Jessica Morrison: Health care task force must be guided by human rights framework

Bennington Banner This session, Vermont’s lawmakers established a Task Force on Affordable, Accessible Health Care charged with soliciting public input and reporting its findings to the 2022 legislative session. The Task Force represents a long-overdue opportunity to address the crisis of healthcare access and affordability in Vermont, which was only exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

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Primary care, a valuable resource, needs investment to survive

VTDigger This commentary is by Hannah Rabin, M.D., a family doctor at Richmond Family Medicine. I have been a family  doctor in independent practice in Vermont for more than 20 years, currently at Richmond Family Medicine, where I am one of three family doctors. Our practice also includes three family nurse practitioners and three part-time […]

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UVM authors incorrectly credit health care savings to all-payer

VTDigger This commentary is by Julie Wasserman of Burlington, a health policy consultant working independently. She worked for Vermont state government for over 25 years; her jobs included director of Vermont’s dual eligible initiative at the Agency of Human Services, division director of policy and planning for the Department of Aging and Disabilities, and legislative […]

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Mary Alice Bisbee: OneCare Vermont must go. We must switch our priorities

  VTDigger This commentary is by Mary Alice Bisbee of Montpelier, a former hospital and nursing home social worker and a sixth-generation Vermonter who may be reached at maryalicebisbee@gmail.com. A few months ago, several Vermont nonprofits — including Vermont Healthcare for All, Vermont League of Women Voters and Vermont Physicians for a National Health Program […]

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OneCare, the unaccountable ACO

VTDigger Editor’s note: This commentary is by Patrick Flood, the former commissioner of the Department of Mental Health and the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, and former deputy secretary of the Agency of Human Services. He is now retired and lives in Woodbury. The health care reform debacle continues and is only getting […]

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Green Mountain Care Board Public Comment

  Julie Wasserman, MPH Health Policy Consultant TO: Green Mountain Care Board RE: Comments on OneCare Vermont All Payer Model 2021 ACO Budget FROM: Julie Wasserman, MPH DATE: December 15, 2020 __________________________________________________________ Thank you for the opportunity to comment on OneCare’s 2021 Budget. The following comments focus on five critical areas: OneCare’s ACO Model, OneCare’s […]

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Julie Wasserman: OneCare forsakes primary care

  VTDigger Primary Care is the foundational to Vermont’s all payer model. Yet, in the middle of a pandemic with primary care practices struggling to survive, OneCare Vermont has chosen to reduce payments to these practices. OneCare is Vermont’s sole accountable care organization and as such exercises influence over the system. OneCare recently decided to […]

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