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Within the past week, several VMS-supported bills have passed the Senate: S. 45 makes changes to Vermont Prescribed Products Gift Ban.  As passed the Senate this morning, the bill will allow physicians and other clinicians to accept food paid for by a pharmaceutical company provided at a continuing...
CMS is extending the submission deadline for 2016 Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) data submission for the EHR reporting mechanism. Individual eligible professionals (EPs), PQRS group practices, qualified clinical data registries (QCDRs), and qualified EHR data submission vendors (...
Topics: Medical marijuana, Medicaid reimbursement, duty to warn, expanding VPHP, raising the tobacco age and ACEs. 
The Board of Medical Practice has released draft rules that update all of the rules for licensing physicians, physician assistants, podiatrists, anesthesiologist assistants and radiologist assistants, and address the discipline procedures for those professions.   Over the past several months, VMS...
The winter issue of the Green Mountain Physician is now avaiable online and can be read here.   Stories in this issue include: VMS taps new officers Members adopt new resolutions, set health care public policy priorities for 2017 Five honored for outstanding service to health care and community VMS...
The GMCB Nominating Committee is now taking applications to fill chair and board member vacancies on the Green Mountain Care Board.  Interested candidates must complete an application and return it no later than Friday, Feb. 3, 2017.   For more information about the position or to obtain an...
The Blueprint for Health, a program of the Agency of Human Services (AHS), has announced that they are launching the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI).   As women receive substantial preventive care services in OBGYN and women’s health clinic settings, the WHI extends participation in the Blueprint...
UPDATED Dec. 21: The DEA has reversed its decision and posted a notice that it is retaining its current policy and procedures, with one minor change, regarding registration renewals.  The revised announcement states the following: REVISED ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING RENEWAL APPLICATIONS  Starting...
In cooperation with the Vermont Health Care Innovation Project, Lucia Savage, Chief Privacy Officer with the federal Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, will provide a webinar for Vermont exploring HIPAA-appropriate options for data aggregation and sharing of...
The Vermont Medical Society adopted policy resolutions that address issues of importance to the state’s physicians, including changing the paradigm for the use of opioids in chronic non-malignant pain control, advocating for uniform regulatory oversight and standard of practice for medical...

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