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Atrius Health Medical Groups To Merge

Newton, MA [January 15, 2015] – The Atrius Health medical groups—Dedham Medical Associates, Granite Medical Group and Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates—have signed an agreement to merge into one nonprofit, multi-specialty organization called Atrius Health, Inc., with VNA Care Network Foundation continuing as a highly integrated subsidiary of Atrius Health.

“We are proud of what the Atrius Health groups have been able to accomplish together and are confident that the merging organizations will continue that work moving forward as one Atrius Health,” said Dan Burnes, MD, Transition CEO of Atrius Health. “This change will allow us to be more effective, efficient and nimble at a time of great complexity and change in healthcare. Atrius Health has a long legacy of providing high-quality, coordinated care, and this new structure will only enable us to improve on that.”

During the transition which began in October 2014, the Atrius Health Board of Trustees will be led by its current chairman, Guy Spinelli, MD, and will be comprised of physician and community trustees from the three legacy medical groups and VNA Care Network Foundation. The Atrius Health Board has engaged the executive search firm Russell Reynolds to lead the recruitment of its new CEO.

“The healthcare environment continues to evolve rapidly,” said Guy Spinelli, MD, Chairman, Atrius Health Board of Trustees. “This merger of our groups will create an organization that is uniquely positioned to be successful in the current healthcare environment as we continue to provide the best possible care at an affordable price for our patients.”

For the past ten years, Atrius Health has operated as the parent company of six medical groups, each with its own Board and management team. With the merger of three of those groups into Atrius Health, the other three medical groups (Reliant Medical Group, Southboro Medical Group, and South Shore Medical Center) will no longer be affiliated with Atrius Health. Reliant Medical Group and Southboro Medical Group have merged their two groups to focus on Central Massachusetts and the MetroWest region.

Atrius Health is a healthcare leader in Massachusetts and nationally. The merged organization will remain the largest nonprofit independent multi-specialty medical group in the Northeast, with 750 employed physicians and a total of approximately 6800 employees serving 675,000 patients across Eastern Massachusetts. Since Atrius Health formed in 2004, the organization has made significant strides to improve the health of its patients and to improve healthcare delivery. From groundbreaking work in health IT and population health management to participation in the Pioneer ACO program and work creating a recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home, Atrius Health has been a national leader in changing healthcare for the better.

The Atrius Health practices are recognized for providing high quality care while managing cost of care for their patients. In 2009, Atrius Health became one of the first organizations to sign the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Alternative Quality Contract (AQC) which rewards organizations for using a global payment structure to better coordinate care and control costs. In 2011, Atrius Health was chosen as one of 32 leading healthcare organizations to participate in the Pioneer ACO by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. For 2013, Atrius Health had the highest quality scores among New England Pioneer ACOs. Over the past few years, Atrius Health primary care practices at all sites have received the highest possible national certification as “Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Homes” from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), recognizing the way in which these practices coordinate care for their patients across healthcare settings with a proactive focus on keeping patients healthy.

Atrius Health is also a known leader in health information technology, first implementing electronic medical records at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in 1969. Through clinical data analytics and decision support tools, Atrius Health has been able to optimize and enhance patient care and care delivery methods. In 2013, Atrius Health earned Stage 7 recognition from Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), a national organization, the highest level possible for an ambulatory practice for the use of health information technology.

Atrius Health has also been at the cutting edge of linking primary care with home health to help patients stay healthy at home and in the outpatient setting. With its subsidiary VNA Care Network & Hospice, which includes VNA of Boston, Atrius Health has defined protocols for ensuring stronger collaboration between the primary care team and home health agency to support patient care.