Heritage Connect

The power of Heritage Connect is the way it leads to healthier outcomes by connecting patients to providers, educational resources, and a community of peers dealing with similar conditions.

When a 15-minute office visit isn’t enough...

Shared Medical Appointments (SMAs) are sessions that bring together a group of patients with similar medical conditions to meet with a provider. These sessions can be any length, but most are between 60 and 90 minutes. The sessions blend education and peer support to help patients discover new ways of managing their care.

 

With Heritage Connect, patients build lasting relationships with their medical team and see improved outcomes.

SMAs give you more time with your provider, even if the time is shared with other patients. The benefits of SMAs though comes from open discussion. Group members can share their experiences and help other patients who may be struggling. More questions and answers are generally offered in a group setting, improving the patient-provider relationship.

At Heritage Health we offer affordable health care that gets results!

With Heritage Connect we:

  • Connect You to Providers

  • Connect You to Educational Resources

  • Connect You to a Community Who Shares Your Medical Goals

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Heritage Health is changing how Healthcare is delivered once again...

Talk to your Heritage Health provider about the SMAs available for you. SMAs work best for those with chronic conditions who can benefit from group education and interaction with others in a similar situation.

For more information, please call (208) 625-9997 or email us at:   sma@myheritagehealth.org

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Shared Medical Appointments (SMAs) are sessions that bring together a group of patients with similar medical conditions to meet with a provider. These sessions can be any length, but most are between 60 and 90 minutes. The sessions blend education and peer support to help patients discover new ways of managing their care.

SMAs give patients more time with their provider, even if the time is shared with other patients. The benefits of SMAs comes from open discussion. Group members can share their experiences and help other patients who may be struggling. More questions and answers are generally offered in a group setting, improving the patient-provider relationship.

No, while SMAs may look like a support group, these appointments are run by a qualified clinician. Each patient in an SMA will receive individualized support and care, including a private exam, if needed. The goal of these appointments is to give you the tools you need to be successful managing your health.

Studies have shown patients who participate in Shared Medical Appointments are more likely to continue group visits over their solo appointments. Patients have also reported having a better relationship with their provider when using SMAs as opposed to using traditional office visits.

Talk to your provider about the SMAs available for you. SMAs work best for those with chronic conditions who can benefit from group education and interaction with others in a similar situation.

Some insurance plans may cover the entire cost of the visit. For others, depending on your level of income, your responsibility may be as low as $2 – $10 per visit. PROOF OF INCOME MUST BE PROVIDED in order to make this determination.