| 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 18, 2013 | By:

Working with Hospital Partners to Reduce Medical Expense

Atrius Health works closely with many of our hospital partners on how to improve quality of care while reducing medical expense. An important area of collaboration has been to identify ways to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and readmissions.

Across all hospital admissions, there is about $17 million in cost due to adult avoidable admissions. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has been an excellent partner in helping us provide the right care, at the right time and place for our patients.

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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 11, 2013 | By:

Meet the 2014 Atrius Health Foundation Boston Marathon Team

 

 

For the third year in a row, the John Hancock Non-Profit Boston Marathon Program has awarded 4 of its coveted entry number “bibs” to the Atrius Health Foundation.  Once again, we have selected 4 enthusiastic runners – all first time marathoners – each of whom has made commitment to raise a minimum of $6,000 for the Atrius Health Foundation before the Boston Marathon starting gun goes off on Monday,

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| Posted On Dec 10, 2013 | By:

Harvard Vanguard Hosts Healthcare Value Network Gemba Visit

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) recently co-hosted 40 members of the Healthcare Value Network (HVN) for a 3 day visit to learn more about Harvard Vanguard and BIDMC’s successes using Lean process improvement. Lean is a methodology that enables organizations to identify and remove wasteful and inefficient processes while adding value to the patient or customer. The HVN (part of the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value) is a collaborative of healthcare leaders who share a commitment to providing high-quality,

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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 Dec 03, 2013 | By:

Study Finds Link Between Electronic Health Records and Healthcare Costs

When physicians view the costs of laboratory tests in real-time, it impacts their utilization of these tests, a new article from the Journal of General Internal Medicine reports. The study, which used data from primary care physicians at Atrius Health, reveals that electronic health records can serve as a key tool to help control rising healthcare costs.

“Our study demonstrates that electronic health records can serve as a tool to promote cost transparency,

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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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