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A provision of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed on March 23, 2010 treats debt reduction under the Vermont State Educational Loan Repayment Program for Healthcare Professionals as income tax exempt, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2009.   Prior to passage of the ACA, only awards under federally...
After a two-week period in which the public was able to comment on his original draft, Harvard health care economist William Hsiao, PhD, released his final report outlining three potential health care models for Vermont.  The three different approaches to health care reform – a single payer plan (...
The Vermont Medical Society has formally announced its opposition to a fiscal year 2012 budget proposal by Governor Peter Shumlin that would allow all Vermonters eligible for Catamount Health Plans to enroll in the state’s Medicaid program.  The VMS adopted its position by a vote of Council members...
Governor Peter Shumlin’s single-payer health care reform bill has been introduced in the Vermont House by Representative Mark Larson of Burlington.  The full text of the bill, H.202, can be viewed here.   According to the bill’s statement of purpose, the legislation “proposes to set forth a...
Governor Peter Shumlin’s Medicaid budget for State Fiscal Year 2012 (SFY12) proposes to allow all Vermonters eligible for Catamount Health Plans to enroll in Medicaid under a new VHAP Expanded program and to end the current Catamount health insurance program (see previous VTMD.org article related...
In his inaugural budget address Governor Peter Shumlin proposed transferring the Catamount health insurance program from BCBSVT and MVP to the Medicaid program, a move that VMS estimates would result in a 32.8 percent cut in physician reimbursement for the Catamount population.   During his speech...
On Wednesday, Jan. 19th, Harvard health care economist William Hsiao, PhD, introduced his draft plans for meeting the criteria set out in Act 128, which as passed by the legislature last year called for the design of three different health care models for Vermont. The three different approaches to...
The deadline to submit 2010 Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) incentives offered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is March 15, 2011, with VMS recommending submission by the end of January in order to ensure compliance.    As part of its membership benefits package, VMS...
Vermont’s largest hospital has joined more than 100 other hospitals across the nation in a nationwideelectronic health record (EHR) Incentive Program Registration Event by officially registering with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The registration signaled Fletcher Allen Health...
The Vermont Medical Society Education and Research Foundation awarded a $10,000 scholarship to University of Vermont College of Medicine student Melissa Marotta during the annual meeting. A third-year medical student at the University of Vermont where her peers recognized her with the Wellness...

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