Health & Fitness

February 4, 2014

Shared medical appointments; elder care

When Hannah Kish, 25, was in high school in a Cleveland suburb nearly a decade ago, she got her annual checkup in a then-unusual way: a group appointment at the Cleveland Clinic. Today, shared medical appointments are common enough that doctors call them “SMAs.” The Cleveland Clinic has logged 8,600 SMAs in the past three years, according to writer Emma Haak in an article in the January issue of O, the Oprah Magazine. Nearly 12 percent of doctors who belong to the American Academy of Family Physicians offer group appointments, she reports.

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