Harry Chen

Another member leaving Green Mountain Care Board

In other moves, Health Commissioner Harry Chen will keep his job through March, and former state Rep. Mike Fisher will go to the Office of the Health Care Advocate.

Chen won’t seek reappointment as health chief

Dr. Harry Chen will not seek to be reappointed as commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health. Chen told his staff in an email Tuesday that he decided over the Thanksgiving holiday not to apply to continue under Gov.-elect Phil Scott’s new administration. “In the short run, I will finish out my appointed term through […]

Health Department proposes rules to cap prescription opiates

The proposal, which must go through the rulemaking process, would set limits on the number of opioid painkillers prescribed for certain minor procedures.

Harry Chen: Refugees and the public health question

There is no significant public health risk associated with 100 Syrian refugees coming to Rutland.

Health commissioner to run with organ donation team at Vermont City Marathon

News Release — Vermont Department of Health May 19, 2015 Media Contact: Communication Office 802-863-7281 BURLINGTON – Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD, will be anchoring a five-person relay team of organ donors and recipients at the Vermont City Marathon on May 24. “Organ donation is one of the most selfless and meaningful acts a person […]

Harry Chen: Vaccines work

Editor’s note: This commentary is by Vermont Health Commissioner Harry Chen. he year is 2000 and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention declared that measles is eliminated in the U.S. This is a triumph of vaccination, one of the most important tools in the public health toolbox. No longer could America expect the hospitalizations […]

New report on DCF again calls for more staff, better training

A third report on the Department for Children and Families came to similar conclusions as the other two: DCF needs more front-line staff, better training, and a stronger focus on opiate addiction’s impact on families.

Outside report criticizes DCF handling of child deaths

An advisory panel suggests changes in policy at the Department for Children and Families in the wake of two child deaths. Report cites a desire to reunify families at possibly placing children at risk.

Lessons learned from Vermont Health Connect lead to oversight changes for next major IT project 

In light of its troubles with IT contracts for Vermont Health Connect, the state is changing its oversight structure for the next massive project, an overhaul of Human Services information technology.

Officials confident on open enrollment; costs still a concern

The Vermont Health Connect website, offline since September, will go live on Nov. 15. State officials say the site will offer a better user experience, but some business will have to be done by phone or mail. There may also be cost overruns next year, when the state budget already faces a large deficit.

Health officials: VT Ebola case highly unlikely, but state is prepared

Trainings for health care providers emphasize asking patients about travel history and use of personal protective gear.

Auditor slams state’s failure to track social service contracts  

Doug Hoffer says the Agency of Human Services doesn’t always compare contractual requirements with services actually delivered by nonprofit contractors. As a result, he says, “the state cannot ensure that clients are receiving the services they need and the public is paying for.”

Report recommends boosting staff, training, and coordination at DCF

A new report calls for more staff, better training, and stronger coordination of services at the Department of Children and Families. The recommendations could run afoul of a Shumlin Administration drive to hold the line on spending in next year’s budget.

Chen, Miller say IT mistakes won’t be repeated

Lawmakers told that $420 million in technology rebuilds won’t follow the same rocky path as Vermont Health Connect.