Health Care

State psychiatric hospital has difficulty hiring nurses

Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Berlin. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

The state psychiatric hospital’s patients are the most complex and highly acute psychiatric cases in the state, and the hospital is ramping up occupancy in a “clinically sound” manner, CEO Jeff Rothenberg said.

Optum report says poor leadership kept state from holding CGI accountable


Optum’s report finds insufficient state supervision of CGI’s work on Vermont Health Connect, recommends hiring a project manager with experience in handling $50 million to $100 million IT projects.

Hospital payment reform focus shifts to primary care

Members of the Green Mountain Care Board (from left): Betty Rambur,  Allan Ramsay, Al Gobeille, Karen Hein and Con Hogan. Photo by Morgan Trues/VTDigger

Government programs and insurance companies must find a way to offer stable payments to doctors, hospitals, community health centers and clinics to make population health a sustainable model.

Brattleboro Retreat has 5 days to finalize corrections plan

The Brattleboro Retreat. Photo by Zachary P. Stephens/Brattleboro Reformer

Evidence of inappropriate sexual conduct between adolescents found by the Vermont Division of Licensing and Protection while investigating another matter requires an amended plan of correction to be filed by Tuesday.

Hospital budget hearings put payment, delivery reform in the spotlight

The Green Mountain Care Board listens during the first day of budget hearings Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

The board will vote before Sept. 15 on each hospital’s budget request and it could make adjustments to revenue targets or rates. The approved budgets will take effect Oct. 1, the beginning of the hospital fiscal year.

State auditor plans performance audit of Vermont Health Connect

State Auditor Doug Hoffer, right, with Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Report will focus on how the project was managed and its recommendations will focus on how the state can improve its approach to large-scale IT projects.

State could do more to help low-income women access cancer screenings, advocacy group says

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State scores low on national report card for cancer screening, but officials says the exams for low-income women are covered through a different program.

State signs $9.5 million contract expanding role of Optum in health care exchange


The contract revision includes a Sept. 30 deadline for bringing backlogs to “normal levels” for customers who need to make changes to their coverage or fix errors with billing or personal information.

Springfield Hospital’s CMS certification endangered by violations

Central Vermont Medical Center's Emergency Department. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

The hospital describes itself as the “poster-child” for how the social determinants of health impact a small rural medical delivery system. The local population has high rates of poverty, crime, drug use and low educational attainment.

Psychiatric center in trouble for violating patient rights

From left, Mental Health Commissioner Paul Dupre, deputy commissioner Frank Reed and medical director Jay Batra testify at a House Mental Health Oversight Committee meeting Tuesday. Photo by Katie Jickling/VTDigger

A patient at the Windham Center mental health facility was left in restraints for nearly 12 hours and coerced into taking medication, according to an investigation report from the state.

State makes cut to loan repayment program for health care workers

Dental hygienist Michele Feccia works on a patient at The Health Center in Plainfield. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

The state will forgo $500,000 in federal money for loan repayments in FY 2017 and 2018.

Public records policy treats individual lawmakers like ordinary citizens

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The state wanted $450 to compile records for Rep. Anne Donahue that would detail the Department of Mental Health’s knowledge and response to recent issues at the Brattleboro Retreat, the Middlesex Therapeutic Community Residence and Springfield Hospital.

Psych patient’s escape attempt not shared with lawmakers

Acting Commissioner of Mental Health Frank Reed and facility director Debra Olivetti at the inside entrance to the new seven-bed secure residential mental health facility in Middlesex that is almost ready to open. Photo by Andrew Stein

On March 26, while the Legislature was in session, a patient escaped during an understaffed community outing, according to a Division of Licensing and Protection investigation report.

Hospitals say cut to Medicaid rate increase is bad omen for single-payer


Regardless of whether the state moves forward with single-payer, there is a “clear risk” that the state’s economy can’t afford the inflationary growth in the cost of health care, Miller said.

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