A study by George Mason University says Vermont would have lower health care costs if it didn’t have certificate of need, or CON, laws restricting the supply of services.
Vermont’s regulated hospitals are seeking to increase prices charged to commercial insurance companies an average of 2.4 percent.
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.
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.
Limiting health care delivery to a single monopolistic system can lead to negative and possibly unsustainable cost outcomes.
It would cut taxes on health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, tanning salons, and families earning more than $250,000.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
Stakeholders picked apart an amendment that would reduce pay disparities between independent and hospital-employed doctors.
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.
Allowing the Green Mountain Surgical Center to open would let independent doctors penetrate a market that has been exclusively controlled by hospitals.