BURLINGTON — The Vermont Department of Health is hosting a series of presentations in the coming weeks to help familiarize health care professionals with new rules for prescribing opioids. A new law limiting the number of opioid painkillers a doctor can prescribe and requiring providers to counsel patients on the risk of addiction will take […]
Vermont Medical Society
The executive vice president of the Vermont Medical Society has announced his retirement. Paul Harrington, who has served in the position since 2002, will leave at the end of 2017. The Vermont Medical Society will conduct a nationwide search for his replacement. “It has been an extraordinary honor and privilege to have served the Society […]
A bill, S.45, would allow doctors and other health care providers to eat food paid for by pharmaceutical companies at large conferences.
The passing of S.45 that would allow doctors and other health care providers to accept “the gift” of food a sad day for patients and for the health of all Vermonters.
he Vermont Senate gave preliminary approval Friday to a bill that would allow doctors and other health care providers to eat food paid for by pharmaceutical companies. The Senate approved S.45 in a voice vote, with a handful of voices dissenting. The bill is scheduled to be read the third time, and possibly passed, on […]
The Vermont Senate passed a bill, S.14, on Friday that would extend the scope of a program that helps doctors recover from substance abuse. The voluntary Vermont Practitioner Health Program was designed to protect the public. Many doctors are referred to it by the Vermont Board of Medical Practice. If the bill becomes law, Vermont […]
News Release — Vermont Medical Society Nov. 15, 2016 Contact: Justin Campfield (802) 683-9889 Montpelier, Vt. (Nov. 15, 2016) – The Vermont Medical Society’s Education and Research Foundation (VMSERF) has awarded $5,000 scholarships to Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont students Margaret Graham and Grace Adamson. The recipients were honored […]
News Release — Vermont Medical Society Nov. 15, 2016 Contact: Justin Campfield (802) 683-9889 Montpelier, Vt. (Nov. 15, 2016) – The Vermont Medical Society recognized five Vermonters for their outstanding contributions to the health and well being of the state’s residents during its 203rd annual meeting held Nov. 5, in Burlington, Vt. Lewis First, M.D., […]
The proposal, which must go through the rulemaking process, would set limits on the number of opioid painkillers prescribed for certain minor procedures.
“Since the Nixon administration, we’ve done payment reform, and it doesn’t do anything,” said Dr. Cyrus Jordan from the Vermont Medical Society’s Education and Research Foundation.
The Vermont Medical Society urges the General Assembly to reject the proposed 2.35 percent tax on independent physicians and dentists.
The tax is expected to generate about $17 million a year — more than $10 million from physicians and $6 million from dentists. The administration says the revenue would be pumped back into the health care system, supporting Medicaid, primary care and dental services.
As a family physician and president of the Vermont Medical Society, I have a number of suggestions for the patients who are consumers of health care, which is essentially all of us.
Lower reimbursements could make it difficult for primary doctors who benefited from the enhanced payments to continue offering services to Medicaid patients.