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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
The partnership marks the biggest alliance of primary care providers in Chittenden County, serving at least 75,000 patients.
Rutland hospital project aims for greater access and privacy for patients, better workflow between departments and more exam rooms.
Both the UVM Medical Center and Central Vermont Medical Center requested to increase how much money they charge insurance companies by 3 percent.
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.
The hospital in Middlebury announced in a news release that it may “partner” with the largest hospital system in the state.
Green Mountain Care Board members Con Hogan and Allan Ramsay wrote dissents questioning whether regulators are doing enough to rein in health care costs.
The annual surveys are thorough evaluations to determine if health care facilities are in compliance with federal requirements for Medicare and Medicaid.
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.
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.
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.