Vermont Medical Society

Amendment would crack down on street sales of opiate treatment drug

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Senators seek more oversight of doctors who prescribe buprenorphine to opiate addicts.

Vermont Medical Society taps new officers

Daniel B. Walsh, M.D. was named president of the Vermont Medical Society (VMS) during its 200th annual meeting held Oct. 19, at the Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, Vt.

Paul Harrington elected chair of Vermont Information Technology Leaders board of directors

Vermont Information Technology Leaders (VITL) announced Paul Harrington, executive vice president, Vermont Medical Society, has been elected chair of the organization’s board of directors.

In an about-face, lawmakers expand prescription authority for naturopaths

Sens. Diane Snelling (left) and Peg Flory respond to testimony from Secretary of State Jim Condos and Office of Professional Practice attorney Colin Benjamin on Thursday morning at a meeting of the Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules. Photo by Hilary Niles/VTDigger

Condos persuades lawmakers that rule giving naturopaths same prescribing powers as physicians should stand. Medical society withdraws objection.

Secretary of State’s Office ‘strongly disagrees’ with rejection of rule giving naturopaths right to prescribe more drugs

Christopher Winters, director of the Office of Professional Regulation in the Secretary of State's Office. Photo by Viola Gad/VTDigger

Secretary of State tells rules committee the proposed regulation did ‘everything LCAR asked.’

Naturopaths to receive authority to prescribe more drugs

Naturopaths will be able to prescribe more prescription drugs starting in 2015. Creative Commons photo by jeffk via flickr

Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen supports the move, but the Vermont Medical Society has voiced some concerns.

Lawmakers side with doctors as they wade gingerly into the medical area of ‘prior authorizations’

Susan Gretkowski, an attorney with the government and public relations firm Maclean, Meehan & Rice, briefs employers on the impacts of health care reform Wednesday in Montpelier. VTD/Josh Larkin

The current legislation is considered a consumer protection bill but there is strong physician opposition to insurers requiring them to get prior permission for treatment of some medical issues or use of some drugs

Vermont Medical Society taps new officers

Norman Ward, M.D., was named president of the Vermont Medical Society (VMS) today during its 199th annual meeting held at the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vt.

Vermont Medical Society adopts new resolutions, sets health care public policy priorities for 2013

The Vermont Medical Society (VMS) today adopted policy resolutions that address a number of issues important to the state’s physicians, including the rising cost of care, medical liability reform, battling childhood obesity, and increasing usage of the Vermont Prescription Monitoring System. VMS members approved the resolutions during the organization’s 199th annual meeting held at Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vt.

Harrington: Vermont paved the way for ACOs

This national movement towards the development of population-based, integrated health care systems of care — or accountable care organizations — has been heavily influenced by the work of Vermont political leaders over the last 20 years.

Transparency laws expose pharma industry’s activity in Vermont, doesn’t slow it down

StockXchng image of stethoscope and calculator.

The 2009 legislation, Act 59, largely eliminated companies’ ability to give gifts to doctors. The same law lifted the veil on clinical trials.

The single-payer framework: Cost containment is the Shumlin administration’s biggest conundrum

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

Shumlin’s team can get the costs to the public down, but the whole thing will blow up if people don’t get the care they need.

Pain medication conference to discuss Vermont-specific issues

For immediate release Mar. 1, 2012 Contact Communication Office Vermont Department of Health 802-863-7281 BURLINGTON – A “Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain” conference will be held on March 31, 2011 (7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) at the Burlington Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center. The conference will explore clinical issues for prescribers including […]

Report recommends against no-fault medical malpractice

A Fletcher Allen doctor watches during the health care bill signing. VTD/Taylor Dobbs

Robin Lunge said the administration proposes other methods of dealing with disputes between doctors and patients.

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