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by Devon Green Vice President of Government Relations   Last Week   Coronavirus $1.25 Billion Relief Fund: VAHHS updated the health care committees on the current financial status of Vermont’s hospitals, noting that while hospitals have received federal funding, the amount does not cover the Medicare…
by Devon Green Vice President of Government Relations   Last Week   Resuming Non-Urgent Care: On Friday, Governor Scott announced that hospitals may resume inpatient procedures under the guidance released by the Vermont Department of Health. He also announced that dentistry and mental health and…
Federal and State Emergency Initiatives 5-16-20   The Scott Administration and the legislature remain busy as Vermont extends its state of emergency to June 15th while slowly reopening. Last Week Resuming Outpatient Care: To follow up on its May 4 announcement, the Vermont Department of Health released official…
Federal and State Emergency Initiatives 5-8-20 Last Week Resuming Non-Urgent Care: On Monday, Governor Scott announced that non-urgent out-patient care and procedures can resume if facilities take environmental precautions, have a reliable supply of PPE, and perform patient and staff screening and…
A reporter recently asked me if I was proud of Vermont’s hospitals and their planning and preparation during the COVID-19 pandemic. My answer was an unequivocal “yes.” I am also proud of Vermonters, who have stepped up to help one another and the health care system by following guidance and staying at…
As we continue to battle COVID-19, it is important that each of us tends to our own health. This includes going for walks and getting exercise, as well as finding ways to relax and refresh during such a stressful time. Taking care of ourselves also means going to the doctor, clinic or hospital – and…
by Devon Green Vice President of Government Relations   Issue Brief: Federal and State Regulatory Flexibility- April 24, 2020    This time of year usually marks the all-out sprint towards the end of the legislative session, but, as has happened elsewhere, COVID-19 turned the legislative schedule…
If you haven’t yet responded to the 2020 US Census, now’s the time: go to my2020census.gov. Responses to the 2020 Census shape decisions about how billions of dollars in federal funds flow into communities each year for the next 10 years for critical services. And Vermont is currently about 10 percentage…
by Devon Green Vice President of Government Relations   Issue Brief: Fed and State Emergency Initiatives 4 24 20   Here’s something I never thought I’d say: the Vermont State House has gone fully virtual. What used to be crowded committee rooms and cafeteria conversations is now Zoom calls, YouTube,…
When I became chair of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (VAHHS) Board of Trustees, I never imagined our health care system navigating a global pandemic. Across the country, people are suffering from COVID-19—both the illness itself and the economic and social consequences. In…
by Devon Green Vice President of Government Relations   Last Week   Coronavirus $1.25 Billion Relief Fund: VAHHS updated the health care committees on the current financial status of Vermont’s hospitals, noting that while hospitals have received federal funding, the amount does not cover the Medicare…
by Devon Green Vice President of Government Relations   Last Week   Resuming Non-Urgent Care: On Friday, Governor Scott announced that hospitals may resume inpatient procedures under the guidance released by the Vermont Department of Health. He also announced that dentistry and mental health and…
Federal and State Emergency Initiatives 5-16-20   The Scott Administration and the legislature remain busy as Vermont extends its state of emergency to June 15th while slowly reopening. Last Week Resuming Outpatient Care: To follow up on its May 4 announcement, the Vermont Department of Health released official…
Federal and State Emergency Initiatives 5-8-20 Last Week Resuming Non-Urgent Care: On Monday, Governor Scott announced that non-urgent out-patient care and procedures can resume if facilities take environmental precautions, have a reliable supply of PPE, and perform patient and staff screening and…
A reporter recently asked me if I was proud of Vermont’s hospitals and their planning and preparation during the COVID-19 pandemic. My answer was an unequivocal “yes.” I am also proud of Vermonters, who have stepped up to help one another and the health care system by following guidance and staying at…
As we continue to battle COVID-19, it is important that each of us tends to our own health. This includes going for walks and getting exercise, as well as finding ways to relax and refresh during such a stressful time. Taking care of ourselves also means going to the doctor, clinic or hospital – and…
by Devon Green Vice President of Government Relations   Issue Brief: Federal and State Regulatory Flexibility- April 24, 2020    This time of year usually marks the all-out sprint towards the end of the legislative session, but, as has happened elsewhere, COVID-19 turned the legislative schedule…
If you haven’t yet responded to the 2020 US Census, now’s the time: go to my2020census.gov. Responses to the 2020 Census shape decisions about how billions of dollars in federal funds flow into communities each year for the next 10 years for critical services. And Vermont is currently about 10 percentage…
by Devon Green Vice President of Government Relations   Issue Brief: Fed and State Emergency Initiatives 4 24 20   Here’s something I never thought I’d say: the Vermont State House has gone fully virtual. What used to be crowded committee rooms and cafeteria conversations is now Zoom calls, YouTube,…
When I became chair of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (VAHHS) Board of Trustees, I never imagined our health care system navigating a global pandemic. Across the country, people are suffering from COVID-19—both the illness itself and the economic and social consequences. In…