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Today the House Judiciary Committee passed a version of S.241, six votes to five, that does not legalize marijuana as proposed by the Senate’s version of the bill.  It does however create a commission that will recommend to the Governor and General Assembly pathways for the eventual legalization...
Opponents of marijuana legalization encouraged to attend, add their voice to the debate House Judiciary and Government Operations committees will hold a public hearing regarding legislation legalizing marijuana, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 31, in the House Chamber at the Vermont...
Topics in the March 22nd issue of the Legislative Bulletin and Montpelier Minute video recap include a House committee’s rejection of Gov. Shumlin’s proposed 2.35 percent tax on independent physicians, improvements made to a opiate prescribing bill, action on reducing administrative burdens, and an...
Physicians have until March 15 to apply for a hardship exemption from the electronic health record (EHR) meaningful use financial penalties for the 2015 program year.  Those who don’t apply could face up to a 3-percent cut in their Medicare payments in 2017 since the meaningful use program operates...
The Vermont House Ways and Means Committee today heard testimony that Governor Peter Shumlin’s proposed 2.35-percent tax on independent physicians threatens to put non-hospital employed doctors “out of business and leave some Vermonters without care.”  Drs. Hannah Rabin and Toby Sadkin, family...
A group of doctors representing six statewide physician organizations came together January 28th with a single voice to caution the Vermont General Assembly and public to be fully aware of potential risks of marijuana, and the possible implications of making it legal. As part of a press conference...
Topics in the January 28th issue of the Legislative Bulletin and Montpelier Minute video recap include an urgent request to contact legislators regarding Gov. Shumlin’s proposed 2.35 percent tax on independent physicians, an update on the VMS Opioid Prescribing Task Force, details on new...
In his Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Address, Governor Peter Shumlin announced that he will be asking the Vermont General Assembly to enact a new 2.35 percent tax on the net patient revenues of independent physicians and dentists.   The tax would be applied retroactively to January 1, 2016 and it would...
Topics in the January 14th issue of the Legislative Bulletin and Montpelier Minute video recap include cannabis legalization, a thwarted attempt to institute damages for HIPAA violations, two new opioid prescribing proposals offered by the governor and pharmacists seeking “provider status.”   To...
The Vermont Medical Society Foundation will host a physician leadership course in February that aims to help Vermont’s physicians sponsor and lead change. Titled “Physician Leadership Development within a Culture of Trust,” the course will take place Saturday, Feb. 6, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at...

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