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The Vermont Department of Health has promulgated two new rules addressing prescribing controlled substances that will become effective on August 1, 2015 – The Vermont Prescription Monitoring (VPMS) Rule and the Rule Governing the Prescribing of Opioids for Chronic Pain.  VMS commented to the...
In order to address mistakes made in 2014 and ongoing technical problems, Vermont Health Connect (VHC) retroactively terminated approximately 6000 individuals from VHC coverage this spring and sent those terminations to Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Vermont.  BCBS has informed the Vermont...
In the 2015 legislative session wrap up Legislative Bulletin and Montpelier Minute, VMS staff disccuses the fate of several important pieces of legislation, including increases in Medicaid reimbursement and the effort to remove the philosophical exemption to immunizations.  To access the wrap up,...
Topics in the April 17th issue of the Legislative Bulletin and Montpelier Minute video recap include the federal repeal of the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), new life for legislation removing the philosophical exemption to immunizations and increases to Medicaid reimbursements.  To access...
Topics in the February 11th issue of the Legislative Bulletin and Montpelier Minute video recap include VMS’ efforts to support a proposed increase in Medicaid reimbursement, progress on improved VBMP investigation practices and legislation aimed at strengthening Vermont’s immunization laws.  To...
Topics in the January 23rd issue of the Legislative Bulletin and Montpelier Minute video recap include: Governor Shumlin's propsed Medicaid reimbursement increases; the elimination of Educational Loan Repayment funds, legislation aimed at tightening expert witness standards, proposed Tobacco...
In response to a number of Ebola-related questions that VMS received from health care providers across the state, the Vermont Department of Health has released a new frequently asked questions document.  The document features detailed answers to 27 questions of concern to health care workers,...
The Vermont Medical Society adopted policy resolutions that address a number of issues important to the state’s physicians, including analyzing the Administration's compliance with Act 48 triggers, encouraging access to evidence-based alternatives to Opioid prescribing, ensuring timely access to...
David Coddaire, M.D., was named president of the Vermont Medical Society during its 201st annual meeting held Oct. 25, in Manchester Village, Vt.   Dr. Coddaire is a family physician at the Morrisville Family Health Center and the executive medical director of Community Health Services of Lamoille...

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