| 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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| Posted On Nov 05, 2015 | By:

The Importance of Portions

At this month’s SMArt Kids share medical appointment (SMA), we learned how very imPORTant PORTions are!

Last month, the SMArt Kids learned the importance of preparing a healthy breakfast, and in October, we added to our healthy eating knowledge and focused on keeping portions appropriate for the kids’ ages and nutritional needs. This is not an easy task at home or when eating out. But the answer is right at your child’s fingertips…literally!

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| Posted On Nov 03, 2015 | By:

Options for Involving a Family Member or Friend in Your Care

At Atrius Health, we respect the privacy of your personal health information and take great care to secure this information so that it is not shared with those who are not involved in your treatment.

However, we know that many of our patients do find it helpful to involve a family member or friend in their care.  We want you to be aware of your options so you can make your wishes known to us.

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| Posted On Nov 03, 2015 | By:

Health Care Transformation Task Force Recommends Key Strategies for Potential ACOs

At Atrius Health, we strongly support sharing best practices so that more health systems may contribute to the growing movement to provide high-quality, cost-effective care as Accountable Care Organizations. As a member of the Health Care Transformation Task Force, we recently took part in a collaboration with providers, patients, payers and purchasers to develop an Action Memo outlining best practices for entering into an effective ACO agreement.

In an interview with FierceHealthcare,

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