Staffing shortage creates disparity in nursing pay

Stowe Reporter Aaron Calvin and Avalon Styles-Ashley | Staff Writers Last December, as Vermonters chopped down Christmas trees, breathed life into inflatable reindeer and placed glowing menorahs in their windows, COVID-19-related hospitalizations surged. State health officials warned that a new Omicron variant had likely been in local communities for a while, becoming the state’s most […]

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Auditor: State spending on health care is ‘out of control’

Addison Independent By Christopher Ross BRISTOL — It took just six presentation slides by Vermont State Auditor Doug Hoffer to astonish the audience of a virtual healthcare talk hosted by Bristol Democrats earlier this month. State healthcare costs are soaring, transparency is declining and the University of Vermont Health Network (UVMHN) exerts outsize influence on […]

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It’s Official: Vermont Patients Wait Too Long, State Report Shows

Seven Days Posted By Colin Flanders on Wed, Feb 16, 2022 at 10:04 AM Updated at 4:25 p.m. A state investigation into medical appointment delays has found that patients are waiting an average of two months to see a specialist in Vermont, far longer than the most recent national figures, according to a report released […]

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The Doctor Is Out: Why Independent Physicians Are Disappearing From Vermont

Seven Days As a physician in private practice, Dr. Laura Norris decides for herself how many patients to see each day. She often schedules 30- and 60-minute appointments even though a jam-packed schedule would bring in more money, because she believes that having time to ask patients about their kids, jobs and even their summer […]

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Health is not an industrial commodity

VTDigger I thank the VTDigger for the article on the Green Mountain Care Board: “10 years after it was created, has the Green Mountain Care Board worked?” To me, the answer is yes; it has worked and well. The proof here is the letter Mr. John Brumsted, CEO of the UVM Health Network, sent the […]

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State auditor report: All-payer system costs more than it’s saving

VTDigger By Kit Norton The administrative costs of running OneCare Vermont, the company that enacts statewide health care reforms, are greater than the Medicaid savings that are credited to its efforts, according to a report issued Monday by State Auditor Doug Hoffer. The 38-page document, which looks at the operating expenses associated with the state’s […]

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