Transforming Care

| Posted On Feb 27, 2020 | By:

Battling Clinician Burnout

Dr. Karim Awad, Chief of Sleep Medicine at Atrius Health, understands clinician burnout on an intimate level—he’s experienced it himself.

“For me, it was really about just feeling exhausted, and I debated whether I should just leave medicine,” says Dr. Awad. “I went through a lot of what doctors and others experience as burnout.”

Fortunately, Dr. Awad was able to tap into a reservoir of resiliency. So, when Dr. Steve Strongwater,

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| Posted On Feb 26, 2020 | By:

A Scientific Approach to Improving Patient Care

When you hear “research,” you may think of test tubes and microscopes. But at Atrius Health’s Center for Clinical Research, it means taking a scientific approach to improving patient care.

“We help measure and evaluate not only the way care is provided but the quality of care that’s provided,” says John Zambrano, M.D., Medical Director for the Center for Clinical Research. “One is really aimed at doing things better, and the other one is really aimed at assessing whether or not that thing that we’re doing in the practice is actually making an impact on our patients.”

The Center for Clinical Research strives to improve the already high standard of care patients receive at Atrius Health.

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| Posted On Feb 25, 2020 | By:

Training the Next Generation of Clinicians

Unlike many independent medical groups, Atrius Health has the great responsibility of training the next generation of medical professionals. Our physicians teach at some of the top medical schools in the world, and medical residents learn how to provide holistic, patient-centered care in Atrius Health’s primary care setting. Our nurse instructors provide instruction in direct care practicums or rotations focused on leadership, research, informatics, and quality. Partnerships with local universities also allow training opportunities for students in pharmacy,

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| 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 Jan 22, 2020 | By:

48 Atrius Health Physicians Named as Castle Connolly Top Doctors®

We are pleased to congratulate the Atrius Health physicians who have been named as Castle Connolly Top Doctors®. The database, compiled by healthcare research and publishing company, Castle Connolly Top Doctors®, is comprised of physicians in more than 70 medical specialties and subspecialties.

37 of the Atrius Health physicians named as Castle Connolly Top Doctors® are also included in the 2020 “Top Doctors” list in the January issue of Boston Magazine.

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| Posted On Jan 07, 2020 | By:

Want an Earlier Appointment? Sign up for a New Wait List Feature on MyHealth!

We are excited to share that MyHealth users can now request to be notified if an earlier appointment becomes available.  This new MyHealth feature, called “Wait List Fast Pass,” is available from many Atrius Health departments and can be viewed both on the desktop version of MyHealth as well as through the mobile app (found under “MyChart” in your app store). Don’t miss out on this great new MyHealth feature – already more than 11,000 wait list offers have been accepted by Atrius Health patients since we went live with this functionality!

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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 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 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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