Morgan True

Morgan True

Morgan True is VTDigger's health care reporter. A Seattle native, he graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Journalism before working for several publications in Massachusetts. He came to VTDigger in December 2013 from The Brockton Daily Enterprise, where he covered government, schools and hospitals in a city of about 100,000 people. Before joining The Enterprise, he worked for The Associated Press in Concord, N.H., where he served as a relief reporter in the Statehouse. He previously worked for The Quincy (Mass.) Patriot Ledger and as an intern at the Worcester (Mass.) Telegram & Gazette. Many eyes are on Vermont as it moves toward universal health care coverage in 2017 and he is excited to be on the front lines.

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    State psychiatric hospital has difficulty hiring nurses

    Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Berlin. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

    The state psychiatric hospital’s patients are the most complex and highly acute psychiatric cases in the state, and the hospital is ramping up occupancy in a “clinically sound” manner, CEO Jeff Rothenberg said.

    Optum report says poor leadership kept state from holding CGI accountable

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    Optum’s report finds insufficient state supervision of CGI’s work on Vermont Health Connect, recommends hiring a project manager with experience in handling $50 million to $100 million IT projects.

    Hospital payment reform focus shifts to primary care

    Members of the Green Mountain Care Board (from left): Betty Rambur,  Allan Ramsay, Al Gobeille, Karen Hein and Con Hogan. Photo by Morgan Trues/VTDigger

    Government programs and insurance companies must find a way to offer stable payments to doctors, hospitals, community health centers and clinics to make population health a sustainable model.

    Family sues Brattleboro Retreat, Northeast Kingdom Human Services for negligence

    Brattleboro Retreat Psychiatric Hospital. Creative Commons photo/Flickr user pag2525

    The family of a St. Johnsbury man who was beaten by a former Brattleboro Retreat patient says the hospital should not have released the patient.

    Hospital budget hearings put payment, delivery reform in the spotlight

    The Green Mountain Care Board listens during the first day of budget hearings Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

    The board will vote before Sept. 15 on each hospital’s budget request and it could make adjustments to revenue targets or rates. The approved budgets will take effect Oct. 1, the beginning of the hospital fiscal year.

    State auditor plans performance audit of Vermont Health Connect

    State Auditor Doug Hoffer, right, with Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

    Report will focus on how the project was managed and its recommendations will focus on how the state can improve its approach to large-scale IT projects.

    State could do more to help low-income women access cancer screenings, advocacy group says

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    State scores low on national report card for cancer screening, but officials says the exams for low-income women are covered through a different program.

    State signs $9.5 million contract expanding role of Optum in health care exchange

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    The contract revision includes a Sept. 30 deadline for bringing backlogs to “normal levels” for customers who need to make changes to their coverage or fix errors with billing or personal information.

    Springfield Hospital’s CMS certification endangered by violations

    Central Vermont Medical Center's Emergency Department. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

    The hospital describes itself as the “poster-child” for how the social determinants of health impact a small rural medical delivery system. The local population has high rates of poverty, crime, drug use and low educational attainment.

    Psychiatric center in trouble for violating patient rights

    From left, Mental Health Commissioner Paul Dupre, deputy commissioner Frank Reed and medical director Jay Batra testify at a House Mental Health Oversight Committee meeting Tuesday. Photo by Katie Jickling/VTDigger

    A patient at the Windham Center mental health facility was left in restraints for nearly 12 hours and coerced into taking medication, according to an investigation report from the state.

    State makes cut to loan repayment program for health care workers

    Dental hygienist Michele Feccia works on a patient at The Health Center in Plainfield. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

    The state will forgo $500,000 in federal money for loan repayments in FY 2017 and 2018.

    Milne launches TV ads

    Scott Milne, Republican candidate for governor. Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDigger

    Republican gubernatorial hopeful derides Shumlin’s ‘unbridled experimentation’ with state government.

    Public records policy treats individual lawmakers like ordinary citizens

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    The state wanted $450 to compile records for Rep. Anne Donahue that would detail the Department of Mental Health’s knowledge and response to recent issues at the Brattleboro Retreat, the Middlesex Therapeutic Community Residence and Springfield Hospital.

    Psych patient’s escape attempt not shared with lawmakers

    Acting Commissioner of Mental Health Frank Reed and facility director Debra Olivetti at the inside entrance to the new seven-bed secure residential mental health facility in Middlesex that is almost ready to open. Photo by Andrew Stein

    On March 26, while the Legislature was in session, a patient escaped during an understaffed community outing, according to a Division of Licensing and Protection investigation report.

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