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]

Vermont ranks second in the U.S. for senior health

A national research foundation has ranked Vermont second in the nation for keeping senior citizens healthy in 2016. This is the fourth year in a row that the United Health Foundation’s “America’s Health Rankings” placed Vermont in the top five states for senior health. In 2016, the study ranked Massachusetts first and New Hampshire third, […]

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital in compliance, state says

The Vermont Division of Licensing and Protection says a follow-up inspection shows that the hospital has addressed problems related to the treatment of mental health patients.

State’s health care technology director being replaced

Stephanie Beck will no longer serve as the director of the state’s health services enterprise platform. John Stern, the Human Services Agency’s deputy chief information officer, will take over on an interim basis.

Shumlin signs bill to foster options for birth control

“Where you work should not determine whether or not you have access to affordable birth control,” said Rep. Ann Pugh, lead sponsor of the bill. “Your gender should not determine whether or not you have access to affordable and effective birth control.”

Watch Video: Digger Dialogue On Opiate Crisis

If you missed the Digger Dialogue on opiate addiction, you can watch the video here.

Experts discuss reasons, response for Vermont opiate epidemic

Driven by questions submitted by the public, the discussion ranged across the causes of opiate addiction, how well Vermont is doing in treating it, and who is to blame for the epidemic.

UVM hospital to start work on $187 million expansion

Each patient room in the new building will be private and cover 340 square feet, with a patient recliner, a pull-out couch for family to sleep over, and a full bathroom with shower.

Judge won’t throw out Dartmouth-Hitchcock suit against Vermont

The state and federal governments asked the U.S. District Court in New Hampshire to dismiss the hospital’s lawsuit over its reimbursements under Vermont’s Medicaid program.

Brattleboro hospital cited for patient rights, safety issues

A state inspection report cites problems including the use of force and restraints in dealing with mental health situations. The hospital has implemented a corrective action plan, with Medicaid and Medicare funding at stake.

Opiate addiction forum will hear from experts, insiders

A diverse set of voices will come together to discuss the ballooning addiction crisis during a VTDigger forum next week.

Blue Cross and MVP request price increases over 8 percent

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont covers about 90 percent of customers on the exchange, and its proposed increase is similar to those in previous years. Regulators must decide whether to approve, modify or reject the two insurers’ proposals.

Third hospital in New York joins UVM Health Network

The move comes six weeks after the network acquired an orthopedic surgery practice in South Burlington and Central Vermont Medical Center acquired an orthopedic practice in Berlin.

Legislative Wrap: New health care accountability, reform ideas emerge

Health-related legislation in 2016 was about accountability for pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, information technology projects, accountable care organizations and Gov. Peter Shumlin.

Legislature passes health care bill

The House and Senate have agreed on a final version of this year’s umbrella health care bill, sending new regulations on health care reform to Gov. Peter Shumlin’s desk for his signature. Major provisions in H.812 establish consumer protections should the Shumlin administration reach an agreement to set up an all-payer model for health care […]