Health Care

Hanover Terrace’s Nonprofit Status Questioned

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Hanover — New Hampshire regulators have asked an Upper Valley nursing home why it has not registered as a nonprofit or filed financial and conflict-of-interest reports with the state’s Justice Department. Terry Knowles, assistant director of the department’s Charitable Trusts Unit, noted in an Aug. 21 letter to Hanover Terrace Health and Rehabilitation that a sign in front of its nursing home identifies it as “a not for profit facility.” …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 30, 2015

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Geisel Name Surgery Chair Lebanon — Dr. Sandra L. Wong, the William W. Coon Professor of Surgical Oncology and associate chairwoman of clinical affairs at the University of Michigan Health System, has been named chairwoman of surgery and senior vice president of the surgical service line at Dartmouth-Hitchcock and chairwoman of …

To Your Good Health: Tips for Reducing Eye Strain

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: Would you mind providing some guidelines for preventing eye strain? I’m a graduate student, so I spend a lot of time reading, both from computer screens and from books. I will always need to read to get things done, but I’d also like my eyes to last me my whole life. — B.I. Answer: We tend to spend a lot …

Vermont Will Pay Insurer $1.6 Million

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Montpelier — The administration of Gov. Peter Shumlin will pay Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont $1.6 million to cover past due premiums and incorrectly paid claims because of technical problems with the state’s once-beleaguered health care website. Lawrence Miller, Shumlin’s chief of health care reform, said Friday …

Hanover Nursing Home Ranks in Lowest Tier After Inspection

Friday, August 14, 2015

Hanover — An area nursing home that changed ownership 14 months ago was recently cited by state inspectors for several deficiencies in patient care, including a failure to provide eating assistance to a patient with dementia who lost 23 pounds. The citations contributed to Hanover Terrace Health and …

Mascoma Clinic Backers Have Cash Goal

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Canaan — A nonprofit organization that plans to build and operate a community health clinic here has secured $3.3 million in federal rural development loans but needs to raise an additional $280,000 before starting work. About 2,500 residents …

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Pays Medicare After Audit

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Lebanon — Dartmouth-Hitchcock has agreed to pay $452,000 to the Medicare program after a federal audit estimated that its Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital unit had improperly collected $1.4 million from that federal insurance program during 2011 and 2012. The auditors examined a random sample of 445 inpatient and …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 9, 2015

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Valley Regional President To Lead Health Advisory Council Claremont — Peter Wright, president and CEO of Valley Regional Healthcare, has been tapped to lead Greater Sullivan County Public Health Network’s Public Health Advisory Council. The council will help …

To Your Good Health: More Frequent, Higher Doses of NSAIDs Carry Greater Risk of Side Effects

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 44-year-old man with chronic headaches and migraines. Should I worry about the long-term effects of taking an NSAID (such as diclofenac) at least once a week? — G.W. Answer: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are among the most commonly taken classes of drugs in …

Vt. Preps to Hire Help For Health Exchange

Friday, August 7, 2015

Montpelier — The Shumlin administration may need to hire up to 200 employees in October and November to help Vermonters manually change their insurance policies for next year. The announcement is part of the three-part contingency plan that Gov. Peter Shumlin announced in March to fix more than …

Mt. Ascutney Projects Break-Even for 2016 Budget

Monday, August 3, 2015

Windsor — After two straight years of losing money in its health care operations, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is projecting that in its upcoming fiscal year it will break even in its core business — but only just barely. In a July 1 letter and budget …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 2, 2015

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Mt. Ascutney Hospital Opens New Acute Rehabilitation Center Windsor — The new acute inpatient rehabilitation center at Mt. Ascutney Hospital has opened its doors to patients. The 10-bed facility includes a simulation kitchen, transitional apartment, therapeutic workshop, space …

Volunteers Needed for Fall Walk For Cancer

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Hanover — Preparations are underway for a two-mile walk to support breast cancer research and prevention in Hanover this fall, and organizers are looking for help. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is set for Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. at Storrs Pond …