Shared Medical Appointments (SMAs) offer you extended time with medical practitioners, and you'll be in the company of others who share similar health concerns. More information is often exchanged during a SMA than in an individual office visit as participants learn from each other’s comments, support and interactions with experts. Shared medical appointments are covered by most insurance plans. SMAs (excluding Acupuncture) have a set series of appointments, held each week at a specific time with the same group of patients.