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]

Bill on mental health ‘duty to warn’ is headed to Senate floor

The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed S.3, which seeks to clarify mental health providers’ responsibilities when discharging a patient who may be dangerous.

Senate passes bill to expand doctor recovery program

The Vermont Senate passed a bill, S.14, on Friday that would extend the scope of a program that helps doctors recover from substance abuse. The voluntary Vermont Practitioner Health Program was designed to protect the public. Many doctors are referred to it by the Vermont Board of Medical Practice. If the bill becomes law, Vermont […]

Brattleboro Retreat adopts new approach to treatment

Doctors, nurses and staffers have been undergoing retraining to use two new programs that emphasize mindfulness.

Burlington, partners taking new steps to tackle opiate crisis

It is “unmistakably clear that this opioid crisis has continued to deepen, taking lives at an unprecedented rate and ravaging the community,” the mayor said.

Human services chief promises review of mental health system

Al Gobeille said he has scheduled a meeting Friday with hospitals, mental health providers, independent doctors and others to take a broad look at improving care.

Senate advances medical marijuana expansion

The Vermont Senate advanced a bill Wednesday that would expand the state’s medical marijuana program. The bill, S.16, would create more licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries and allow more patients to access the system. Senators approved the bill on a voice vote with no opposition. The bill doubles the number of dispensary licenses available in […]

Regulators fast-track $112M hospital records system

State regulators have fast-tracked a request from the University of Vermont Medical Center to build a $112.4 million information technology system. The Green Mountain Care Board, which regulates hospital revenue and major capital investments in health care, has approved an expedited review process for issuing a certificate of need for the project. The board has […]

Stakeholders say Obamacare repeal would be gradual

Lobbyists for insurance companies say dismantling the Affordable Care Act would happen piece by piece and that it would take years to replace.

Others step up to meet rehab demand after Maple Leaf closure

The physicians working with Maple Leaf Associates have found space to see their outpatient clients, and other inpatient providers plan to add beds.

House panel seeks to rework drug pricing law

Lawmakers say the landmark price transparency law passed in 2016 is not getting the results they sought.

Maple Leaf closure leaves doctors, state scrambling to help patients

Close to 160 opioid-dependent patients receiving buprenorphine and counseling through Maple Leaf Associates outpatient services will now need to make other arrangements to continue their medication and therapy.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock HR head announces exit

(This article by Rick Jurgens was first published in the Valley News on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017.) LEBANON — The exodus of top executives from Dartmouth-Hitchcock continues, with an announcement that today will be Chief Human Resources Officer John Malanowski’s last in that job. An emailed announcement on Thursday by D-H Chief Executive James Weinstein […]

Maple Leaf board shuts down treatment programs

The decision surprised state officials. The Underhill center has nearly a third of the state’s inpatient drug treatment beds and had been working to rebound from a temporary closure.

State enters $93 million ‘pilot’ program for Medicaid care

The deal will pay OneCare Vermont, an accountable care organization, monthly fees to take care of 30,000 Medicaid patients this year rather than reimbursing for individual procedures.