| Posted On Aug 24, 2016 | By:

How Much Sleep Do You Need?

I get asked this question several times a day by my patients, and for many of us, the answer is, “not nearly enough.”

The National Sleep Foundation recently assembled 18 experts and sifted through 320 research articles. Based on this work, they recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night for the average adult (for seniors, they recommended 7-8 hours). The American Academy of Sleep Medicine also came out with a consensus paper and recommended that adults sleep at least 7 hours per night.

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| Posted On Aug 22, 2016 | By:

DPH Launches Much Improved Prescription Monitoring Program

Today the Department of Public Health (DPH) launched its updated prescription monitoring program (PMP) called “MassPAT” after a complete and long overhaul of the old system. DPH chose Appriss, a software vendor that currently runs PMPs in more than 25 states, to manage the new system.

There is little doubt that the previous prescription monitoring program in Massachusetts was underutilized by prescribers due in large part to the difficulty in registering for the system and the overall lack of functionality that often required multiple “clicks” to access data.

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| Posted On Aug 17, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health Welcomes Dr. Monera Wong as Chief of Geriatric Medicine

Atrius Health is pleased to welcome Dr. Monera Wong as the organization’s Chief of Geriatric Medicine. As Chief, Dr. Wong will lead the Geriatric Medicine Department at Atrius Health, which offers primary care, home based care, post-hospitalization, rehabilitative and long term care in skilled nursing facilities, and palliative care consultations.

The department also offers geriatric consultation for patients 65 and older who are referred by their primary care physician.

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| Posted On Aug 17, 2016 | By:

IMPORTANT Patient Information: Harvard Vanguard Chelmsford Power Outage Update 8/17/16

Due to yesterday’s power outage, the Harvard Vanguard Chelmsford practice will have a delayed opening of 10:00 am today. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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| Posted On Aug 16, 2016 | By:

IMPORTANT Patient Information: Harvard Vanguard Chelmsford Power Outage

Due to a localized power outage, our Harvard Vanguard Chelmsford practice will be closed for all patient care as of 3:30pm today. If you need medical advice, please contact the practice at 978-250-6000, as we will be providing 24/7 phone-based support per usual. Patients are being contacted by the practice to reschedule any affected appointments.

Local power crews are on-site and anticipate restoring power sometime tonight, but please check back for updates.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

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| Posted On Aug 15, 2016 | By:

Legislation Passed This Session May Help Bring Back the Joy in the Practice of Medicine

Last week Governor Charlie Baker signed into law HB3895 “An Act Increasing Access to Immunizations” introduced by Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez (D-Boston) and Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Boston). The legislation was widely supported by a broad based group of health care providers, including Atrius Health, that advocated for passage of the bill during the legislative session.

The legislation amended current state law (MGL Chapter 94C) to allow certified medical assistants to administer immunizations under the direct supervision of a primary care provider.

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| Posted On Aug 11, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health Classes and Support Groups

Atrius Health offers a wide variety of health and wellness classes as part of our focus on your total health needs. Each year, we offer more than 600 classes including support groups, chronic disease management, mind and body, prenatal and postpartum care and more. We’ve highlighted just a few of our class offerings below:

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| Posted On Aug 08, 2016 | By:

Summer Reading for Medical Group Leaders

The Atrius Health medical practices are members of the Group Practice Improvement Network (GPIN), an organization that brings together medical groups to share best practices. Recently, the group crowd-sourced its semi-annual list of recommended reading. From scholarly articles to bestsellers, members share these reads to foster better leadership and improve patient care.

If you’re looking for the perfect beach read to keep you on top of the happenings in healthcare,

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| Posted On Aug 04, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health’s David Green, MD Named the 2016 Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts “Physician of the Year”

Atrius Health is pleased to announce that David Green, MD has been named the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts (HCAM) 2016 “Physician of the Year.”

This honor is awarded to a physician or nurse practitioner who has demonstrated active involvement in the home health field. Dr. Green is being recognized for his dedication to caring for his Atrius Health patients in their homes and his work with the Emerson Hospital Home Care Department’s Chronic Lung Disease Program.

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| Posted On Aug 03, 2016 | By:

Vaccines Are Not Just for Kids

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a reminder that we all need vaccines throughout our lives.

All adults should get vaccines to protect their health. Even healthy adults can become seriously ill, and can pass certain illnesses on to others. Unfortunately, far too few adults are receiving the recommended vaccines, leaving themselves and their loved ones vulnerable to serious diseases.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Only 20% of adults 19 years or older had received Tdap vaccination.
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