EDWARD B. NOFFSINGER, PhD

Considered a pioneer in the area of group medical visits, Dr. Noffsinger is the originator of the Drop-in Group Medical Appointment (DIGMA) and the Physicals Shared Medical Appointment (PSMA) models. He is currently a healthcare consultant and an internationally recognized expert in the area of billable group visits. As an advisor to medical groups and healthcare organizations both nationally and internationally, he was recognized by being selected by Healthspottr for their prestigious “Future Health 100” list of today’s top 100 healthcare innovators.

Dr. Noffsinger’s first book, Running Group Visits In Your Practice, published by Springer in September 2009, is a seminal and definitive work on group medical visits—and how to successfully implement them in one’s own practice. It is also a self-contained toolkit that includes an accompanying DVD with both training videos and examples of all the various forms and promotional materials needed to launch a thriving shared medical appointment program. His second book, The ABCs of Group Visits: An Implementation Manual For Your Practice, published by Springer in October 2012, is a step-by-step and week-by-week guide on how to design, plan, set up, staff, support, launch, run, and evaluate a shared medical appointment (SMA) program in your practice.

DIGMAs and PSMAs enable primary care physicians as well as medical and surgical specialists to see two to three (or more) times as many follow-up visits and private physical examinations, respectively, in the same amount of time—and to do so with high levels of both patient and physician professional satisfaction. DIGMAs and PSMAs allow physicians to work smarter, not harder by increasing productivity, improving access, enhancing patient education, containing costs, improving outcomes, better addressing psychosocial issues, and enhancing both quality and the patient’s healthcare experience.

For two decades (1999 to present), Dr. Noffsinger has been a very busy independent consultant in the areas of group visits, chronic disease management, and enhanced practice management. In addition, he was the “Vice President of Shared Medical Appointments and Group Based Disease Management” at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates/Atrius Health from 2007-2009; “Director of Clinical Access Improvement” at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (2000-2003); and a psychologist at Kaiser Permanente Medical Group for over 26 years (1973-1999), where he was “Director of Oncology Counseling and Chronic Illness Services” and involved with the Adult Primary Care Redesign for all Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers in Northern California. He consulted with Cleveland Clinic from 2003-2005, during which time he helped them establish more than thirty DIGMAs and PSMAs—and where their current goal is to implement more than 500 SMAs organization-wide (with more than 300 being currently operational).

Dr. Noffsinger has helped to established more than five hundred DIGMAs and PSMAs in healthcare organizations nationally and internationally—Cleveland Clinic, Dartmouth Hitchcock, University of Virginia, Sutter Health, Luther-Middlefort Mayo, Texas Tech Medical School, Woodland Healthcare, Bristol Park, St. Jude Heritage, ProMed Family Practice, Parkland Health and Hospital System, Everett Clinic, and Scripps Health, to name just a few. He has also implemented DIGMAs and PSMAs internationally (Canada, Holland, Australia, etc.) as well as widely within the governmental sector: the DOD (Army, Air Force, and Navy); the Veterans Health Administration; and the public health sector (community health centers, public hospitals, etc.).

Dr. Noffsinger has also been a frequent speaker at such large medical conferences such as IHI, AMGA, ACP-ACIM, ACLM, TRICARE, AANP, AAFP, ASLM, ACLM, GPIN, etc.—and a prolific writer who is widely published in the field. He has also been featured in Time Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, The San Jose Mercury News, CNN, CNN Headline News, PBS Healthweek, numerous television and radio stations, newspapers around the country, and in public radio broadcasts both locally and nationally. Dr. Noffsinger received Ph.D. degrees in Counseling Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley (1977) and in Psychology (with a Certificate in Psychoanalysis) from the California Graduate Institute in Westwood (1975), and an M.A. degree in Psychology from California State University in San Jose (1973). Previously, he obtained his M.S. (1967) and B.S. (1966) degrees in Physics from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.

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