Government & Policy

| Posted On Jul 07, 2020 | By:

Dr. Steve Strongwater Discusses Importance of Primary Care During Senate Listening Session on COVID-19 Reopening

Dr. Steve Strongwater, President & CEO of Atrius Health, recently participated in a Senate listening session about COVID-19 and reopening from a provider’s perspective. The discussion was hosted by Senator Cindy Friedman, Chair of the state’s Senate Committee on Healthcare Finance along with Senators Jo Comerford and Adam Hinds. In addition to Dr. Strongwater, other panelists included Dr. David Rosman, President of the Massachusetts Medical Society, and Donna Kelly-Williams, RN, President of the Massachusetts Nurses Association.

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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 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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| Posted On Jul 16, 2019 | By:

Atrius Health Weighs in on Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS) Proposal

Atrius Health recently joined several organizations in providing testimony to strengthen and clarify regulations proposed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) related to Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS). The proposed changes are part of the provisions of Chapter 208 of the Acts of 2018 to address the state’s opioid crisis and are designed to increase the security of prescription medications.

Electronic prescribing, also known as e-prescribing, is when a doctor writes a prescription and sends it directly to the pharmacy through a secured system.

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| Posted On Jul 01, 2019 | By:

Atrius Health Supports Single Application for Core Benefits

Atrius Health recently provided testimony to the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing in support ofAn Act Improving Public Health through a Common Application for Core Food, Health and Safety-net Programs.” The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Gap bill, HB1173 and SB678, would create a common application to allow low-income households to apply for MassHealth, SNAP, and state-administered safety net programs all at the same time.

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| Posted On May 30, 2019 | By:

Employers Need Three-Month Extension of Paid Family and Medical Leave Program

Several large business organizations including Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM), the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce which represents thousands of employers statewide, and advocates who negotiated a compromised version of the paid family and medical leave program last year, recently requested a three-month postponement of the new law that goes into effect July 1, 2019. The call for a delay from politically diverse groups reflects growing concern that the marketplace, employers,

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| Posted On Apr 08, 2019 | By:

Atrius Health Representatives Meet with Congressional Leaders

Atrius Health representatives attended the “Capitol Hill Days” annual event hosted by the American Medical Group Association (AMGA). A record number of physician groups from across the country gathered in Washington, DC recently to meet with their respective Congressional leaders and staff on issues of importance to physician groups.

Joining Dr. Guy Spinelli, Atrius Health Board Chair and practicing internist at Granite Medical in Quincy, was Kathy Keough,

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| Posted On Aug 09, 2018 | By:

Atrius Health Endorses “Yes on 3” Ballot Question Campaign

Atrius Health was among more than 50 business leaders and organizations in the state to recently endorse the “Yes on 3” ballot question campaign. The bi-partisan coalition is seeking to uphold the state’s transgender non-discrimination law on the ballot this November. The group is governed by Freedom for All Massachusetts, the official ballot committee.

In 2016, the Massachusetts legislature passed – with a bipartisan, supermajority vote – historic non-discrimination protections for transgender people in public places such as restaurants,

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| Posted On Jun 19, 2018 | By:

Atrius Health Participates in Capitol Hill Day

Atrius Health was well represented at the recent Capitol Hill Day annual event hosted by the American Medical Group Association (AMGA). Physician groups from throughout the country descended on Washington, DC to meet with members of their respective Congressional leaders and their staff on issues of importance to physician groups.

Joining Dr. Guy Spinelli, Atrius Health Board Chair and internist at Granite Medical Group, was Kathy Keough, Director of Government Relations for Atrius Health,

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