Health Care

Blue Cross Says Vt. Is Liable for Unpaid Claims

Friday, July 3, 2015

Montpelier — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont says it will not seek further payment from health care providers or its customers for money owed on Vermont Health Connect accounts that weren’t terminated in a timely fashion. The state’s largest health insurer, and the dominate player in Vermont’s exchange, said it will hold the state responsible for any money it is owed once the insurer and the exchange reconcile …

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dartmouth Institute Leader Honored Hanover — Dr. Elliott Fisher, director of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, has received the Healthcare Financial Management Association’s highest individual achievement award. Fisher received the Richard L. Clarke Board of Directors Award in recognition of his leadership in advancing the science of health care …

To Your Good Health: Medicines Seemingly at Odds Can Work Together

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am being treated for macular degeneration with injections of Lucentis into the eye. My cardiologist has determined that I have atrial fibrillation and wants to prescribe the anticoagulant Coumadin (warfarin). My non-medical mind senses that these two drugs have opposing functions relative to blood clotting. Am I right? — H.W. Answer: There are two kinds of macular degeneration, and …

With Health Care Subsidy Lawsuit Resolved, Twin States Face Different Questions

Friday, June 26, 2015

Thursday’s long-awaited decision by the Supreme Court, which rejected, by a 6-3 vote, the latest conservative challenge to the Affordable Care Act, shed new light on some steps ahead for health care reform in the Twin States. In …

At the Hospitals: June 21, 2015

Sunday, June 21, 2015

$3.4 Million Grant Designed to Help Rural Veterans White River Junction — A nurse at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction and a nursing professor at a Boston graduate school have received $3.4 million to …

To Your Good Health: Antacid-Cancer Link Maybe Not What You Think

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: Is it true that someone who takes antacids every day is more likely to get cancer of the esophagus? — D.R. Answer: Yes, people who take antacids frequently are more likely to be diagnosed with esophageal and stomach cancer. However, people who take more antacids …

New HCRS CEO Also Has Deferred Compensation Package

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont, in the wake of controversy about the deferred compensation package it arranged for longtime and now former Chief Executive Judith Hayward, is salting away money for her successor. Disclosure earlier this year that Hayward had collected $686,000 …

Volunteer Spotlight: Kearsarge Council on Aging Seeks Book Sale Volunteers

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Kearsarge Council on Aging is looking for volunteers to help with its annual book sale next month. A fundraiser for the council’s Chapin Senior Center, the sale features more than 40,000 books, as well as CDs, DVDs, …

Lebanon-Based Headrest Names New Executive Director

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Lebanon — Suzanne Thistle has been promoted to executive director of Headrest, a Lebanon-based nonprofit that offers addiction and crisis support services . Thistle joined the agency as clinical director in November and took the helm in April. …

At the Hospitals: June 14, 2015

Sunday, June 14, 2015

New London Hospital Names Emergency Services Leaders New London — Dr. Robert Hyde has been named director of emergency services at New London Hospital. Teresa Moulton has joined the hospital’s emergency department as nurse manager. Hyde works in …

New Accessible Boardwalk to Open at Eshqua Bog

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Hartland — A new, handicap accessible boardwalk with multiple viewing platforms will open later this month at Eshqua Bog. The bog has been closed during construction of the boardwalk and a new parking area. It will reopen on …

To Your Good Health: Making Sense of Medical Lingo

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: What is the difference between NSVT and AVNRT? I am a 69-year-old female taking metoprolol once a day. — T.A. Answer: Medical abbreviations are confusing. Even when I spell them out — nonsustained ventricular tachycardia, and atrioventricular nodal re-entrant tachycardia — the names hardly make …

Alice Peck Day Plans On Building New Clinic

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Lebanon — Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital plans to proceed with $17 million of development work that will include construction of a new 44,000-square-foot outpatient clinic as well as completion of a set of hospital renovations that began in 2011. “This is just a really exciting project for …