Health Care In Vermont

Compliance Inspection Underway At Brattleboro Retreat

Compliance Inspection Underway At Brattleboro Retreat

A team from the Vermont Division of Licensing and Protection is at the Brattleboro Retreat this week conducting an unannounced inspection.

The state inspectors are at the psychiatric hospital on behalf of the federal agency that governs Medicare and Medicaid. The Retreat stands to lose its federal funding if problems cited in two recent inspections haven’t been corrected.

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Technology Looms As Obstacle To Single-Payer Health Care

Technology Looms As Obstacle To Single-Payer Health Care

Technology may prove the tallest hurdle in Gov. Peter Shumlin’s quest for single-payer health care. Problems with the state’s on-line insurance exchange have prompted new concerns among legislators about the next phase of health care reform. 

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Feds Say Some Vermont Hospitals Were Overpaid

If you’ve ever had a procedure done at a hospital, you know that hospital billing can get very complicated, very quickly.

You can imagine, then, that budgeting for an entire hospital is a difficult task. Some of a hospital’s income comes from private insurers, some from the state via Medicaid reimbursement, and some from the federal government in the form of Medicare reimbursement.

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Fletcher Allen Hopes New Building Will Give Patients Privacy

Fletcher Allen Hopes New Building Will Give Patients Privacy

Dave Keelty is the director of facilities planning and development at Fletcher Allen Health Care. And he’s taken a break on this sunny Monday morning to survey the future site of what he hopes will become next great project.

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New Psychiatric Hospital Short On Staff Nurses

The new state psychiatric hospital is struggling to recruit nurses.

Paul Dupre, the commissioner of mental health, discussed the issue Tuesday during a monthly report from his department before the joint Mental Health Oversight Committee.

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Auditor Hoffer: Fix Health Exchange Before Launching Single Payer

State Auditor Doug Hoffer says an upcoming audit of Vermont Health Connect will reveal if the Shumlin Administration has effectively dealt with many of the problems that have surfaced at the exchange’s website.

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Analysis: Vermont Health Connect

Burlington Free Press Staff Writer Nancy Remsen discusses the recent decision by Governor Shumlin to shut down Vermont Health Connect, the state’s health insurance marketplace, until November.

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Exchange Shutdown Catches Lawmakers By Surprise

Exchange Shutdown Catches Lawmakers By Surprise

Chittenden Sen. Ginny Lyons is the chairwoman of the Legislature’s Health Care Oversight Committee. And she says that security shortcomings on Vermont Health Connect warranted the decision earlier this week to temporarily shut it down.

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Politicians, Candidates React To Health Exchange Downtime

Vermont politicians and political candidates weighed in on Tuesday’s announcement that Vermont Health Connect will be taken offline for fixes for weeks. Here’s what they had to say:

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Vermont's Health Exchange Site Is Offline For Repairs

Vermont's Health Exchange Site Is Offline For Repairs

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Tuesday that his administration has made the decision to take the Vermont Health Connect website offline for weeks to make repairs, and oversight for the project has shifted.

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