Vermont Medical Society

State hosting sessions on new opioid prescription rules

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 […]

Harrington leaving 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 […]

Medical community split on easing of drug company gift ban

A bill, S.45, would allow doctors and other health care providers to eat food paid for by pharmaceutical companies at large conferences.

Ken Libertoff: Keep firewall between physicians and Pharma

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.

Senate OKs bill allowing doctors to eat conference food paid for by drug companies

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 […]

Senate passes bill to expand doctor recovery program

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 […]

Vermont Medical Society Foundation Awards Scholarship to UVM College of Medicine Students

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 […]

Vermont Medical Society Honors outstanding service to health care and community

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., […]

Health Department proposes rules to cap prescription opiates

The proposal, which must go through the rulemaking process, would set limits on the number of opioid painkillers prescribed for certain minor procedures.

Doctors propose new health care model for at-risk elders

“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.

James Hebert: Shumlin’s Medicaid ‘cure’ worse than the disease

The Vermont Medical Society urges the General Assembly to reject the proposed 2.35 percent tax on independent physicians and dentists.

As provider tax becomes clearer, opposition lines up

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.

David Coddaire: Individuals have role in delivery of better health care

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.

Sunset of ACA enhanced Medicaid payments could hurt beneficiaries in Vermont

Lower reimbursements could make it difficult for primary doctors who benefited from the enhanced payments to continue offering services to Medicaid patients.