The Vermont Medical Society serves its members though six primary member benefits:
- State and federal public policy advocacy;
- 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 their voice known in the health care reform debate or fighting to reduce administrative burdens, VMS aggressively advocates on behalf of physicians and their patients both in Montpelier and in Washington, D.C. As the only organization advocating full-time on behalf of Vermont's physicians, VMS members and staff are regularly called upon to testify on legislation that impacts the delivery of health care and serve on work groups created by the legislature to study health care issues.
Additionally, VMS's member-supported political action committee – VMS PAC – makes financial contributions to Vermont General Assembly candidates who have demonstrated that they understand the challenges physicians face caring for Vermont's citizens.
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, workers' compensation, debt collection, and through a partnership with The Coding Center, coding and reimbursement problems. VMS also co-sponsors the Vermont Guide to Health Care Law, which can viewed by clicking here.
VMS helps physicians fulfill continuing medical education requirements by hosting several CME programs during its annual meeting and, upon request, 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 in conjunction with the Chittenden County Medical Society, 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 affecting their clinical and business environments by developing and distributing a host of communications pieces. Chief among them are The Green Mountain Physician, VMS's six-times-a-year membership magazine, a weekly bulletin produced during the legislative session and the VMS Rounds e-mail, a weekly compilation of online health care news articles, announcements and events.
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.