The roundtable discussion accompanied the announcement that the St. Johnsbury and Morrisville hospitals are in line for new low-interest federal loans, described by the hospitals’ leaders as bright spots in an environment even more challenging than the pandemic.
VTDigger publishes regular stories on health care. We cover the state’s hospitals, accountable care organization OneCare, the state’s psychiatric care system, the Green Mountain Care Board, insurers, health care policy, and statewide debates on healthcare reform. Katie Jickling is VTDigger's healthcare reporter. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UVM Health Network and UnitedHealthcare to keep existing contract through end of 2023
The nation’s largest health insurer has accepted an offer from the state’s largest health care provider to keep current reimbursement rates — and keep patients in network.
Advocates call health department’s opioid spending priorities rushed
Vermonters living with opioid addiction told legislators Thursday that there had not been enough time allowed for consideration of more innovative — and potentially more impactful — uses for opioid lawsuits settlement funds.
Vermont’s 2022 opioid deaths set a record for the 3rd straight year
The 237 Vermonters who died of an accidental opioid overdose include dozens who ingested gabapentin, an anti-seizure drug that health officials flagged for the first time this week.
Vermont Covid levels ‘low,’ health department reports
The state’s Covid-19 metrics appear to be dropping even as the virus hits the one-year anniversary of its BA.2 wave.
Board allows broader use of UVM Health Network funds
The Green Mountain Care Board decision gives the Department of Mental Health the lead in setting spending priorities.
Health advocates hope to clinch a ban on flavored tobacco this year
A finance committee vote Wednesday afternoon stands between the bill and the Senate floor.
Vermont Covid-19 levels ‘low,’ health department reports
The state has stopped publishing some types of Covid data, but information on cases and hospital admissions is still being updated.
Vermont settles aid-in-dying lawsuit, allowing Connecticut woman to use procedure
The agreement allows a Vermont doctor to provide care to the Connecticut woman who brought the federal suit, and commits the state health department to supporting repeal of the state’s current residency requirement.
State regulators require shakeup at Green Mountain Support Services
The service agency, based in Morristown, provides direct support and coordinates shared living arrangements for Vermonters with developmental disabilities and brain injuries.
Care board pushes off vote on inpatient psychiatric care funds
The decision on whether to loosen restrictions on the use of $18 million held by the UVM Health Network has raised questions about the board’s ability to direct private health care investment.
OneCare primary care payments likely to continue
Despite stepping away from OneCare, BlueCross BlueShield plans to continue the payments that had been expected in 2023 through the accountable care organization for the full year.
Vermont’s overall Covid-19 levels ‘low,’ health department reports as it retires Covid datasets
Weekly updates of current hospitalizations and detailed case data have been archived.
New contract gives UVM Medical Center technical staff higher pay
The three-year contract raises wages of technical services staff, with the least compensated workers receiving the biggest increase, as local recruitment still lags behind open positions.