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]

Leaders call latest Obamacare repeal bill ‘tax cuts that would help the rich’

It would cut taxes on health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, tanning salons, and families earning more than $250,000.

Regulators see good news in health care reform survey

The Green Mountain Care Board had asked providers about the move toward accountable care organizations.

Inspectors find 24 violations at veterans hospital

They include five cases in which providers at the facility in White River Junction gave patients blood clot medications without performing necessary tests first.

Copley cuts ribbon on new surgical center

Copley Hospital in Morrisville celebrated the opening of its new $12.5 million surgical facility this week. It had been in the permit and construction process since 2014. The hospital received a permit, called a certificate of need, from the Green Mountain Care Board in February 2016. Construction started on the 19,560-square-foot surgical center in the […]

Telemedicine expanding through Bennington health system

Technology allows the hospital to link to a larger teaching institution, and both say they’re seeing the benefits.

Survey: Health care reform efforts are not improving care

Nine out of 10 primary care providers who responded to a survey did not think health care reform efforts were bringing about better care or lowering costs.

Vermont leaders warn about Obamacare repeal bill

The latest attempt in Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act is moving through the U.S. Senate without any public process.

UVM Health Network recruiting, training more psychiatrists

Vermont’s largest hospital system is expanding the number of psychiatrists on staff and doubling the number of child psychiatrists its academic medical center trains in a given year. The University of Vermont Health Network, which controls three hospitals in Vermont and three in upstate New York, is actively recruiting until it has eight psychiatrists at […]

Doctor: Hospital using federal program to undercut our price

In 2016, the University of Vermont Medical Center dropped its price for in-vitro fertilization well below what a nearby independent practice charges.

Howard Center pushes back on one dose policy for Narcan

A state official says that in most cases one dose is sufficient.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock appoints new president and CEO

Dr. Joanne Conroy currently runs an academic medical center in Massachusetts. She will be the first woman to run the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system.

UVM doctors prescribing fewer opiates in advance of new rules

A record number of Vermonters died from opiate overdoses last year. Experts say reducing the number of prescription opiates in circulation could, over time, drive down that number.

Senate staffer disputes facts of governor’s health care plan

Peter Sterling, aide to the Senate president, says Gov. Phil Scott’s proposal for statewide negotiations could cost teachers more. The Vermont School Boards Association says that’s not necessarily the case.

Psych facility fined $14,000 for not protecting staff from patients

The Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued three citations to the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Berlin for what inspectors called serious safety violations.