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The Senate Judiciary Committee is beginning testimony this week on S. 54, a bill that would allow commercial sales of recreational marijuana. In its current form, the bill also overhauls the marijuana for symptom relief program. VMS opposes these changes and urges members to contact the Senate...
The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed S.54, the bill to create a tax and regulate system for cannabis and also contains proposals regarding the marijuana for symptom relief program. THis bill heads to the Senate floor this week. The Judiciary Committee will consider another bill this week, S....
Valentine's Day was that much sweeter spent with all of the Vermont Medical Society members and residents who participated in the VMS Advocacy Day 2019 last week! We started out our snowy day with an interactive breakfast panel in a packed room in the Statehouse. Dr. Kat McGraw, Dr. Steve Leffler,...
At a meeting of the Medicaid and Exchange Advisory Board, the Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA) presented an overview of its ACO prior authorization waiver program. In 2017, DVHA signed a one-year Medicaid Next Generation ACO pilot contract with OneCare Vermont. Because the ACO assumes...
Do you have an idea for a physician networking, social or other professional event? Beginning in 2019, VMS will have funding available to host regional events aimed at fostering networking and collegiality among the medical profession. This funding is available due to a bylaws change passed by...
The threatening Nor'Easter this weekend did nothing to dim the warm spirit of conviviality and community at the 205th VMS Annual Meeting, hosted in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter, Vermont Academy of Family Physicians and the Vermont Psychiatric Association in...
Last week, the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) and and Vermont Department of Health Access (DVHA) sent out a letter signed by Commissioner Levine from VDH and Commissioner Gustafson from DVHA to Vermont physicians encouraging them to motivate their patients to quit. These departments are looking...
Every year, VMS asks our members to nominate Vermont leaders who have provided outstanding contributions to the medical profession, to health organizations and to the welfare of the public. This year, we are proud to announce the 2018 VMS Leadership Award Recipients are: Distinguished Service...
Do you have questions about what is covered for your patients under Medicare Part B plans? Medicare Part B has undergone some changes in 2018 that could result in changes in payments, reimbursements and settings of care. Learn more on Thursday, October 18th at 12-1PM and earn CME credit during our...
The VMS Council met last week and discussed eight policy resolutions that will now advance to the VMS Annual Membership Meeting, being held October 27th from 9-11:30 am at Topnotch in Stowe, VT. All of the resolutions can now be found by clicking here. The Council voted to support the following...

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