


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Confidentiality Form technique can often lead to impotence.”

  • I agree to keep all information regarding other patients at these visits private and agree not to disclose any information regarding other patients in these group visits.

  • I will respect others’ privacy - ok to discuss what you have learned in these sessions, but don’t mention anyone’s name outside this group!


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HIPAA Issues technique can often lead to impotence.”

  • Receptionist should mention this issue when they register for the appointment

  • Signed HIPAA Disclosure Form essential

    • Share with your HIPAA compliance officer

    • Physicians should avoid sharing personal health info about a patient without “additional consent” to do so


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  • During a Group Visit it is possible that some of my personal health information will be disclosed. For example, at a Group Visit for Tobacco Cessation, it might be assumed that everyone attending uses tobacco. Discussions may occur regarding personal health information during a group visit. I have been notified of this potential disclosure and I wish to participate in a group medical visit. I realize that I have the option of being seen individually.

HIPAA Consent Example


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Room set-up health information will be disclosed. For example, at a Group Visit for Tobacco Cessation, it might be assumed that everyone attending uses tobacco. Discussions may occur regarding personal health information during a group visit. I have been notified of this potential disclosure and I wish to participate in a group medical visit. I realize that I have the option of being seen individually.

Horse-shoe shape works well

Back corners used for nurse evals

Curtain for privacy optional

Put handout materials by the entry/exit door

Have a cart with blood pressure cuffs, charts, materials, extra pens, etc.

Consider table for tea, healthy snacks, or for cooking demos


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Room Layout health information will be disclosed. For example, at a Group Visit for Tobacco Cessation, it might be assumed that everyone attending uses tobacco. Discussions may occur regarding personal health information during a group visit. I have been notified of this potential disclosure and I wish to participate in a group medical visit. I realize that I have the option of being seen individually.

Nurse

Nurse

Projector

Clip Board Screen

Tea

MD


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Patient Role health information will be disclosed. For example, at a Group Visit for Tobacco Cessation, it might be assumed that everyone attending uses tobacco. Discussions may occur regarding personal health information during a group visit. I have been notified of this potential disclosure and I wish to participate in a group medical visit. I realize that I have the option of being seen individually.

  • Arrive on time

  • Register

  • Find a chair and complete subjective aspect of the SOAP (subjective, objective, assessment, plan) note

  • Meet with the nurse

  • Meet with the doctor

  • Return to chair


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Nurse Exam Stations (2 to 3) health information will be disclosed. For example, at a Group Visit for Tobacco Cessation, it might be assumed that everyone attending uses tobacco. Discussions may occur regarding personal health information during a group visit. I have been notified of this potential disclosure and I wish to participate in a group medical visit. I realize that I have the option of being seen individually.

  • Maximum 3 to 4 minutes/pt (sees 10 pts/30 min)

  • Medical Record (EMR or paper)

  • New progress note completed. MD may have already made comments from chart review

  • Scale, BP cuff, peak flow meter, etc

  • Review of systems, past history, vital signs and peak flow may be completed here

  • Physician will complete the note and sign the progress note


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MD Role health information will be disclosed. For example, at a Group Visit for Tobacco Cessation, it might be assumed that everyone attending uses tobacco. Discussions may occur regarding personal health information during a group visit. I have been notified of this potential disclosure and I wish to participate in a group medical visit. I realize that I have the option of being seen individually.

  • Conduct preliminary 1-on-1, face to face E/M with each patient

    • Signed HIPAA disclosure essential;

    • Clarify assessment with the patient (you smoke, it is harmful and I advise you to stop using tobacco).

  • Get permission to conduct balance of E/M service with group observing

    • Might include starting a new medication and the risks and benefits of that Rx

    • Put issues to address on the clip board

    • Private issues can be addressed at an individual follow up visit (a recent headache)


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MD location during documentation time health information will be disclosed. For example, at a Group Visit for Tobacco Cessation, it might be assumed that everyone attending uses tobacco. Discussions may occur regarding personal health information during a group visit. I have been notified of this potential disclosure and I wish to participate in a group medical visit. I realize that I have the option of being seen individually.

  • Doctor’s station (table in the corner), or go from patient to patient (but you must have a HIPAA disclosure signed for this to work)

  • Don’t leave the room


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How does a preceptor mix with a resident-led group visit? health information will be disclosed. For example, at a Group Visit for Tobacco Cessation, it might be assumed that everyone attending uses tobacco. Discussions may occur regarding personal health information during a group visit. I have been notified of this potential disclosure and I wish to participate in a group medical visit. I realize that I have the option of being seen individually.

