| Posted On Aug 29, 2016 | By:

To Improve Mental Health Care, Study Matches Patients with Providers

A research team comprised of researchers and clinicians at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, University at Albany, SUNY, Outcome Referrals, Inc., and Atrius Health has recently been awarded $1.7 million in funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The funding is for a study on improving mental health care by scientifically matching patient needs to clinical providers’ strengths.

The researchers will compare the effectiveness of a new, scientifically based patient-provider match system for mental health treatment to the more traditional method known as “pragmatic case assignment,” which is based on provider availability,

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| Posted On Aug 24, 2016 | By:

How Much Sleep Do You Need?

I get asked this question several times a day by my patients, and for many of us, the answer is, “not nearly enough.”

The National Sleep Foundation recently assembled 18 experts and sifted through 320 research articles. Based on this work, they recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night for the average adult (for seniors, they recommended 7-8 hours). The American Academy of Sleep Medicine also came out with a consensus paper and recommended that adults sleep at least 7 hours per night.

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| Posted On Aug 22, 2016 | By:

DPH Launches Much Improved Prescription Monitoring Program

Today the Department of Public Health (DPH) launched its updated prescription monitoring program (PMP) called “MassPAT” after a complete and long overhaul of the old system. DPH chose Appriss, a software vendor that currently runs PMPs in more than 25 states, to manage the new system.

There is little doubt that the previous prescription monitoring program in Massachusetts was underutilized by prescribers due in large part to the difficulty in registering for the system and the overall lack of functionality that often required multiple “clicks” to access data.

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| Posted On Aug 15, 2016 | By:

Legislation Passed This Session May Help Bring Back the Joy in the Practice of Medicine

Last week Governor Charlie Baker signed into law HB3895 “An Act Increasing Access to Immunizations” introduced by Rep. Jeffrey Sanchez (D-Boston) and Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Boston). The legislation was widely supported by a broad based group of health care providers, including Atrius Health, that advocated for passage of the bill during the legislative session.

The legislation amended current state law (MGL Chapter 94C) to allow certified medical assistants to administer immunizations under the direct supervision of a primary care provider.

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| Posted On Aug 03, 2016 | By:

Vaccines Are Not Just for Kids

August is National Immunization Awareness Month, a reminder that we all need vaccines throughout our lives.

All adults should get vaccines to protect their health. Even healthy adults can become seriously ill, and can pass certain illnesses on to others. Unfortunately, far too few adults are receiving the recommended vaccines, leaving themselves and their loved ones vulnerable to serious diseases.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • Only 20% of adults 19 years or older had received Tdap vaccination.
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