Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

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.

Gerry Silverstein: Delivering high quality health care

Limiting health care delivery to a single monopolistic system can lead to negative and possibly unsustainable cost outcomes.

Leaders call latest Obamacare repeal bill ‘tax cuts that would help the rich’

It would cut taxes on health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, tanning salons, and families earning more than $250,000.

Hospitals don’t want surgery center to pitch to new regulators

But investors in the proposed Green Mountain Surgery Center say they should be able to meet with new Green Mountain Care Board members before the regulators decide whether to OK the project.

Legislation boosts potential for remote medicine

Lawmakers have approved a bill aimed at expanding telemedicine and mandating insurer reimbursement for such services. Supporters say it could increase health care access in rural areas.

Shorthanded regulatory board can’t agree on surgical center

The three remaining members on the five-seat Green Mountain Care Board say they cannot take action because they have not reached a consensus.

Medical pay parity bill meets scheduling issues

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 […]

Health leaders call new Obamacare repeal worse than the first

At least 60,000 Vermonters could lose coverage, and the state could lose $200 million a year in Medicaid money, they say. “The House bill is a bad bill,” says Rutland hospital CEO Tom Huebner.

Hospitals, insurers, regulators push back on pay parity language

Stakeholders picked apart an amendment that would reduce pay disparities between independent and hospital-employed doctors.

Hospitals ask lawmakers to judge profits, not revenue

The hospital association said members actually went over budget by $28 million — less than half of what regulators had said. State budget writers are eyeing the money hospitals get for charity care.

Hospitals, regulators lean hard on surgical center investors

Allowing the Green Mountain Surgical Center to open would let independent doctors penetrate a market that has been exclusively controlled by hospitals.

Regulators set hearing on for-profit surgical center proposal

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.

Vermont insurer, hospitals oppose Obamacare replacement bill

“For Vermont and Vermonters, we don’t see anything good,” the CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont said Thursday. “It’s nothing we can support.”