The Vermont Medical Society serves its members though these primary member benefits:
- Advocacy: State and federal public policy;
- Practice management support;
- Provider education;
- Communications; and,
- Peer support.
State and Federal Public Policy Advocacy
Whether it is defending physicians against Medicaid reimbursement cuts, making your voice heard in the health care reform debate or fighting to reduce administrative burdens, VMS aggressively advocates on behalf of physicians, physician assistants and their patients both in Montpelier and in Washington, D.C. As the only organization advocating full-time on behalf of Vermont's clinicians, VMS members and staff are regularly called upon to testify on legislation that impacts the delivery of health care and to represent our members on work groups created by the legislature to study health care issues.
Practice Management Support
VMS works diligently to reduce the amount of administrative burdens faced by physicians so they can spend more time doing what they do best – caring for patients.
VMS staff is available to offer technical assistance on a range of non-clinical issues, such as medical records, fraud and abuse, debt collection and reimbursement problems. VMS also publishes the Vermont Guide to Health Care Law, which can viewed by clicking here.
VMS helps physicians fulfill continuing medical education requirements by hosting CME programs during its annual meeting, annual Advocacy Day and through our monthly webinar series. Upon request, we will document members' fulfillment of CME requirements.
VMS also supports educating future generations of physicians through the Vermont Medical Society Education and Research Foundation. Each year, the foundation awards the Dr. Mildred Reardon Award, a $10,000 scholarship given to a deserving third-year medical student at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.
VMS keeps its members up-to-date on issues that impact the practice of medicine in Vermont through our publications: The Green Mountain Physician, VMS' quarterly membership magazine, the VMS Rounds, VMS' weekly e-mail with the latest health care advocacy news, the VMS Legislative Bulletin, VMS' comprehensive status report on all of the legislative issues we are following during the session, the VMS Thursday webinar Series, our monthly CME education courses and through social media on Facebook and Twitter.
VMS actively works to addresses substance abuse (including alcoholism) amongst licensed physicians, podiatrists and physician assistants by operating the Vermont Practitioner Health Program. The confidential service is designed to help identify, refer to treatment, guide, and monitor the recovery of practitioners with substance use disorders.