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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 Mar 09, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health Urges Quick Passage of Omnibus Tobacco Bill

As a member of Tobacco Free Mass, a coalition of various organizations throughout the state advocating for stricter controls of tobacco products in the state, Atrius Health applauds members of the Joint Committee on Public Health who recently released a comprehensive tobacco bill (S 2152).

The bill, which includes components of eight tobacco bills filed this session, builds on actions already taken at the local level across many Massachusetts communities.

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| Posted On Mar 03, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health Joins Coalition Supporting CONNECT for Health Act

Atrius Health is proud to join a national coalition of providers and organizations supporting federal telehealth legislation introduced earlier this month.  The bipartisan bill, Senate bill 2484 and House bill 4442, the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act, was introduced by Senators Schatz, Wicker, Cochran, Cardin, Thune and Warner and Representatives Black, Welch, and Harper.

The CONNECT for Health Act would:

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| Posted On Jun 23, 2015 | By:

Addressing the Crisis: Opioid Prescription Monitoring at Atrius Health

Opioid addiction in Massachusetts has become a serious problem with more than 1,000 residents dying of opioid overdoses in 2014. At the same time, pain management is an essential part of every medical practice, requiring clinicians and care teams to carefully consider the best treatment for patients who are suffering. Opioid medications can play an important role in managing pain, though misuse or abuse of opioids can also lead to significant patient and societal consequences.

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| Posted On Jun 16, 2015 | By:

National Patient Safety Foundation Issues Guidelines on Root Cause Analysis

Atrius Health is proud to support the work of the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) and we plan to utilize their recently released guidelines developed to help health care organizations improve the way they investigate medical errors, adverse events, and near misses. RCA2: Improving Root Cause Analyses and Actions to Prevent Harm is available for download on the Foundation’s website at www.npsf.org/rca2.

Millions of patients in the United States are harmed every year as a result of the health care they receive.

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| Posted On Jun 11, 2015 | By:

Atrius Health Participates in AMGA’s Capitol Hill Day

Kathy Keough, Director of Government Relations at Atrius Health, participated in the American Medical Group Association’s (AMGA) annual Capitol Hill Day event in Washington, DC on June 1st and 2nd. More than 50 representatives of medical groups from across the country gathered at this annual event to advocate for issues of importance to medical groups and health systems.

Meetings were held with key healthcare staff from several members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation including:  Senator Edward Markey and Senator Elizabeth Warren as well as Representative Joseph Kennedy and Katherine Clark.

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| 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 Apr 23, 2015 | By:

Atrius Health Launches Innovation Center

Atrius Health recently announced that it is launching an Innovation Center dedicated to developing and improving patient-centered care delivery models that meet the needs of today’s healthcare market. Atrius Health plans to invest $10 million towards this important objective.

“As the industry continues to move towards increased risk sharing, accountability and transparency around performance, increased patient engagement, and demands for big gains in efficiency, it is requiring us to rethink how we deliver care,” said Daniel Burnes,

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| Posted On Mar 27, 2015 | By:

It’s Time to Fix the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate Permanently

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the Medicare Access and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) Reauthorization Act,  (H.R. 2), by a vote of 392–37 to permanently replace Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and returned stability to physicians and Medicare patients. We would like to publicly thank all of the members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation, all of whom voted to support this important piece of legislation.

Unfortunately the Senate has decided to defer voting on the measure until it returns April 13 from a two-week break. 

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| Posted On Jul 03, 2014 | By:

Coalition Presents Comments to Health Policy Commission on Partners-AG Agreement

The following remarks were presented to the Health Policy Commission on July 2nd by Dr. Guy Spinelli, Chairman of the Board of Atrius Health and president of Granite Medical Group in Quincy, Massachusetts. Dr. Spinelli was representing a coalition of hospitals and healthcare providers including Atrius Health, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Lahey Health, and Tufts Medical Center, among others.

Public Comments

On Monday, the Massachusetts Superior Court approved a process under which interested parties have until July 21st to file comments on the proposed settlement agreement between the Attorney General’s Office and Partners HealthCare. 

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