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We help private practice physicians stay independent

Joining Health First has a significant effect on lowering overhead costs and enables practices to collaborate on issues that affect them while maintaining their independence. Take a moment to enroll online today to start benefiting from everything Health First membership offers, including outstanding medical malpractice rates, advocacy, and a listing in our online physician directory.


Member Benefits


Joining our Independent Practice Association (IPA) adds your voice to those of your colleagues, which collectively strengthens our voice in Vermont. You are not required to participate in any contracts (e.g., MVP or ACO). We present you with opportunities, but you remain empowered to determine whether it makes sense for your practice to participate in a program through Health First. You can remain a part of other ACOs, networks, or professional organizations even when you join Health First.


Health First links its members to other like-minded independent physicians and practices. Members meet and share ideas with their independent colleagues at Health First’s Annual Meetings, board meetings, and legislative events. Health First also hosts a listserv for practice managers at member practices that is a robust forum for practice managers to request and share information with each other.


Health First members keep abreast of the ever-changing healthcare landscape with Health First Alerts on important legislative issues, programs, and other issues affecting independent practices. We interpret the complex deluge of information for members and distill it in to salient bullet points and recommendations to help members make the best decisions for their practices.


Health First has aligned with the Independent Physicians Insurance purchasing group. This multi-state association of independent physicians has formed a strategic alliance to negotiate with malpractice insurance carriers. The result has been a true leveraging of purchasing power to create ”a superior medical malpractice insurance program run by physicians.” Collectively, this program has saved Health First members in excess of $100,000 in premiums per year. A typical practice saves more than they pay in annual Health First dues.


Health First advocates for its members by articulating to key policy makers the important role independent doctors play in the fabric of our health care system.

Group Purchasing Discounts

Health First partners with Hub International New England, LLC, to deliver comprehensive insurance solutions for your practice.  Take advantage of Health First member pricing on our outstanding medical malpractice program through ProAssurance and on policies for business owner's, worker's comp, employment practice liability, and management liability insurance. 


Vermont HealthFirst practices have exclusive access to Med3000's range of
valuable provider services.  This physician-owned company offers revenue cycle
management solutions, practice assessment and management solutions,
population health management, E&M coding review, and a la carte services.  
Med3000 is physician-owned company for 25 years and provides clients with a
dedicated and knowledgeable Client Manager.  


Medline Industries is now serving physician offices to offer manufacturer-direct pricing on medical supplies. Health First practices can save an average of 10-20% by buying direct through Medline.

Mascoma Bank is a full-service, mutually owned bank based in Northern New England, and as a Certified B Corporation®, their purpose is to deliver exceptional customer service while improving their community and clients’ lives.  Mascoma Bank’s Private Bankers provide concierge-level financial relationship management for physicians, their practices, and their families.  HealthFirst members get a highly experienced single-point-of-contact for their financial needs, whether business or personal.  Your personal banker provides solutions for real estate and practice acquisition, equipment financing and working capital, personal mortgages and custom credit, business and personal cash management, and, with her partners in Mascoma Wealth Management, financial planning and retirement plans.  


DominionTech provides IT Outsourcing that can ease the stress of using your technology.  They have been helping Vermont medical practices since 2001 and their IT Outsourcing is developed to help your unique practice succeed.  DominionTech excels in high speed, high demand practices where technology has to work consistently and quickly.  Their Vermont, family-owned company can provide Help Desk, Network Engineering and Techology planning services for your medical practice.


MedPro Disposal provides reliable, cost-effective medical waste disposal services to large and small quantity generators of medical waste.  MedPro has transparent pricing, offers specials to Health First members, and carries multiple multimillion dollar insurance policies for transporting your medical waste.  They also offer a convenient and comprehensive online compliance portal making MedPro your one stop shop for all your medical waste disposal and compliance needs.

For over 35 years, Vermont Panurgy has been offering IT solutions to businesses and agencies of all sizes in Vermont and Northern New England.  They are a leading provider of comprehensive, business-focused IT solutions.  They take care of the technology so you can focus on what matters most - delivering top healthcare services to your patients. 


Maple Tree Biomedical is an independently owned VT company that services medical, physical therapy and laboratory equipment. They maintain everything from audiometers, patient monitors, sterilizers, exam tables, defibrillators, scales and more. All services are completed by a Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician. Maple Tree Biomedical has a 5-Star rating on google reviews due to their customer commitment. HealthFirst members receive 15% off labor for both repairs and annual calibrations.

Studio J Creative is a Vermont web design studio offering comprehensive professional website design and development, SEO, and AWS cloud hosting. Extensive experience with healthcare websites. A free consultation is available with a starting discount of $1000 off website design for Health First members.

Kyocera is a manufacturer and local provider of award-winning multifunction office copiers and printers.  In 2020, their new customers in Vermont averaged a cost savings of over 40% from what they were paying with competitors.  Our dedicated account manager can speak with you about how they can help improve your office technology, reduce your operational costs, and provide you and your team with exceptional local service and support!