| Posted On May 28, 2015 | By:

Atrius Health Names Geisinger Transformation Executive as New CEO

The Atrius Health Board of Trustees is extremely pleased to announce that it has chosen Steven Strongwater, M.D., to be the President and Chief Executive Officer of Atrius Health. Dr. Strongwater, currently Chief Transformation Officer and Chief Medical Executive for Acquisition Integration at Geisinger Health, will bring Atrius Health into its next chapter of pioneering work to improve the way healthcare is delivered. Atrius Health includes Dedham Medical Associates, Granite Medical Group, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates,

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| Posted On May 27, 2015 | By:

Treating Seasonal Allergies in Pregnancy

Spring is in full bloom…time to stock up on tissues!

The sneezing, the stuffy, runny nose, the itchy watery eyes – ugh! As if pregnancy isn’t uncomfortable enough on its own, enjoying the outdoors and those beautiful blossoms come at a price for many women. To make matters worse, nasal congestion and difficulty breathing are already common in pregnancy due to increased blood volume and decreased lung capacity (among other changes).

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| Posted On May 19, 2015 | By:

Does Everyone Need an Eye Exam?

Many people believe that an eye exam only evaluates your eyesight, so if you recently passed the RMV’s vision test or another vision screening, you don’t need to see an eye doctor, right?

Nope. An eye exam is much more than checking your vision and prescribing eyeglasses or contact lenses.

Thorough eye exams are important for detecting vision problems and also for assessing your overall health. A thorough eye exam can detect a number of serious medical conditions,

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| Posted On May 18, 2015 | By:

Pioneer ACO Model Generates Substantial Savings to Medicare

We are delighted to offer our congratulations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMS Innovation Center) on their recent announcement regarding the independent evaluation showing the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model generated a savings of $384 million to Medicare over its first two years. This report demonstrates that accountable care can reduce the growth in costs while also improving quality.

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M.

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| Posted On May 14, 2015 | By:

The Top 6 Issues Women Bring to Their Doctor

At the recent bi-annual Women’s Health Forum hosted by the Mass Health Council, I was asked to review the top five health issues that women bring to me as their primary care physician. I couldn’t narrow it down to only five, so I came up with six – here they are!

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| Posted On May 12, 2015 | By:

Anxiety in Early Pregnancy: 5 Things to Know to Keep the Worry Away

Congrats, you’re pregnant! Time to…panic?!

While we wish it wasn’t so, that’s a pretty typical reaction for many women to have in those first few weeks of pregnancy. Even if you were trying to conceive and are happy about your pregnancy, it is not uncommon for women to feel slightly panicked when they see those two blue lines. Many a pregnant woman has wondered: Did I make the right decision?

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| Posted On May 11, 2015 | By:

Massachusetts Attorney General Takes on E-Cigarettes

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy recently held a public hearing on proposed regulations that would take on the alarming increase of so-called “e-cigarettes” in the state by treating electronic devices used to deliver nicotine like cigarettes.  Free samples of nicotine vapor products would be banned, child-proof packaging on nicotine liquids would be mandatory, a minimum purchase age of 18 would be put in place, and retail stores would be required to keep the products behind the counter at stores.

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| Posted On May 08, 2015 | By:

2015 National Nurses Week

The 2015 National Nurses Week theme is “Ethical Practice. Quality Care” and this theme is demonstrated every day with every patient and family interaction by the superb nurses at Harvard Vanguard. Our nurses primary commitment is to their patients and families and ensuring they receive safe, high quality, patient centered health care. Harvard Vanguard nurses are partnering with their colleagues in designing and improving the processes of care. These efforts, as well as the day-to-day care they provide,

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| Posted On May 05, 2015 | By:

Our Medical Mission to Haiti

A few months ago, I was fortunate to travel to Haiti for a week as part of a medical team, specifically to the city of Leogane, the epicenter of the 2010 earthquake. I remember being haunted by the news images of the unimaginable devastation and human misery that hit Haiti and the subsequent cholera epidemic that followed. Located only a few hundred miles off the US coast, Haiti still struggles with high rates of infectious disease,

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