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Governor appoints non-clinician as next Green Mountain Care Board member "It makes a big difference if at least one member is a health care professional," says Jessa Barnard, the medical society's incoming executive vice president. "It's conceptual versus reality. Are concepts going to work on the...
The Vermont Medical Society recognized five Vermonters for their outstanding contributions to the health and well being of the state’s residents during its 204th annual meeting held Nov. 4, in Woodstock, Vt.   Retired Brattleboro family physician Robert Tortolani, M.D., was awarded the...
On November 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for the 2018 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and final rule with comment period for the Quality Payment Program (QPP).  The overall update to payments under the PFS based on the finalized CY 2018 rates will be +0...
Trey Dobson, M.D., was named president of the Vermont Medical Society during its 204th annual meeting Nov. 4, in Woodstock, Vt.  Dr. Dobson is the medical director of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians and chief medical officer of Southwestern Vermont Health Care in Bennington, Vt.  He is a...
The Vermont Medical Society adopted policy resolutions that address issues of importance to the state’s physicians, including the implementation of Vermont Department of Health opioid rules, revising its policy on end-of-life-care, reaffirming its opposition to the legalization of non-medical...
As part of its efforts to promote the upcoming open enrollment period, Vermont Health Connect has released a stakeholder outreach kit that physicians and others can use to help educate the public about enrolling in Vermont Health Connect. The kit features:  A sample article describing Open...
At its mid-September meeting, the Vermont Medical Society Council considered and voted to support six policy resolutions and a proposed bylaws change.  All six resolutions will now proceed to a vote at the VMS annual membership meeting, 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4th, at the Woodstock Inn in...
Yet again, health care coverage in Vermont is under attack at the federal level. A coalition of Vermont health care organizations is voicing unified opposition to the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill and clearly states that its passage by the United States Senate would be a major setback for...
After the the Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) amended its Medicaid State Plan reimbursement methodologies for its Resource-Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS) payments, primary care physicians will now receive 100% of Medicare beginning August 1.  Specifically, the DVHA primary care...
The AMA sent a letter today (Sept. 19, 2017) expressing its opposition to the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson Amendment to H.R. 1628, the “American Health Care Act of 2017.”  According to the AMA, the legislation does not meet the principles for health system reform that it shared with Congress on...

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