News and Announcements

COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Acton Medical is unable to offer the COVID-19 vaccine. Please visit Mass.gov or pharmacy websites for alternative options. Acton Medical Pediatrics recommends the vaccine for patients 12 and above.


June 3, 2021

Acton Medical Begins Return to Pre-COVID Procedures

   Satellite Offices Back to Normal – Open Access Online Scheduling

 

Exciting changes are taking place at Acton Medical Associates!

On July 12, Adult Medicine and Pediatrics are returning to pre-pandemic scheduling in all four locations. Acton Medical strives to provide services to patients in their community as much as possible. The reopening of our satellite offices to mixed-use helps us to achieve that goal.

Patients will see their doctors, nurses, and other favorite team members at their usual pre-pandemic location, Acton, Harvard, Hudson, or Littleton. As such, please note:

– Harvard is no longer dedicated to Adult Medicine well visits      – Littleton is no longer dedicated to Pediatrics

Going Back to Normal Before COVID-19

Our teams can’t wait to see familiar faces, and are ready to help patients arrange their next visit at the most convenient Acton Medical location!

We are incredibly proud of our staff who worked exceptionally hard through the pandemic to quickly provide safe solutions that allowed all of our offices to remain open through an extraordinary year. The creativity and versatility put forth by Acton Medical staff allowed us to:

– Open a new Hudson office in the Shops at Highland Commons

– Keep all four locations open through an international pandemic

– Set up a respiratory care clinic in our community to care for ill patients

–  Open a mobile care site for COVID-19 rapid testing

– Provide telehealth appointments for Adult and Pediatric patients

– Implement a new electronic health record system that complies with all recent legislation

– Launch Healow, a new and more robust patient portal

– Begin a phased launch of Open Access, an online scheduling feature being offered in stages to patients

    • Open Access is currently ONLY available for Pediatric well-child visits and Pediatric yearly exams, and will expand to include Adult Medicine online scheduling soon.
    • Once Open Access has fully launched, the types of appointments that can be scheduled online will increase. Acton Medical recognizes that access to care is vitally important. Ultimately, Open Access will improve access for our patients. Click here for more details.

 

At Acton Medical, we are dedicated to continued improvement and know there are challenges to overcome.

While proud of our accomplishments, we are also aware of ongoing growing pains. Congested phone lines may make it difficult for our patients to speak with us, the patience and flexibility shown by our patients is greatly appreciated. Please know that we’ve dedicated many resources toward solving this challenge. To improve access for our patients we are actively recruiting more staff, offering online appointments, and currently testing new technology solutions to provide better service.

Patients may find it helpful to know that our phone lines are busiest on Monday mornings, and the portal is a good way to reach us when the phones are busy and the question is not immediately urgent. We hope to share successes in this area over the coming weeks.

To our patients, thank you for your patience and support.

We take the care of our patients and their families seriously. Our providers are dedicated to you and want to take the best possible care of your health. We continue to grow and adapt to changing times with innovations and improvements, and the overarching goal of providing excellent primary care to you. Thank you for choosing Acton Medical Associates! 

 

Masks are required in all locations, Greeters will provide surgical masks to visitors upon arrival. Acton Medical also continues to practice social distancing for the health and safety of patients, staff, and the community.

 


May 25, 2021

Pediatric Online Appointment Scheduling Now Available

   Well Child and Pediatric Annual Physicals Only

 

Acton Medical Associates is pleased to launch online appointment scheduling for Pediatric patients. The new online service allows current Pediatric patients, and approved parents and guardians, to request a Well Child or Annual Physical appointment without making a phone call. Appointments with your Pediatrician can now be requested online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

There are two ways to request a Pediatric appointment using online scheduling;

On our website, click here or visit our Medical Staff page and click on your Pediatrician’s name

Using the Healow app

Pediatric patients can use the above options to request their next Well Child appointment or Annual Physical.

  • Well Child visits are usually for children under the age of two
  • Annual Physicals occur once a year as defined by each patient’s insurance coverage
  • Pediatric patients should contact their insurance provider to determine when they can schedule their next physical

No other appointment types can be requested using the online feature at this time.

Please call to schedule any other appointments over the phone at (978) 635-8914. Patients are not required to use online scheduling, so please call our office anytime for any need. For those who are not current patients, click here to become a new patient.

Pediatric online scheduling is the first phase of Acton Medical’s online scheduling launch. The ability to request Adult Medicine appointments online is coming soon!  

Please contact Portal Support with questions about using online scheduling, portalsupport@actonmedical.com. They provide technical support regarding this new feature. Pediatric patients should call our office with any non-technical questions. More information about online scheduling for all patients will continue to be shared over the next few months.


 

March 15, 2021

Healow Patient Portal Tips for Patients Under Age 13 

New Portal Replaced FollowMyHealth

 

Healow replaced FollowMyHealth as Acton Medical’s patient portal on February 8. The new portal offers patients a more user-friendly experience, and multiple upgraded features. Our Pediatrics team recently created a few tips for patients under the age of 13 and their parents or guardians. Click here to read Healow Quick Facts for Patients Under 13.”

