Transforming Care

| Posted On May 15, 2017 | By:

Can You Afford Healthcare in Retirement?

Many people have a common misconception that, since they paid social security taxes during their working years, their Medicare benefits are fully covered. As people begin to plan for retirement when their income is reduced and medical expenses may increase, they are disappointed to learn that Medicare is not free and in fact, it has premiums and deductibles and financial penalties for non-compliance with enrollment requirements.

They are also surprised to learn that:

  • Medicare was never intended to be a comprehensive insurance plan
  • Only 80% of allowable expenses are paid
  • There is no coverage when traveling out of the country
  • There are no hearing aid or eyewear benefits at a time when they are most needed

If you earn an income of $85,000 or less,

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| Posted On May 08, 2017 | By:

Atrius Health Celebrates National Nurses Week 2017

The 2017 theme is “Nurses: The Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.” This notion celebrates the impact that nurses have on patients, families, and each other and the holistic approach to caring and healing they provide in the healthcare environment. As I celebrate my first Nurses Week at Atrius Health as the Senior Director of Nursing, I want to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude to our nursing team: thank you for your relentless commitment to patient care.

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| Posted On Apr 19, 2017 | By:

White Coat Syndrome or White Coat Logo Syndrome? The Pitfalls of Doctor Shopping by “Brand”

People often get hung up on brand names — many times in situations where branding is of little significance. For example, some people are willing to pay double the price for a wool coat that is exactly the same in terms of material, style, and outward appearance just because there is a small designer label on the lining that nobody sees. In some cases, the brand-name and no-name wool coats are manufactured in the exact same factory.

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| Posted On Mar 28, 2017 | By:

Atrius Health Receives First-Place Accountable Care Compass Award from Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association

We are pleased to share that Atrius Health was a first place awardee at the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association’s (MHA) second Accountable Care Compass Awards event, which recognizes provider excellence and innovation in the delivery of high-quality, safe and efficient care. Atrius Health was named as a first-place winner in MHA’s “Providing Care to Special Populations” category for its entry titled Behavioral Health Adult Care Model Redesign.

Behavioral health is an integral part of care at Atrius Health.

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| Posted On Mar 08, 2017 | By:

Total Joint Team Wins Nursing Award

Atrius Health’s Total Joint Replacement Program Improvement Team received a Gold Award for Nursing Team Achievement in the 2017 Modern Healthcare Excellence in Nursing Awards.

The total joint replacement program was developed to improve surgical outcomes, save costs and enhance patient satisfaction by allowing patients to recover from surgery in the familiarity and comfort of their own homes rather than in skilled-nursing facilities.

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| Posted On Feb 27, 2017 | By:

Atrius Health Joins Massachusetts Coalition for Coverage and Care

Atrius Health recently joined a growing list of health care providers, consumer groups, representatives from the business community, and others to form the Massachusetts Coalition for Coverage & Care in response to potential threats to the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The Coalition was created by Health Care For All and is being co-hosted by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation which will provide research and technical assistance. The group was formed to ensure that state health reform measures (Chapter 58 of the Acts of 2006) that provide universal coverage to Massachusetts residents is protected.

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| Posted On Feb 21, 2017 | By:

Atrius Health and IBM Watson Health Forge Partnership to Bring Cognitive Insights to Primary Care Physicians and Their Patients

Atrius Health and IBM (NYSE: IBM) Watson Health recently announced an agreement to develop a cloud-based offering for primary care providers. By providing a holistic view of the multiple influences on an individual’s health, including social determinants, Watson Cognitive Insights could be designed to support shared decision making between physicians and patients.

According to a paper published by Health Affairs, shared decision making, whereby physicians and their patients make healthcare decisions together using the best clinical evidence available,

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| Posted On Jan 25, 2017 | By:

Atrius Health Practices Named to 2016 Harvard Pilgrim Honor Roll

Atrius Health is pleased to announce that our practices have once again been named to the annual Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Physician Group Honor Roll.

Harvard Pilgrim selected the Honor Roll physician groups based on clinical performance measured against national standards set by HEDIS® (Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set), a tool developed for the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) to assess the clinical performance of physician groups. Harvard Pilgrim reviewed performance in three domains of clinical care affecting both adult and pediatric patients: acute,

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| Posted On Jan 06, 2017 | By:

Introducing Video Visit Appointments!

Feeling sick? Just click! We are excited to announce a limited pilot program of video visits with an Atrius Health physician through MyHealth Online.

During the pilot program, video visits are available free of charge to adult primary care patients* of our Harvard Vanguard Chestnut Hill/West Roxbury, Medford, Post Office Square, Watertown, Wellesley, Weymouth, and Needham locations who need treatment for a limited set of common medical conditions.

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| Posted On Nov 29, 2016 | By:

42 Atrius Health Physicians Named as Castle Connolly Top Doctors®

We are pleased to congratulate the Atrius Health physicians who have been named as Castle Connolly Top Doctors®. The database, compiled by healthcare research and publishing company, Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., is comprised of physicians in more than 70 medical specialties and subspecialties. Many of the Atrius Health physicians named as Castle Connolly Top Doctors® have been featured in publications such as Boston Magazine and Cape Cod Magazine.

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