Primary care practices say they’re losing money under the state’s health care reform efforts. The problem? There’s no plan B.
Several independent providers are saying the halt in payments has posed a major threat to their businesses. The company has yet to tell them when they will be paid what they are owed.
The three remaining members on the five-seat Green Mountain Care Board say they cannot take action because they have not reached a consensus.
Procedural issues are calling into question the future of a bill the Senate passed Friday that, among other things, seeks to level the playing field for independent and hospital-employed doctors. The bill, H.29, passed the House earlier in the session as a bill that has to do with Medicare expenses. The Senate Finance Committee then […]
It was set up in July as an umbrella group that helped two health reform entities merge in preparation for implementing the all-payer model.
The committee is looking at forcing insurance companies to pay independent doctors and hospital-employed doctors equitably. The language would be attached to H.29.
They have created a Vermont chapter of the Association of Independent Doctors, a national nonprofit organization that fights acquisition by hospitals and hospital systems.
Insurers still pay hospital doctors more for the same procedure than those who are self-employed. “When this building gets frustrated, our inclination is to tell you what to do,” one lawmaker warned regulators.
Amy Cooper took aim at the UVM Medical Center’s statement that the independent center isn’t needed because the hospital has plenty of capacity in its surgery rooms.
The Green Mountain Care Board on April 13 will hear from investors seeking to build the center in Colchester. Vermont hospitals have opposed the project for nearly two years.
The insurer, which has more than 20,000 customers in Vermont, says ambulatory surgical centers are good for patients.
Lawyers for the planned Green Mountain Surgery Center in Colchester argued that the investors in the project could be subject to retaliation from hospitals if their identities were known.
Lawmakers sought input on proposals made under a 2015 law that told insurance companies and state regulators to pay doctors more equitably.
Thirty-one percent of my current practice consists of Medicaid patients, and in my 35 years of solo private family practice, I have never before turned away a patient because of their insurance (or lack thereof).