Home Health Care

| Posted On Feb 24, 2020 | By:

Healthcare of the Future: Innovating New Ways of Delivering Patient Care

When Bill Ring was diagnosed with a severe urinary tract infection, he thought he would have to go to the hospital to be admitted for treatment. Then his primary care physician at Atrius Health suggested the Medically Home Program.

“After I agreed to the service everything worked fast and efficiently,” says Ring. “They sent a technical person to set up the equipment in my apartment and he explained exactly how it would work.

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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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| Posted On May 26, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health Joins Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care

Atrius Health recently joined the newly formed Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care which launched its inaugural summit on May 12th. The coalition includes 58 health care groups organized by The Conversation Project, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and Ariadne Labs. The goal of the Coalition is to improve the care and experience for those facing serious, potentially life-limiting illness and ensure that “health care for everyone in Massachusetts is in accordance with their goals,

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| Posted On Apr 12, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health Comments on Medicare’s Prior Authorization Demonstration for Home Health

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently proposed a demonstration pilot program targeted at reducing fraud and abusive practices occurring among home health agencies providing services to Medicare beneficiaries. This proposed rule would require five states, including Massachusetts, to obtain prior authorization for home health services.

If implemented, the prior authorization demonstration project would impact VNA Care Network, the largest non-profit home health provider in the state. VNA Care Network serves approximately 40,000 patients throughout eastern and central Massachusetts and provides about 500,000 certified home health service visits annually.

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| Posted On Oct 06, 2015 | By:

Atrius Health Clinicians Testify Before Joint Legislative Committee

Daniel Oates, MD, Director of Geriatrics and Extended Care and Deborah Nolan, NP, Acting Chief of Geriatrics recently testified before the Joint Committees on Elder Affairs and Mental Health and Substance Abuse at the State House and showcased the system of healthcare for seniors at Atrius Health, including the home-based primary care program.

The informational briefing focused primarily on issues surrounding geriatric mental health, but also covered a wide variety of topics including housing,

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| Posted On Aug 13, 2015 | By:

VNA Care Network & Hospice and VNA of Boston Excel in CMS Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings

This week, Atrius Health announced that home health care affiliates VNA Care Network & Hospice and VNA of Boston received high Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). These new scores from CMS will allow consumers to compare and choose among home health agencies on the basis of quality patient care. VNA Care Network & Hospice received a 4.0 out of 5.0 star rating, one of the 20% of home health agencies nationwide that received a 4-star rating or better.

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| Posted On Apr 21, 2015 | By:

Atrius Health Featured in Institute of Medicine Workshop Summary About Home Health

Last fall, Atrius Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Richard Lopez joined health experts from across the industry in Washington D.C. to participate in a workshop hosted by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC). The workshop, titled “The Future of Home Health Care,” sought to examine trends affecting Medicare’s home health care coverage and necessary changes to better serve patients and the U.S. health care system in the future.

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| Posted On May 13, 2014 | By:

Atrius Health Participates in Home Care Advocacy Day at the State House

A number of Atrius Health representatives from VNA Care Network & Hospice and VNA of Boston participated in last week’s Home Care Advocacy Day at the State House hosted by the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts.

The annual Advocacy Day provided an opportunity for VNA Care Network & Hospice and VNA of Boston staff to meet with legislators and staff members to highlight the value of home care as an integral part of the health care system and to discuss priorities in the budget and legislation.

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