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Please contact the House Government Operations Committee: APRN LicensureStarting Tuesday, February 6, the House Government Operations Committee is scheduled to take more testimony and possibly vote on the proposed elimination of APRN licensing requirements included in H.684.   This bill, proposed...
Governor Scott Signs Marijuana Bill into Law On Monday, January 22, 2018, Governor Phil Scott signed H.511 into law and Vermont became the first state to pass marijuana legalization through legislation, rather than citizen referendum. On Monday, Scott stated, “While this legislation eliminates...
The Vermont Practitioner Health Program (VPHP) is seeking an experienced psychiatrist, psychologist, or other appropriately experienced physician for a part-time Medical Director position.  VPHP is a service of the Vermont Medical Society (VMS).  Its mission to protect the public and assist...
http://digital.vpr.net/post/vermont-medical-society-shifts-end-life-poli... The Vermont Medical Society has dropped its opposition to the state's "death with dignity" law. At the group's annual meeting this month the members adopted a resolution that says doctors have a right to decide if they...
Governor appoints non-clinician as next Green Mountain Care Board member "It makes a big difference if at least one member is a health care professional," says Jessa Barnard, the medical society's incoming executive vice president. "It's conceptual versus reality. Are concepts going to work on the...
The Vermont Medical Society recognized five Vermonters for their outstanding contributions to the health and well being of the state’s residents during its 204th annual meeting held Nov. 4, in Woodstock, Vt.   Retired Brattleboro family physician Robert Tortolani, M.D., was awarded the...
On November 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for the 2018 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) and final rule with comment period for the Quality Payment Program (QPP).  The overall update to payments under the PFS based on the finalized CY 2018 rates will be +0...
Trey Dobson, M.D., was named president of the Vermont Medical Society during its 204th annual meeting Nov. 4, in Woodstock, Vt.  Dr. Dobson is the medical director of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians and chief medical officer of Southwestern Vermont Health Care in Bennington, Vt.  He is a...
The Vermont Medical Society adopted policy resolutions that address issues of importance to the state’s physicians, including the implementation of Vermont Department of Health opioid rules, revising its policy on end-of-life-care, reaffirming its opposition to the legalization of non-medical...
As part of its efforts to promote the upcoming open enrollment period, Vermont Health Connect has released a stakeholder outreach kit that physicians and others can use to help educate the public about enrolling in Vermont Health Connect. The kit features:  A sample article describing Open...

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