Fanny Allen’s outpatient surgery center would eventually be relocated to a new, larger surgery center in South Burlington, costing more than $30 million.
Members of the Green Mountain Care Board have cast doubt on the Vermont hospital’s vision, saying leaders are banking on a temporary uptick in services that may not last.
The Green Mountain Care Board approved higher growth targets for nine out of 14 hospitals for the coming fiscal year.
Vermont has the most heavily regulated health care system in the country. Meanwhile, health care costs are high, the all-payer model has shown mixed results and rural hospitals are struggling financially.
The all-payer system is meant to shift the way health care is paid for. After four years, only 2% of Vermonters’ health care spending is covered by the fixed monthly payments.
‘The board’s proposals ignore the current reality, hinder recovery, threaten sustainability and imperil health care reform,’ wrote UVM Health Network CEO John Brumsted.
President John Brumsted attributed the losses across the six Vermont and New York hospitals to fewer patients due to Covid. The cyberattack and Fanny Allen closure also contributed.
State regulators plan to approve OneCare’s $1.46 billion budget later this month.
The Green Mountain Care Board isn’t factoring affordability in their decision-making process, according to the State Auditor’s Office.
Network CEO John Brumsted sent a withering letter to the Green Mountain Care Board Wednesday, asking for more money, and saying the board’s decisions jeopardized patient care.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont and MVP Health Care are asking for 5.5% and 6% rate increases, a move that attracted 900 written comments.
State Auditor Doug Hoffer criticized the health care organization's lack of transparency, lack of quality metrics and administrative costs in a 70-page report released Tuesday.
'Here we are two years out and everyone’s overwhelmed at a cost that’s way beyond what anybody had envisioned,' Green Mountain Care Board Chair Kevin Mullin told hospital leaders.
The network blamed the shortfall, which came as a surprise to regulators, on additional costs for a new health records system and on the unexpected closure of operating rooms at Fanny Allen.