Health Care

VTDigger publishes daily stories on health care. We cover the state’s hospitals, the state’s psychiatric care system, the Green Mountain Care Board, insurers, state health care policy, Medicaid and Medicare. Erin Mansfield is VTDigger’s health care reporter. She can be reached at [email protected]

Dartmouth-Hitchcock chief executive to retire in June

Dr. James Weinstein, 66, has been with the hospital system since 1996 and has held his current role since 2011.

Burlington woman ‘fell through the cracks’

Darshana Bolt, 31, died after being treated at Howard Center.

UVM Medical Center cited for use of restraints

Hospital staff used restraints on two patients who were experiencing psychiatric crisis, according to a regulatory report.

Treatment facility stops taking patients with recent suicide tries

Spring Lake Ranch changed its practices after state regulators cited it for failings in connection with a patient who died by suicide. The executive director says the policy is temporary.

Shumlin touts health exchange as best argument for Obamacare

The governor said President-elect Donald Trump’s proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act would be “a disaster” for Vermont. Shumlin offered stats showing the health exchange is operating smoothly for most customers.

Bennington orthopedics practice sees significant growth

Three surgeons are joining the one already on staff at Southern Vermont Medical Center’s orthopedics office, where more expansion is planned.

Former Burlington health center CEO claims wrongful termination

Greg Robinson, who served as CEO of Community Health Centers of Burlington from June to October, said he was fired while he was on vacation.

VITL says it may need to borrow to pay employees

The publicly funded nonprofit that coordinates health records has $66,000 in cash on hand but needs to issue $135,000 in paychecks at the end of the month.

Nursing home sees changes under national group’s ownership

Genesis Healthcare Inc. has completed its purchase of five facilities in Vermont. Staff say the change brings access to more resources such as training and help with regulatory compliance.

Shumlin hails rule expanding who can treat addiction

Gov. Peter Shumlin is praising a new federal rule that will allow nurse practitioners and physician assistants to prescribe the addiction treatment medication Suboxone, also known as buprenorphine. The rule from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will allow the two midlevel providers to undergo 24 hours of training on opioid addiction treatment […]

Vermont to lose funding source for psychiatric hospital

The federal government is putting a stop to the way the state has used Medicaid money to fund certain facilities that don’t qualify, as well as other programs.

UPDATED: Robin Lunge named to Green Mountain Care Board

Outgoing Gov. Peter Shumlin picked her to fill an open seat on the regulatory panel. She has been his director of health care reform since 2011.

Trump’s Obamacare repeal plan predicted to hurt Vermont

The state could be forced to scale back its $1.7 billion Medicaid program, which expanded to cover tens of thousands more low-income residents under the Affordable Care Act.

Retreat CEO urges mental health investment, reform

Louis Josephson, Brattleboro Retreat’s president and chief executive officer, argues that “there is no mental health system” currently. He’s pushing for changes he believes will lower costs and improve care.