The annual wellness visit shared medical appointment: innovative delivery of preventive care to the elderly

J Ambul Care Manage. 2013 Oct-Dec;36(4):335-7. doi: 10.1097/JAC.0b013e3182a3e78b.


The Hartford HealthCare Medical Group instituted 3 types of shared medical appointments (SMAs) in 2013, one being for the Medicare Annual Wellness Visit (AWV). While traditionally there have been 2 types of SMAs-either a chronic disease follow-up model or an annual physical examination model, the SMA AWV offers a preventive care focus in a dedicated visit for the elderly population, without co-pays and without logistics of conducting a physical examination. This article reviews the benefits and challenges of SMAs, including those specific to conducting the AWV, as well as the overall patient experience with the AWV SMA.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Appointments and Schedules*
  • Connecticut
  • Diffusion of Innovation*
  • Group Practice
  • Humans
  • Office Visits*
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • Preventive Medicine* / organization & administration
  • Workflow