Smith: Does anyone know where we’re headed on health care?

No one in state government has articulated a clear vision — in understandable terms — for how the challenges are to be met.

Welch: ‘Real failure’ as Congress nixes drug import measure

A House committee refused to let Americans buy cheaper prescription drugs in Canada. But the Vermont Democrat says there are signs Congress may be waking up to the problem of high prices.

Medical marijuana expansion gets governor’s signature

Meanwhile, discussions about the bill legalizing recreational marijuana that the governor rejected are continuing ahead of the veto session this month.

Cell service comes to Grace Cottage Hospital

TOWNSHEND – A Massachusetts company is boosting cellular service at Vermont’s smallest hospital. CoverageCo has installed equipment that allows for cell phone use at the hospital or in the vicinity – an area that has had little to no service until now. There are limitations: For instance, AT&T customers can’t access the new system. But […]

Cell service comes to Grace Cottage Hospital

A tiny southern Vermont hospital has joined the age of cellular telephones. Grace Cottage in Townshend is taking advantage of cell boosters offered by a Massachusetts company, ending what its CEO says was its status as the only hospital in Vermont without cell service.

Rule change enables more use of addiction treatment drug

Within a few weeks, nurse practitioners and physician assistants will be eligible to prescribe buprenorphine. Also, physicians will be able to prescribe it for more patients.

Hospitals don’t want surgery center to pitch to new regulators

But investors in the proposed Green Mountain Surgery Center say they should be able to meet with new Green Mountain Care Board members before the regulators decide whether to OK the project.

Scott signs legislation to expand telemedicine in Vermont

The bill mandates insurance reimbursement for patients to see their doctors from remote locations, including their home. Doctors say telemedicine increases access to specialty care.

Hospital, mental health agency team up to enhance care

“There is a sign in the hallway that medicine is a team sport,” says Alya Reeve, an advance practice registered nurse with United Counseling Service in Bennington County.

UPDATED: State’s largest VNA looks at joining UVM network

The visiting nurse association would be the first in the network. Dr. John Brumsted, CEO of the network, said it would “give us the opportunity to better coordinate patient care wherever it is delivered.”

Health care changes cited in Brattleboro ambulance expansion

Rescue Inc. has invested in a nearly $800,000 satellite station in Townshend and has added ambulances and staff. Administrators say they’re responding to increasing call volumes and demands for more complex medical treatment.

The Deeper Dig: The health care deciders

In this week’s podcast, VTDigger’s Erin Mansfield talks about the Green Mountain Care Board: who its members are, what they do, and how their decisions affect Vermonters.

‘A Year Well Lived’ asks Vermonters to seize the day

On a Memorial Day weekend that’s both a time of remembrance and rebirth after winter, Brattleboro Area Hospice is promoting an unusual public engagement campaign.

Vaccines front and center at autism summit

Most speakers, including a cardiologist, a chiropractor and the organizer Bradley Rauch, connected vaccines and autism, while at a different location critics of the event held a bake sale that benefited three charities.