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| Posted On Nov 30, 2017 | By:

Atrius Health Testifies in Support of Nurse Practitioners

Dr. Richard Lopez, Chief Medical Officer of VNA Care and Senior Vice President of Population Health for Atrius Health, along with Jennifer Derkarzarian, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, Chief Nursing Officer of Atrius Health, recently testified before the Joint Committee on Public Health in support of legislation that would remove existing restrictions on the licenses of nurse practitioners (NPs) in the state. Atrius Health was among several organizations who testified in support of the bill HB2451/S1257“An Act to Contain Health Care Costs and Improve Access to Value-Based Nurse Practitioner Care As Recommended by the IOM and FTC.”

During his testimony,

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| Posted On Oct 03, 2017 | By:

National Midwifery Week 2017

National Midwifery Week is October 1 – 7, 2017, and the theme for this year is Making Strides for All Women. We’d like to take this opportunity to commend all of the Atrius Health midwives for their ongoing commitment to our practice.

Receiving care from a midwife has been an option for Atrius Health patients since 1990, and many of our patients have selected to receive personal and individualized obstetric and gynecological care from our midwives from adolescence through menopause.

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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 Mar 28, 2017 | By:

Atrius Health Receives First-Place Accountable Care Compass Award from Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association

We are pleased to share that Atrius Health was a first place awardee at the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association’s (MHA) second Accountable Care Compass Awards event, which recognizes provider excellence and innovation in the delivery of high-quality, safe and efficient care. Atrius Health was named as a first-place winner in MHA’s “Providing Care to Special Populations” category for its entry titled Behavioral Health Adult Care Model Redesign.

Behavioral health is an integral part of care at Atrius Health.

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| Posted On Feb 27, 2017 | By:

Atrius Health Joins Massachusetts Coalition for Coverage and Care

Atrius Health recently joined a growing list of health care providers, consumer groups, representatives from the business community, and others to form the Massachusetts Coalition for Coverage & Care in response to potential threats to the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The Coalition was created by Health Care For All and is being co-hosted by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation which will provide research and technical assistance. The group was formed to ensure that state health reform measures (Chapter 58 of the Acts of 2006) that provide universal coverage to Massachusetts residents is protected.

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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 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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| Posted On Sep 13, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health is changing the way ambulatory care providers resolve patient harm incidents

Only a dozen or so Massachusetts hospitals have adopted communication, apology and resolution to guide their interactions with patients and families following a medical error, and these programs have been even slower to catch on at ambulatory practices.

That’s why it was noteworthy when Atrius Health, the state’s largest ambulatory network, set out last year to provide formal support for the system to its 750 physicians.

“We’ve seen about 30 cases go through since then —

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| Posted On Aug 24, 2016 | By:

How Much Sleep Do You Need?

I get asked this question several times a day by my patients, and for many of us, the answer is, “not nearly enough.”

The National Sleep Foundation recently assembled 18 experts and sifted through 320 research articles. Based on this work, they recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night for the average adult (for seniors, they recommended 7-8 hours). The American Academy of Sleep Medicine also came out with a consensus paper and recommended that adults sleep at least 7 hours per night.

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| Posted On Aug 17, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health Welcomes Dr. Monera Wong as Chief of Geriatric Medicine

Atrius Health is pleased to welcome Dr. Monera Wong as the organization’s Chief of Geriatric Medicine. As Chief, Dr. Wong will lead the Geriatric Medicine Department at Atrius Health, which offers primary care, home based care, post-hospitalization, rehabilitative and long term care in skilled nursing facilities, and palliative care consultations.

The department also offers geriatric consultation for patients 65 and older who are referred by their primary care physician.

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