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Special Report: Two suicide attempts highlight troubles at the Brattleboro Retreat, raise doubts about state oversight

State patients are treated on the fourth floor of the Tyler Building on the Brattleboro Retreat campus. Photo by Randy Holhut/The Commons

Sen. Claire Ayer said she was disappointed with Retreat officials for not being more forthcoming in public testimony about a series of events on the adolescent unit.

Advocate says exchange copays hurt low income Vermonters with chronic conditions

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Copays for treatment and prescriptions are too costly for Vermonters who previously qualified for state subsidies

Failure to meet federal security checklist led to Vermont Health Connect shutdown

Lawrence Miller, chief of health care reform. Photo by Morgan True

Vermont Health Connect was taken down last weekend because the state was unable to meet a Sept. 8 federal deadline for security controls; the determination was not the result of a security breach or a specific threat, officials said.

State takes Vermont Health Connect website offline

Gov. Peter Shumlin (left) and interim Secretary of the Agency of Human Services Harry Chen announced Tuesday that the Vermont Health Connect website will be offline for repairs. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

State’s health care exchange could be down for weeks as officials work to improve security and user experience ahead of Nov. 15 open enrollment.

Consumer advocate critical of new quality standards for Accountable Care Organizations

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Office of the Health Care Advocate says Green Mountain Care Board “lowered the bar” on quality standards for shared-savings network providers.

Feds distribute $2.1 million to health centers in Vermont

The federal agency of Health and Human Services announced Friday that Vermont’s federally qualified health centers will receive $2.1 million in Affordable Care Act money. The money will allow 10 health centers across Vermont to hire 47 new staff, including direct care providers, extend hours and expand services, according to a news release from the […]

Hospital budgets approved virtually unscathed by board

The entrance to Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. Photo by Roger Crowley/for VTDigger

Green Mountain Care Board OKs overall 3.1 percent increase after review of the state’s 14 hospital budgets. The only cuts come from Springfield.

Fletcher Allen Partners to discontinue debt strategy

Aerial view of the Fletcher Allen Health Care campus. Photo courtesy of FAHC.

A nurses’ union representative pointed out the hospital group’s practice of using “interest rate swaps” for borrowing during a Green Mountain Care Board hearing.

House approves Welch-backed Lyme disease bill

The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation co-written by Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., meant to bolster the federal response to Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses on a voice vote late Tuesday. Welch and his co-sponsor, Rep. Chris Gibson, R-N.Y., represent states in which Lyme is a growing public health concern. The number of confirmed […]

Obama official applauds Vermont’s health information-sharing effort

Dr. Karen DeSalvo, national coordinator for Health IT. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

Dr. Karen DeSalvo, National Coordinator for Health IT, said Tuesday that Vermont is building a model she hopes can be leveraged in other states.

High deductible plans lead to increase in bad debt, hospital says

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

Rutland Regional officials say more people are choosing the higher out-of-pocket plans on Vermont Health Connect and are unable to pay for services.

State accepts Brattleboro Retreat’s plan for corrections

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

The deficiencies discovered during a site visit on Aug. 11 were related to inappropriate sexual contact between two patients of the Retreat’s Tyler 3 ward, which offers treatment to teenagers.

Regulators approve eight proposed hospital budgets

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

The Green Mountain Care Board voted unanimously to OK eight budgets without making adjustments to spending plans submitted by hospital managers in July. Six others to receive further scrutiny.

State hires IT director for Vermont Health Connect

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A former project manager for UnitedHealthcare’s Northeast regional leadership team, Robert Skowronski, will deal with the technical problems plaguing the state’s health exchange.

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