| Posted On Jul 30, 2014 | By:

Improving Care for Patients with Chronic Medical Conditions

Finding innovative ways to care for our patients with chronic medical conditions is important at Atrius Health. Take, for example, an 84-year-old male patient with memory impairment who lives alone and has a urinary catheter. In 2012, this patient had 11 hospitalizations and emergency room visits related to catheter issues alone. In July of 2013, this patient was enrolled in a new Primary Care Case Management (PCCM) program at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, the largest affiliate of Atrius Health.

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| Posted On May 06, 2014 | By:

2014 National Nurses Week

The 2014 National Nurses Week theme is “Transforming Health Care through Nursing Leadership,” and this theme is clearly evident in the outstanding contributions and achievements of our more than 500 extraordinary nurses at Harvard Vanguard.  Our nurses are leaders in embracing new technologies, innovative care delivery processes or more efficient ways to better meet the complex and diverse needs of our patients and families. Nurses are partnering with their colleagues to deliver patient-centered,

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| Posted On Feb 04, 2014 | By:

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Climbing a high altitude mountain may be possible if you are psychologically prepared and if your body cooperates.   But since I had never climbed a mountain higher than Mt Washington (6,288 feet) in New Hampshire, I had no idea if my body would allow me to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa.

My 30-year-old son, however, wanted an adventure. 

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| Posted On Nov 20, 2013 | By:

The Importance of Medication Adherence

According to the FDA, as many as 3 billion prescriptions are written annually in the United States. About 25% of new prescriptions never make it to a pharmacy, 3% of prescriptions that are filled never get picked up and 50% of prescriptions in the US are not taken as prescribed. Approximately 125,000 deaths and 25% of hospitalization and nursing home admissions are related to medication non-adherence annually in the United States.

At Atrius Health,

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| Posted On Oct 30, 2013 | By:

Caring For Patients When They Can’t Get to the Doctor’s Office

According to a report released in 2012 by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), almost 60 percent of emergency room visits and 25 percent of hospital admissions of Medicare patients were potentially preventable.

As part of Atrius Health’s efforts to reduce healthcare costs and provide high quality ambulatory care for our Medicare population, programs have been implemented to help reduce unnecessary hospitalization and emergency room (ER) visits by patients.

One of these programs being piloted by Granite Medical Group is the Intensive Home Based (IHB) program.

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| Posted On Aug 06, 2013 | By:

How Clinical Pharmacists Work to Improve Drug Therapy for Our ACO Patients

The Atrius Health groups have a team of clinical pharmacists working with our physicians, nurse practitioners, physician’s assistants, nurses and support staff to optimize the effectiveness, safety and cost of medication therapy for all patients – including Accountable Care Organization (ACO) patients.

Each of our clinical pharmacists has an advanced degree and ambulatory care clinical training/experience, and practices within our Internal Medicine and Family Medicine departments. Here, they participate in team meetings to develop specific care plans for our most medically vulnerable patients.

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