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The Vermont Department of Health recently released draft rules governing the prescribing of opioids for acute and chronic pain and for querying the Vermont Prescription Monitoring System.   VMS staff have summarized the proposals and annotated the summary with initial comments and questions...
In an attempt to help VMS members learn where candidates for the state’s top-two offices stand on key health-related issues, the Green Mountain Physician recently asked the major party candidates for Vermont Governor and Lt. Governor to share their views on a number of major health care topics the...
The Pharmacy Quality Alliance invites you to a complimentary webinar on Monday, September 26 at 2:00 p.m. (ET) entitled, Successful Communication Strategies and Interventions to Enhance Patient Outcomes and Improve Medication Metrics within a Medicare Population. Register here: https://attendee....
Managing Opioid Prescriptions for Pain to Prevent Addiction Presentation/Training by Dr. Charlie Maclean, Primary Care Internal Medicine Physician/Associate Dean for Primary Care & Professor, University of Vermont College of Medicine. Friday, September 16th Noon – 1 p.m. CSAC Conference Room ...
UNITED STATES SURGEON GENERAL Vivek H. Murthy, M.D., M.B.A. August 2016 Dear Colleague,  I am asking for your help to solve an urgent health crisis facing America: the opioid epidemic. Everywhere I travel, I see communities devastated by opioid overdoses. I meet families too ashamed to seek...
Just becuase it may be the dog days of summer doesn't mean that nothing is going on when it comes to health care policy in Montpelier and Washington, D.C.  VMS' Summer 2016 Policy Update includes details about new laws going into effect this summer, the Department of Health's efforts to craft...
SCOPE of Pain is a series of continuing medical education/continuing nursing education activities designed to help providers safely and effectively manage patients with chronic pain, when appropriate, with opioid analgesics. The program consists of: A 2-module cased-based online activity Live...
Topics in the 2016 Legislative Wrap up include successful efforts to prevent a 2.35-percent tax on independent physicians and the legalization of recreational marijuana, as well major imprvements to legislation regarding opioid prescribing.   To access the issue and/or watch the Montpelier Minute,...
The Vermont Medical Society (VMS) has announced the hiring of Jessa Barnard, Esq., as its general counsel and vice president for policy.  In the position Barnard will help represent the interests of VMS’ 2,000 physician members and their patients before the Vermont General Assembly, governor’s...
Today the House Judiciary Committee passed a version of S.241, six votes to five, that does not legalize marijuana as proposed by the Senate’s version of the bill.  It does however create a commission that will recommend to the Governor and General Assembly pathways for the eventual legalization...

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