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]

Disaster drill involves simulated infectious disease outbreak

The training exercise envisions an outbreak in which thousands of Vermonters are infected and hundreds are dead or dying while hospitals are overwhelmed and medical supplies need to be distributed across the state.

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center dedicates expanded facility

Editor’s note: This article by Makayla McGeeney first appeared in the Bennington Banner on July 25, 2016. MANCHESTER — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s (SVMC) staff dedicated the northshire campus on Sunday with a newly renovated facility, in an effort to spread awareness of primary care access in the area. The distinct National Committee for Quality […]

MVP argues for 6.3 percent increase in insurance prices

The insurer requested in May to raise prices 8.8 percent. The Green Mountain Care Board’s actuaries said that number should be 3.7 percent. MVP countered with 6.3 percent.

Blueprint for Health director leaving this month

The director of Vermont’s Blueprint for Health will leave state government at the end of July. Dr. Craig Jones has served as the chief of the Blueprint for Health within the Department of Vermont Health Access since August 2007, according to the Human Resources Department. He made $154,647 in 2014. The spokesperson for the Department […]

Advocates tell regulators: Reject Blue Cross price increase

The insurer wants to raise its prices on the health care exchange an average of 8.18 percent, and the Green Mountain Care Board’s actuaries say that number should be 8.24 percent.

UVM Medical School to train more psychiatry residents

The doctors will spend a substantial portion of their training on treating post-traumatic stress disorder at the Veterans Affairs clinic in Burlington.

Special Report: Despite regulation, hospital profits up

In 10 years, Vermont hospitals doubled assets and tripled profits.

Davis: Health care merger realigns hospitals, community centers

The deal capped nearly two years of grinding and often contentious negotiations between doctors, community health centers and hospitals.

Federal opiate bill seen as expanding treatment in Vermont

Congress passed legislation this week that makes changes at the federal level in approaches to treating opiate addiction. The bill won final approval from the Senate on Wednesday. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who worked on the bill in the Senate Judiciary Committee, helped shepherd it through Congress. “For too long, Congress relied on punitive measures […]

Burlington hikes ambulance fees

The increase is needed to keep pace with the rising cost of medical supplies and other necessities and will help “offset other costs within the department,” according to Fire Chief Steven Locke.

New VA Medical Center director vows more openness

Al Montoya, who served in the U.S. Air Force for more than a decade, became permanent director of the VA’s White River Junction division in June after a seven-month stint as interim chief.

Report recommends lower price increase for MVP Health Care

The insurer has asked to raise what it charges customers on Vermont Health Connect by 8.8 percent starting Jan. 1. Actuaries say the prices should go up only 3.7 percent.

Insurer says Vermont’s two largest hospitals should cut prices

MVP HealthCare says UVM Medical Center charges the insurance company substantially more than similar academic hospitals — and that Rutland Regional should lower its prices.

Three companies bid to write Vermont Health Connect study

Three companies are bidding on a contract to analyze what’s wrong with Vermont Health Connect and how the state should move forward with the embattled health care exchange website. The companies are Health Management Associates (based in Massachusetts), Pilot Healthcare Strategies (based in California), and Strategic Solutions Group (based in Massachusetts). The Joint Fiscal Office […]