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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...
The Department of Health has released updates to two Department Rules: the Medication-Assisted Treatment Rule and the Regulated Drug Rule.  The Medication Assisted Treatment Rule establishes the requirements for authorized office based opioid treatment providers to prescribe and dispense...
VMS is pleased to announce that the popular Vermont Guide to Health Care Law has been completely updated and reformatted for 2017 and is now available online.    The Guide is designed to give physicians and health care facilities a fundamental understanding of legal and regulatory requirements that...
Within the past week, several VMS-supported bills have passed the Senate: S. 45 makes changes to Vermont Prescribed Products Gift Ban.  As passed the Senate this morning, the bill will allow physicians and other clinicians to accept food paid for by a pharmaceutical company provided at a continuing...
CMS is extending the submission deadline for 2016 Quality Reporting Document Architecture (QRDA) data submission for the EHR reporting mechanism. Individual eligible professionals (EPs), PQRS group practices, qualified clinical data registries (QCDRs), and qualified EHR data submission vendors (...
Topics: Medical marijuana, Medicaid reimbursement, duty to warn, expanding VPHP, raising the tobacco age and ACEs. 
The Board of Medical Practice has released draft rules that update all of the rules for licensing physicians, physician assistants, podiatrists, anesthesiologist assistants and radiologist assistants, and address the discipline procedures for those professions.   Over the past several months, VMS...
The winter issue of the Green Mountain Physician is now avaiable online and can be read here.   Stories in this issue include: VMS taps new officers Members adopt new resolutions, set health care public policy priorities for 2017 Five honored for outstanding service to health care and community VMS...

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