| Posted On Oct 30, 2020 | By:

Medicare Open Enrollment News

Every year from October 15 until December 7, Medicare recipients have the opportunity to review their Medicare plan choices and make decisions for new coverage beginning the first of the following year.  This Annual Election Period (AEP), also known as Medicare Open Enrollment, is the only time during a given year that all Medicare beneficiaries have an opportunity to make any changes to their Medicare plans.

If you are currently enrolled in a Medicare plan,

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| Posted On Jan 19, 2017 | By:

Atrius Health Joins CMS Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model

We are delighted to announce that our organization has been selected to participate in the 2017 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model – a transformative initiative sponsored by the CMS Innovation Center. As a Next Generation ACO, Atrius Health will work closely with CMS to provide its Medicare beneficiaries with higher-quality care at lower costs.

Today’s announcement was the culmination of a competitive selection process that began in March 2016 with the national release of a Request for Letters of Intent from CMS.

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| Posted On Mar 03, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health Joins Coalition Supporting CONNECT for Health Act

Atrius Health is proud to join a national coalition of providers and organizations supporting federal telehealth legislation introduced earlier this month.  The bipartisan bill, Senate bill 2484 and House bill 4442, the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act, was introduced by Senators Schatz, Wicker, Cochran, Cardin, Thune and Warner and Representatives Black, Welch, and Harper.

The CONNECT for Health Act would:

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| 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 Aug 20, 2015 | By:

Reducing Clinical Variation in Health Care

Health care spending in the United States is growing at an unsustainable rate, and policy makers are seeking ways to slow growth and reduce spending. A key target is removing waste, or spending that could be eliminated without reducing the quality of care. Waste includes spending on services that lack evidence of producing better health outcomes, inefficiencies in the provision of health care services, and the treatment of avoidable medical injuries, such as preventable infections in hospitals.

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| Posted On Aug 13, 2015 | By:

VNA Care Network & Hospice and VNA of Boston Excel in CMS Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings

This week, Atrius Health announced that home health care affiliates VNA Care Network & Hospice and VNA of Boston received high Quality of Patient Care Star Ratings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). These new scores from CMS will allow consumers to compare and choose among home health agencies on the basis of quality patient care. VNA Care Network & Hospice received a 4.0 out of 5.0 star rating, one of the 20% of home health agencies nationwide that received a 4-star rating or better.

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| Posted On Jun 22, 2015 | By:

Webinar: How to Use the ACO Model to Develop a Population Health Strategy

When Atrius Health decided to participate in the Pioneer ACO program, we saw it as an opportunity to evolve a population health approach for all of our Medicare-eligible patients. Using a payer-blind, population health approach, Atrius Health analyzes integrated claims and EHR data to stratify the population, detect gaps in care and identify opportunities to improve outcomes.

We are excited to announce that on June 25, 2015, our own Emily Brower, Executive Director of Accountable Care,

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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 Apr 21, 2015 | By:

Atrius Health Featured in Institute of Medicine Workshop Summary About Home Health

Last fall, Atrius Health Chief Medical Officer Dr. Richard Lopez joined health experts from across the industry in Washington D.C. to participate in a workshop hosted by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and National Research Council (NRC). The workshop, titled “The Future of Home Health Care,” sought to examine trends affecting Medicare’s home health care coverage and necessary changes to better serve patients and the U.S. health care system in the future.

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| Posted On Mar 27, 2015 | By:

It’s Time to Fix the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate Permanently

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed the Medicare Access and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) Reauthorization Act,  (H.R. 2), by a vote of 392–37 to permanently replace Medicare’s Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and returned stability to physicians and Medicare patients. We would like to publicly thank all of the members of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation, all of whom voted to support this important piece of legislation.

Unfortunately the Senate has decided to defer voting on the measure until it returns April 13 from a two-week break. 

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