- 2019 Press Releases
- 2018 Press Releases
- Atrius Health’s Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Saves Medicare $19.9 million in first year of participation
- Atrius Health earns national recognition for commitment to improve high blood pressure
- Communication Regarding Ballot Question 1: Hospital Nurse Staffing Ratios
- Atrius Health Announces State Certification for New ACO Program
- Atrius Health Announces State Certification for New ACO Program
- 2017 Press Releases
- Atrius Health’s Pioneer ACO achieves over 95 percent quality score and saves Medicare $10.4 million
- Medically home group launches the future of medical care, raises $4m in funding
- Tufts Health Plan Forms Masshealth Accountable Care Organization Partnerships With Four Provider Organizations
- Boston Surgery Center and Atrius Health Complete First Total Joint Replacement in a Massachusetts Free-Standing Surgery Center
- Two tested interventions help improve weight management in children with overweight or obesity
- Atrius Health Names Rachel Rosenblum Chief Operating Officer
- Atrius Health and IBM Watson Health Forge Partnership to Bring Cognitive Insights to Primary Care Physicians and Their Patients
- Atrius Health Expands into Greater Plymouth area by Welcoming PMG Physician Associates
- Atrius Health Joins CMS Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model
- 2016 Press Releases
- Atrius Health Appoints Jennifer Derkazarian as Senior Director of Nursing
- Atrius Health Welcomes Patrick Holland as Chief Financial Officer
- Atrius Health’s Pioneer ACO achieves over 95 percent quality score and saves Medicare $6.8 million
- Atrius Health’s David Green, MD Named the 2016 Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts “Physician of the Year”
- Harvard Pilgrim and Atrius Health team up to employ Boston Public School students
- VNA Care Network and VNA of Boston Named as HomeCare Elite 2015 Top Agencies
- VNA Care Network Foundation Rebranding as VNA Care
- Atrius Health Names Dr. Christopher Andreoli as Chief of Ophthalmology and Visual Services
- Atrius Health Names Dr. Bonnie Hersh as Chief of Neurology
- Atrius Health Names Dr. Louis Bley as Chief of Orthopedics and Hand Surgery
- Atrius Health Names Dr. Vandhana Sharda as Chief of Optometry
- Atrius Health Names Dr. Adam Smith as Chief of Pulmonology
- Atrius Health Names Dr. Bita Tabesh as Chief of Hematology/Oncology
- Atrius Health Names Dr. Sean Uiterwyk Senior Medical Director for Performance Excellence
- Atrius Health CEO Takes on Statewide Stigma Fight
- Atrius Health Welcomes Dr. Jane Fogg, Specialty Director of Internal Medicine and Population Health
- Atrius Health Unveils New Advertising and Rebranding Campaign as One Connected Healthcare System
- Atrius Health Recognized by CDC and CMS as Million Hearts 2015 Hypertension Control Champions
- Atrius Health Names Dr. Benjamin Kruskal as Chief of Infectious Disease and Travel Medicine
- Atrius Health Names Dr. Kathy Niknejad as Chief of Urology
- Atrius Health Names Dr. Bradley Denker as Chief of Nephrology
- Labor Day Holiday Notice
- 2015 Press Releases
- Atrius Health Receives First-Place Accountable Care Compass Award from Massachusetts Hospital Association
- Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates welcomes Dr. Nicholas McAuley to its Chelmsford practice
- Harvard Vanguard Peabody Welcomes Dr. Susan Millet, DO
- Atrius Health Ranked Highest in Overall Score Among Massachusetts Pioneer ACOs
- Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Appoints Mary O’Neil as Kenmore Practice Administrator
- Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Appoints Linda Oliver as Wellesley Practice Site Administrator, West Region
- Atrius Health Names Geisinger Transformation Exec as New CEO
- Atrius Health Launches Innovation Center
- Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce Names Dedham Medical Associates Large Business of the Year at 121st Annual Meeting
- Atrius Health Joins National Health Care Organizations to Accelerate Transformation of U.S. Health Care System
- Atrius Health Groups to Merge
Communication Regarding Ballot Question 1: Hospital Nurse Staffing Ratios
On November 6, 2018 (Election Day), Massachusetts voters will consider Question 1 that would institute government-mandated nurse staffing levels at all hospitals across the Commonwealth. If approved by voters, the law would require every hospital to adopt by January 1, 2019 the fixed, Registered Nurse-to-Patient ratios defined in the statute for each type of hospital unit at all times – regardless of a hospital’s size, location, or the needs of patients. Question 1 would also not permit hospitals to reduce the staffing levels of their health care workforce to offset the costs of implementing these ratios.
Atrius Health encourages every registered voter to become well-informed about the issue and to research both sides. However, we wanted to let you know that Atrius Health strongly opposes Question 1 and is encouraging our patients and their family members to Vote No on Question 1. Even though Question 1 does not apply directly to us as we are not a hospital, we believe Question 1 would negatively affect Atrius Health patients and all Massachusetts healthcare consumers.
Why does Atrius Health Oppose Question 1?
- Increases Nursing Shortages: Nurses are needed in all healthcare settings, including ambulatory settings, home health, and hospice settings. There is already a nursing shortage in the U.S. that is projected to grow substantially. Question 1 is only focused on shifting more nurses to hospital settings, which will make it challenging for Atrius Health and VNA Care to employ enough nurses to provide the highest quality care for our patients.
- Ratios are Arbitrary: There is no scientific basis for the ratios that have been established, no scientific study that has determined a “correct” nurse-to-patient ratio, and no evidence that mandated staffing ratios improve the quality of care.
- Creates Barriers to Improving Patient Care: Atrius Health supports innovation to improve care for patients which requires flexibility in the delivery of care. Mandatory fixed staffing will make it more difficult to develop and test new (and possibly better) ways to deliver care.
- Increases Healthcare Costs for Patients: Cost increases due to the fixed ratios set forth in Question 1 will be passed on to Massachusetts residents and employers through increased premiums, copays, deductibles and taxes. Question 1 has been estimated to cost $1.3 billion in the first year and $900 million annually (1), jeopardizing the cost of health care and health insurance for many citizens in the Commonwealth.
- Threatens Access to Care in the Community: Atrius Health and our patients rely on services in our communities for high quality care close to home. Community hospitals are particularly vulnerable to the high cost implications of Question 1, and they may be forced to cut services like behavioral health or turn away patients to adhere to increased staffing requirements.
We strongly encourage you to cast your vote against Question 1 on Election Day - November 6th. If you are unsure where to vote or need additional information including on-line registration and an absentee ballot application, please visit http://www.sec.state.ma.us and select the red box “Elections and Voting.” More information about Vote No on Question 1 is available at https://www.protectpatientsafety.com.
Steve Strongwater, MD, President and CEO
Guy Spinelli, MD, Chair, Board of Trustees
(1) 2018 study conducted by Mass Insight Global Partnerships and BW Research Partnership and paid for by the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association.