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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...
Five Vermonters were honored for their outstanding contributions to the health and well being of the state’s residents during the 2010 annual meeting. The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Peter Gibbons, M.D., who has for many years served as the Chief Radiologist at Brattleboro Memorial...
VMS has learned that the legislature will consider a physician assisted suicide bill early in the 2011 legislative session. The expectation is that the bill will create a program similar to the one that has been in effect in Oregon for about 12 years and was recently rolled-out in Washington State...
The Vermont Medical Society has adopted policy resolutions that address a number of issues critical to the delivery of health care, including tort reform and the negative impact unfunded mandates have on the practice of medicine. VMS members approved the resolutions during the organization's 197th...

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