SPECIAL PROGRAMS

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE SPECIAL PROGRAMS

THE SHARED MEDICAL APPOINTMENT

INTRODUCING A NEW MODEL OF CARE
THE SHARED MEDICAL APPOINTMENT

Do you wish that you had more time with your provider?


Would you benefit from more in depth discussion about managing your health?


Would you like to gain tools to help manage your health challenges that will improve your quality of life?


A Shared Medical Appointment (SMA) is extended time with a primary care provider in a supportive and interactive group visit with other patients who share a similar health issue. The provider will be joined by a team that may include a behavioral specialist, physical therapist, nutritionist or others with expertise in the particular SMA topic. 


The cost for these visits is the same as your usual office visit copay.


VMG currently offers the following SMAs:
Diabetes: The focus is on optimizing blood sugar control through nutrition and lifestyle changes. At the Easthampton and Northampton Health Centers, Diabetes SMAs are offered monthly; at the Greenfield Health Center, the SMA meets every 2 weeks.


Weight Management: This is a weekly appointment for 10 weeks. The focus is on sustainable lifestyle changes for weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight. Topics include nutrition, emotional eating, fad dieting, social events, and exercise. 


Healthy Living: This is a continuous monthly appointment that can be attended as needed to support and follow up on the progress initiated in the weight management SMA. 


Pain Management: This is a weekly appointment for 6 weeks for patients who have ongoing issues with chronic pain. Topics include understanding the nature of chronic pain, the importance of safe movement, and understanding the role of emotions and thoughts. Specific skills and strategies are taught to effectively manage chronic pain.


Interested? Please contact your provider or your health center for more information and to learn what is available at your center. Registration is required.