| Posted On Jul 30, 2013 | By:

Growth Takes Shape at Reliant Medical Group

It’s always important for a business to grow, and it’s easy to see signs of growth at Reliant Medical Group.

In mid-June, the second ReadyMEDSM opened for business in the town of Auburn. Located on busy Rt. 12, this new ReadyMED west of Worcester will offer patients an array of walk-in health care services, just like their highly successful ReadyMED in Shrewsbury.

On June 10th, their Oncology/Hematology department made the move to the new Saint Vincent Cancer and Wellness Center,

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| Posted On Jul 30, 2013 | By:

Understanding Male Infertility

Although having a problem conceiving can feel very isolating, fertility issues are common.  About one in six couples are unable to conceive after one year of trying.  About 30% of the time, a problem with the male partner’s fertility is the single contributing factor to the couple’s inability to conceive.

The good news is that many of these conditions are potentially reversible or respond well to treatment options. 

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| Posted On Jul 25, 2013 | By:

Welcome to the new Commissioner of the Department of Public Health

Congratulations to Cheryl Bartlett who was recently named Commissioner of the Department of Public Health (DPH) by John Polanowicz, Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Commissioner Bartlett is a well-seasoned public health professional who now faces the daunting task of working to restore the public’s trust in the oldest public health department in the country while dealing with the fiscal realities facing the state of Massachusetts.

A top priority at DPH will be to enhance the ability of some departments,

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| Posted On Jul 22, 2013 | By:

Congratulations to our 2013 Reader’s Choice Winners

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates is very proud to announce that several of our practices and doctors – as well as several of the other Atrius Health medical groups – have been recognized on Wicked Local’s 2013 Reader’s Choice awards lists in their various communities.

During the months of January and February, Wicked Local papers asked their readers to nominate their local favorites in more than 75 categories.  Hundreds of thousands of votes were cast to select the top choices in each community. 

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| Posted On Jul 22, 2013 | By:

Continuing to be Accountable

The following is an excerpt from an email that Dr. Gene Lindsey sent to the Atrius Health practices.

Many of you have heard via external media or internal communications that Atrius Health was one of two Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) for 2012 that would incur a shared loss.  In full, 14 ACOs showed a loss, but 12 did not share in the loss because of the financial models they chose.

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| Posted On Jul 18, 2013 | By:

Does Grilling Cause Cancer?

Summer grilling season is in full swing!  I love to use my grill all summer, and rarely turn on the oven from May until September.  I love that it makes mealtime cooking and clean up so much easier, and I think most of us prefer the flavor of some healthier foods like fish and vegetables when they are grilled.  So imagine my dismay when I heard there is an increased risk of cancer from some types of grilled food.

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| Posted On Jul 18, 2013 | By:

Dedham Medical Associates Opens Expanded New Facility in Norwood

Dedham Medical Associates recently opened its new, state-of-the-art, 80,000 square foot medical building in Norwood. The practice celebrated the milestone with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a very successful grand opening community event which drew more than 1,500 people from the surrounding communities.

Several state and local officials joined the staff of Dedham Medical and other invited guests for the ribbon cutting ceremony including State Rep. John Rogers, State Sen.

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| Posted On Jul 17, 2013 | By:

Pediatric Asthma SMAs begin in centrally-located Somerville

On Saturday, June 8th, our Pediatric Asthma Shared Medical Appointments (SMA) officially began in Somerville!  This SMA includes symptom evaluation, pulmonary function testing (PFT), individual examination, follow-up planning and providing the participants with their own Asthma Action Plan.

Children and parents came together to discuss what asthma is and to learn about the differences in their medications and about how to use a spacer. Families also learned strategies to remember medications. They learned a lot and they loved it!

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| Posted On Jul 16, 2013 | By:

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Named LGBT Healthcare Equality Leader by Human Rights Campaign

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” in the Healthcare Equality Index 2013, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization. Harvard Vanguard earned top marks for its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing adequate healthcare.

“We are proud to be recognized as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality for the second year in a row,” said Dr.

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| Posted On Jul 16, 2013 | By:

Our Journey as a Pioneer Accountable Care Organization: Our Decision to Participate

When the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) first announced the Pioneer ACO Model in May 2011, Atrius Health carefully considered if we should participate. There were both internal and external reasons to apply to become a Pioneer ACO and have the opportunity to  transform care for Medicare beneficiaries. In this article, I’ll outline the factors we weighed before accepting this enormous and very public challenge.

First, the ACO model as adopted by Medicare in the Pioneer ACO builds on the experience that organizations like Atrius Health  already has with Medicare Advantage and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA Alternative Quality Contract (AQC),

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