| Posted On Aug 27, 2015 | By:

Emily Brower Shares Lessons Learned as a Pioneer ACO

When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services launched the Pioneer ACO model, Atrius Health, which has long supported value-based care, jumped at the opportunity to participate. Recently, Emily Brower, our Vice President of Population Health shared some of our chief learnings throughout our journey as a Pioneer ACO.

Read More

| Posted On Aug 26, 2015 | By:

Preparing Yourself for an Empty Nest

It’s the time of year when kids across the country are packing up to head off for their first year of college. Or maybe your youngest child is finally moving into their own apartment. It’s an exciting time for your child, but as a parent, you may have mixed emotions.

If your only child or last child is leaving home, you may experience something called empty nest syndrome. Empty nest syndrome is a common experience of sadness or emptiness that some parents have when their children leave home.

Read More

| Posted On Aug 26, 2015 | By:

Atrius Health ranked highest on overall quality score among Massachusetts Pioneer ACOs

Atrius Health announced yesterday it has ranked as the highest on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) overall quality score among Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) in Massachusetts and has ranked third highest nationally based on 33 ACO quality measures tracked by the CMS. Atrius Health’s medical groups achieved among the highest quality and patient experience scores nationally while also achieving savings for Medicare according to 2014 results released today by the CMS for over 300 organizations participating in Medicare ACOs.

Read More

| Posted On Aug 20, 2015 | By:

Reducing Clinical Variation in Health Care

Health care spending in the United States is growing at an unsustainable rate, and policy makers are seeking ways to slow growth and reduce spending. A key target is removing waste, or spending that could be eliminated without reducing the quality of care. Waste includes spending on services that lack evidence of producing better health outcomes, inefficiencies in the provision of health care services, and the treatment of avoidable medical injuries, such as preventable infections in hospitals.

Read More

| Posted On Aug 18, 2015 | By:

Concussions in Elementary School: What you need to know

Imagine you’re seated at work when you receive a call from the school nurse who tells you your son hit his head during recess. Thankfully, he didn’t lose consciousness, so no concussion, right?

Not necessarily.

Elementary-aged students do not lose consciousness as easily as teens or adults do. They also may not yet have the language skills necessary to convey the pain or symptoms they are experiencing.

Read More

| Posted On Aug 13, 2015 | By:

Physical Therapy at Harvard Vanguard

At Harvard Vanguard, we have highly-skilled physical therapists and physical therapy assistants who provide a range of services for children and adults at eight convenient locations in and around Boston.  We use a functionally-based approach to help individuals of all ages and all activity levels meet their goals, such as:

  • Recover from an injury, accident or surgery
  • Learn techniques to prevent injury or improve performance for recreational and professional sports
  • Return to a daily routine without pain and limitations

We pride ourselves on our highly-individualized approach to care.

Read More

| Posted On Aug 13, 2015 | By:

VNA Care Network & Hospice and VNA of Boston Excel in CMS Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings

This week, Atrius Health announced that home health care affiliates VNA Care Network & Hospice and VNA of Boston received high Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). These new scores from CMS will allow consumers to compare and choose among home health agencies on the basis of quality patient care. VNA Care Network & Hospice received a 4.0 out of 5.0 star rating, one of the 20% of home health agencies nationwide that received a 4-star rating or better.

Read More

| Posted On Aug 10, 2015 | By:

The Road to Pediatric Patient-Centered Medical Home

The term “patient-centered medical home” (PCMH) can be confusing because it is not actually a physical place, but a model of care delivery. Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates has been practicing this model of care for many years, well before the “medical home” phrase was coined. Typically, a “medical home” offers patients the following services and attributes:

  • Comprehensive care – A practice utilizing a medical home approach cares for each patient’s physical and mental health needs including prevention and wellness,
Read More

| Posted On Aug 05, 2015 | By:

Moles and Melanoma: Do you know your Skin Cancer ABCDEs?

As the weather heats up throughout August, sunscreen should be your best friend whether you’re on the beach, in the park, or just walking outside. Prolonged exposure to the sun’s UV rays can do a great deal of damage to the skin. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, melanoma—the most dangerous form of skin cancer—develops when ultraviolet radiation from the sun or tanning beds triggers mutations that lead skin cells to rapidly multiply and form tumors.

Read More