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Collaborative Meeting of VMS, AAPVT, ACPVT, ACSVT, VTAFP & VPA Nov. 6 and 7, 2015 Topnotch Resort Stowe, Vt.  Please plan on joining us in attending the first collaborative meeting held with the Vermont Medical Society, American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter, American College of...
The Vermont Board of Pharmacy recently amended its administrative rules to allow electronic prescribing of controlled substances.  The rules, which were approved by the legislature in August, will become effective on Sept. 15, 2015.  The rules permit use of electronic prescribing for Schedule II...
From the Vermont Department of Health: Dear Dispensers:   The Vermont Prescription Monitoring System (VPMS) will transition from vendor Health Information Designs (HID) to Appriss, Inc. (Appriss) in order provide registered users with a more robust and functional system to assess and monitor...
Dr. Justin Knapp’s home phone rang at 10 p.m. just four-and-a-half hours after he had left Central Vermont Community Hospital for the day. Chaos had gripped the Emergency Room.   A psychiatric patient who went off his medication a week prior was in crisis and was threatening the staff who were...
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...

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