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Hogan walks back comments on UVM Health Network

A member of the Green Mountain Care Board has walked back comments he made during an April 13 meeting, when he said the board would open a “special” review of growth at Central Vermont Medical Center’s facility on the Barre-Montpelier Road.

Con Hogan issued a statement Tuesday afternoon saying he had gotten ahead of himself when he questioned the growth of the Berlin facility, which offers urgent care and other medical services, and said the board would open a review under laws governing certificates of need.

Cheyenne Holland, the chief financial officer for CVMC, said at the time: “We’ve had legal review of this as well and feel assured that we haven’t violated any of the CON provisions.”

Hogan said Tuesday he’d been premature. “At this point, the board does not have the factual basis” to open an investigation or impose sanctions on Central Vermont Medical Center, he said.

That statement echoed public comments that the board’s lawyer, Judy Henkin, made Monday night.

“Reviewing the CON laws and rules, it appears they allow for incremental hospital growth over a number of years without approval of the board,” Hogan said. “The board has already begun looking at possible revisions to the CON process.”

“Board staff will be working with stakeholders over the summer to provide the Legislature with potential changes in 2018,” he said. “This may be an issue that can be addressed through this process.”

The next board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 19.

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