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The Vermont Medical Society adopted policy resolutions that address a number of issues critical to the delivery of health care, including the issuance of an annual progress report on the state government's compliance with the Act 48 principles, patient education and incentives for health, and...
Victor Pisanelli, Jr., M.D., was named president of the Vermont Medical Society during its 198th annual meeting held Oct. 29th, at Topnotch Resort in Stowe, Vt. Dr. Pisanelli is a surgeon at Rutland Regional Medical Center and a Vermont Medical Society council member.  Dr. Pisanelli earned his...
Stephen Leffler M.D. has been appointed Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at Fletcher Allen Health Care.  He is currently medical director of the Emergency Department and president of the medical staff. Dr. Leffler succeeds John Brumsted M.D., Fletcher Allen’s interim president and chief executive...
By day, George Till, M.D., is a member of the Vermont House of Representatives.  By night, he’s an OB/GYN hospitalist at Fletcher Allen Health Care who, prior to his election to the House in 2008, was part of a group practice in Chittenden County for 21 years. The Green Mountain Physician recently...
The Vermont Medical Society Education and Research Foundation (VMSERF) announced today that it has been awarded a $130,000 grant from The Physicians Foundation to help fund the creation of a statewide Practitioners’ Resource Center.   The Center was proposed last June by VMSERF, a foundation...
Middlebury Family Health has become the first Vermont practice to achieve electronic health records (EHRs) meaningful use, a designation that has netted a first-year Medicare incentive of $18,000 for each of its four physicians.   The practice, whose physicians are Eileen Doherty Fuller, M.D., Jean...
As special assistant to the governor for health reform, Anya Rader Wallack, Ph.D., was a key figure in the development, debate and passage of H. 202, a bill that sets Vermonton a path toward a first-in-the-nation publicly financed health care system.  The Green Mountain Physician recently asked Dr...
By Harry Chen, M.D. Commissioner of Health   The title of a new report by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) says it all: “Epidemic: Responding to America’s Prescription Drug Use Crisis.” This report tells the story, detailing the number of drugs being prescribed that have abuse...
By a 6 to 3 margin, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a Vermont law that banned data mining companies from selling prescription information to drug companies. The case, IMS Health Inc. v. William Sorrell, stemmed from a data ban passed by the Vermont Legislature in 2007 based on a resolution...
A report released June 7 by the Vermont Medical Society Education and Research Foundation suggests that Vermont’s doctors are facing increasing time and financial pressures that threaten to jeopardize care quality in the state. The 2011 Physician Needs Assessment was conducted by the Foundation in...

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