Atrius Health

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Atrius Health formed in 2004, is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and is the largest independent alliance of community-based physician groups (Dedham Medical Associates, Granite Medical Group, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Reliant Medical Group, South Shore Medical Center, and Southboro Medical Group) in Massachusetts.[1] Atrius Health medical groups provide primary and specialty care from 50 locations across the state. Each year, Atrius Health’s 1,000 physicians and their medical teams coordinate patient care for nearly 1 million patients in over 3.8 million visits annually.[2] While each member group operates independently and autonomously, the groups collaborate on electronic medical records (Epic Systems) and other health information technology, some clinical services (such as the Atrius Health Women’s Center in Weymouth), quality standards, and contracting.[3] The Atrius Health groups have a long history of operating as a model for Accountable Care Organizations[4] (ACO[5]), with full responsibility for the quality and cost of care for many of their patients since before the term was coined by Elliott Fisher, MD, MPH, in 2006.[6] Patients of Atrius Health can access a secure patient portal to allow access to medical records and communicate securely with doctors online.

Atrius Health Medical Groups[edit]

Dedham Medical Associates
Granite Medical Group
Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates
Reliant Medical Group
Southboro Medical Group
South Shore Medical Center

Hospital Affiliations[edit]

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Beverly Hospital
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Children's Hospital Boston
Dana–Farber Cancer Institute
Emerson Hospital
Faulkner Hospital
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Lahey Clinic
Lowell General Hospital
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Metrowest Medical Center
Mount Auburn Hospital
New England Baptist Hospital
Newton-Wellesley Hospital
North Shore Medical Center
Quincy Medical Center
Saint Vincent Hospital
South Shore Hospital
UMass Memorial Medical Center
Winchester Hospital


  • 2004: Dedham Medical Associates, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Southboro Medical Group and South Shore Medical Center formed HealthOne Care System.
  • 2005: Granite Medical Group joined HealthOne Care System.
  • 2007: HealthOne Care System changed its name to Atrius Health.
  • 2007: Hired Dr. Ed Noffsinger,[7] the “Father of Shared Medical Appointments” to launch a program of Shared Medical Appointments (SMAs[8]) as a way for patients to have better access to their physicians and other providers and to learn from other patients during a 90-minute group visit.[9]
  • 2009: Began working with Simpler Consulting[10] to improve care deliveries through Lean transformation.[11]
  • 2009: Signed a five year Alternative Quality Contract[12] (AQC) with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts to improve the quality of care and cut medical costs.[13]
  • 2009: Created the Atrius Health Foundation to support innovative solutions to improve healthcare and help in emergency situations like the 2010 earthquake near Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
  • 2011: Reliant Medical Group (formerly Fallon Clinic) joined Atrius Health.[14]


Richard Lopez, MD[edit]

Dr. Richard Lopez, an internal medicine physician at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, was appointed Chief Medical Officer of Atrius Health in January 2009. In this position, Dr. Lopez works collaboratively with the Chief Medical Officers and Chief Executive Officers of the six Atrius Health medical groups across a wide range of clinical and quality initiatives. Specifically, Dr. Lopez’s focus includes clinical program and regional project development, clinical aspects of payer/provider contracting, clinical informatics, medical management, and safety and quality, as well as collaborating to develop quality standards and the outcome reporting measures and clinical dashboards that support the medical groups in meeting those standards.[15] A veteran of over 25 years at Harvard Vanguard, Dr. Lopez has made many significant contributions to the organization and was a recipient of Harvard Vanguard’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Lopez received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed his residency and internship at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Dr. Lopez received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University and is a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School.[16] As a board certified internist, Dr. Lopez has practiced primary care internal medicine at Harvard Vanguard’s Medford practice since 1982. Dr. Lopez serves on several committees including the performance measurement expert panel of the Massachusetts Healthcare Quality and Cost Council, the Neighborhood Health Plan Patient Care Assessment Committee, and is an advisor to the Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on Quality of Medical Practice.[17] In addition, Dr. Lopez is also on the Board of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors. He chairs the board of the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (CEPAC).[18] Most recently, Dr. Lopez was appointed to the Statewide Advisory Committee on Quality.


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  4. ^ "ACO FAQs". 
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  6. ^ Aiello, Marianne (December 2, 2010). "Elliott Fisher: Data-Driven ACO Visionary". Health Leaders Media. 
  7. ^ "Edward B. Noffsinger". 
  8. ^ Donnelly, Ally (December 1, 2008). "Shared Medical Appointments Help Provide Better Care". NECN. 
  9. ^ TERGESEN, ANNE (December 19, 2009). "Group Healing". Wall Street Journal. 
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  12. ^ N/A. "Fee for Service: How Long Will It Be Around?: New Payment Models: Do They Help?". Medscape. 
  13. ^ Syre, Steve (September 16, 2011). "Hospitals’ cost gamble". Boston Globe. 
  14. ^ Butler, Brandon (June 21, 2011). "Fallon Clinic To Join Atrius". Worcester Business Journal. 
  15. ^ "Atrius Health - Leadership Team". 
  16. ^ "Atrius Health - Leadership Team". 
  17. ^ "Atrius Health - Leadership Team". 
  18. ^ "Announcements: CEPAC Formation".