| Posted On Sep 21, 2016 | By:

The Importance of Managing High Blood Pressure

“My Doctor told me my blood pressure is too high – should I really be concerned?”

Yes, you absolutely should!

Many people have high blood pressure, and it therefore can be easy to think that this problem isn’t a big deal or is just a natural consequence of aging. This, however, is absolutely not the case.

High blood pressure or hypertension has been given the ominous label,

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| Posted On Sep 19, 2016 | By:

A Decade of Support for the Boston Heart Walk

Hundreds of employees from Atrius Health participated in the Boston Heart Walk on Saturday, September 10th at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade. This marked the tenth year in a row our staff and their families, friends and even their dogs teamed up to raise funds to support the lifesaving research, education and advocacy efforts of the American Heart Association. The Atrius Health team has raised more than $950,000 for the Boston Heart Walk over the past 10 years.

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| Posted On Sep 15, 2016 | By:

Get Your Flu Shot Today! Walk-in Flu Clinics and Appointments Available!

Influenza, sometimes simply called “flu,” is a serious illness. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. Therefore, the single best way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year. To learn more about this flu season and what you need to know, please visit the CDC website.

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| Posted On Sep 13, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health is changing the way ambulatory care providers resolve patient harm incidents

Only a dozen or so Massachusetts hospitals have adopted communication, apology and resolution to guide their interactions with patients and families following a medical error, and these programs have been even slower to catch on at ambulatory practices.

That’s why it was noteworthy when Atrius Health, the state’s largest ambulatory network, set out last year to provide formal support for the system to its 750 physicians.

“We’ve seen about 30 cases go through since then —

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| Posted On Sep 06, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health’s Pioneer ACO achieves over 95 percent quality score and saves Medicare $6.8 million

Atrius Health recently announced that its Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) has achieved over a 95 percent quality score from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and saved Medicare $6.8 million. Atrius Health’s practices achieved high quality and patient experience scores while also achieving savings for Medicare according to 2015 results released today by the CMS. These results demonstrate the organization’s continued success in achieving the Triple Aim of improving health outcomes and patient experience as well as reducing the total cost of care.

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| Posted On Aug 31, 2016 | By:

Labor Day Holiday Notice

On Monday, September 5th, Atrius Health will be closed for the holiday except for those practices listed below, which are open for pre-scheduled urgent care appointments. If you feel you need medical advice or think that you may need to be seen, call your doctor’s office at any time, day or night. Your call will be directed to our 24/7 medical staff and triaged as needed. If it is determined that you need an urgent care appointment,

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| Posted On Aug 29, 2016 | By:

To Improve Mental Health Care, Study Matches Patients with Providers

A research team comprised of researchers and clinicians at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, University at Albany, SUNY, Outcome Referrals, Inc., and Atrius Health has recently been awarded $1.7 million in funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The funding is for a study on improving mental health care by scientifically matching patient needs to clinical providers’ strengths.

The researchers will compare the effectiveness of a new, scientifically based patient-provider match system for mental health treatment to the more traditional method known as “pragmatic case assignment,” which is based on provider availability,

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| 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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