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Federal Health Care IssuesAlthough impeachment hearings dominate the national news coverage, there’s been a holiday flurry of activity with federal bills and rules coming out of Washington D.C. Passing or extending a spending bill that delays disproportionate share hospital (DSH) cuts and funds health…
On Thursday, Vermont became one of the first places in the U.S. to receive approval from CMS to allow Medicaid reimbursement for inpatient stays at free-standing Institutions for Mental Disease (I MDs). Vermont was granted an amendment to its “Global Commitment to Health” Medicaid waiver which will allow…
“Heart transplant? Who’s talking about a heart transplant? What is going on with our kid? What is going on with her?” Benjamin Anderson was stunned. His 30-day-old daughter, Naomi, had developed supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), a rare condition in one so young.  In the hours since they were admitted…
Open Enrollment for Vermont’s health insurance market began on November 1 and runs through December 15. This means that now is the time for individuals and families to obtain or change health insurance plans.  Next year, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will turn 10 years old. The law has had its fits…
Watch a video  of this presentation. At this year’s VAHHS Annual Meeting, Mathew Barewicz, chief of the Vermont Department of Labor’s Economic & Labor Market Information Division and his colleague Sarah Buxton, state director of workforce development gave a break-out session addressing Vermont’s health…
Watch a video of this session. At our 2019 Annual Meeting, three representatives on the Vermont workgroup that is creating a standards of care plan for possible crises in Vermont reported on their progress and solicited feedback on the current draft. Facilitating the breakout session was Michael Leydon,…
The Green Mountain Care Board last week held its Board meeting at Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. Board members spent the day with hospital leadership, staff and community partners before the public meeting, which focused on the Franklin / Grand Isle Accountable Community for Health. Presenters…
At our 2019 Annual Meeting, Eilidh Peterson, vice president of Brattleboro Memorial HospitalMedical Group and Population Health, and several other participants shared collaborative and innovative approaches to meeting the oral health needs of their communities. Peterson reported that her organization…
Vermont will need more than 3,900 nurses between October 2018 and next spring, according to the Vermont Talent Pipeline. Last week I participated in a roundtable discussion on workforce with Congressman Peter Welch and several other health care leaders and advocates. Laura Pelosi, who represents VAHHS…
Our 2019 Annual Meeting featured a break-out session on Women in Health Care Leadership. Hillary Wolfley, health data analyst at Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care, led the workshop. She kicked off a panel discussion on women leaders’ stories by telling a story of her own. “After going to McGill—which…
Federal Health Care IssuesAlthough impeachment hearings dominate the national news coverage, there’s been a holiday flurry of activity with federal bills and rules coming out of Washington D.C. Passing or extending a spending bill that delays disproportionate share hospital (DSH) cuts and funds health…
On Thursday, Vermont became one of the first places in the U.S. to receive approval from CMS to allow Medicaid reimbursement for inpatient stays at free-standing Institutions for Mental Disease (I MDs). Vermont was granted an amendment to its “Global Commitment to Health” Medicaid waiver which will allow…
“Heart transplant? Who’s talking about a heart transplant? What is going on with our kid? What is going on with her?” Benjamin Anderson was stunned. His 30-day-old daughter, Naomi, had developed supraventricular tachycardia (SVT), a rare condition in one so young.  In the hours since they were admitted…
Open Enrollment for Vermont’s health insurance market began on November 1 and runs through December 15. This means that now is the time for individuals and families to obtain or change health insurance plans.  Next year, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will turn 10 years old. The law has had its fits…
Watch a video  of this presentation. At this year’s VAHHS Annual Meeting, Mathew Barewicz, chief of the Vermont Department of Labor’s Economic & Labor Market Information Division and his colleague Sarah Buxton, state director of workforce development gave a break-out session addressing Vermont’s health…
Watch a video of this session. At our 2019 Annual Meeting, three representatives on the Vermont workgroup that is creating a standards of care plan for possible crises in Vermont reported on their progress and solicited feedback on the current draft. Facilitating the breakout session was Michael Leydon,…
The Green Mountain Care Board last week held its Board meeting at Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans. Board members spent the day with hospital leadership, staff and community partners before the public meeting, which focused on the Franklin / Grand Isle Accountable Community for Health. Presenters…
At our 2019 Annual Meeting, Eilidh Peterson, vice president of Brattleboro Memorial HospitalMedical Group and Population Health, and several other participants shared collaborative and innovative approaches to meeting the oral health needs of their communities. Peterson reported that her organization…
Vermont will need more than 3,900 nurses between October 2018 and next spring, according to the Vermont Talent Pipeline. Last week I participated in a roundtable discussion on workforce with Congressman Peter Welch and several other health care leaders and advocates. Laura Pelosi, who represents VAHHS…
Our 2019 Annual Meeting featured a break-out session on Women in Health Care Leadership. Hillary Wolfley, health data analyst at Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care, led the workshop. She kicked off a panel discussion on women leaders’ stories by telling a story of her own. “After going to McGill—which…