News Release — Green Mountain Care Board Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Contact: Jaime Fisher 802-828-2130 Montpelier, VT – The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) will hold the following public meetings in May: Thursday, May 5: (9:30 – 11:00 am) Board Meeting Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Presentation on excess FY15 revenues Located in the GMCB Board […]
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Money to study health care expansion proposals is not in the Senate’s budget, and money for a Vermont Health Connect study is reduced. New positions at the Green Mountain Care Board are tentative.
Robin Lunge, the director of health care reform for Gov. Peter Shumlin, called it “really premature” to say whether the best and final offer is a signal that the all-payer deal is close to completion.
The medical community should not get involved in placing a hidden tax addition burden on taxpayers. It is not their expertise and it is not good public policy.
Small players in Vermont’s health care system have questioned whether they can trust Todd Moore, the president of OneCare and indirectly, whether they could trust UVM and its CEO, Dr. John Brumsted.
However, regulators rejected the hospital system’s related proposal to spend $3 million setting up an accountable care organization for the all-payer model that the state has been negotiating with the federal government.
An investigation by VTDigger shows that Vermont uses Medicaid money to fund everything from school nurses to UVM’s medical school and the state’s psychiatric hospital.
Tom Huebner, the chief executive officer of Rutland Regional Medical Center, said his hospital is planning to cut how much it charges insurers unless regulators tell him he can’t.
“It’s not their money,” said Sen. Richard Westman. “It’s ratepayers’. It’s people that pay premiums, and it’s the state that runs the Medicaid program.”
The UVM Health Network took in more than allowed in fiscal year 2015. It is proposing to make up for that through investments in population health and a reduction in how much it charges commercial insurers.
In 2012, led by the late Sen. Sally Fox, Vermont became the first state in the nation to limit what insurers could charge patients for the medicines they relied on day to day.
The House Health Care Committee says the bill, H.812, largely codifies federal law and reiterates protections for Vermont’s Medicare beneficiaries.
Budget development is an imperfect science filled with assumptions, estimates and projections.
The Vermont Senate has given unanimous approval to a bill that requires hospitals to send letters to current patients when acquiring new doctors’ offices. The Senate approved S.245 in a voice vote Tuesday morning. The bill is expected to get final approval this week before moving over to the House. The requirement would go into […]