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Health Care

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 projections for the fiscal year that will begin Oct. 1 that were filed with Vermont’s Green Mountain Care Board, Mt. Ascutney said …

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 for family members to stay overnight and private patient rooms. It is located in Mt. …

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 Recreation Area. A kickoff rally and informational meeting is scheduled for Aug. 11 at 5:30 …

At the Hospitals: July 5, 2015

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Focus Group Participants Sought For End-of-Life Care Study Springfield, Vt. — Focus groups participants are needed to help with a statewide study of Vermonter’s experiences with end-of-life care. The study is being led by the Visiting Nurse and …

To Your Good Health: How Does One Get Cellulitis?

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: What is cellulitis, and how does one get it? I live in a retirement facility, and two ladies at my dining table have it. It seems to be very painful and difficult to heal. Should I take any precautions? — R.G. Answer: Cellulitis is an …

With overdose deaths at all time high, more hope for NH recovery

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Investigating drug deaths has become an increasing part of the daily routine in the state medical examiner’s office. In 2014, drug overdoses killed a record 326 people, and as of July 1, the New Hampshire Medical Examiner’s office …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …