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Green Mountain Care Board
Fletcher Allen seeks approval to plan for new inpatient building and for new maternity unit
“If it’s a one-year dip-down,” said Anya Rader Wallack, “I’d say it has more to do with the downturn in the economy, which has an impact on how much people use health care.”
Posted in Health | Tagged Affordable Care Act, Anya Rader Wallack, Green Mountain Care Board, health care cost curve, health care cost-shift, health care reform, health care spending, health care spending growth, Medicaid, Medicare
The committee passed out the bill with two new amendments, which would create the Office of the Health Care Advocate and a pilot program for physicians to operate without prior authorizations from health insurers.
Posted in Health, Politics | Tagged Green Mountain Care Board, House Health Care Committee, medical prior authorization, Office of the Health Care Advocate, Office of the Health Care Ombudsman, S.152, Vermont Health Connect, Vermont Legal Aid
There are many influences that affect a medical student’s choice of career. One is the relationship they develop with faculty mentors, who often promote only their own specialty and even discourage the choice of primary care. Another is the impact of educational debt.
The governor must come forward with a comprehensive and straightforward report to the people of Vermont on the status of his health care initiative. Emphasis should be on the real prospects of achieving a single payer system, how low-income Vermonters will be served and how medical services are going to be affected as a result of health care expenditure cutting.
“It would seem to me it’s unconstitutional for the state to interfere with the right of two individuals to enter into a private financial arrangement,” said Dr. Bob Emmons.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont and MVP Health Care are the only two insurers that have proposed premium rates for the exchange, which is set to open on Oct. 1.
The biggest project in the proposal is a new, $85 million multi-story inpatient building, which would be built above the center’s Emergency Department parking lot.
Posted in Health | Tagged Central Vermont Medical Center, electronic records, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Fletcher Allen Partners, Green Mountain Care Board, health care, Hospital budgets, hospitals, mother-baby unit, regulations
Green Mountain Care Board meetings in March
Anya Rader Wallack, chair of the board, says her team is going to get tougher on hospital budget growth and make its expectations clearer.