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]

UVM Medical Center gets $1M donation

The University of Vermont Medical Center Auxiliary is donating $1 million to the hospital’s $187.3 million inpatient building. The auxiliary is a volunteer group that runs the hospital’s gift shop and store in South Burlington. The proceeds go to charitable causes. The Green Mountain Care Board, the state’s health care regulatory board, required UVM Medical […]

Health Department proposes rules to cap prescription opiates

The proposal, which must go through the rulemaking process, would set limits on the number of opioid painkillers prescribed for certain minor procedures.

Tartaglia to leave Central Vermont Medical Center

Judy Tarr Tartaglia, the president and chief executive officer of the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, is retiring on March 31. Tartaglia has managed the hospital since 2007 and led an effort to make the hospital a subsidiary of the University of Vermont Health Network, formerly Fletcher Allen Partners. Tartaglia will be the fourth […]

Painkiller addiction, overdoses affecting older Vermonters

Experts and national data say addiction is prevalent in people over 50.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock to lay off 84 workers

There’s a sense of relief at the New Hampshire medical center after an earlier suggestion that up to 460 people could lose their jobs. An official says financial targets can mostly be achieved by attrition, delaying some new hires and reducing the number of open and unfilled positions.

Bourgoin case raises questions about mental health screening

If someone poses an imminent risk of harm to themselves or others, a screening can trigger a court process for involuntary hospitalization.

Vermont Health Connect subcontractor put 659 social security numbers online

Samanage, the subcontractor for WEX Inc., was responsible for the privacy breach, according to the Department of Vermont Health Access.

Porter hospital decides to join UVM Health Network

The board’s vote isn’t a binding commitment yet, but an affiliation agreement could be finalized within six months.

All-payer plan draws skepticism, support in Brattleboro

State officials told the public they’re confident their proposed health care payment overhaul can cut costs and improve care. But the chief regulator also acknowledged risks.

Obstacles seen in path to Scott’s health exchange vision

The lieutenant governor has talked about sharing risk with other states, but he now says he was misunderstood. Experts say partnering with another state in an exchange would be difficult and unprecedented.

State approves UVM hospital’s $5 million equipment buy

The hospital says the new imaging system will allow it to satisfy federal regulations that limit radiation output from imaging systems.

Skeptics question all-payer health care model

Stakeholders question whether the program will save money.

Scott says public not given enough information on all-payer

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, who is running for governor, said public forums should be held in Bennington County and the Northeast Kingdom.

Hospital lobbyist takes job with visiting nurse network

The top lobbyist for Vermont’s hospitals has left her post to run the organization that advocates for Vermont’s 10 visiting nurse associations and hospices. Jill Mazza Olson, the former vice president of policy and legislative affairs at the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, will be the executive director of the VNAs of Vermont […]