During the initial 30 minutes, while the patient has had data collected by the nurse, and when the provider (resident) speaks briefly with each individual, the preceptor should be available to observe and document “the key aspects of this appointment”


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Prepare your chart note in advance health information will be disclosed. For example, at a Group Visit for Tobacco Cessation, it might be assumed that everyone attending uses tobacco. Discussions may occur regarding personal health information during a group visit. I have been notified of this potential disclosure and I wish to participate in a group medical visit. I realize that I have the option of being seen individually.

  • Have a typed, fill in the blank note for your chart reviews (examples to follow)

  • Fill in targets and recent labs prior with the chart review

  • Choose targets you want to reach for the note


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Prepare your chart note in advance health information will be disclosed. For example, at a Group Visit for Tobacco Cessation, it might be assumed that everyone attending uses tobacco. Discussions may occur regarding personal health information during a group visit. I have been notified of this potential disclosure and I wish to participate in a group medical visit. I realize that I have the option of being seen individually.

Nurse and patient may complete the review of systems, past history, vital signs and peak flow measurement.

You must document HPI, assessment and plan for each patient. The level of service is based on medically necessary key components provided to individual patient.


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Documentation and health information will be disclosed. For example, at a Group Visit for Tobacco Cessation, it might be assumed that everyone attending uses tobacco. Discussions may occur regarding personal health information during a group visit. I have been notified of this potential disclosure and I wish to participate in a group medical visit. I realize that I have the option of being seen individually.Billing Examples


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Group visits are only intended for established patients health information will be disclosed. For example, at a Group Visit for Tobacco Cessation, it might be assumed that everyone attending uses tobacco. Discussions may occur regarding personal health information during a group visit. I have been notified of this potential disclosure and I wish to participate in a group medical visit. I realize that I have the option of being seen individually.New patients should initially be seen individuallyOtherwise, the potential patient interactions and billing aspects may become very complicated


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SAMPLE TOBACCO CESSATION PROGRESS NOTE health information will be disclosed. For example, at a Group Visit for Tobacco Cessation, it might be assumed that everyone attending uses tobacco. Discussions may occur regarding personal health information during a group visit. I have been notified of this potential disclosure and I wish to participate in a group medical visit. I realize that I have the option of being seen individually.Name: _____________________Date: ____________ID #: ________________________________HPI: Subjective (at least 4 questions)Years you have smoked? _____ Average cigarettes per day? _____ How many times have you tried to quit? _____Number Tobacco Pack Years? ____________ Hx recent heartburn? __ yes __ noHx smoker’s Coughing? __ yes __ noHx sinus problems? __ yes __ noAny specific issues you want addressed at this visit with the group? _____________________________________________________ROS: (at least 2 questions)– Has your activity level been recently limited by breathing issues?–Any chest pain with exercise?–Any problems with insomnia? Past Med Hx: (See chart for details) Meds: (Include ASA qd; see flow sheet)


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TOBACCO USE: PROGRESS NOTE, continued health information will be disclosed. For example, at a Group Visit for Tobacco Cessation, it might be assumed that everyone attending uses tobacco. Discussions may occur regarding personal health information during a group visit. I have been notified of this potential disclosure and I wish to participate in a group medical visit. I realize that I have the option of being seen individually.Objective –Wt __________ BP __________ BMI ________ RR ________–Peakflow today ___________ Assessment (Tobacco abuse, 305.1); Other related diagnoses? _____________________ 

Plan–Quit date planned–Behavioral options to quit reviewed–Medication options reviewed. Risks, benefits, and side effects discussed and questions answered.– Rx ________________________________________

– Additional Plan _________________________________

Billing: (circle one) 99212 99213 99214


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Group Visit Details health information will be disclosed. For example, at a Group Visit for Tobacco Cessation, it might be assumed that everyone attending uses tobacco. Discussions may occur regarding personal health information during a group visit. I have been notified of this potential disclosure and I wish to participate in a group medical visit. I realize that I have the option of being seen individually.


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Billing issues (key points) health information will be disclosed. For example, at a Group Visit for Tobacco Cessation, it might be assumed that everyone attending uses tobacco. Discussions may occur regarding personal health information during a group visit. I have been notified of this potential disclosure and I wish to participate in a group medical visit. I realize that I have the option of being seen individually.

  • Do not rely upon time

  • Rely upon the complexity of the diagnosis and your documentation

  • Consider the medically necessary key components provided directly to the individual patient in determining the level of service to bill

  • Include the diagnoses for comorbid conditions which were addressed in the visit


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Pitfalls in offering group visits health information will be disclosed. For example, at a Group Visit for Tobacco Cessation, it might be assumed that everyone attending uses tobacco. Discussions may occur regarding personal health information during a group visit. I have been notified of this potential disclosure and I wish to participate in a group medical visit. I realize that I have the option of being seen individually.

  • Call coverage, especially inpatient and obstetrical calls

  • Minimize patient no-shows with:

    • Reminder calls 1-2 days prior, “Your MD expects you at this visit!”

