| Posted On Feb 26, 2015 | By:

Common Questions About Vasectomy

Dr. Michael C. Lee, a Harvard Vanguard urologist who practices at our Kenmore and Chestnut Hill/West Roxbury locations, answers common questions men and couples ask him about having a vasectomy.

What is a vasectomy?

Vasectomy is a simple, safe surgical procedure for male sterilization and/or a method of permanent birth control. The procedure, which only takes about 15 minutes,

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| Posted On Feb 19, 2015 | By:

All About Measles

According to the CDC, from January 1 to February 13, 2015, 141 people from 17 states and Washington DC were reported to have measles. Although there are currently no cases in Massachusetts, there are 6 cases in 4 east coast states and the District of Columbia.

Dr. Ben Kruskal, a pediatrician and Chief of Infectious Disease at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, answers some common questions about measles.  Dr. Kruskal was recently on NECN discussing the measles and misinformation about vaccines.

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| Posted On Feb 17, 2015 | By:

Why Is My Skin So Itchy? It Could Be Eczema.

Welcome to what I call eczema season, the time of year when the air is colder and therefore holds less humidity. Additionally, the heat is turned up, causing the air in your home or office to be much drier. Both of these factors play a large role in the development of what some refer to as “winter itch.” Your skin gets depleted of its much needed moisture resulting in dry,

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| Posted On Feb 14, 2015 | By:

Weather Alert for Sunday, February 15

Due to the forecasted blizzard conditions, all Harvard Vanguard practice locations, including our imaging operations in Weymouth, will be closed for all services on Sunday, February 15.  We will provide 24/7 phone-based support for patients.  Please call your doctor’s office should you need medical advice and your call will be triaged by our medical staff.  Thank you – stay safe everyone!

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| Posted On Feb 13, 2015 | By:

Dedham Medical Associates Named Large Business of the Year

The Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce (NVCC) is thrilled to announce that Dedham Medical Associates, a practice of Atrius Health, was named the Large Business of the Year for 2014 at their 121st Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner held on January 22nd, 2015.

The Large Business of the Year award is presented to an NVCC member business that demonstrates outstanding achievement in general management, employee relations, business growth, business innovation and community and social responsibility.

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| Posted On Feb 09, 2015 | By:

Patient Information – Updated status of operations for Tuesday, February 10th

All Harvard Vanguard practice sites will be open for full patient care services/normal business hours on Tuesday, with the following regional exceptions:

Boston:  Due to the impact of the MBTA closure, both the Harvard Vanguard Post Office Square practice and the Harvard Vanguard Copley practice will be closed for all patient care on Tuesday.   Harvard Vanguard Kenmore will be open for urgent care appointments only and pharmacy,

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| Posted On Feb 09, 2015 | By:

VNA of Boston Carries on in Winter’s Worst

Eastern Massachusetts continues to reel from an unprecedented string of snowstorms, which has brought nearly a full winter’s worth of snow in a mere two weeks. While many professionals are able to work remotely, those in the medical field continue to push on through the snow to deliver much-needed care to patients.

In the Boston Globe, columnist Kevin Cullen profiles the work of Nancy Egger, a nurse with the Visiting Nurse Association of Boston,

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| Posted On Feb 08, 2015 | By:

Patient Information – Weather Alert: for Monday, February 9, 2015

Update on Monday, 2/9/2015: please note that some sites open for urgent care are choosing to close early.  We recommend that you check back here for updates and/or call your practice before traveling to any site during the storm.  Please be safe, everyone.

Due to the snowstorm and in consideration of the safety of our patients and staff, please see the table below for the operating schedule of each of our practices for Monday.

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| Posted On Feb 03, 2015 | By:

We’ve Launched a New Mobile Site!

If you’re like many people these days, you use your smartphone or other mobile devices more and more to access websites and get information online. To help you find the information you seek about Harvard Vanguard, regardless of the device you are using, we are pleased to announce that we have upgraded our mobile website.

Now, when you select www.harvardvanguard.org from your mobile browser, you’ll get the same content that you do when you view it from a desktop computer.

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| Posted On Feb 02, 2015 | By:

Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Announces Changes to Meaningful Use

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced plans to consider altering their requirements for Meaningful Use, including potentially shortening the reporting period from a full year to a 90-day period. This is part of a CMS initiative to lessen the burden on healthcare providers in response to concerns providers have raised about software implementation and information exchange readiness in 2015. These proposed changes are independent from the new Stage 3 Meaningful Use rules which are expected to be announced in early March but will not take effect until 2017.

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