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From the AMA: The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has received multiple reports of ‘WannaCry’ (also known as ‘WannaCrypt’) ransomware infections in several countries around the world and in the United States.  Some of these infections are impacting patient access to care...
The Vermont Department of Health Opioid and Prescription Monitoring Rules are going into effect July 1.    Resources for more information include a VDH-VMS webinar (delivered on May 17th, however recording and handouts available here), a VMS summary of the new rules, and the VDH resources webpage...
On June 15th, the VPMS will go live with a new system on the AWARxE Platform. This system, while new to Vermont, is currently used by many other states across the country and the goal is to offer improved functionality and clinical tools. Once the VPMS is live and stable on the new system, the VPMS...
The Vermont Medical Society (VMS) opposes the May 4th passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in the United States House of Representatives. The Society’s position is based on the belief that affordable, high-quality health care should be available to all Vermonters and all Americans.   The...
The AMA Opioid Task Force has released a progress report and state-specific data concerning prescription monitoring program and opioid prescribing.   The data shows significant progress being made in Vermont, as retail filled prescriptions of all opioid analgesics in the state declined 16.7 percent...
The Vermont Department of Health is organizing a series of in-person presentation and webinars covering the new rules and regulations for opioid prescribing in Vermont.  In-person presentations will take place April 18, at UVM and April 20, at CVPS on Rutland.  A webinar will take place on May 17th...
Vermont Medical Society Executive Vice President Paul Harrington has announced his retirement from the state’s largest statewide physician organization, effective at the end of this year.  “It has been an extraordinary honor and privilege to have served the Society and its dedicated members for 15...
From the office of Gov. Phil Scott: We invite you to participate in the Governor’s Summit on Vermont’s Substance Use Disorder Workforce.     The Summit will take place on Monday, April 17, 2017 at Vermont Technical College in Randolph.  The purpose of the event is to bring treatment professionals...
Topics: Federal health care reform and budget, pharmaceutical gift ban, regulation of medical assistants, and raising the minimum age of legal access of tobacco to 21.  Additional legislative updates Member input sought on two legislative issues VMS is seeking member input on two pending...
From the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: CMS extends the submission deadline for 2016 Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) data submission for the EHR reporting mechanism of the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) program. Individual eligible professionals (EPs), PQRS...

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