or....try calling the IRS...everything is in their computer and the clerk has to go through a whole series of questions (most of which they already know your answers--so can cross check you) before coming to an answer.
Better still....just google :Liverpool pathway controversy"
The thread below was the first time I had ever heard of this, but I see the handwriting on the wall. This will become a necessity.
But....it has benefits! /sarc
More doctors are holding appointments with multiple patients, a trend some say may help ease a forecasted shortage of physicians.
By Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News
In recent years, a growing number of doctors have begun holding group appointments seeing up to a dozen patients with similar medical concerns all at once. Advocates of the approach say such visits allow doctors to treat more patients, spend more time with them (even if not one-on-one), increase appointment availability and improve health outcomes. ---[WHOSE?]
Some see group appointments as a way to ease looming physician shortages. According to a study published in December, meeting the country's health-care needs will require nearly 52,000 additional primary-care physicians by 2025. More than 8,000 of that total will be needed for the more than 27 million people newly insured under the Affordable Care Act.
"With Obamacare, we're going to get a lot of previously uninsured people coming into the system, and the question will be 'How are we going to service these people well?' " says Edward Noffsinger, who has developed group-visit models and consults with providers on their implementation. With that approach, "doctors can be more efficient and patients can have more time with their doctors."
*Pioneer in the field and an internationally acclaimed expert
*Considered the father of billable group medical visits
*Originator of today's two major billable group visit models:
1) Drop-in Group Medical Appointments (DIGMAs) for follow-up visits
2) Physicals Shared Medical Appointments (PSMAs) for private physical examinations
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of California, Berkeley (1977)
Ph.D. in Psychology (with a Certificate in Psychoanalysis), California Graduate Institute, Westwood (1975)
M.A. in psychology, California State University, San Jose (1973)
M.S. in Engineering Physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1967)
Additional graduate work in business administration, University of Hawaii (1967)
Additional graduate work in astronomy, University of Chicago (1966)
B.S. in physics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1965)
In China they have “barefoot doctors” and I heard that works out pretty good.