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]

Senators push regulators for progress on medical pay parity

Insurers still pay hospital doctors more for the same procedure than those who are self-employed. “When this building gets frustrated, our inclination is to tell you what to do,” one lawmaker warned regulators.

Hospitals ordered to lower future growth in prices by $15 million

The Green Mountain Care Board voted to have hospitals use half of any unexpected profits they made in fiscal year 2016 to offset price increases.

Surgical center investor contests ‘misleading’ testimony

Amy Cooper took aim at the UVM Medical Center’s statement that the independent center isn’t needed because the hospital has plenty of capacity in its surgery rooms.

Hospitals ask lawmakers to judge profits, not revenue

The hospital association said members actually went over budget by $28 million — less than half of what regulators had said. State budget writers are eyeing the money hospitals get for charity care.

Senate panel aims to give kids broad right to seek counseling

The Health and Welfare Committee is pushing to expand the scope of a bill making parental permission unnecessary for treatment related to sexual orientation or gender identity.

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 […]

State hosting sessions on new opioid prescription rules

BURLINGTON — The Vermont Department of Health is hosting a series of presentations in the coming weeks to help familiarize health care professionals with new rules for prescribing opioids. A new law limiting the number of opioid painkillers a doctor can prescribe and requiring providers to counsel patients on the risk of addiction will take […]

UPDATED: Paperwork issue casts doubt on Lunge’s board seat, says administration

The governor said documentation of her appointment last year is missing. His lawyer called it “a question that … does jeopardize the proceedings of the Green Mountain Care Board.”

Governor’s summit looks at training for addiction counselors

“We lack the number of qualified professionals we need today to treat Vermonters with substance use disorder,” said Gov. Phil Scott.

Regulator suggests fining UVM Health Network for growth

Green Mountain Care Board member Con Hogan said the board will open up a special review of the expansion of a clinic on the Barre-Montpelier Road in Berlin.

Hospitals, regulators lean hard on surgical center investors

Allowing the Green Mountain Surgical Center to open would let independent doctors penetrate a market that has been exclusively controlled by hospitals.

State: Brattleboro hospital failed to warn patient of tumor

The state has cited Brattleboro Memorial, saying it didn’t tell a patient of a potential cancer in 2014, then failed to thoroughly investigate the incident. The hospital has a corrective plan.

Community Health Centers of Burlington settle with former CEO

Community Health Centers of Burlington Board President Chris Perrera cited “irreconcilable differences” but Greg Robinson said his three-year contract was terminated for “no cause.”

Regulators question growth of UVM Health Network

The UVM Health Network started in 2011 under the name Fletcher Allen Partners to be an umbrella organization for two hospitals. The network now controls six hospitals.