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. Morgan True is VTDigger’s health care reporter. He can be reached at [email protected]

Shumlin promotes prescription drug take-back day

Vermonters will be able to turn in unwanted prescription drugs, including opiates, to collection sites across the state Sept. 26.

Brattleboro mental health organization scores federal boost

The Copeland Center will receive $330,000 annually over five years from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Health care groups join opposition to Vermont’s patient data collection policy

The advocacy group Vermonters for Health Care Freedom and the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons filed a friend of the court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court opposing Vermont’s collection of patient health data from self-insured companies. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled in January 2014 that Liberty Mutual, which […]

Vermont health care providers brace for an uncertain future

The move to a new health care model that centers on set rates for service is diametrically opposed to how medical providers have been compensated historically – spurring providers to mobilize and join networks.

Clinicians call cuts in Medicaid group therapy rate shortsighted

The state will cut Medicaid reimbursements for group therapy sessions in half next year. Officials say the cut will help address Medicaid’s anticipated $40 million shortfall. Clinicians say patients will suffer.

State looks to grow hemp at medical marijuana dispensaries

Legislative rules panel hears a request to allow the production of hemp and the extraction of oil that would be used in seizure control.

Former employee’s complaints lead to AG investigation of the Brattleboro Retreat

The probe comes years after Thomas Joseph, who worked for the Retreat began complaining of financial wrongdoing at the facility.

UVM Health Network at the center of health industry consolidation debate

The rosiest scenario offered by hospital officials and state health care regulators is one in which the annual growth in health care spending falls into step with inflation in the wider economy.

Reed promoted to mental health commissioner; Shumlin announces more staff appointments

James Pepper, Christopher Herrick, Tom Cheney, Laura Gray and Jahala Dudley also take new positions.

Plights of two Vermont Health Connect users show where problems persist

Data entered manually, as it had long been done at the exchange, could contain errors, or the requested change could get miscommunicated, an advocate said, resulting in an even longer process.

Londonderry clinic gets community health center designation; will expand services

The clinic will become part of the Springfield Medical Care Systems.

State could face more cost overruns for health care exchange

The fiscal year 2016 budget for Vermont Health Connect is $48 million in state and federal funds and during the legislative session, Chief of Health Care Reform Lawrence Miller provided an estimated “sustainability budget” of $42 million.

Vermont Health Connect backlog down to 4,200

Gov. Peter Shumlin said on Tuesday that the Vermont Health Connect backlog is decreasing, and he expects the website’s technology to be ready for open enrollment.

Nursing shortage closes unit of Vermont psych hospital

The Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital has been operating at limited capacity for three weeks because of a shortage of nurses, interim Commissioner of the Department of Mental Health Frank Reed said.

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