|Shared Medical Appointment (SMA) at Fremont Rheumatology (New Starting 2016, continuing 2017)
What is Shared Medical Appointment (SMA)?
During a SMA, a group of patients are seen together in a group setting. Patients learn from the healthcare team and from each other. While an individual
appointment typically lasts 10 to 15 minutes, a shared appointment is 60-90 minutes long, allowing patients to spend more time with the healthcare team.
After the group visit portion from 2pm - 2:30pm, patients will be seen privately for individualized care for about 5-10 minutes, while other patients will be joining
in the discussion of the topic, sometimes with a guest speaker.
Note: SMA is similar to your regular office visit – we will track your vital signs, Height and Weight & update your health summary. The physician will change or
renew prescriptions, order tests or procedures, and review test results, discuss medications privately etc.
SMA requirements: In order to enroll, you will the following:
2. You need to have a Primary Care Physician (PCP), with no “active” medical problems or recent hospitalizations
3. You want to improve your lifestyle habits, & be able to participate in group activities – sharing your story in spoken English.
Although the SMA are more comprehensive and lasts longer than a traditional office visit, they are the same cost as your regular office visit. Your health
insurance company will be billed as usual, and copays, deductibles or co-insurance will apply. If you would like for a family member to attend who is NOT a
current patient here, there will be a cost to attend, as seats are limited; and the priorities are given to our current patients.
What other patients say about SMAs? (from other healthcare setting)
Most have been overwhelmingly satisfied with the program. They enjoy the opportunity to relate to other people who are dealing with similar health issues,
share stories and ideas, learn from one another and truly create a bond. SMAs are particularly valuable to people dealing with chronic conditions like asthma,
diabetes and hypertension. Every patient has the opportunity to be a role model to someone else! For example, a 60-year-old arthritis patient got back on the
treadmill after being motivated by a 10-year-old who was successfully managing his arthritis out on the basketball court every day.
If you are interested, please sign-up with any staff or contact us: Tel: 510-791-1300
SMA Consent - Group Visit Confidentiality and Medical Waiver - 1 page PDF
|How Shared Medical Appointment (SMA) Can Benefit You?
SMAs offer an innovative, interactive approach to healthcare that brings patients with common illness
together with one or more healthcare providers. Typically 5-10 patients are seen together in a group
setting that learns a new skill, encourages asking questions, and sharing concerns & experiences.
Clinic, Kaiser, Palo Alto Medical Foundation.
Shared Medical Appointment (SMA) - Chronic Disease / Lifestyle Topics:
Since 85% of chronic diseases, like arthritis, have four common contributing lifestyle
factors: stress, sleep, nutrition and exercise, these will be the topics covered in our
sessions. You will learn about WHY it is important to focus on these four areas to improve not only
your arthritis pains, but your other chronic medical diseases, like high blood pressure, weight and
diabetes. You will also work with your physicians to customize your healthy living plan: taking “Small
Steps Toward Success.”
Arthritis, Osteoporosis, and Auto-Immune Diseases
Barry Shibuya M.D. and Christine Elias M.D.