| 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 Sep 21, 2015 | By:

Atrius Health Submits Pre-Filed Testimony to the Health Policy Commission

Atrius Health recently submitted pre-filed testimony to the Health Policy Commission (HPC) in advance of the Annual Health Care Cost Trends hearings that will take place October 5-6, 2015 at Suffolk University Law School.

Atrius Health was among approximately 70 health care provider organizations and payers statewide asked to submit pre-filed testimony on a variety of topics including alternative payment methodologies, steps taken to ensure the state met the benchmark in 2014,

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| Posted On Aug 10, 2015 | By:

The Road to Pediatric Patient-Centered Medical Home

The term “patient-centered medical home” (PCMH) can be confusing because it is not actually a physical place, but a model of care delivery. Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates has been practicing this model of care for many years, well before the “medical home” phrase was coined. Typically, a “medical home” offers patients the following services and attributes:

  • Comprehensive care – A practice utilizing a medical home approach cares for each patient’s physical and mental health needs including prevention and wellness,
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| Posted On Jun 11, 2015 | By:

Atrius Health Participates in AMGA’s Capitol Hill Day

Kathy Keough, Director of Government Relations at Atrius Health, participated in the American Medical Group Association’s (AMGA) annual Capitol Hill Day event in Washington, DC on June 1st and 2nd. More than 50 representatives of medical groups from across the country gathered at this annual event to advocate for issues of importance to medical groups and health systems.

Meetings were held with key healthcare staff from several members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation including:  Senator Edward Markey and Senator Elizabeth Warren as well as Representative Joseph Kennedy and Katherine Clark.

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| Posted On May 28, 2015 | By:

Atrius Health Names Geisinger Transformation Executive as New CEO

The Atrius Health Board of Trustees is extremely pleased to announce that it has chosen Steven Strongwater, M.D., to be the President and Chief Executive Officer of Atrius Health. Dr. Strongwater, currently Chief Transformation Officer and Chief Medical Executive for Acquisition Integration at Geisinger Health, will bring Atrius Health into its next chapter of pioneering work to improve the way healthcare is delivered. Atrius Health includes Dedham Medical Associates, Granite Medical Group, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates,

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| Posted On May 18, 2015 | By:

Pioneer ACO Model Generates Substantial Savings to Medicare

We are delighted to offer our congratulations to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMS Innovation Center) on their recent announcement regarding the independent evaluation showing the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model generated a savings of $384 million to Medicare over its first two years. This report demonstrates that accountable care can reduce the growth in costs while also improving quality.

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M.

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| Posted On Mar 05, 2015 | By:

Atrius Health Joins Group Urging Congress to Strengthen Medicare Advantage

More than 16 million seniors are enrolled in Medicare Advantage, which is a type of Medicare health plan offered by a private company that contracts with Medicare to provide seniors with their Part A and Part B benefits. In recent years, Medicare Advantage enrollment has grown tremendously due to its exceptional model of coordinated care.

Medicare Advantage patients benefit from a team-based approach that focuses on primary care and prevention.

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| Posted On Dec 19, 2014 | By:

Our Healthcare “Wish List” for the New Administration

As Charlie Baker takes over as Governor on January 8th, there are a myriad of issues the new administration will be tackling, many of them related to healthcare. Atrius Health has assembled our own top 10 healthcare “wish list” for the administration to consider.

  1. Increase Medicaid funding for all providers, including home health (who have not seen rate increases in nearly seven years), primary care providers and behavioral health providers,
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| Posted On Oct 08, 2014 | By:

Atrius Health CMO Dr. Richard Lopez Testifies at Cost Trends Hearings on the Importance of Post-Acute Care

Atrius Health was honored to be among several panelists to participate in the 2014 Annual Cost Trends Hearing yesterday on “Challenges and Opportunities for Coordinated Care: Post-Acute Care.” Richard Lopez, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Atrius Health joined other panelists including representatives from Baystate Medical Center, Brockton Visiting Nurses Association and Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center to discuss the vital role that post-acute care plays in improving patient outcomes and reducing healthcare costs.

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| Posted On Sep 29, 2014 | By:

Atrius Health Reacts to Meaningful Use Final Rule

Meaningful Use, a program launched by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2011, was first created as part of the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program, to provide financial incentives to encourage physician and hospitals to use electronic health records (EHR) to improve patient care. Meaningful Use is made up of three stages of performance for use of electronic health records: Stage 1 focuses on data capturing and sharing; Stage 2 focuses on advanced clinical processes;

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