| Posted On Feb 28, 2014 | By:

Chestnut Hill/West Roxbury Expanded Pharmacy Hours

Our Chestnut Hill/West Roxbury practice is delighted to announce that beginning tomorrow, Saturday, March 1st, the on-site pharmacy will be open every Saturday from 9:00am until 2:00pm.  If it’s more convenient, patients can now pick up prescriptions as well as common, over-the-counter medications on Saturdays in addition to our weekday hours of Monday through Friday, 8:00am until 7:00pm.

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| Posted On Feb 27, 2014 | By:

Treating sinusitis: Don’t rush to antibiotics

Millions of people are prescribed antibiotics each year for sinusitis, a frequent complication of the common cold, hay fever, and other respiratory allergies. In fact, 15 to 21 percent of all antibiotic prescriptions for adults in outpatient care are for treating sinusitis. Unfortunately, most of those people probably don’t need the drugs. Here’s why:

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| Posted On Feb 27, 2014 | By:

How Electronic Health Records Improve Patient Care

As health information technology (HIT) becomes more prevalent in healthcare settings some have begun to question the ability of these tools to effectively improve care delivery. Recently, a number of studies have found that electronic health records (EHRs) have the potential to “interfere” with patient care. One such study from Northwestern University found that doctors who used EHRs during a patient visit spent a third of the appointment looking at a computer screen instead of interacting with their patients.

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| Posted On Feb 19, 2014 | By:

Getting Baby from Breast to Bottle

One of the challenges that breastfeeding moms face is getting their babies to accept a bottle.  No matter that there’s breast milk in there, many babies don’t take kindly to this change and may need a bit of coaxing.

Especially for those women who work away from the home, getting your baby to take a bottle is pretty important, so you should know that it may take a little time and start early. 

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| Posted On Feb 13, 2014 | By:

Updated Early Closing Information for February 13, 2014

Updated: 4:00pm

Due to varying and continuing weather conditions, our Medford, Peabody, Watertown, and Wellesley practices will join our Burlington and Chelmsford practices (announced earlier today) and close at 6:00pm tonight, Thursday, February 13, 2014.  All other practice locations will be closing at their regular Thursday closing times.

As always, 24/7 telephone support for medical advice is available. Please call your doctor’s office and your call will be directed to our 24/7 medical staff and triaged as needed.

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| Posted On Feb 13, 2014 | By:

Important Patient Information: February 13, 2014 – Chelmsford and Burlington Practices Early Closure

Due to the inclement weather, our Chelmsford and Burlington practices will be closing at 6:00pm tonight, Thursday, February 13, 2014.

As always, 24/7 telephone support for medical advice is available. Please call your doctor’s office and your call will be directed to our 24/7 medical staff and triaged as needed. If it is determined that you need an urgent care appointment, the medical staff can schedule you for an appointment at an urgent care practice that is most convenient for you.

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| Posted On Feb 11, 2014 | By:

Give Your Heart Some Love, Too!

Since Valentine’s Day is this Friday and February is American Heart Month, I thought it only appropriate to write about the most important way you can show your heart a little extra love. Heart disease is the number 1 killer of Americans, and many of the risk factors for this disease are diet and lifestyle-related and largely preventable. The American Heart Association urges everyone to follow a Heart Healthy Diet in order to reduce your risk,

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| Posted On Feb 10, 2014 | By:

Health Policy Commission Proposes New Regulations on Provider Registration

Later this week the state’s Health Policy Commission (HPC) will be holding a public hearing on proposed regulations for the registration of provider organizations.  The hearing, scheduled for February 12, 2014 at 1 pm, will likely generate comments from providers and provider organizations such as Atrius Health that will be affected by the regulations and some of the new requirements of the HPC. Written comments are due to the HPC on April 11,

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| Posted On Feb 07, 2014 | By:

EKGs and exercise stress tests When you need them for heart disease—and when you don’t

If you have chest pain or other symptoms of heart disease, an electrocardiogram (EKG) or exercise stress test can be lifesaving. The same is true if you have a history of heart disease or are at very high risk for it. But in other cases, you should think twice. Here’s why:

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| Posted On Feb 05, 2014 | By:

IMPORTANT: Patient Information – Closing Updates – Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Last Updated: 3:00pm on Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Due to the continued snow, ice, and rain across the region, all Harvard Vanguard practices will be closing for patient care at the times listed in the schedule below.   As always, if you need medical advice after our practices are closed, please contact your Harvard Vanguard doctor’s office by phone. Your call will be directed to our 24/7 medical staff and triaged as needed.

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