Home Health Care

| 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 Aug 04, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health’s David Green, MD Named the 2016 Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts “Physician of the Year”

Atrius Health is pleased to announce that David Green, MD has been named the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts (HCAM) 2016 “Physician of the Year.”

This honor is awarded to a physician or nurse practitioner who has demonstrated active involvement in the home health field. Dr. Green is being recognized for his dedication to caring for his Atrius Health patients in their homes and his work with the Emerson Hospital Home Care Department’s Chronic Lung Disease Program.

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| Posted On Jun 24, 2016 | By:

VNA Care Network and VNA of Boston Named as HomeCare Elite 2015 Top Agencies

VNA Care is pleased to announce that its certified home health care divisions, VNA of Boston and VNA Care Network, have been named HomeCare Elite 2015 Top Agencies by OCS HomeCare, placing them in the top-performing 25 percent of home care agencies in the United States.

Winners of the HomeCare Elite award are ranked by an analysis of publicly available performance measures including quality outcomes,

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| Posted On May 26, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health Joins Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care

Atrius Health recently joined the newly formed Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care which launched its inaugural summit on May 12th. The coalition includes 58 health care groups organized by The Conversation Project, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and Ariadne Labs. The goal of the Coalition is to improve the care and experience for those facing serious, potentially life-limiting illness and ensure that “health care for everyone in Massachusetts is in accordance with their goals,

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| Posted On Apr 12, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health Comments on Medicare’s Prior Authorization Demonstration for Home Health

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently proposed a demonstration pilot program targeted at reducing fraud and abusive practices occurring among home health agencies providing services to Medicare beneficiaries. This proposed rule would require five states, including Massachusetts, to obtain prior authorization for home health services.

If implemented, the prior authorization demonstration project would impact VNA Care Network, the largest non-profit home health provider in the state. VNA Care Network serves approximately 40,000 patients throughout eastern and central Massachusetts and provides about 500,000 certified home health service visits annually.

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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 Oct 06, 2015 | By:

Atrius Health Clinicians Testify Before Joint Legislative Committee

Daniel Oates, MD, Director of Geriatrics and Extended Care and Deborah Nolan, NP, Acting Chief of Geriatrics recently testified before the Joint Committees on Elder Affairs and Mental Health and Substance Abuse at the State House and showcased the system of healthcare for seniors at Atrius Health, including the home-based primary care program.

The informational briefing focused primarily on issues surrounding geriatric mental health, but also covered a wide variety of topics including housing,

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| 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.

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| Posted On May 06, 2015 | By:

VNA Care Network Receives Three National Awards for Excellence in Home Health Care

On April 22, 2015, the Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) recognized VNA Care Network Foundation with three awards for its outstanding achievements in home health and hospice care:

Outstanding Public Policy Advocate of the Year Award
Kathy Keough
Government Relations Director, Atrius Health
Kathy Keough began working on behalf of VNA Care Network Foundation when it affiliated with Atrius Health in 2014. In less than a year,

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| Posted On Apr 21, 2015 | By:

Atrius Health Featured in Institute of Medicine Workshop Summary About Home Health

Last fall, Atrius Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Richard Lopez joined health experts from across the industry in Washington D.C. to participate in a workshop hosted by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC). The workshop, titled “The Future of Home Health Care,” sought to examine trends affecting Medicare’s home health care coverage and necessary changes to better serve patients and the U.S. health care system in the future.

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