| Posted On May 28, 2014 | By:

Yellow-Tinted Glasses: A Poor Choice at Night

Driving at night is not easy and unfortunately, it gets harder for all of us as we age.  Besides the general complaint that it seems harder to see at night than in the past, many of my patients express a specific concern about glare when driving at night.

I often get asked about wearing amber or “yellow” spectacles over regular spectacles to decrease nighttime glare.   In sum, amber or yellow lenses advertised to decrease glare may improve your contrast sensitivity and perception during the daytime or in the early twilight hours,

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| Posted On May 21, 2014 | By:

10 Misconceptions about Pregnancy

When you’re pregnant, it might seem like everyone wants to offer you advice. Although friends, family and co-workers are usually well-intentioned with their recommendations, it’s hard to know what advice is reliable and what isn’t, especially because the answer isn’t always straightforward.

Below, I’ve listed some of the more common misconceptions that my patients are concerned about and the answers I typically give them.

I hope some of this information helps.

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| Posted On May 20, 2014 | By:

Making Meaningful Use Meaningful

Electronic medical records (EMR) dramatically advance patient care. At Atrius Health, we fervently support the intent of Meaningful Use, a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) program, which started in 2011 and provides financial incentives to organizations that use EMRs to improve patient care and penalties for those who don’t.

We have watched with anticipation as this program has helped move the majority of US physicians to electronic patient records. However, as the program has progressed,

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| Posted On May 14, 2014 | By:

Managing Menopause? Consider Your Diet

It’s important for everyone to eat a healthy diet at all stages of life, but for women who are peri- and post-menopausal, diet becomes even more essential.  Most women are concerned about hot flashes and of course weight gain, both of which are unfortunately all too common, but the risk for diseases like osteoporosis, breast cancer and heart disease also increases after menopause.  The good news is that there are steps you can take to (hopefully) glide through menopause and reduce your risk of all of these things.

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| Posted On May 13, 2014 | By:

Atrius Health Participates in Home Care Advocacy Day at the State House

A number of Atrius Health representatives from VNA Care Network & Hospice and VNA of Boston participated in last week’s Home Care Advocacy Day at the State House hosted by the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts.

The annual Advocacy Day provided an opportunity for VNA Care Network & Hospice and VNA of Boston staff to meet with legislators and staff members to highlight the value of home care as an integral part of the health care system and to discuss priorities in the budget and legislation.

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| Posted On May 12, 2014 | By:

Reflections from the Medical Tent of the Boston Marathon

For the past 8 years, I’ve had the honor and privilege to lend my medical skills to support so many athletes with a dream: to run and finish the Boston Marathon. I’ve seen a lot during those years from my vantage point in Medical Tent A, the main one at the finish line on Boylston Street.

Through the years, I’ve been asked lots of questions about my experiences in the tent,

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| Posted On May 08, 2014 | By:

Fear vs. Fact about Vaccine Safety

I believe that one of my most important jobs as a pediatrician is to educate and counsel families on why vaccines are so important for their children. While the internet can be a wonderful source of information, it is also filled with websites which contain confusing, conflicting or incorrect information about vaccines, and I know many of the parents who see me in the office have been scared or convinced away from vaccinating their child based on what they have read online.

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| Posted On May 08, 2014 | By:

Need for Regulation of Pharmacy Audits by Pharmacy Benefit Managers

Much needed legislation that was introduced earlier this session, SB 483 “An Act Regulating Pharmacy Audits”, has yet to be acted upon by the Joint Committee on Financial Services. The purpose of this Act is to establish minimum and uniform standards and criteria for the audit of pharmacy records by, or on behalf of, certain entities.

Pharmacies undergo a number of audits by various parties on a regular basis including Medicaid, state licensing boards,

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| Posted On May 06, 2014 | By:

2014 National Nurses Week

The 2014 National Nurses Week theme is “Transforming Health Care through Nursing Leadership,” and this theme is clearly evident in the outstanding contributions and achievements of our more than 500 extraordinary nurses at Harvard Vanguard.  Our nurses are leaders in embracing new technologies, innovative care delivery processes or more efficient ways to better meet the complex and diverse needs of our patients and families. Nurses are partnering with their colleagues to deliver patient-centered,

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| Posted On May 06, 2014 | By:

Providing Valuable Feedback to Our Health Plan Partners

Atrius Health participates in many health plan contracts and our contracting department works closely with each of these organizations to create collaborative relationships in support of our medical group affiliates and our patients.

The mission of the Atrius Health Contracting Department is to make it easier for the medical groups to conduct business with our many health plan partners. If we can work more closely and in alignment with the health plans, then our providers and patients can focus on keeping patients healthy.

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