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Just becuase it may be the dog days of summer doesn't mean that nothing is going on when it comes to health care policy in Montpelier and Washington, D.C.  VMS' Summer 2016 Policy Update includes details about new laws going into effect this summer, the Department of Health's efforts to craft...
SCOPE of Pain is a series of continuing medical education/continuing nursing education activities designed to help providers safely and effectively manage patients with chronic pain, when appropriate, with opioid analgesics. The program consists of: A 2-module cased-based online activity Live...
Topics in the 2016 Legislative Wrap up include successful efforts to prevent a 2.35-percent tax on independent physicians and the legalization of recreational marijuana, as well major imprvements to legislation regarding opioid prescribing.   To access the issue and/or watch the Montpelier Minute,...
The Vermont Medical Society (VMS) has announced the hiring of Jessa Barnard, Esq., as its general counsel and vice president for policy.  In the position Barnard will help represent the interests of VMS’ 2,000 physician members and their patients before the Vermont General Assembly, governor’s...
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...

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