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Just like there’s no such thing as being a little bit pregnant, there’s no such thing as being partially involved with the legislature. I normally love the immersive experience of the legislature because it is filled with interesting issues and debates; but for the first time in many years, I’m unable…
by Jeff Tieman VAHHS President and CEO   After living in DC for 15 years, I have many fond memories at the U.S. Capitol. Being in the gallery when the Affordable Care Act passed the House of Representatives. Sitting on a Capitol Hill train with Sen. John McCain. Walking the flower-strewn grounds in…
This January brings us a historic legislative session on many levels. Not only will Montpelier remain quiet (and actually have available parking) as legislators gather virtually, but we start off this biennium with an unprecedented amount of leadership by women. Senate President Pro-Tempore Becca Balint…
Of all the single days I will remember over the years, Tuesday, December 15, 2020 will be near the top of the list. That day, last Tuesday, the first COVID-19 vaccinations were administered to COVID-19-facing providers at UVM Medical Center and Rutland Regional Medical Center, followed quickly by vaccinations…
by Jeff Tieman VAHHS President and CEO   A post-pandemic world is closer than it was even a week ago. Several highly effective COVID-19 vaccines are on their way – the first, from Pfizer, is slated to arrive in Vermont in a day or so. Initial doses will be administered by hospitals and pharmacies…
What a day. What a week. What a month. What a YEAR. I’ll bet you’ve made these exclamations more than once in 2020. I know I have. We have entered the final month of likely the most difficult and strange year in most of our lives, and I’m sure there are still more twists and turns in store for us before…
by Jeff Tieman VAHHS President and CEO   As you know, VAHHS has long been a champion of mask-wearing. There's another way we want Vermonters to get covered—by health insurance.   America is in the middle of the worst health crisis in modern history. It has caused an economic crisis as…
A “second wave” of COVID-19 has been a possibility for months but seemed a distant one, especially given Vermont’s best-in-the-nation response so far. Even as our infection numbers were small and stable, many people, including Department of Health Commissioner Mark Levine, said Vermont is not an island.…
During the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, “Achieving Health Equity: A VAHHS Virtual Meeting,” VAHHS was proud to welcome Dr. Mark Levine, whom VAHHS CEO Jeff Tieman introduced as Vermont’s Dr. Fauci. Levine, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health,…
At our 2020 annual meeting, “Achieving Equity: A VAHHS Virtual Meeting,” Dr. Maria Mercedes Avila kicked off what we hope will be a strong commitment from Vermont’s health care system to remove the health disparities that exist here in the second whitest state in the U.S. Avila described the term disparities…
Just like there’s no such thing as being a little bit pregnant, there’s no such thing as being partially involved with the legislature. I normally love the immersive experience of the legislature because it is filled with interesting issues and debates; but for the first time in many years, I’m unable…
by Jeff Tieman VAHHS President and CEO   After living in DC for 15 years, I have many fond memories at the U.S. Capitol. Being in the gallery when the Affordable Care Act passed the House of Representatives. Sitting on a Capitol Hill train with Sen. John McCain. Walking the flower-strewn grounds in…
This January brings us a historic legislative session on many levels. Not only will Montpelier remain quiet (and actually have available parking) as legislators gather virtually, but we start off this biennium with an unprecedented amount of leadership by women. Senate President Pro-Tempore Becca Balint…
Of all the single days I will remember over the years, Tuesday, December 15, 2020 will be near the top of the list. That day, last Tuesday, the first COVID-19 vaccinations were administered to COVID-19-facing providers at UVM Medical Center and Rutland Regional Medical Center, followed quickly by vaccinations…
by Jeff Tieman VAHHS President and CEO   A post-pandemic world is closer than it was even a week ago. Several highly effective COVID-19 vaccines are on their way – the first, from Pfizer, is slated to arrive in Vermont in a day or so. Initial doses will be administered by hospitals and pharmacies…
What a day. What a week. What a month. What a YEAR. I’ll bet you’ve made these exclamations more than once in 2020. I know I have. We have entered the final month of likely the most difficult and strange year in most of our lives, and I’m sure there are still more twists and turns in store for us before…
by Jeff Tieman VAHHS President and CEO   As you know, VAHHS has long been a champion of mask-wearing. There's another way we want Vermonters to get covered—by health insurance.   America is in the middle of the worst health crisis in modern history. It has caused an economic crisis as…
A “second wave” of COVID-19 has been a possibility for months but seemed a distant one, especially given Vermont’s best-in-the-nation response so far. Even as our infection numbers were small and stable, many people, including Department of Health Commissioner Mark Levine, said Vermont is not an island.…
During the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, “Achieving Health Equity: A VAHHS Virtual Meeting,” VAHHS was proud to welcome Dr. Mark Levine, whom VAHHS CEO Jeff Tieman introduced as Vermont’s Dr. Fauci. Levine, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health,…
At our 2020 annual meeting, “Achieving Equity: A VAHHS Virtual Meeting,” Dr. Maria Mercedes Avila kicked off what we hope will be a strong commitment from Vermont’s health care system to remove the health disparities that exist here in the second whitest state in the U.S. Avila described the term disparities…