| Posted On Jun 30, 2015 | By:

4th of July Holiday Notice

On Friday, July 3rd, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates will be closed for the July 4th 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.

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| Posted On Jun 25, 2015 | By:

Harvard Vanguard Welcomes Dr. Jose Alberto Betances

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Jose Alberto Betances has joined the Department of Pediatrics at our Cambridge  practice and is accepting new patients to his practice. To view his video profile, please watch it here:

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| Posted On Jun 25, 2015 | By:

Atrius Health Hosts Forum on Opioid Crisis with Congressman Seth Moulton

Atrius Health recently hosted a forum with Congressman Seth Moulton (D-Mass) at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Peabody to discuss the state’s opioid crisis, along with more than 40 other health care providers serving patients in the North Shore.

There was a robust discussion among the providers in the meeting, who offered their suggestions and discussed concerns in treating patients with pain, but also in treating patients with behavioral health and substance abuse issues.

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| Posted On Jun 23, 2015 | By:

Addressing the Crisis: Opioid Prescription Monitoring at Atrius Health

Opioid addiction in Massachusetts has become a serious problem with more than 1,000 residents dying of opioid overdoses in 2014. At the same time, pain management is an essential part of every medical practice, requiring clinicians and care teams to carefully consider the best treatment for patients who are suffering. Opioid medications can play an important role in managing pain, though misuse or abuse of opioids can also lead to significant patient and societal consequences.

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| Posted On Jun 22, 2015 | By:

Webinar: How to Use the ACO Model to Develop a Population Health Strategy

When Atrius Health decided to participate in the Pioneer ACO program, we saw it as an opportunity to evolve a population health approach for all of our Medicare-eligible patients. Using a payer-blind, population health approach, Atrius Health analyzes integrated claims and EHR data to stratify the population, detect gaps in care and identify opportunities to improve outcomes.

We are excited to announce that on June 25, 2015, our own Emily Brower, Executive Director of Accountable Care,

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| Posted On Jun 17, 2015 | By:

My Humanitarian Mission to the Brazilian Amazon

My uncle, who is also an ophthalmologist, frequently goes on humanitarian missions. He told me about a trip he was taking to the Brazilian Amazon, and I was so inspired that I decided I would join him. The mission was coordinated through the Federal University of Amazonas headquartered in Manaus, the capital of the state of Amazonas, on the banks of the Negro River in northern Brazil. Our medical team included me, my uncle,

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| Posted On Jun 16, 2015 | By:

National Patient Safety Foundation Issues Guidelines on Root Cause Analysis

Atrius Health is proud to support the work of the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) and we plan to utilize their recently released guidelines developed to help health care organizations improve the way they investigate medical errors, adverse events, and near misses. RCA2: Improving Root Cause Analyses and Actions to Prevent Harm is available for download on the Foundation’s website at www.npsf.org/rca2.

Millions of patients in the United States are harmed every year as a result of the health care they receive.

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| Posted On Jun 12, 2015 | By:

Free Information Fair for Seniors in Chelmsford

Tufts Health Plan Senior Care Options and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates are hosting a free health fair for older adults at our Chelmsford practice. Attendees can learn about their health care options, home and community based services available in the area, caregiver support programs and more. Additionally, there will be onsite fitness programs, raffles and light refreshments.

The details are as follows:

Senior Information Fair


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| Posted On Jun 11, 2015 | By:

Atrius Health Participates in AMGA’s Capitol Hill Day

Kathy Keough, Director of Government Relations at Atrius Health, participated in the American Medical Group Association’s (AMGA) annual Capitol Hill Day event in Washington, DC on June 1st and 2nd. More than 50 representatives of medical groups from across the country gathered at this annual event to advocate for issues of importance to medical groups and health systems.

Meetings were held with key healthcare staff from several members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation including:  Senator Edward Markey and Senator Elizabeth Warren as well as Representative Joseph Kennedy and Katherine Clark.

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| Posted On Jun 10, 2015 | By:

Living with Diabetes Program Receives ADA Recognition

We are pleased to announce that “Living with Diabetes,” a diabetes self-management education program at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, has been awarded continued Recognition from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for offering high-quality education services to the patients it serves. The program in our Braintree, Peabody-Lynnfield and Wellesley offices was originally recognized by the ADA in 2008, followed by Chelmsford and Kenmore in 2009,

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