Health Care

VTDigger publishes daily stories on health care. We cover the state’s hospitals, the state’s psychiatric care system, the Green Mountain Care Board, insurers, state health care policy, Medicaid and Medicare. Erin Mansfield is VTDigger’s health care reporter. She can be reached at [email protected]

State and feds reach deal for new health care funding model

The draft agreement comes after nearly two years of negotiations between state officials and the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Vermont would be the first state to set up an all-payer system.

State’s high court rules on legitimacy of health board

The justices sent a Green Mountain Care Board decision back for reconsideration but upheld the constitutionality of the regulatory process for insurance prices.

Shumlin renews call to keep Vermont Health Connect

The governor says the exchange is working better and that he is addressing long call wait times. Lawmakers and congressional Republicans are taking a close look at the exchange.

Regulators leave hospital prices largely unchanged

Even though numerous hospitals took in more money for care than planned in 2015, none will be forced to decrease how much they charge insurance companies. One will do so voluntarily.

Independent doctors call reimbursement plan a ‘shell game’

Lawmakers sought input on proposals made under a 2015 law that told insurance companies and state regulators to pay doctors more equitably.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock layoff plans won’t affect Southwestern Vermont Health Care

Those in the medical group at SVHC are Dartmouth-Hitchcock employees, but they won’t be impacted by the layoff, according to SVHC President and CEO Thomas Dee.

Shumlin optimistic of federal deal for health payment overhaul

The governor says the biggest change consumers would see under the all-payer model is an increase in the quality of care they receive.

Vermont only state that didn’t cut Medicare readmissions

The state’s readmission rate was statistically level from 2010 to 2015, while nationally the readmission rate went down 8 percent.

Welch announces prescription drug pricing hearing

U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., has announced that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing on prescription drug prices. The hearing will be Wednesday, according to a news release from Welch’s office. The announcement comes less than a week after Welch and a colleague wrote a letter to the committee chair […]

Shumlin negotiating with feds on all-payer

Gov. Peter Shumlin is in Washington, D.C., Wednesday negotiating a health care reform deal that has been in the works for nearly two years. Shumlin is meeting with Sylvia Burwell, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Shaun Donovan, the director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. Shumlin […]

Vermont ACOs exceed Medicare spending targets again

This is the third year in a row that Vermont’s accountable care organizations have not saved enough money to benefit from the federal Medicare Shared Savings program.

Independent doctors locked in regulatory battle with hospitals

The Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems says a proposed surgical center would have a “direct negative impact.”

Dartmouth-Hitchcock to lay off hundreds of workers

The layoffs represent 3 to 5 percent of the hospital system’s workforce.

White House drug czar supports Vermont’s approach to heroin epidemic

Public health and law enforcement officials know how to address the current epidemic — what’s missing is political will and leadership, Michael Botticelli said.