Public Health Issues

| 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 Sep 06, 2018 | By:

VNA Care and Atrius Health Senior Leaders Meet with Congressman Jim McGovern

VNA Care was honored to host Congressman Jim McGovern at their Worcester offices. Holly Chaffee, President and CEO of VNA Care; Dr. Steve Strongwater, President and CEO of Atrius Health; members of the VNA Care board of directors; and representatives from the Home Care Alliance met to discuss issues of importance to the home health and hospice and palliative care industry.

Another topic of discussion was the importance of reducing regulatory burdens placed on physicians which is a major component of physician burnout.

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| Posted On Jun 14, 2017 | By:

Atrius Health Participates in Tobacco Free Mass Lobby Day

Representatives from Atrius Health, including Dr. Dan Slater, Chief of Pediatrics, recently joined a large contingency of members from Tobacco Free Mass at the State House for Advocacy Day. The group is urging the passage of legislation that would impose stricter controls of tobacco products in Massachusetts – specifically House Bill 2864 and Senate Bill 1218, “An Act to protect youth from the health risks of tobacco and nicotine addiction.”

Accompanying Dr.

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| Posted On Nov 21, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health Participates in World Diabetes Day Event at the State House

Atrius Health was honored to be represented at last week’s World Diabetes Day Program at the State House during which Dr. Joe Kimura, Atrius Health CMO, was among the distinguished speakers who discussed the serious public health crisis and financial implications caused by diabetes.

Dr. Kimura joined a number of legislators including Sen. James Welch (Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing), Sen. Jason Lewis (Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Health),

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| Posted On Jul 21, 2016 | By:

VNA Care Participates in Meetings with Congressional Leaders on Hospice Issues

VNA Care was well represented at this week’s “Advocacy Intensive 2016” sponsored by the Hospice Action Network, as nearly 300 representatives from hospice agencies descended on Washington, DC to meet with members of their respective Congressional leaders and their staff on issues of importance to hospice.

Among those participating included included Daiva Braunfelds, Vice President of VNA Hospice & Palliative Care, Dr. James Baker, Medical Director of VNA Hospice & Palliative Care and Kathy Keough,

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| Posted On Jun 27, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health Joins Coalition Supporting Healthy Food Choices in Vending Machines on State Property

Atrius Health recently joined a statewide coalition including the American Heart and American Stroke Associations, the Massachusetts Health Council and the Massachusetts Public Health Association urging passage of House Bill 3988 “An Act Relative to Expanding Access to Healthy Food Choices in Vending Machines on State Property.”

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Stephen Kulik (D-Franklin), was reported favorably out of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing and the Joint Committee on Public Health and is now before the House Ways &

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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 Jan 29, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health Commends MA State Legislature for Passage of Indoor Tanning Bill

On Wednesday, January 27, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed an important measure prohibiting people under the age of 18 from using tanning devices. Senate Bill 1994 also prevents minors from operating such devices, even if employed by tanning facilities.

The bill, which passed through the House in a 146-8 vote, and unanimously through the Senate last September, represents a significant shift in state policy and attitudes towards indoor tanning. Previously,

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| Posted On Jun 25, 2015 | By:

Atrius Health Hosts Forum on Opioid Crisis with Congressman Seth Moulton

Atrius Health recently hosted a forum with Congressman Seth Moulton (D-Mass) at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Peabody to discuss the state’s opioid crisis, along with more than 40 other health care providers serving patients in the North Shore.

There was a robust discussion among the providers in the meeting, who offered their suggestions and discussed concerns in treating patients with pain, but also in treating patients with behavioral health and substance abuse issues.

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