    • If the patient’s physician isn’t going to lead the group visit, a physician letter encouraging the session improves attendance


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Choose a time that suits your audience health information will be disclosed. For example, at a Group Visit for Tobacco Cessation, it might be assumed that everyone attending uses tobacco. Discussions may occur regarding personal health information during a group visit. I have been notified of this potential disclosure and I wish to participate in a group medical visit. I realize that I have the option of being seen individually.

  • Mid-afternoon for seniors

  • Early evenings for working adults

  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday appear to be the most popular days

  • Saturday mornings work for some groups (about 1/3 to 1/4 of those willing to participate in group visits)


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Lifestyle issues to address during group visits health information will be disclosed. For example, at a Group Visit for Tobacco Cessation, it might be assumed that everyone attending uses tobacco. Discussions may occur regarding personal health information during a group visit. I have been notified of this potential disclosure and I wish to participate in a group medical visit. I realize that I have the option of being seen individually.

  • Home environment

  • Developing new routines

  • Medication use

  • Stress management

  • Addressing cravings

  • Rewards


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What would keep you from trying this? health information will be disclosed. For example, at a Group Visit for Tobacco Cessation, it might be assumed that everyone attending uses tobacco. Discussions may occur regarding personal health information during a group visit. I have been notified of this potential disclosure and I wish to participate in a group medical visit. I realize that I have the option of being seen individually.

  • Space?

  • Managed care environment?

  • Staff support?

  • Inertia?


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Space health information will be disclosed. For example, at a Group Visit for Tobacco Cessation, it might be assumed that everyone attending uses tobacco. Discussions may occur regarding personal health information during a group visit. I have been notified of this potential disclosure and I wish to participate in a group medical visit. I realize that I have the option of being seen individually.

Not all clinics are set-up to provide group visits

  • Try using the waiting room

  • Hospitals, community clinics, and religious centers will often provide space for free to a physician and their group to meet


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Managed care health information will be disclosed. For example, at a Group Visit for Tobacco Cessation, it might be assumed that everyone attending uses tobacco. Discussions may occur regarding personal health information during a group visit. I have been notified of this potential disclosure and I wish to participate in a group medical visit. I realize that I have the option of being seen individually.

  • You need an administrative champion

    • Offer to track your success as a pilot for other clinicians

  • Every group visit tracked to date has resulted in better satisfaction, lower cost to provide care, and better outcomes

  • Many managed care companies encourage and promote group visits


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Staff support health information will be disclosed. For example, at a Group Visit for Tobacco Cessation, it might be assumed that everyone attending uses tobacco. Discussions may occur regarding personal health information during a group visit. I have been notified of this potential disclosure and I wish to participate in a group medical visit. I realize that I have the option of being seen individually.

  • Organize your staff in advance

  • Anticipate several people during the first 30 minutes, and one person to stay throughout the visit

  • Teach your staff to encourage group visits


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Inertia health information will be disclosed. For example, at a Group Visit for Tobacco Cessation, it might be assumed that everyone attending uses tobacco. Discussions may occur regarding personal health information during a group visit. I have been notified of this potential disclosure and I wish to participate in a group medical visit. I realize that I have the option of being seen individually.

  • This is a real factor

  • It takes energy to save energy

  • Are you fed up with the status quo yet?

  • How dissatisfied to you need to become to be willing to make things better?

    • Why not make this better before things get even worse?


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Group visits are effective health information will be disclosed. For example, at a Group Visit for Tobacco Cessation, it might be assumed that everyone attending uses tobacco. Discussions may occur regarding personal health information during a group visit. I have been notified of this potential disclosure and I wish to participate in a group medical visit. I realize that I have the option of being seen individually.

Achieve efficiency in patient education:

  • Improve outcomes (proven for diabetes, cardiovascular, etc issues)

  • Improve patient satisfaction

  • Reduce health care expenses

  • Enhance provider satisfaction


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Questions? health information will be disclosed. For example, at a Group Visit for Tobacco Cessation, it might be assumed that everyone attending uses tobacco. Discussions may occur regarding personal health information during a group visit. I have been notified of this potential disclosure and I wish to participate in a group medical visit. I realize that I have the option of being seen individually.


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Reporting CME for this event health information will be disclosed. For example, at a Group Visit for Tobacco Cessation, it might be assumed that everyone attending uses tobacco. Discussions may occur regarding personal health information during a group visit. I have been notified of this potential disclosure and I wish to participate in a group medical visit. I realize that I have the option of being seen individually.

http://www.aafp.org/online/en/home/clinical/publichealth/tobacco/cme/webcasts/groupvisits.htm

Click on:

  • Members: Earn CME

  • Nonmembers: Activity Evaluation


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