| Posted On Dec 10, 2015 | By:

Holiday Season Shopping: Be Smart and Safe

December means decking the halls, holiday carols, getting together with family, and of course the height of gift giving each year. December also marks “Safe Toys and Gifts” month, a good reminder to keep safety front and center as you decide which toys from the wish list will indeed find their way under the tree.

One of the hottest gifts this holiday season is the hoverboard. While Marty McFly was a hovering pro within minutes and made zooming around town look like a piece of cake,

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| Posted On Dec 09, 2015 | By:

42 Atrius Health Physicians Named as Top Doctors®

We are pleased to congratulate the Atrius Health physicians who have been named as Top Doctors®. The list, compiled by healthcare researcher Castle Connolly Medical, is comprised of physicians in more than 50 medical specialties. Many of the Atrius Health named Top Doctors® have been featured in publications such Boston Magazine and Cape Cod Magazine. The Atrius Health physicians named to the 2015 list include:

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| Posted On Dec 01, 2015 | By:

“Lewis, My Tree!”

Do you remember the scene in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation when Clark Griswold’s massive and beautifully decorated tree catches fire and quickly disintegrates? Well, whether the cause is a dry tree or a wobbly menorah (or a misplaced cigar), we can all agree that no one wants to reenact that scene in our own living room this or any other holiday season.

While this is a busy and stressful time of year for many – between holiday shopping,

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| Posted On Dec 01, 2015 | By:

Using Data and Information Technology to Improve Patient Care

At Atrius Health, we continuously look for ways to leverage data and information technology to enhance care delivery and improve clinical workflows for the benefit of our patients. We are delighted that our Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joe Kimura and Dr. Michael Lee, Director of Clinical Informatics, were among the first to pursue and achieve the Clinical Informatics subspecialty board certification. In 2012, Dr. Kimura was named one of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Clinical Informaticists in the United States.

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| Posted On Nov 24, 2015 | By:

Caring for the Caregiver

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving and the AARP Public Policy Institute, the “typical” caregiver is a 49-year-old female who spends nearly 25 hours a week helping a loved one. But the truth is that caregivers come in all different shapes and sizes. Many don’t even recognize themselves as caregivers or realize that the little errands and tasks they provide for a loved one qualify them as a caregiver.

Regardless of whether a person self-identifies as a caregiver,

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| Posted On Nov 20, 2015 | By:

Atrius Health Joins Growing List of Supporters of Expanded Scope of Practice Legislation

Dr. Richard Lopez, Chief Medical Officer of Atrius Health, testified earlier this week before the Joint Committee on Public Health in support of legislation that would remove restrictions on the licenses of nurse practitioners in the state (so-called “expanded scope of practice”).  Dr. Lopez was joined by Representative Denise Garlick (D-Needham), one of many legislative sponsors, to urge passage of HB1996 and SB1207, “An Act to Remove the Restrictions on the Licenses of NPs and CRNA’s as recommended by the Institute of Medicine and the Federal Trade Commission.”

During his testimony,

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| Posted On Nov 19, 2015 | By:

I think I can, I think I can…Quit Smoking for Good

If you are a smoker, you have no doubt been urged countless times by your doctor, spouse, neighbor or even strangers, to kick the habit – with good reason. Smoking is a dangerous addiction that harms nearly every organ in the body and is a main cause of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It can also lead to heart disease and stroke as well as other cancers and diseases. Every year close to half a million people in the United States will die from tobacco use and exposure to second hand smoke.

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| Posted On Nov 17, 2015 | By:

Atrius Health Receives First-Place Accountable Care Compass Award from Massachusetts Hospital Association

Atrius Health is pleased to announce that it was a first place awardee at the Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA)’s inaugural Accountable Care Compass Awards event, which recognizes provider excellence and innovation in the delivery of high-quality, safe and efficient care. Atrius Health’s initiative to build a best in class network of skilled nursing facilities was selected from more than 60 submissions MHA received from hospitals, physician groups, home health agencies and other care providers from across the Commonwealth.

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| Posted On Nov 12, 2015 | By:

Atrius Health Supports Legislation Encouraging Massachusetts to Join the Nurse Licensure Compact

Atrius Health has joined with a number of other healthcare organizations across the state to advocate for legislation that would allow Massachusetts to join the national Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC).

The Nurse Licensure Compact allows nurses to have one multistate license, with the ability to practice in both their home state and other compact states. Atrius Health supports substitute language being proposed to House Bill 2002, “An Act Adopting the Nurse Licensure Compact in Massachusetts”, 

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| Posted On Nov 12, 2015 | By:

Have Trouble Swallowing? It Could Be Allergies

Eosinophilic esophagitis (e-o-sin-o-FILL-ik uh-sof-uh-JIE-tis), or EoE, is a relatively new diagnosis for a chronic, allergic inflammatory condition of the esophagus. Because the symptoms of EoE can mimic those of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), it can go undiagnosed.

Patients with EoE have a large number of eosinophils (a type of white blood cells) in the tissue of the esophagus. Eosinophils are common in the digestive tract, but an excessive buildup of these cells in the esophagus may be caused by a reaction to foods,

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