VMS Resolutions

VMS resolutions are catalysts for the organization’s legislative efforts.  Each year, VMS members propose and approve resolutions that guide VMS staff and leadership in their advocacy and public policy efforts.

To view past resolutions, click on the years below.

2016

Expanding the Vermont Practitioner Health Program
Supporting the practice of primary care
Uniform regulatory oversight and standard of practice for medical professionals
Aligning Vermont’s prescribed products gift ban with federal law
Amending a clinician’s duty to warn
Changing the paradigm for the use of opioids in chronic non-malignant pain control

2015

Criteria for an all-payer ACO model for Vermont
Universal background checks for sales of firearms
Reducing consumption of sweetened drinks to improve the health of Vermonters
Interstate physician licensing compact

2014

Compliance with Act 48 Triggers 
Evidence-Based Alternatives to Opioid Prescribing
Timely Access to Level One Inpatient Psychiatric Care
Integrating the Science of the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) 
Developing the Vermont Health Resource Allocation Plan 
Supporting Graduate Medical Education 
Patient Portals 
Transition from Pediatric to Adult Care

2013

 

2012

2011

Issuing an Annual Progress Report on State Government’s Compliance with the Act 48 Principles
Opposition to a Medicaid Tax on Physicians' Net Revenue
Reconvening the Vermont Medical Society Physician Policy Council
Patient Education & Personal Responsibility for Health
Dangers of Distracted Driving

2010

Physician Leadership
Need for Tort Reform in Order to Address Defensive Medicine
Unfunded Mandates
Reaffirming the Physician/Patient Relationship
Anatomical Gifts

2009

Collaboration with the Vermont Department of Health on H1N1
Increasing Immunizations Rates of Vermonters
Preserving Patient Access to Physicians by Reducing Administrative Burdens and Improving Reimbursement
Strategies to Address Rising Health Care Costs
Preventing Childhood Obesity

2008

VMS Support for Efforts to Minimize Cost Burden to Patients
Grants and Gifts to Physicians
Prescription Drug Abuse and Diversion & E-Prescribing of Controlled Substances
Legislative Action to Repeal Medicare SGR Payment Formula
Responsibility for Health Care in the Ideal System

2007

Health Care Information Technology
Prevention
Primary Care Physician Shortage
Protection of Patients' Access to Physicians

2006

Implementing Electronic Medical Records
Ensuring the Privacy of Prescription Information
Sustainability of Vermont Blueprint for Health
Restrictive Covenants in Physician Employment Contracts

2005

Principles for the Development of Pay-for-Performance Programs
Establishing Pre-Trial Screening Panels for Medical Liability Claims
Establishing the Dr. Mildred Reardon Scholarship
The Improvement of Vermont's Health Care System
Fluoridation in Community Water Systems

2004

Resolution to Endorse Health-Promoting Activity and Healthy Foods in Vermont Schools
Advocating for Change in the Relative Update Committee of the American Medical Association
Enactment of National Medical Liability Reform
Prompt and Adequate Medicaid Reimbursement
Pain Treatment and Assessment
Repeal of Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate Reimbursement Formula
Reducing the Secondary Effects of Cigarettes
Physician Reimbursement Under Vermont's Workers' Compensation Medical Fee Schedule

2003

Preventing Childhood Obesity
Domestic Violence as a Health Care Concern
Improvement of Vermont's Health Care System
Medicaid Reimbursement
Development & Implementation of a Medical Information System
Medicare Reimbursement
Vermont Physicians Confronting the Opioid Challenge Facing Vermonters
Prescribing Authority for Optometrists
Licensing Respiratory Care Practitioners
Waiving VMS Membership Dues
Voting Procedures
Physician-Assisted Suicide
Memorial Resolution - Joseph B. Warshaw, M.D.

2002

Medical Use of Marijuana Cannabis Research
Reducing Childhood Obesity
Medicaid Reimbursement
Medical Cannabis Use and Study
Moratorium on the Death Penalty
Treatment Availability for Opioid Dependence
Prescribing Authority for Optometrists
Patient Privacy and Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives
Professional Liability Insurance Reform for Physicians
Letter to Vermont Retail Lumber and Building Materials Companies from Members of the Vermont Senate and House of Representatives
Resolution to Eliminate Smoking in All Indoor Public Places

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