| Posted On Dec 23, 2013 | By:

Atrius Health Named One of Becker’s “100 Accountable Care Organizations to Know”

Atrius Health was recently named by Becker’s Hospital Review, a leading healthcare industry publication, as one of the “100 Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to Know” in 2013. The Becker’s editorial team recognized Atrius Health for its focus on quality improvement, cost reduction and population health management.

“We are proud to join the nation’s leading ACOs on this prestigious list, which is due to the work of our dedicated team across all of Atrius Health and our collaborations with hospital and community partners,” said Marci Sindell,

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| Posted On Dec 19, 2013 | By:

Holiday Shopping Safety Tips

The one-week countdown to Christmas is underway, and for some, this means a mad dash to the mall and a frantic search for those last-minute gifts.  If you’re one of those people, we wish you good luck, but also to be careful!  When people are busy, they can be more easily distracted and possibly vulnerable to others who see the holidays as an opportunity to steal.

Whether it’s at the mall or waiting for that final delivery at home,

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| Posted On Dec 16, 2013 | By:

Imaging tests for lower back pain:When you need them – and when you don’t

No matter how much you like snow, this past weekend’s storm certainly did challenge drivers on Saturday night and made for a messy clean-up on Sunday.  As a result, some people are unfortunately starting the week feeling the effect of the snow in the form of very acute back pain.

Back pain can be excruciating. So it seems that getting an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI to find the cause would be a good idea.

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| Posted On Dec 05, 2013 | By:

Unintended Consequences of New State “Meaningful Use” Mandate

Atrius Health has a long standing history of investing tens of millions of dollars in the use of electronic health records (EHR) and electronic prescribing to improve the care of our 1 million patients. Over the past year, all of our practices have attested on behalf of our eligible providers as required by the federal government’s Meaningful Use (MU) requirements. Atrius Health has reinvested the funds received back into the EHR as well as other improvements to the care of our patients.

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| Posted On Dec 04, 2013 | By:

Treating migraine headaches. Some drugs should rarely be used

Migraine attacks can last for hours—or even days. They can cause intense pain, nausea, and vomiting. They can make you sensitive to light or noise, and they can affect your life and work.

To treat migraines, you may get a prescription for an opioid (narcotic) or a barbiturate (sedative) called butalbital. These are pain medicines. But you should think twice about using these drugs. Here’s why:

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| Posted On Nov 26, 2013 | By:

What’s for Lunch?

For the first time in 15 years, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued new regulations that should improve nutrition in school lunches. Although these regulations ensure that our kids are eating healthier at lunch than in the past, the SMArt kids and their families learned at this month’s SMArt Kids shared medical appointment (SMA) that there is more we can and should do.

This point especially came to light when we reviewed various local school lunch menus.

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| Posted On Nov 26, 2013 | By:

Atrius Health Submits Comments on Proposed End-of-Life and Palliative Care Regulations

In 2009, the Massachusetts Expert Panel on End of Life Care, established by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), conducted a comprehensive review of the issues surrounding end-of-life care both nationally and in the Commonwealth. It concluded that Massachusetts residents nearing the end of their lives often do not receive the care that they want or need and are unaware of the full range of care options, including hospice and palliative care services.

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| Posted On Nov 22, 2013 | By:

The Voice of Our Patients: A Vital Part of the Care We Provide

If you’ve recently had an appointment with a Harvard Vanguard clinician, either for a scheduled visit or for urgent care, you may have received a follow-up survey by mail or email asking for your feedback on that visit.

Did you complete the survey? We hope so!

We believe that high-quality healthcare should combine high-quality medical expertise with a positive and satisfying experience for our patients. Both of these aspects foster respect and trust,

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| Posted On Nov 20, 2013 | By:

Roadmap to Medication Success

Understanding how to properly take your medications is so important to your health, but many people – estimates are between 33% and 50% of people who take medication regularly – do not take them safely and properly, leading to additional labs or doctor’s visits, medical complications, and even hospitalizations, all at an additional cost.

To ensure you take your medications correctly and receive the maximum health benefit from taking those medicines,

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| Posted On Nov 20, 2013 | By:

The Importance of Medication Adherence

According to the FDA, as many as 3 billion prescriptions are written annually in the United States. About 25% of new prescriptions never make it to a pharmacy, 3% of prescriptions that are filled never get picked up and 50% of prescriptions in the US are not taken as prescribed. Approximately 125,000 deaths and 25% of hospitalization and nursing home admissions are related to medication non-adherence annually in the United States.

At Atrius Health,

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