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11th Annual Dr. Roizen’s Preventive and Integrative Medicine Conference - December 6-8, 2013, Las Vegas, NV
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Featured Speaker: Edward Noffsinger, PhD
“The Guru of Group Visits” – Physician Practice Magazine

Dr. Noffsinger, the original pioneer of SMAs, will take us through the fascinating history and development of group visits as only he can tell it. 

Dr. Noffsinger is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the area of group visits.  His work in this area has been featured in numerous medical journals.  He is widely published in the field and has been featured in Time Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, the Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, CNN, and more.

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Shared medical appointments are increasingly becoming part of the future in health care. They are an innovative, interactive approach to patient care.

Put aside the “Do more, work harder” concept and bring your team together in a way we find patients overwhelmingly find satisfying.

By updating the way we practice, we, as physicians, can avoid complacency. By using inventive techniques, we can forge the advancement of health care. Cleveland Clinic has offered shared medical appointments for 10 years, and the results show that patients are overwhelmingly satisfied.

We invite you to join us as we share our experience, expertise, and tips on implementing this care model in your own practices.

Best regards,
Marianne Sumego, MD
Director of Shared Medical Appointments

Come with your questions!

Both Dr. Marianne Sumego and Dr. Edward Noffsinger will team up in a dedicated breakout session to answer your questions. Take advantage of their expertise.

Whether you are NEW to SMAs or are EXPERIENCED and looking for additional insight, you will find this an ideal session to focus on what you need most.

You’ll Find Creative Solutions Through a Decade of SMAs at Cleveland Clinic

One can hardly disagree; there is a need for creative solutions in tackling today’s health care challenges. Shared medical appointments (or SMAs) have proven to be an innovative way of creating appointment access and – while at the same time -- improving the quality of care for our patients.

In this 2-day conference you can quickly gain an understanding of the Cleveland Clinic experience and capture the benefits of SMAs.

In addition, Dr. Edward Noffsinger will share more than 20 years of international experience so that you will gain the essentials for putting SMAs to work for your practice.

Caregivers report that patients have been overwhelmingly satisfied with SMA programs. They enjoy the opportunity to relate to other patients who are dealing with similar health issues. Patients share stories, learn from one another, and create a kindred bond, especially for those dealing with chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes, and hypertension.

Come and learn about this novel approach that has a proven track record of improving patient care and experience.

You’ll Want to Be at This Conference

New to SMAs? This program will provide you with the tools you need to implement successful SMAs in your practice. You’ll begin to formulate ideas and leave with a clear understanding of how to set up and market this innovative solution.

Already providing SMAs? Faculty will be on hand to answer your questions and get engaged in the discourse of group medical visits. The conference is designed to help you find answers and inspiration!

Why SMAs Make Dollars and Sense

  • Did you know that office visit fees are covered by insurance? And that the fee is the same as a 1:1 appointment?
  • Doesn’t it make sense to deliver information once to a gr oup as opposed to repeating the same information over and over at individual appoi ntments?
  • Have you considered that you can complete a gr oup visit in 90 minutes while treating 15 patients or more at once?
  • And remember, it makes sense that SMAs do not replace a regular individual visit but rather enhance care for certain patient populations.

Stay Current With These Objectives

After attending the activity, you will be able to:

  • Summarize data supporting the use of SMAs to increase patient access and improve quality outcomes for select chronic conditions;
  • Utilize an evidence-based approach to describe patient and provider benefits of the SMA model and be able to engage health care providers and infrastructure administrators in a critical discussion on  benefits and costs of implementing an SMA;
  • Objectively evaluate specific chronic conditions for their potential treatment efficacy and cost-effectiveness in an SMA model;
  • Review the essential elements needed to create a successful SMA or to improve an active SMA;
  • Develop a questionnaire process to measure the success of an SMA;
  • Implement a successful SMA model in their medical practice;
  • Customize and develop their SMA concept through disease and role-based break-out sessions.

Who Should Attend?

Front-line clinical and professional staff, physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, practice administrators, administrators, and senior leaders – whether new or experienced in SMAs.

Patient Testimonials
You feel better as a provider. The patients feel better and empowered. It’s a recipe for success.

"I think that it’s very beneficial as far as sharing your information because you are helping other people."

"You find out you’re not the only one that has these types of problems."

"The more that you listen to him talk the more you do get out of it. Even more so than you would on a one on one.” “It’s almost like a family-type relationship."

"My blood sugars were high today. So were somebody else’s. And if they’ve done something [to improve it] then they can share it with you. So you say, okay I’ll try that."

"I actually got quite a bit of helpful tid-bits today."


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