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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...
Physicians will have the opportunity to test their HIPAA 5010 compliance on June 15 with the help of real-time help desk support and direct and immediate access to Medicare Administrative Contractors. Organized by the Center for Medicaid & Medicare Services, National 5010 Testing Day is an...
Gov. Peter Shumlin has announced the members of the nine-member Green Mountain Health Care Board nominating committee, who will immediately begin vetting candidates to serve on the formal Board to design and administer major components of the state’s health care reform plan.   The new, five-member...
By Abigail Trutor, Fletcher Allen Health Care Center for Health Care Management In the fall of 2009, Fletcher Allen Health Care launched the Center for Health Care Management in an effort to bridge the gap between the skills needed to run a team, division or department and the lack of a business-...
A free, nationwide service has been launched that helps primary care providers identify and advise substance-abusing patients. The service, Physician Clinical Support System for Primary Care (PCSS-P), offers peer-to-peer mentorship and resources on incorporating screening and follow-up into regular...
The Vermont Legislature took the first step toward a universal publicly-financed health care system when on May 5, by a mostly party-line vote, it passed H.202 -- Governor Shumlin’s health care reform bill.  The Governor will sign it into law at the state house on the morning of May 26th. The...
Four major bills of interest to physicians have recently passed the House of Representatives and been referred to the Senate.   With a possible adjournment date of May 7th, the Senate will have little time to act on the bills before joint House/Senate conference committees will be appointed to...
The Burlington Free Press has published an op-ed by VMS Executive Vice President Paul Harrington that highlights the numerous adverse impacts Governor Shumlin’s proposal to transfer Catamount patients to Medicaid would likely have on health care in Vermont. The article, of which similar versions...
On March 16th, approximately 250 health care providers from throughout the state descended on the Statehouse for Patients First Day.  The event, sponsored by the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems and the Vermont Medical Society, gave Vermont's physicians and hospital caregivers...

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