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]

Overdose reversal drug cleared for wide sale over the counter

Officials said it’s more important than ever for drug users and the people close to them to have naloxone, commonly referred to by the brand name Narcan.

Lead investor makes case to regulators to buy Burlington Labs

The drug testing company has been under investigation since October for allegedly overbilling Medicaid. But a state investigator and a lawyer for the lead investor disagree about the status of the probe and its effect on the company’s finances.

Castleton pollsters hired to help develop health research app

The pilot app will be directed at students older than 18 and will be field tested this fall at state colleges around Vermont. The Castleton Polling Institute was awarded a $400,000 contract to partner with Stanford on the project.

UPDATED: UVM network, others seek to acquire drug-test lab

The hospital system is among the would-be investors, according to a letter seeking emergency review of the deal by regulators. The lab company is hobbled by a fraud settlement and in default on a loan, the letter says.

HealthFirst partners with Community Health Centers of Burlington

The partnership marks the biggest alliance of primary care providers in Chittenden County, serving at least 75,000 patients.

Rutland Regional wraps up opening phase of emergency department project

Rutland hospital project aims for greater access and privacy for patients, better workflow between departments and more exam rooms.

UVM Health Network faces questions on health care costs

Both the UVM Medical Center and Central Vermont Medical Center requested to increase how much money they charge insurance companies by 3 percent.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock sees unexpected fourth quarter loss

Flawed financial projections and the last-minute discovery of problems arising from makeovers in back-office operations are blamed for the $22.6 million fourth quarter loss. The New Hampshire hospital ends its fiscal year with a $12.2 million deficit.

Porter hospital may join UVM Health Network

The hospital in Middlebury announced in a news release that it may “partner” with the largest hospital system in the state.

Regulators approve Blue Cross price hike in split decision

Green Mountain Care Board members Con Hogan and Allan Ramsay wrote dissents questioning whether regulators are doing enough to rein in health care costs.

CMS inspection finds Vermont Veterans’ Home deficiency-free

The annual surveys are thorough evaluations to determine if health care facilities are in compliance with federal requirements for Medicare and Medicaid.

Gifford names Maine hospital administrator as CEO

Daniel Bennett, who was raised in Vermont and is a St. Michael’s College alum, will assume the leadership of the Randolph hospital in October.

Regulators approve purchase of five Vermont nursing homes

The company appeared to be managing the nursing homes already, but the approval gives it formal control of about one-third of Vermont’s nursing home beds.

Lawmakers mull holding hearing on hospital profits

The discussion comes in the wake of a VTDigger investigation that found hospitals had tripled their profits and doubled their assets over the past 10 years.