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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.

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.

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.

Throw out Vermont Health Connect, gubernatorial candidate says

Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Dan Feliciano announced his intention to seek the GOP nomination through a write-in campaign in the Aug. 26 primary. Photo by Tom Brown/VTDigger

Libertarian Dan Feliciano said he would scrap the state’s health exchange and switch to the federal website. He also called for eliminating the Green Mountain Care Board and abandoning single payer.

Green Mountain Care Board public meetings in September

The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) will hold the following public meetings in September.

State regulators cut rate increases for Vermont Health Connect

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Insurance of Vermont in Berlin, Vt.

Green Mountain Care Board Blue Cross’ request from 9.8 percent to 7.7 percent; MVP’s increase shaved from 15.3 percent to 10.9 percent.

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.

Blue Cross defends exchange rate increase before Green Mountain Care Board

Ruth Greene, CFO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, and Paul Schultz, a Blue Cross actuary, testify before the Green Mountain Care Board on Tuesday. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

The insurance company is seeking an almost 10 percent increase they say is needed to ensure solvency. Others suggest some projected costs are on the high side.

Dr. Karen Hein will not seek reappointment to Green Mountain Care Board

Dr. Karen Hein will leave the Green Mountain Care Board when her three-year term is complete on Sept. 30. Hein is leaving the five-member board to take care of her husband, Dr. Ralph Dell, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in November 2011 and whose condition has worsened. “Serving as a founding member of the […]

Blue Cross appeals rate decision on its Vermont Health Plan

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont headquarters in Berlin. Photo by Andrew Stein/VTDigger

Green Mountain Care Board reduces rate increase request by a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont subsidiary from 2 percent to 0.5 percent.

Hospital budget requests ‘historically low,’ regulators say

Mike Davis leads the hospital budget review process for the Green Mountain Care Board. Photo by Morgan True/VTDigger

Vermont hospitals are seeking a 2.6 percent average increase in net-patient revenue for the coming fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

Copley Hospital seeks to build $12.5 million surgical suite

The hospital has applied for a certificate of need from the Green Mountain Care Board.

Green Mountain Care Board public meetings in July

The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) will hold the following public meetings on July 10, 17, 24 and 31.

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