| Posted On Jan 29, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health Commends MA State Legislature for Passage of Indoor Tanning Bill

On Wednesday, January 27, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed an important measure prohibiting people under the age of 18 from using tanning devices. Senate Bill 1994 also prevents minors from operating such devices, even if employed by tanning facilities.

The bill, which passed through the House in a 146-8 vote, and unanimously through the Senate last September, represents a significant shift in state policy and attitudes towards indoor tanning. Previously,

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| Posted On Jan 28, 2016 | By:

What Might Your Cold Hands Really Mean?

Do you dread shaking hands with people because your hands are always cold? Have your fingers or toes ever turned white or blue? If so, you may have a condition known as Raynaud’s (ray-NOHZ).

According to the Raynaud’s Association, Raynaud’s is a disorder that affects about 5-10% of the U.S. population and is more common in women than in men. Raynaud’s causes vasospasms, a narrowing of the blood vessels in response to cold temperatures or stress.

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| Posted On Jan 26, 2016 | By:

New Year, New You, New Apps

No one can deny that technology has made our lives infinitely easier. Whether you’d like to order food, watch your favorite show, pay your bills, or find your way home – there’s an app for that. When it comes to your health, it’s no different. There are apps to record and analyze workouts, track what you’re eating, and remind you to take your medications.

As we move into 2016, here are some of our favorite apps for our patients and ourselves.

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| Posted On Jan 22, 2016 | By:

Reducing the Cost of Care in the Commonwealth

The cost of quality health care is a significant issue for people across the Commonwealth. Atrius Health has long been committed to providing the highest quality patient-centered care while actively bringing down the cost of care for our patients, their families, and our communities. On January 20th, the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) released a special report on price variation which identified Atrius Health as a highly paid physician group.

While we thank the Health Policy Commission for their efforts to shed light on opportunities to contain growing healthcare costs,

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| Posted On Jan 20, 2016 | By:

41 Physicians from Atrius Health Named to Prestigious 2015-2016 Best Doctors in America® List

Atrius Health is pleased to announce that 41 of our physicians appear on the Best Doctors in America® List for 2015-2016.  Only five percent of doctors in America earn this prestigious honor, decided by impartial peer review.

Best Doctors has earned a worldwide reputation for reliable, impartial results by remaining totally independent. Doctors cannot pay to be included in the Best Doctors database, nor are they paid to provide their input. The List is a product of validated peer review,

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| Posted On Jan 13, 2016 | By:

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday Notice

On Monday, January 18th, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day 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 Jan 06, 2016 | By:

Exercise Safety: Achieving Results Without Injury

We all have them: friends who love all things exercise, routinely adopting the latest fitness program, posting their exercise regimens on Facebook and inadvertently making the rest of us feel guilty for watching another episode of Orange is the New Black on Netflix. Their enthusiasm is infectious, especially at this time of the year when many of us – due to New Year’s resolutions or a bit too much pie and general merriment during the holidays – feel compelled to get off the couch and exercise.

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| Posted On Jan 06, 2016 | By:

VNA Care Network Foundation Expands Home Telemonitoring Program

VNA Care Network Foundation (VNACNF), in partnership with Atrius Health, is now offering a far more comprehensive telemonitoring program to better care for our shared patients, boost clinical outcomes, and prevent hospital readmissions.

Patients are referred to this new program by their clinician. The program promotes early detection of new or worsening symptoms and applies appropriate clinical reaction and treatment from either VNACNF or the patient’s Atrius Health primary care team. In turn,

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| Posted On Jan 04, 2016 | By:

Find Your Best Energy to Make Positive Lifestyle Changes

It seems like a no-brainer. Eat right, maintain a healthy weight, be active, don’t smoke, and drink responsibly, and you can improve the state of your health. And yet, fewer than one in five adults, a mere 16%, report being successful at making health-related improvements such as losing weight, starting a regular exercise program, and eating a healthier diet. To help you succeed on this challenging path, we will offer a “virtual” Group Health Coaching Experience for Midlife Women beginning on January 26,

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