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Health Care

Study: Malpractice Reform Won’t Result in Health Care Savings

Monday, October 20, 2014

There’s been a long-running theory that one reason medical costs are bloated is that doctors are scared of medical malpractice suits, so they order expensive and unnecessary tests to protect themselves from liability. But in three states over the past decade that enacted laws to put stricter limits on medical malpractice lawsuits, there hasn’t been much of an impact in the volume or cost of emergency room care, a new …

A Matter of Control

Monday, October 20, 2014

Over the first year, I lost 70 pounds. Over the next nine, I dropped a net total of five. What’s a Weight Watcher to do, on his 10th anniversary of membership? “Stop complaining,” I can hear my wife, Goodie, saying. “Count your blessings.” Fair enough, coming from my partner for our decade of …

‘She Really Is Our Hero’: Windsor Family Works to Build Strong Foundation for Special-Needs Daughter

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Windsor — With dinnertime approaching in the Wright household, Leah, 22, was tapped to pick the menu. Would she like chicken, or hot dogs and hamburgers, her father, Rob Wright, asked. “Hot dogs and hamburgers,” said Leah, who had been in the hospital with stomach problems earlier in the week. “Are you sure …

Special Needs Workshops Address Finances, Housing

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Two upcoming workshops for families of children with special needs will focus on finances and housing. The workshops on Nov. 1 are sponsored by Special Needs Support Center, a Lebanon-based nonprofit that offers programs, support and resources for children with special needs and their families. The first session, …

To Your Good Health:

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My understanding is that physicians are taught: “First, do no harm.” In my opinion, they often do by telling terminally ill patients how long they have to live. This happened in the case of my brother, who was given six months. From the day of …

Clinics See Surge in Flu Vaccinations

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Enfield — Overwhelming attendance at a free flu shot clinic in Enfield Thursday evening caused health workers to run out of vaccines. Alice Ely, executive director of Mascoma Valley Health Initiative, said the turnout of about 500 people was the largest the group has seen in the five …

Efforts to Cut Health Costs Limp Along

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Lebanon — An effort by the Medicare program to remake how providers of medical services and products get paid yielded modest gains to some Vermont participants during 2013, while the prospect of missed savings’ targets prompted Dartmouth-Hitchcock to postpone a report on results of a more ambitious effort …

Geisel Will Turn To Layoffs

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Lebanon — Financial woes at Dartmouth College’s Geisel School of Medicine will lead to layoffs, the college said Tuesday. “As part of our plan to return to a sustainable budget, we are restructuring some areas of the medical school, which unfortunately will result in the elimination of some …

Time Is Now For Flu Shots

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lebanon — Public health advocates are recommending that members of the public get a flu shot this fall, and several organizations are offering free clinics around the Upper Valley. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths from flu and pneumonia spike in December and continue …

Free Flu Shot Clinics in the Upper Valley, September to November

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tuesday, Sept. 30 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Claremont Senior Center, 5 Acer Heights, Claremont. Bring your insurance card. Donations accepted. Wear short-sleeved apparel. Please call (603) 543-6800 for more information. Thursday, Oct. 2 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., 308 U.S. Route 4, Enfield. For more information, visit …

Fletcher Allen Seeks New Facility

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Burlington — Fletcher Allen Health Care asked state regulators Monday for permission to build a multimillion dollar inpatient facility. The proposed 180,000-square-foot building would have 128 single-occupancy rooms spread over four floors. The project is expected to cost $175 million plus $12.7 million in interest payments on borrowing …

At the Hospitals: Sept. 28, 2014

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Health Care and Rehabilitation Services Names New CEO Springfield, Vt. — George Karabakakis, a longtime employee of Health Care and Rehabilitation Services, was recently appointed chief executive officer of HCRS. The nonprofit is the state-designated community mental health …

Challenges Abound for Vermont’s Mental Health Care System

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Randolph — For evidence of the failings and limitations of the network of public and private providers that deliver mental health care in Vermont, look at the headlines. In recent months, there were stories of the suicide of …