| Posted On Sep 29, 2014 | By:

Atrius Health Reacts to Meaningful Use Final Rule

Meaningful Use, a program launched by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2011, was first created as part of the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program, to provide financial incentives to encourage physician and hospitals to use electronic health records (EHR) to improve patient care. Meaningful Use is made up of three stages of performance for use of electronic health records: Stage 1 focuses on data capturing and sharing; Stage 2 focuses on advanced clinical processes;

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| Posted On Sep 25, 2014 | By:

Free Family Information Series at Burlington

The Burlington practice of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates is offering a FREE Family Information Series that is open to the public. These talks are targeted toward families and will feature topics of interest to help families support the physical and mental health of their children.

All the talks listed below will be held at the Burlington practice, located at 20 Wall Street in Burlington,

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| Posted On Sep 24, 2014 | By:

8th Year in a Row: Atrius Health and the Boston Heart Walk

Hundreds of employees from the groups that make up Atrius Health participated in the Boston Heart Walk on Saturday, September 6th. This marked the eighth year in a row our staff and their families and friends have teamed up to raise funds to support the lifesaving research, education and advocacy efforts of the American Heart Association.

It was a little muggy this year, but that didn’t stop our walkers as they began the 1-,

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| Posted On Sep 24, 2014 | By:

8th Year in a Row: Atrius Health and the Boston Heart Walk

Hundreds of employees from the groups that make up Atrius Health participated in the Boston Heart Walk on Saturday, September 6th. This marked the eighth year in a row our staff and their families and friends have teamed up to raise funds to support the lifesaving research, education and advocacy efforts of the American Heart Association.

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| Posted On Sep 22, 2014 | By:

Better Care for a Better Life: “The Doctor’s Running…with You”

What would you say if your doctor asked you to run a 5K race with her? If you’re a patient of Dr. Shirly (Shalu) Ramchandani’s, one of our internists at our Post Office Square location, apparently you say “Yes!”

On June 7, 2014, wearing matching “Team Post Office Square” T-shirts, 5 patients, 5 staff members, Shalu, Ashley Norwood (a wellness coach and facilitator for Post Office Square’s Smart Lifestyle shared medical appointment),

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| Posted On Sep 19, 2014 | By:

Enterovirus: Important Information for Pediatric Patients with Asthma

Since August of this year, a respiratory virus (Enterovirus D68 or EV-68) has been identified in children in several states, primarily in the Midwest but most recently in Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania. To date, no cases of EV-68 have yet been confirmed in Massachusetts, but suspected cases of EV-68 are currently being investigated, and it is likely that it will only be a matter of time before we see confirmed cases in Massachusetts.

As children with asthma are more vulnerable to a severe illness from EV-68,

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| Posted On Sep 17, 2014 | By:

Atrius Health succeeds in improving care, lowering costs for Medicare beneficiaries

The following is a news release pertaining to results announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Newton, MA (September 16, 2014) – Atrius Health announced it was the highest quality ACO in New England based on the 33 ACO quality measures and the second highest quality Pioneer ACO in the country. Atrius Health’s medical groups achieved among the highest quality and patient experience scores nationally while also achieving savings for Medicare according to preliminary 2013 results released today by the Centers for Medicare &

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| Posted On Sep 16, 2014 | By:

5 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes

According to the most recent estimates from the CDC, 29 million American adults and children have Type 2 Diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, and that number has been steadily increasing over the past years.   In addition, an alarming 79 million more individuals have prediabetes, which is diagnosed when your a1c is between 5.7 and 6.4 percent, and your fasting glucose is between 100 and 125 mg/dl. Unfortunately, prediabetes often progresses to diabetes,

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| Posted On Sep 09, 2014 | By:

Revitalize Your Appearance Simply and Safely

People often ask me if there’s a simple procedure they can try to look younger and more refreshed, but in a very natural way. We’ve all seen haunting images of celebrities who’ve gone a bit overboard with facial plastic surgery treatments, but most people just want to look more energetic or well-rested and not look like they’ve had work done. My answer to patients is “Absolutely!” Depending on your particular trouble spot,

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| Posted On Sep 04, 2014 | By:

Better Care for a Better Life: Nancy

Being told you have a medical condition isn’t always easy. Patients can experience doubt, shock, and disbelief before coming to accept a diagnosis. That was the case with Nancy.

Nancy, like many 50-something women, wanted to lose a little weight.  She had a history of high blood pressure, but on the whole thought her overall health was good…until a routine doctor appointment surfaced a new set of concerns.

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