Patient Care

| 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 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 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 17, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health Welcomes Dr. Monera Wong as Chief of Geriatric Medicine

Atrius Health is pleased to welcome Dr. Monera Wong as the organization’s Chief of Geriatric Medicine. As Chief, Dr. Wong will lead the Geriatric Medicine Department at Atrius Health, which offers primary care, home based care, post-hospitalization, rehabilitative and long term care in skilled nursing facilities, and palliative care consultations.

The department also offers geriatric consultation for patients 65 and older who are referred by their primary care physician.

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| Posted On Jun 15, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health Names Dr. Sean Uiterwyk Senior Medical Director for Performance Excellence

Atrius Health is pleased to announce that Dr. Sean Uiterwyk has been promoted to Senior Medical Director for Performance Excellence. In this role, Dr. Uiterwyk will co-lead the Department of Performance Excellence to create a coherent, coordinated strategy to promote clinical performance excellence across Atrius Health’s primary, specialty, and ancillary care services. Dr. Uiterwyk joined Atrius Health in 2015 as Medical Director for Quality and he continues to lead organizational initiatives aimed at providing quality care and maximizing patient satisfaction across all practices.

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| Posted On May 25, 2016 | By:

The Importance of Choosing Wisely for the Most Valuable Care

As health systems across the country shift their attention and efforts to improving quality care while reducing its overall cost, it is important that clinicians are able to walk patients through the potential benefits and costs—both physical and financial—of certain tests, procedures, treatments or screenings. Having an open, honest conversation about the care provided to patients isn’t always easy. While a patient may believe they need a certain test or medical procedure, their physician may view it as unnecessary or be concerned that the procedure itself could pose a potential risk.

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| Posted On Mar 03, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health Joins Coalition Supporting CONNECT for Health Act

Atrius Health is proud to join a national coalition of providers and organizations supporting federal telehealth legislation introduced earlier this month.  The bipartisan bill, Senate bill 2484 and House bill 4442, the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act, was introduced by Senators Schatz, Wicker, Cochran, Cardin, Thune and Warner and Representatives Black, Welch, and Harper.

The CONNECT for Health Act would:

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| Posted On Nov 11, 2015 | By:

Atrius Health Wins 2015 Press Ganey Success Story Award

At Atrius Health, we continually strive to improve the quality and cost of care for the many patients we serve. On Wednesday, November 11, we were honored to receive the 2015 Press Ganey Success Story Award for our efforts to ease patient suffering and improve the quality and safety of care for patients with serious advancing illness. Emily Brower, Vice President, Population Health, Dr. Eliza Shulman, Chief Engineer of the Atrius Health Innovation Center,

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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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