“Acton Medical Pediatrics is pleased to offer Healow, a valuable new patient portal and resource to our patients. We look forward to using it fully as the launch continues to roll-out, and sincerely appreciate everyone’s patience as the it becomes fully operational for all patients.” – Christopher P. Cooper, Pediatrician & Pediatrics Chair

More details about Healow can also be found below in the March 4 post with answers to the most common questions asked by patients.


March 4, 2021

Healow Quick Facts – Most Common Patient Questions

New Patient Portal Replaced FollowMyHealth on February 8 

 

What is Healow? Healow is the new patient portal for Acton Medical patients. It replaced FollowMyHealth and is available to all patients.

What happened to FollowMyHealth? Acton Medical replaced FollowMyHealth with the new patient portal, Healow, on February 8. Patients still have access to FollowMyHealth, but going forward Acton Medical will not be using, or loading new data into FMH.

Where is the information that was in FollowMyHealth? All previous patient data stored in FMH is transferred into each patient’s new Healow account. No FMH data is lost.

How do I create my Healow account? Visit https://www.actonmedical.com/access-healow-patient-portal/ and click the “Create Account” button.

In February, current patients were also sent an email from the Healow team which contained account creation steps and a code.

What if I didn’t receive an email with instructions for Healow? Some patients have not received the Healow email. We apologize for this inconvenience, if this is the case then please visit https://www.actonmedical.com/access-healow-patient-portal/ and click the “Create Account” button. If you are still having trouble after trying to create your Healow account online, please email portalsupport@actonmedical.com for help.

What is Healow Kids? Healow Kids is a free app available on Google Play™ or the Apple App Store® that enables parents/guardians to access educational materials, videos, and tools like a tooth bush timer and screen time tracker. The app is a resource for parents and guardians of patients under the age of 13. Parents must setup a main Healow account before access to Healow Kids can be granted.

Can I still request an appointment through Healow? Yes. If you are waiting for your main Healow account to be created, then please call our office to setup an appointment in the meantime,

  • Adult Medicine: (978) 635-8700
  • Pediatrics: (978) 635-8914

Can I still request prescription refills through Healow? Yes. If you are waiting for your main Healow account to be created, then please call our office to setup an appointment in the meantime,

  • Adult Medicine: (978) 635-8700
  • Pediatrics: (978) 635-8914

My child is a patient, but I am not. Will my child still be able to have a Healow account? Yes. Please see below for Acton Medical’s policy on age and access to medical information as mandated by the state of Massachusetts.

Age 0-12: Parents have access to the child’s full information

Age 13-17: As an authorized individual, parents can message with the child’s provider. The child will only be able to communicate back-and-forth with providers from the portal, no clinical information will flow into Healow during these ages. Messages are visible by all individuals with authorized access to the child’s account.

Age 18+: Patients over the age of 18 can sign up for their own Healow account and have full access to their medical information. On a patient’s 18th birthday, all previously authorized individuals are automatically disconnected from the patients account. Patients 18 and over can then log into their Healow account and add their parents or other authorized individuals with “view only” access.

Do I have to use Healow? No. Using the patient portal is completely voluntary.

Is there a charge for Healow? No. Acton Medical is pleased to offer the portal as a complimentary tool for patients to conveniently manage their healthcare needs.

 


 

February 16, 2021

Massachusetts COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Limited 

State Vaccination Sites

 

Unfortunately, due to the state’s severely limited vaccine supply, we can no longer schedule first dose appointments for patients.

We strongly encourage eligible patients to schedule an appointment at a state vaccination site. Anyone needing assistance with scheduling can call the Massachusetts COVID-19 hotline at 2-1-1. Learn more about the state’s rollout plan at www.mass.gov/vaccine. Another close resource is Lowell General, visit their website for COVID-19 vaccination options as well, www.lowellgeneralvaccine.com.

This news is disappointing for all of us. If we receive additional vaccine supply, we will update our website at actonmedical.com.   However, we do not anticipate having any vaccine supply for the foreseeable future. Questions related to vaccine distribution should be directed to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at www.mass.gov or 617-624-6000.

Please visit our website for regular vaccine updates, www.actonmedical.com.

 


February 10, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics at Acton Medical

and Search for Massachusetts Options Near You

 

Is Acton Medical running COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics?

  • No. Unfortunately, we do not have the vaccine.

How can I find a vaccine clinic in Massachusetts?

  • If you are 75 years old and are unable to schedule an appointment online with the state through these links, you can call toll free 2-1-1- or (877) 211-6277 for assistance.
  • If you have questions or need assistance scheduling an appointment, you may also contact the regional Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs) and local Councils on Aging.

 


February 4, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination in Massachusetts 

 

Mass.gov shares COVID-19 vaccine updates regularly. Use the below links to access the most current information:

Visit our COVID-19 Resources web page for more vaccine updates the Mass. DPH, and support materials created by our own physicians and clinical staff.


