| Posted On Jul 30, 2014 | By:

Improving Care for Patients with Chronic Medical Conditions

Finding innovative ways to care for our patients with chronic medical conditions is important at Atrius Health. Take, for example, an 84-year-old male patient with memory impairment who lives alone and has a urinary catheter. In 2012, this patient had 11 hospitalizations and emergency room visits related to catheter issues alone. In July of 2013, this patient was enrolled in a new Primary Care Case Management (PCCM) program at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, the largest affiliate of Atrius Health.

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| Posted On Jul 28, 2014 | By:

Congratulations to our 2014 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 2014 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.

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| Posted On Jul 23, 2014 | By:

Better Care for a Better Life: Erick

While at Disney World for his brother’s wedding in December 2012, Erick noticed that the rides’ seat belts fit snugly around his waist.

With a family history of diabetes and obesity, this was the final push Erick needed. He realized that it was time to take control of his health or face a myriad of health problems later in life.

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| Posted On Jul 23, 2014 | By:

CMS to Eliminate “Face to Face” Narrative Requirement for Home Health Agencies

In early July, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) announced in proposed regulations that it plans to eliminate the controversial requirement under the Affordable Care Act for a “face to face” narrative to be written by a physician in order for home health care services to be covered.

This change in policy is welcome news and we applaud CMS for recognizing that the previous requirement, in place since March of 2011,

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| Posted On Jul 16, 2014 | By:

Flying Doctors of America Mission to Jordan

On June 13, 2014, my medical team with Flying Doctors of America flew from the comforts of our homes to meet in Amman, Jordan. There we began our medical mission to help Syrian refugees. The team included doctors, nurses, dentists, engineers, physical therapists, and other volunteers from all over the United States. We also had a social worker who specializes in post-traumatic stress, since the children had left a war zone.

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| Posted On Jul 10, 2014 | By:

Flying in Pregnancy: What Every Woman Needs to Know!

Now that it’s summertime, it’s also vacation time! But what if you are pregnant?! Will that bun in the oven prevent you from jet-setting around the world?  The good news is that, for most women, occasional travel is okay if you are experiencing a healthy, uncomplicated pregnancy.  (However, if there is any question, please speak with your clinician.)

Here are some things you need to know to keep you and the baby safe:

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| Posted On Jul 03, 2014 | By:

Coalition Presents Comments to Health Policy Commission on Partners-AG Agreement

The following remarks were presented to the Health Policy Commission on July 2nd by Dr. Guy Spinelli, Chairman of the Board of Atrius Health and president of Granite Medical Group in Quincy, Massachusetts. Dr. Spinelli was representing a coalition of hospitals and healthcare providers including Atrius Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Lahey Health, and Tufts Medical Center, among others.

Public Comments

On Monday, the Massachusetts Superior Court approved a process under which interested parties have until July 21st to file comments on the proposed settlement agreement between the Attorney General’s Office and Partners HealthCare. 

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| Posted On Jul 02, 2014 | By:

Harvard Vanguard Pharmacy Over-the-Counter Product List

Did you know that your Harvard Vanguard pharmacy carries a variety of commonly used over-the-counter (OTC) products at low prices?

The following is a list of OTCs that all Harvard Vanguard pharmacies carry. Each Harvard Vanguard pharmacy carries numerous additional products not listed here. Please contact any of our pharmacy locations directly to inquire about the availability of products not on this list.  And keep checking our web page for new updates to this list.

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| Posted On Jul 01, 2014 | By:

July 4th Holiday Hours Notice

On Friday, July 4, 2014, Harvard Vanguard practices will be CLOSED except for Braintree, Kenmore, and Somerville, which are open for pre-scheduled urgent care visits during the times listed below.

If you feel you need medical advice or think you may need to be seen, call your doctor’s office at any time, day or night.

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| Posted On Jul 01, 2014 | By:

Atrius Health Participating in Tufts Health Plan Senior Care Options Network

The following is a news release announcing that Atrius Health is participating in Tufts Health Plan Senior Care Options Network

Tufts Health Plan recently announced that five Atrius Health medical groups are now participating providers in Tufts Health Plan Senior Care Options (SCO). Tufts Health Plan SCO is a health plan that coordinates and integrates all the health services covered by both MassHealth Standard (Medicaid) and Medicare,

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