health care spending

Ex-regulator calls on board to push investment in primary care

Dr. Allan Ramsay, formerly of the Green Mountain Care Board, said hospitals and health reform companies should be forced to invest in primary care, mental health and community services.

Data dig: Spending at hospitals among highest in nation

Vermonters spend more per capita in hospitals than do people in almost any other state, according to data from federal regulators published by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Attorney general to hold forum on health care costs

Attorney General TJ Donovan will hold a public forum on health care costs Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in Contois Auditorium at Burlington City Hall. Donovan’s office runs a Public Protection Division dedicated to consumer affairs and enforcing antitrust laws. Amy Cooper, the executive director of HealthFirst, a group that represents independent doctors, is one of […]

Hospitals ordered to lower future growth in prices by $15 million

The Green Mountain Care Board voted to have hospitals use half of any unexpected profits they made in fiscal year 2016 to offset price increases.

Regulator suggests fining UVM Health Network for growth

Green Mountain Care Board member Con Hogan said the board will open up a special review of the expansion of a clinic on the Barre-Montpelier Road in Berlin.

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.

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.

Obstacles seen in path to Scott’s health exchange vision

The lieutenant governor has talked about sharing risk with other states, but he now says he was misunderstood. Experts say partnering with another state in an exchange would be difficult and unprecedented.

State approves UVM hospital’s $5 million equipment buy

The hospital says the new imaging system will allow it to satisfy federal regulations that limit radiation output from imaging systems.

Regulators leave hospital prices largely unchanged

Even though numerous hospitals took in more money for care than planned in 2015, none will be forced to decrease how much they charge insurance companies. One will do so voluntarily.

Independent doctors call reimbursement plan a ‘shell game’

Lawmakers sought input on proposals made under a 2015 law that told insurance companies and state regulators to pay doctors more equitably.

Governor to fill opening among health care regulators

Dr. Allan Ramsay, a family physician, is completing his term on the Green Mountain Care Board and hasn’t sought reappointment.

UVM Health Network faces questions on health care costs

Both the UVM Medical Center and Central Vermont Medical Center requested to increase how much money they charge insurance companies by 3 percent.

Lawmakers mull holding hearing on hospital profits

The discussion comes in the wake of a VTDigger investigation that found hospitals had tripled their profits and doubled their assets over the past 10 years.