January 14, 2021

 

New Patient Portal Launches February 8

Healow to Replace Follow My Health

 

Acton Medical is excited to be launching healow, a new and more robust Patient Portal, on February 8. Healow replaces Follow My Health and provides a more user-friendly experience, and upgraded features to help our patients manage their healthcare needs more easily.

The new platform includes “healow Kids,” a portal just for Pediatric patients that offers Milestone Tracking, Tooth Brush Timers, and a Screen Time Tracker. Detailed instructions and more information will be shared as the launch date gets closer.


January 7, 2021

Acton Medical Welcomes Meenakshi Garg, M.D.

New Adult Medicine Physician Accepting New Patients

 

Acton Medical is pleased to welcome Meenakshi Garg, M.D. to our Adult Medicine team!

Dr. Garg enjoys partnering with her patients on an individual basis to assist with each person’s unique health issues and goals to help empower them to make the best health decisions at that moment in time. She is especially passionate about preventive health, helping patients to manage chronic conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes, and the importance of mental health in overall well-being.

In her free time, Dr. Garg treasures her time with her husband and two children, and enjoys travelling. She is fluent in English and Hindi as well!

Click here to learn more about Dr. Garg, and call (978) 635-8710 to register as a new patient.

 


January 4, 2021

Acton Medical Opens New Location

The Shops at Highland Commons, Hudson MA

 

Accepting New Patients, Adult Medicine and Pediatrics

Acton Medical is pleased to open our fourth primary care location in Massachusetts. On January 4, 2021 we officially opened our doors in the Shops at Highland Commons, located at 36 Highland Commons East in Hudson Mass.

It’s been a pleasure serving patients in Acton, Harvard, Littleton, and the surrounding towns for the past 65 years. We’re thrilled to now be able to expand our reach and provide high quality care to more people across Mass. Click here for more information and thank you for choosing Acton Medical Associates!

 


 

December 29, 2020

First Acton Medical Employee Receives COVID-19 Vaccine

A message from Chief Medical Officer & CEO, Dr. Deborah Kovacs, and Q&A with first vaccinated employee, Becky Beebe, Medical Assistant.

 

A Message from Chief Medical Officer & CEO, Dr. Deborah Kovacs

“The most monumental event of this year was receiving our first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. This was weeks in the making, with many of our staff working hard to get our application for the vaccine approved for our employees. When we got news of the approval, I teared up and cheered at the same time.

We have spent this year implementing safety protocols – it’s been a huge focus for us. Every day I go to work, I am thinking about keeping our staff and our patients safe. Having the vaccine available for our employees takes us a huge step forward in putting an end to this pandemic that has rocked everyone’s lives in 2020.

In preparation for the vaccine, we talked to our employees and asked what questions they had about the vaccine. The clinical staff put together an FAQ resource based on employee questions, and we worked hard to be available to anyone who wanted to know about the vaccine’s safety, possible side effects, and our personal opinion about getting the vaccine.

After vaccinating our employees, we are eager to hear from the state about Phase 2, which involves vaccinating patients. When we are permitted by the DPH, we will be ready to help vaccinate the community of Acton Medical’s patients in accordance with their guidelines.

I am so grateful to the community for being there for us with support and kindness, and to our employees for doing an amazing job keeping everyone’s spirits up this year.”

— Deborah B. Kovacs, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, CEO, Acton Medical Associates

 

Q&A with Becky Beebe First Vaccinated Employee
COVID-19 vaccines have arrived for clinical staff at Acton Medical! Becky Beebe, Medical Assistant, was the first employee to be vaccinated last week. Becky answers a few questions about her vaccine experience below:

ACTON MEDICAL: How did it feel to be the first employee vaccinated?
BECKY: I was honored to be chosen, and excited and grateful to get it at all.

ACTON MEDICAL: Were you nervous about getting the vaccine?
BECKY: Not all. I understand that the vaccine is best for the community and for humanity.

ACTON MEDICAL: What does it mean to you to get the vaccine, on a personal level?
BECKY: Relieved. I always wear the correct PPE, but this makes me feel better and extra secure.

ACTON MEDICAL: Is there anything you’d like to share with our patients about getting the vaccine?
BECKY: When the vaccine is offered to you, please get it, not only for your health and safety, but for all essential workers and at-risk individuals.

Acton Medical Associates is following federal and state guidelines to determine who should receive the vaccines first. At this time, we are only vaccinating select staff and do not have a timeline of when the vaccine will be available for our patients.

 


December 8, 2020

 

Understanding Your COVID-19 Isolation & Quarantine Responsibility

General Guidance from Acton Medical’s COVID-19 Task Force

 

It can be difficult to keep track of all of the COVID-19 information shared with the public from the Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control. As such, Acton Medical created a one-page resource to help patients navigate the different scenarios that may be encountered when dealing with possible COVID-19 symptoms and test results.

Click here to access the new resource available on our website, General Guidance for Understanding Your Responsibility with Isolation and Quarantine with COVID-19.

 

Returning to Pre-pandemic Processes and Scheduling Click Here to Learn More