| Posted On Apr 30, 2015 | By:

Survivorship…The Journey

The Department of Hematology and Oncology of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Kenmore and the Atrius Health Foundation are pleased to offer a three-part series called Survivorship … The Journey.

These classes were created for those currently in cancer treatment, those soon to complete treatment or those who have completed their treatment. This interactive educational series will explore mind-body techniques for coping, as well as guidelines for exercise and nutrition for cancer survivors.

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| Posted On Apr 29, 2015 | By:

Men and the Doctor’s Office

I’ve learned over the years that men, generally speaking, are not big fans of coming to see their clinician. As the prostate exam in particular has been a common source for sitcom material, we find we have to do a lot of encouraging with men of all ages!

But I have good news: what we test, how we test and how often we test have changed. I’ve listed some key areas of men’s health and our current thinking about the approach to screening and care.

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| Posted On Apr 23, 2015 | By:

Cough & Cold in Pregnancy: Comfort Measures to Comfort Mamas!

While pregnancy certainly brings many joys, there is no denying the discomforts that can accompany it as well: morning sickness, heartburn, constipation and back pain are just a few.

On top of that, pregnant women are susceptible to all the regular germs that get passed around. This reality is a double whammy: not only are you already having a hard time breathing, moving and sleeping, but add a bad cough or cold into the mix and it’s enough to make any pregnant woman want to hibernate right through spring until summer!

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| Posted On Apr 23, 2015 | By:

Atrius Health Launches Innovation Center

Atrius Health recently announced that it is launching an Innovation Center dedicated to developing and improving patient-centered care delivery models that meet the needs of today’s healthcare market. Atrius Health plans to invest $10 million towards this important objective.

“As the industry continues to move towards increased risk sharing, accountability and transparency around performance, increased patient engagement, and demands for big gains in efficiency, it is requiring us to rethink how we deliver care,” said Daniel Burnes,

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| Posted On Apr 21, 2015 | By:

Atrius Health Featured in Institute of Medicine Workshop Summary About Home Health

Last fall, Atrius Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Richard Lopez joined health experts from across the industry in Washington D.C. to participate in a workshop hosted by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC). The workshop, titled “The Future of Home Health Care,” sought to examine trends affecting Medicare’s home health care coverage and necessary changes to better serve patients and the U.S. health care system in the future.

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| Posted On Apr 16, 2015 | By:

Running: In or Out? What You Should Consider

At this time of year in Boston, with the Marathon just days away, many of us begin to ponder questions like “Who will win?” and “What will the weather be like?” This year, however, the prevailing question seems to be, “How the heck did our local runners train in all that snow?!”

This year’s aspiring marathoners had to be creative and employ a mix of indoor and outdoor training sessions to get prepared,

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| Posted On Apr 15, 2015 | By:

Patriots’ Day Holiday Notice

On Monday, April 20th, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates will be closed for the Patriots’ 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 Apr 14, 2015 | By:

What are YOUR choices? National Healthcare Decisions Day is Thursday, April 16th

As a nurse practitioner for the palliative care program at Harvard Vanguard, I recently met Michael during my visit to his home. Michael had recently been hospitalized and returned home needing portable oxygen and a walker. As part of my visit, we talked about his life and how he is coping with his illness. When I asked him how he wanted to be cared for as his illness progressed, he didn’t have a ready answer.

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| Posted On Apr 14, 2015 | By:

The Evolution of the Atrius Health Academic Detailing Service

The practice of academic detailing involves educating clinicians to make appropriate decisions about prescribing medication based on the best available safety, efficacy and cost-effectiveness data. As the program manager of the academic detailing service (ADS) for the Atrius Health clinical pharmacy program, I have seen our service evolve and transform over the past several years through the evaluation of our impact, solicitation of internal feedback and collaboration with others in the field, including the National Resource Center for Academic Detailing (NaRCAD.)

When we began the clinical pharmacy ADS program in 2011,

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| Posted On Apr 07, 2015 | By:

Group Health Coaching Telephonic Class: A Huge Success

The seemingly never-ending string of snowstorms that occurred this past winter led to the cancellation of dozens of health and wellness classes offered at Harvard Vanguard. From Prenatal Yoga to Strong Women Stay Young, Breastfeeding to Caring for your Newborn – calls were made and classes were rescheduled, sometimes over and over again. Cruel irony delayed the Learning to Meditate class for an entire month,

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