Public Health Issues

| Posted On Nov 21, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health Participates in World Diabetes Day Event at the State House

Atrius Health was honored to be represented at last week’s World Diabetes Day Program at the State House during which Dr. Joe Kimura, Atrius Health CMO, was among the distinguished speakers who discussed the serious public health crisis and financial implications caused by diabetes.

Dr. Kimura joined a number of legislators including Sen. James Welch (Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing), Sen. Jason Lewis (Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Health),

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| Posted On Jul 21, 2016 | By:

VNA Care Participates in Meetings with Congressional Leaders on Hospice Issues

VNA Care was well represented at this week’s “Advocacy Intensive 2016” sponsored by the Hospice Action Network, as nearly 300 representatives from hospice agencies descended on Washington, DC to meet with members of their respective Congressional leaders and their staff on issues of importance to hospice.

Among those participating included included Daiva Braunfelds, Vice President of VNA Hospice & Palliative Care, Dr. James Baker, Medical Director of VNA Hospice & Palliative Care and Kathy Keough,

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| Posted On Jun 27, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health Joins Coalition Supporting Healthy Food Choices in Vending Machines on State Property

Atrius Health recently joined a statewide coalition including the American Heart and American Stroke Associations, the Massachusetts Health Council and the Massachusetts Public Health Association urging passage of House Bill 3988 “An Act Relative to Expanding Access to Healthy Food Choices in Vending Machines on State Property.”

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Stephen Kulik (D-Franklin), was reported favorably out of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing and the Joint Committee on Public Health and is now before the House Ways &

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| Posted On Mar 09, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health Urges Quick Passage of Omnibus Tobacco Bill

As a member of Tobacco Free Mass, a coalition of various organizations throughout the state advocating for stricter controls of tobacco products in the state, Atrius Health applauds members of the Joint Committee on Public Health who recently released a comprehensive tobacco bill (S 2152).

The bill, which includes components of eight tobacco bills filed this session, builds on actions already taken at the local level across many Massachusetts communities.

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| 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 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 May 11, 2015 | By:

Massachusetts Attorney General Takes on E-Cigarettes

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy recently held a public hearing on proposed regulations that would take on the alarming increase of so-called “e-cigarettes” in the state by treating electronic devices used to deliver nicotine like cigarettes.  Free samples of nicotine vapor products would be banned, child-proof packaging on nicotine liquids would be mandatory, a minimum purchase age of 18 would be put in place, and retail stores would be required to keep the products behind the counter at stores.

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| Posted On Oct 28, 2014 | By:

Dr. Ben Kruskal Testifies to Joint Committee on Public Health about Ebola Preparedness

The following is testimony given to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health by Dr. Ben Kruskal, chief of infectious disease at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, on Thursday, October 23.

Good afternoon Chairman Sanchez, Chairman Keenan and members of the Public Health Committee. Thank you for inviting me here today to testify. My name is Dr. Ben Kruskal. I am the chief of infectious disease at Harvard Vanguard and I am responsible for coordinating infectious disease related policies and procedures across all of Atrius Health.

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