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  • EX-REGULATOR CALLS ON BOARD TO PUSH INVESTMENT IN PRIMARY CARE

    • VTDigger.org
    • July 2017

    BY ERIN MANSFIELD

    A former member of the Green Mountain Care Board says state regulators should be forcing hospitals and health care reform companies to invest in primary care, mental health, and community services.

    Dr. Allan Ramsay, a family doctor, said “every other country in the world” has been making those investments, and study after study has shown that such investments reduce health care costs.

    Ramsay sat on the board, which regulates hospital budgets and health insurance prices from 2011 to 2016. He made the comments as a member of the public at a forum Tuesday night organized by Attorney General TJ Donovan.

    Donovan said he organized the event because health care costs are a consumer protection...

     



  • DATA DIG: SPENDING AT HOSPITALS AMONG HIGHEST IN NATION

    • VTDigger.org
    • July 2017

    BY ERIN MANSFIELD

    New data released by federal regulators show that Vermont residents spend more than their national or regional counterparts on hospital care.

    In 2014, the most recent year for which data are available, Vermont ranked third in the nation and first in New England for per-capita spending in hospitals.

    From 2000 to 2014, Vermonters’ per-capita spending in hospitals roughly tripled from $1,570 to $4,670, and per-capita spending on overall personal health care more than doubled from $4,342 to $10,190.

    Without adjusting for population, the growth rates are nearly the same: Vermonters’...

     



  • VERMONT REGULATORS APPROVE INDEPENDENT SURGICAL CENTER

    • VTDigger.org
    • July 2017

    BY ERIN MANSFIELD

    State regulators have approved a permit for an independent surgical center in a controversial case that has dragged on for two years.

    The Green Mountain Care Board issued the decision, called a certificate of need, in a 4-1 decision issued late Monday night.

    Con Hogan was the only board member who dissented.

    The decision allows a group of independent doctors — who remained anonymous during the legal proceedings for fear of retaliation from hospitals that opposed the project — to break into a general surgery market that has been exclusively controlled by hospitals....



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