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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 and Watertown 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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| 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 Nov 08, 2016 | By:

Celebrating the X-Ray’s Impact on Medicine

The x-ray was discovered 121 years ago today on November 8, 1895 by Wilhelm Roentgen of Bavaria, and his discovery has since shaped the face of many branches of science. Our understanding of the double-helix shape of DNA was provided in part by x-ray crystallography. In 1999, NASA deployed the Chandra X-ray Observatory aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia, which has since studied and discovered black holes and advanced our understanding of dark matter.

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| Posted On Sep 30, 2016 | By:

Specialty Care Coordination at Atrius Health

At Atrius Health, we are delighted to offer you a system of connected care across primary and specialty care to help keep you healthier. Atrius Health has specialists in over 50 specialties who work with leading hospitals including Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Mass Eye & Ear, New England Baptist Hospital, and many outstanding community hospitals. Our primary care clinicians work with a limited group of trusted specialists from outside offices with whom they have strong working relationships and shared systems when we cannot provide the care within Atrius Health.

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| Posted On Sep 13, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health is changing the way ambulatory care providers resolve patient harm incidents

Only a dozen or so Massachusetts hospitals have adopted communication, apology and resolution to guide their interactions with patients and families following a medical error, and these programs have been even slower to catch on at ambulatory practices.

That’s why it was noteworthy when Atrius Health, the state’s largest ambulatory network, set out last year to provide formal support for the system to its 750 physicians.

“We’ve seen about 30 cases go through since then —

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| Posted On Aug 29, 2016 | By:

To Improve Mental Health Care, Study Matches Patients with Providers

A research team comprised of researchers and clinicians at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, University at Albany, SUNY, Outcome Referrals, Inc., and Atrius Health has recently been awarded $1.7 million in funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The funding is for a study on improving mental health care by scientifically matching patient needs to clinical providers’ strengths.

The researchers will compare the effectiveness of a new, scientifically based patient-provider match system for mental health treatment to the more traditional method known as “pragmatic case assignment,” which is based on provider availability,

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| Posted On Aug 24, 2016 | By:

How Much Sleep Do You Need?

I get asked this question several times a day by my patients, and for many of us, the answer is, “not nearly enough.”

The National Sleep Foundation recently assembled 18 experts and sifted through 320 research articles. Based on this work, they recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night for the average adult (for seniors, they recommended 7-8 hours). The American Academy of Sleep Medicine also came out with a consensus paper and recommended that adults sleep at least 7 hours per night.

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| Posted On Aug 22, 2016 | By:

DPH Launches Much Improved Prescription Monitoring Program

Today the Department of Public Health (DPH) launched its updated prescription monitoring program (PMP) called “MassPAT” after a complete and long overhaul of the old system. DPH chose Appriss, a software vendor that currently runs PMPs in more than 25 states, to manage the new system.

There is little doubt that the previous prescription monitoring program in Massachusetts was underutilized by prescribers due in large part to the difficulty in registering for the system and the overall lack of functionality that often required multiple “clicks” to access data.

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