| Posted On Apr 06, 2017 | By:

Sunday, April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and healthcare providers about the importance of advance care planning. NHDD is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be. The theme for 2017 is “It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late.”

According to a national survey done by The Conversation Project in 2013,

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| Posted On Mar 31, 2017 | By:

Trigger Finger

What is Trigger Finger?

Trigger finger is the common term for the condition “stenosing flexor tenosynovitis.” People who have trigger finger will report that their finger is catching, locking, sticking or snapping in a bent (flexed) position.  Sometimes, people cannot straighten the finger without pushing on it.  Pain can develop in the finger and sometimes in the palm of the hand, and there may be a nodule (bump) present over the finger or palm.

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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 22, 2017 | By:

Antibiotic Resistance: What is it and How Can We Stop it?

Right now we are facing a public health issue both nationally and globally called antibiotic resistance. Bacteria are everywhere, existing unseen, and while some are completely harmless, some are not. They are usually reduced by drugs called antibiotics that attack a part of their functioning system and either make them ineffective or kill them outright.

However, antibiotic overuse and misuse has led to antibiotic resistance, which is when disease-causing microorganisms cannot be killed by the usual antibiotics that are meant to eliminate them.

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| Posted On Mar 16, 2017 | By:

Canker Sores

What is a Canker Sore?

A canker sore is the common term for an aphthous ulcer, a lesion inside the mouth that looks like a shallow, round, white or gray spot, often with some redness around the edge. When there are multiple ulcers, we call them “aphthae.” These lesions are painful and can make it uncomfortable to eat, drink or chew. Canker sores are not contagious.

Canker sores usually last up to 2 weeks and heal on their own.

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| Posted On Mar 13, 2017 | By:

WEATHER ALERT: For Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Due to the impending snowstorm, all Atrius Health practice sites, including Dedham Medical Urgent Care Center in Norwood, will be closed on Tuesday, March 14th.  Patients will be contacted to reschedule.

Only Harvard Vanguard Braintree and Harvard Vanguard Kenmore will be open on Tuesday for urgent care appointments only from 8:00am-5:00pm.  If you are sick and feel you need to be seen, please call your usual practice number and your call will be directed to schedule an urgent care appointment at either location. 

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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 Mar 01, 2017 | By:

Nosebleeds: Minor Irritation or Cause for Concern?

If a nosebleed occurs out of the blue, it can be a pretty scary event. But nosebleeds are pretty common and usually don’t indicate anything too serious.

Our noses contain a great number of small blood vessels that are close to the surface and can bleed easily if aggravated. As such, nosebleeds tend to occur more often during the winter months because the cold winter air and dry indoor heat irritate the nose.

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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 23, 2017 | By:

What is a Charley Horse?

Charley horse is just another name for an incredibly uncomfortable muscle contraction or spasm. While this painful contraction can occur in any muscle in the body, a charley horse is more specific to muscles in the legs.

The exact origin of the term “charley horse” is not known, but was used as far back as 1880s to describe a leg cramp common to baseball players.

What causes a charley horse?

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