| Posted On Jul 30, 2015 | By:

Call Us…We’re Here for You 24/7

It’s 2 o’clock in the morning and your child is spiking a fever, or you wake up in the middle of the night with a sharp pain in your side. You can’t plan what time you get sick, so what do you do? Whenever illness strikes or you need medical advice, we are just a phone call away.

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| Posted On Jul 29, 2015 | By:

Protecting Yourself from Poisonous Plants

Happy summer everyone! With the warmer weather comes a different set of skin health issues than we see during the cooler months. Your skin can be damaged by sunburn, assaulted by flying insects, or, if you enjoy working in the garden, hiking or camping, your skin can come in contact with poisonous plants.

Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac are three commonly found plants whose oil, known as urushiol (you-ROO-shee-all),

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| Posted On Jul 24, 2015 | By:

Summer, the SMArt Kids way

You may have heard about or even read the recent (published June 29, 2015) American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) updated recommendations regarding pediatric obesity prevention. It affirms the message we have been consistently teaching at our SMArt Kids Shared Medical Appointments over the last four years – that children and families should embrace healthy habits each and every day, including eating a well-balanced diet, increasing physical activity and reducing sedentary behaviors.

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| Posted On Jul 24, 2015 | By:

Congratulations to our 2015 Reader’s Choice Winners

We are very proud to announce that several of our practices and doctors have been recognized on Wicked Local’s 2015 Reader’s Choice awards lists in their various communities.

During the months of January and February, Wicked Local newspapers 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 categories “Doctor/Primary Care Physician or Pediatrician,” “Optical Shop,” and “Pharmacy,” nominations were open-ended,

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| Posted On Jul 22, 2015 | By:

Nutrition Myth Busters

It seems as if there are new nutrition studies coming out on a regular basis, and unfortunately, after the information is funneled through all of the media channels available, it comes out the other end pretty garbled and very confusing. This of course can be very frustrating to those of you who are trying to eat healthfully and lose weight. Consulting with a registered dietitian is the best way to straighten out the confounding mess of information,

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| Posted On Jul 16, 2015 | By:

Congratulations to our 2015 Reader’s Choice Winners

Atrius Health is very proud to announce that several of our practices and doctors at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Dedham Medical Associates and Granite Medical Group have been recognized on Wicked Local’s 2015 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 15, 2015 | By:

Dry and Secondary Drowning

Have you ever heard of secondary drowning? What about dry drowning? The terms sound made up, but they represent real – and fairly scary – phenomena. While almost unknown, they account for about 2% of total drowning cases. And as dry and secondary drowning are much more common among children, it’s important to know what to look for during visits to the beach or pool this summer.

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| Posted On Jul 09, 2015 | By:

Changes to our Billing System

As of July 1, 2015, the Atrius Health practices (Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Granite Medical Group and Dedham Medical Associates) have transitioned to a centralized billing system.

What will my billing statement look like?

For all patient services/care provided by Harvard Vanguard through June 30, 2015, you will receive a billing statement with the Harvard Vanguard logo on it.  Consistent with the billing system transition, for all patient services/care as of July 1 and after,

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| Posted On Jul 08, 2015 | By:

Healthy Tips for a Fun, Safe Summer

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ~ Henry James

Most of us can appreciate and agree with this quote, especially now that summer is in full swing. The kids are out of school, the sun is shining, the days are longer and full of promise…maybe you’re even planning a summer vacation. By all means, get out there and enjoy your summer,

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| Posted On Jul 07, 2015 | By:

Health Care Transformation Task Force Releases Best Practices for High Cost Patients

As an active member of the Health Care Transformation Task Force, Atrius Health was pleased to provide information about our experience to help inform this report. Below is the press release announcing the release of a white paper on best practices for identifying high cost patients with complex needs.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 1, 2015) –The Health Care Transformation Task Force, a consortium of patients, payers, providers and purchasers working to transform the U.S.

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