| Posted On Dec 26, 2019 | By:

Our Top Health Blogs of 2019

As we look forward to a healthy 2020, we thought it was a good time to look back at some of our most popular health blog posts of 2019. Here’s a quick summary in case you happened to miss any of them!

Six Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Blood Pressure
If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure, your provider may prescribe medication to lower your blood pressure. It’s important that you take your medication regularly and as instructed.

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| Posted On Dec 19, 2019 | By:

Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day Holiday Urgent Care

On Christmas Eve (Tuesday, December 24th), all Atrius Health practice locations (and including urgent care and pharmacy, laboratory, and radiology) will be closed for care as of 5:00pm that day. On Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, our Atrius Health practices will be closed for routine care except for those practices listed below, which are open for pre-scheduled urgent care appointments.

If you feel you need medical advice or think that you may need to be seen,

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| Posted On Dec 03, 2019 | By:

Understanding and Getting Help for an Eating Disorder

Generally speaking, an eating disorder is an illness in which a person has an abnormal relationship with food and their body. There are various components of eating disorders, including both a behavioral (physical) element and a cognitive (mental) element. The physical part of the illness can include behaviors such as when someone actively restricts the number of calories they eat, or they overeat and then purge to attempt to avoid gaining weight. There is also the cognitive part of the disorder,

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| Posted On Nov 26, 2019 | By:

Avoiding Unexpected Medical Bills

One of the most common complaints to health care providers and health plans comes when a patient receives a bill for a service that the patient assumed would be covered completely. In many cases, this is because health plans typically cover preventive care in total, but may not completely cover diagnostic care. And if a clinician provides both preventive and diagnostic care during the same visit or procedure, you may have to pay some portion (such as a copayment,

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| Posted On Nov 25, 2019 | By:

Recognizing Pharmacists as Healthcare Providers

Amy Vachon, PharmD, Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services at Atrius Health, was among a distinguished group of panelists who recently testified before the Joint Committee on Public Health in support of legislation HB1849/S1297“An Act Recognizing Pharmacists as Healthcare Providers.”  This legislation was introduced by Senator Joan Lovely (D-Peabody) and Representative Christine Barber (D-Somerville). Testimony and panelist presentations were organized by Kathy Keough, Director of Government Relations for Atrius Health.

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| Posted On Nov 21, 2019 | By:

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

During the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend, our Atrius Health practices will be closed for routine care on Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th except for those practices listed below, which are open for pre-scheduled urgent care appointments.

If you feel you need medical advice or think that you may need to be seen, call your doctor’s office at any time, day or night. Your call will be directed to our 24/7 medical staff and triaged as needed.

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| Posted On Nov 19, 2019 | By:

Clinical Distinction Awards 2019

On Thursday, November 7, 2019, several members of the Atrius Health family were honored with Clinical Distinction Awards. These awards recognize staff that have made contributions in areas such as teaching and clinical innovation and have become role models for other staff. Congratulations to all of the award winners.

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| Posted On Nov 04, 2019 | By:

Intuitive Eating During the Holidays

The holiday season, those last few months of the year that are chock-full of events and parties and family gatherings, can be a pretty overwhelming time if you don’t feel in control of your body or your ability to make good food choices. This is an excellent time to use the principles of Intuitive Eating: eat when you’re hungry, eat until you are satisfied, and choose foods that make you feel good. Intuitive eating is learning to listen to your body’s cues to make the right food choices for you.

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| Posted On Oct 29, 2019 | By:

Using Nutrition Labeling to Make Healthier Choices

There are two different sources of nutrition labeling information provided on packaged foods that can help you make more informed and better choices for a healthy diet. They are:

  • Nutrition Facts label
  • Ingredient List

As I discussed in a recent blog, there have been changes to the information shown on the nutrition facts label. But now let’s review how the Nutrition Facts label can help you make smart,

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| Posted On Sep 26, 2019 | By:

Atrius Health Testifies in Support of Nurse Practitioners

Dr. Holly Thomas, internist and Associate Chief Medical Officer, and Jennifer Derkarzarian, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, testified on behalf of Atrius Health before the Joint Committee on Public Health in support of legislation that would remove existing restrictions on nurse practitioners on prescriptive practices in the state. Atrius Health was among a number of organizations and legislators who testified in support of the bill HB1867/S1330“An Act to Support Access,

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