Legislative Wrap: Lawmakers respond to a mental health system in crisis

Health care reform took a back seat this year as lawmakers grappled with shortfalls in the state’s mental health system.

Senate endorses open meetings for OneCare

he Vermont Senate has endorsed S.4, the bill that would require the board of directors for the state’s largest health care organization to hold open meetings. Senators gave preliminary approval to the bill unanimously on Thursday in a voice vote. The Senate is on track to pass the bill Friday. S.4 affects accountable care organizations, […]

Keith Brunner: UVMMC’s path to a health care monopoly

Our health care dollars, rather than flowing through the public sector in order to be distributed based upon need, will instead be administered by a private, nominally non-profit company.

OneCare pushes back on bill that would require open meetings

The bill, S.4, would require open meetings at OneCare in most circumstances. The language is similar to Vermont’s Open Meeting Law.

Joint Fiscal Office points to unanswered questions on all-payer model

The Green Mountain Care Board could vote to sign the all-payer agreement as early as today.

Doctor groups deciding whether to back all-payer deal

Votes could come in the next week or two. And if any one of three groups of doctors decides to endorse the deal, the state will have enough support to sign its draft agreement with the feds.

State and feds reach deal for new health care funding model

The draft agreement comes after nearly two years of negotiations between state officials and the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Vermont would be the first state to set up an all-payer system.

Shumlin optimistic of federal deal for health payment overhaul

The governor says the biggest change consumers would see under the all-payer model is an increase in the quality of care they receive.

Vermont ACOs exceed Medicare spending targets again

This is the third year in a row that Vermont’s accountable care organizations have not saved enough money to benefit from the federal Medicare Shared Savings program.

Davis: Health care merger realigns hospitals, community centers

The deal capped nearly two years of grinding and often contentious negotiations between doctors, community health centers and hospitals.

Doctors, community health centers, hospitals reach agreement on centralized management

Instead of starting with a full-on merger, HealthFirst will dissolve, while OneCare Vermont and Community Health Accountable Care will coordinate management through an umbrella organization.

OneCare working with VITL to analyze patient health data

VITL has figured out how to tag information coming into its data warehouse if it relates to any of OneCare’s 100,000 patients, creating a special set of data for OneCare.

State moving closer to all-payer deal with feds

Al Gobeille, the chair of the Green Mountain Care Board, briefed a steering committee recently on the proposed agreement with the federal government to change the way Vermont handles health care payments.

OneCare launching care coordination software in four regions

The software will first roll out in Burlington, Bennington, Berlin and St. Albans, according to the director of clinical and quality improvement for OneCare.