| Posted On Aug 28, 2014 | By:

Labor Day Holiday Notice

On Monday, September 1st, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates will be closed for the Labor Day 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 26, 2014 | By:

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

You start to wake up in the middle of the night with hand numbness.  Then, after spending several days doing house renovations with power tools, you begin to experience numbness and burning sensations in your thumb and fingers.  Finally, you begin to notice you are having difficulty holding objects.  This is one of many scenarios that could indicate you have developed carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).

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| Posted On Aug 26, 2014 | By:

Atrius Health Recognized for Second Year as One of Becker’s “100 Accountable Care Organizations to Know”

Atrius Health was recently named by Becker’s Hospital Review, a leading healthcare industry publication, as one of the “100 Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to Know” in 2014. Atrius Health has managed the continuum of care for its patients in commercial, Medicare and Medicaid plans for decades.

“We are proud to be recognized for a second year as one of the nation’s leading ACOs.  The Atrius Health clinicians and staff are dedicated to achieving the triple aim of increasing quality,

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| Posted On Aug 21, 2014 | By:

Better Care for a Better Life: Paula

After Paula and her husband Chris had their son Grayson three years ago, they struggled to get pregnant again. After months of frustration and a very emotional period in their lives, Paula and Chris turned to Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Dr. Christine Skiadas, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist and a subspecialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility in our Fertility and Reproductive Health Department, to get to the bottom of the problem and explore their options.

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| Posted On Aug 20, 2014 | By:

Atrius Health Weighs in on Prescription Monitoring Program Regulations

In August of 2013, we reported on changes being made to the Department of Public Health’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) in this blog.

In July of this year, Atrius Health was among a number of organizations to submit testimony during a public hearing of the Department of Public Health (DPH) on proposed regulations that seek to make changes to the Prescription Monitoring Program.

Over the past year,

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| Posted On Aug 19, 2014 | By:

National Immunization Awareness Month

August is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), and it’s a great time to make sure everyone in your family is up-to-date on their vaccines.  Although many people think about children when they think about vaccines, getting vaccinated and staying current with your vaccines is important for people of all ages.   That includes getting the seasonal influenza (flu) vaccine, too, and August is a good time to think ahead and make a plan for when members of your family can receive this important annual vaccine.

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| Posted On Aug 14, 2014 | By:

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, North Shore Style!

Staff at our Peabody/Lynnfield practice – 29 of them, to be exact – took on the Ice Bucket Challenge started by Peter Frates, former Boston College baseball player, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012. The Ice Bucket Challenge has been sweeping the nation and almost every department of the Peabody/Lynnfield practice had a representative who poured a bucket of ice water on their heads to raise awareness of this devastating disease.

And in true ALS Ice Bucket Challenge protocol,

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| Posted On Aug 14, 2014 | By:

Better Care for a Better Life: Laura

When she was pregnant with her first and only child in 1996, Laura developed gestational diabetes. With the help of a special diet prescribed by her doctor, her diabetes went away after her daughter was born. But almost four years to the day after she had her daughter, Laura’s diabetes returned. With a healthy diet, good lifestyle habits, and Metformin, she was able to keep her blood sugar under control. She didn’t need to take insulin regularly.

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| Posted On Aug 12, 2014 | By:

Our Medford Practice Receives PCMH 2011 Recognition

We are excited to share that the Medford practice of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates has received recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011 (PCMH 2011).

PCMH 2011 sets the newest standards for a model of healthcare delivery that encourages improved quality and enables greater involvement of patients in their own care. It is based upon standards that assess whether a physician practice functions as a “patient-centered medical home.” A patient-centered medical home is a setting where each patient has an ongoing relationship with a personal physician who leads a team and an organization that takes collective responsibility for patient care.

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| Posted On Aug 12, 2014 | By:

Congratulations to our 2014 Readers Choice Winners

Atrius Health is very proud to announce that several of our medical groups and doctors have been recognized on Wicked Local’s 2014 Readers 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. For the category “Doctor/Primary Care Physician or Pediatrician,” nominations were open-ended,

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