Patient Care

| Posted On Mar 25, 2022 | By:

Join the Atrius Health Patient and Family Advisory Council

At Atrius Health, our vision is to transform care to improve lives. We strive to partner with our patients and communities to make it easier to be healthy. Help us make that vision a reality by joining our new central Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC).

As a PFAC member, you can have a valuable and positive impact on patient experience by sharing your input and ideas about how we can improve patient care,

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| Posted On May 06, 2021 | By:

Virtual Telehealth Visits for Patients Not Living in Massachusetts

This notice applies only to patients who are out-of-state at the time of their virtual telehealth appointment.

Most states have very strict laws that require healthcare clinicians to be licensed to practice in the state where a patient is located in order to provide care to that patient, including care that is done via a virtual telehealth visit. During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, many states relaxed these licensing requirements on a temporary basis.

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| Posted On May 05, 2021 | By:

A Message From Our Pediatric Chair

To our Pediatric Patients and Families:

We have been through a lot together over the past year. I recall leaving my practice at Watertown on March 20, 2020, not knowing when, exactly, I would be back physically in the office. It was surreal and anxiety-provoking, and at that time, it was impossible to fathom the full impact that the pandemic would have on our work, family life, education and our physical and emotional health.

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| Posted On Apr 05, 2021 | By:

Video Visits: Join from Your Desktop Computer or Mobile Device

On April 10, 2021, you’ll see a lot of exciting new changes in MyHealth Online. Our patient portal will have an improved layout and new features to help you find what’s most important to you. In addition to seeing the notes your Atrius Health provider recorded at your visit, you’ll also start to see more test results, often at the same time as your provider receives them.

We are particularly excited to let you know that we are also changing how you can experience a video visit with us.

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| Posted On Feb 11, 2021 | By:

Open Notes: Information to Help You Manage Your Care

Atrius Health is pleased to announce that our patients will soon have even more health information easily accessible in their MyHealth Online accounts. Beginning on March 1, 2021, for care you or your children ages 12 and under receive on or after that date, you will be able to see the “notes” that your Atrius Health provider recorded based on your visit with them. In addition, starting on April 10, 2021, MyHealth users will be able to view laboratory,

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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 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 Apr 19, 2017 | By:

White Coat Syndrome or White Coat Logo Syndrome? The Pitfalls of Doctor Shopping by “Brand”

People often get hung up on brand names — many times in situations where branding is of little significance. For example, some people are willing to pay double the price for a wool coat that is exactly the same in terms of material, style, and outward appearance just because there is a small designer label on the lining that nobody sees. In some cases, the brand-name and no-name wool coats are manufactured in the exact same factory.

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| Posted On Nov 08, 2016 | By:

Celebrating the X-Ray’s Impact on Medicine

The x-ray was discovered 121 years ago today on November 8, 1895 by Wilhelm Roentgen of Bavaria, and his discovery has since shaped the face of many branches of science. Our understanding of the double-helix shape of DNA was provided in part by x-ray crystallography. In 1999, NASA deployed the Chandra X-ray Observatory aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia, which has since studied and discovered black holes and advanced our understanding of dark matter.

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