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.

Leahy presses anti-overdose drug’s maker on price hike

The pharmaceutical company has increased the price of a lifesaving drug injector more than sixfold over the last two years.

Workers call for more resources to treat psychiatric patients

Employees at the state facility in Berlin say they are understaffed. Hospital-employed doctors say patients are being “boarded” in their emergency rooms.

Public hearing will check in with mental health workers

The Vermont Legislature will hold a joint hearing on the status of front-line workers at mental health facilities, including the Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Berlin. The House Health Care Committee and Senate Health and Welfare Committee are holding the hearing Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 11 of the Statehouse in Montpelier. […]

Bill seeks information on why Vermonters take their lives

H.184 would require the Department of Mental Health to report why people die by suicide and what can be done to prevent suicide.

Sanders finds common ground with Veterans Affairs nominee

They agreed about the high quality of VA care. But the Vermont senator demanded and received a commitment from Trump’s nominee on one key point: no privatization of the department.

Blood donors needed, says Health Department

The Vermont Department of Health says blood and platelet donors are needed immediately because of severe weather that has canceled blood drives. The department says more than 250 blood drives in 30 states have been canceled so far this year. The department is encouraging anyone who can donate to make an appointment with the Red […]

State’s Medicaid enrollment lowest since 2014

The reduction is said to be due in part to an effort to confirm eligibility based on income.

State: Patients reported verbal abuse at Maple Leaf

Investigators found that multiple complaints from clients at the treatment facility weren’t referred to Adult Protective Services as required.

Dental clinic proposed on Bennington hospital campus

In its application, Southwestern Vermont Health Care cites data showing a need for more dental services in the area, including that “a significant percentage of the population … is afflicted with dental decay.”

State says Maple Leaf violated policy, workers allege hostile environment

Maple Leaf closed temporarily this month due to a large number of vacancies. The inpatient facility is expected to reopen in mid-February if it can fill open positions. Current and former employees say the vacancies are directly related to a hostile work environment.