| 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 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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| 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 Apr 16, 2014 | By:

Improving the Quality of Life for our Pediatric Patients with Asthma

According to the American Lung Association, asthma is one of the most common chronic disorders in childhood affecting an estimated 7 million children under the age of 18. Asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15 and is one of the leading causes of school absenteeism. The annual direct health care cost of asthma is approximately $50 billion; indirect costs (e.g. lost productivity) add another $6 billion, for a total of $56 billion dollars.

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| Posted On Feb 10, 2014 | By:

Health Policy Commission Proposes New Regulations on Provider Registration

Later this week the state’s Health Policy Commission (HPC) will be holding a public hearing on proposed regulations for the registration of provider organizations.  The hearing, scheduled for February 12, 2014 at 1 pm, will likely generate comments from providers and provider organizations such as Atrius Health that will be affected by the regulations and some of the new requirements of the HPC. Written comments are due to the HPC on April 11,

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| Posted On Dec 23, 2013 | By:

Atrius Health Named One of Becker’s “100 Accountable Care Organizations to Know”

Atrius Health was recently named by Becker’s Hospital Review, a leading healthcare industry publication, as one of the “100 Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to Know” in 2013. The Becker’s editorial team recognized Atrius Health for its focus on quality improvement, cost reduction and population health management.

“We are proud to join the nation’s leading ACOs on this prestigious list, which is due to the work of our dedicated team across all of Atrius Health and our collaborations with hospital and community partners,” said Marci Sindell,

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| Posted On Dec 05, 2013 | By:

Unintended Consequences of New State “Meaningful Use” Mandate

Atrius Health has a long standing history of investing tens of millions of dollars in the use of electronic health records (EHR) and electronic prescribing to improve the care of our 1 million patients. Over the past year, all of our practices have attested on behalf of our eligible providers as required by the federal government’s Meaningful Use (MU) requirements. Atrius Health has reinvested the funds received back into the EHR as well as other improvements to the care of our patients.

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| Posted On Nov 26, 2013 | By:

Atrius Health Submits Comments on Proposed End-of-Life and Palliative Care Regulations

In 2009, the Massachusetts Expert Panel on End of Life Care, established by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), conducted a comprehensive review of the issues surrounding end-of-life care both nationally and in the Commonwealth. It concluded that Massachusetts residents nearing the end of their lives often do not receive the care that they want or need and are unaware of the full range of care options, including hospice and palliative care services.

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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 Nov 05, 2013 | By:

Using Data Analytics to Improve Patient Care

Data itself does not make decisions, but when it is processed, analyzed and turned into useable reports, it becomes a powerful tool to guide decision making. This is data analytics. We use it to understand what is happening to our patients and how they are receiving care to ensure that we stay focused on our mission – keeping our patients as healthy as possible.

Data analytics informs Atrius Health clinicians, staff,

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