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Health Care

William Howard

At the Hospitals: Aug. 17, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Health Care Analytics Leader Joins Dartmouth-Hitchcock Lebanon — Dr. Robert A. Greene, a national leader in health care analytics and new payment models, has joined Dartmouth-Hitchcock as executive vice president and chief population management officer. Greene will have accountability and oversight for improving population health. “This is a critical position as we work to create a sustainable health system that will improve the lives of the people and communities we serve, for generations to come,” Dr. James N. Weinstein, Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO and president, said in a recent news release. Working with clinical and administrative leadership, he will oversee operations for population health management and Accountable …

Medicare Ruling Could Mean $12 Million Hit to Vt. Hospitals

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Randolph — The instructions alone stretch out for 291 pages. The completed form (CMS-2552-10, if you’re playing along at home) prints out into a stack of papers more than an inch thick. And the audit and reimbursement process lasts for years — even if there are no appeals. Welcome to the complex and …

To Your Good Health: Is Prostate to Blame For Slow-to-Empty Bladder?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I would like your opinion on enlarged prostate. My primary care doctor sent me for a blood test and said my PSA number was too high, then sent me to a urologist. He said my bladder is not emptying and that I am having urine retention in the bladder. After one week of medication (Rapaflo), I had a catheter inserted …

At the Hospitals: July 13, 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Appoints Vice Chairman of Orthopaedics Lebanon — Orthopedic surgeon David S. Jevsevar, medical director of Orthopaedic Clinical Program Development for Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, has been named vice chair of orthopaedics and director of the …

Consumer Confidential:

Sunday, July 13, 2014

It would be nice if Americans could declare independence from loony medical bills. But that day isn’t here. Bill Erickson can attest to that. In 2010, he had his right knee replaced after “lots of abuse” as a high school and college baseball coach. His insurer, Anthem Blue …

D-H Withdraws ‘Magnet’ Application

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Lebanon — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center has withdrawn an application to renew its designation as a “Magnet” hospital — a certification meant to recognize superior nursing services — after a survey showed patient and employee satisfaction did not sufficiently exceed national benchmarks. As a result, DHMC will start its …

At the Hospitals: July 6, 2014

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Arthritis Walk Set in Lebanon Lebanon — The Arthritis Foundation and Alice Peck Day Health Systems will host the 2014 Upper Valley Walk to Cure Arthritis on Sept. 20. The walk is designed to raise money for arthritis …

To Your Good Health: Blood Donation Can Affect Athletic Performance

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a fit 54-year-old male who bicycles a lot. My friends and I are pretty competitive when we do our rides, pushing hard and challenging each other in positive ways. I donate blood as often as I’m allowed. After donating, my legs feel more …

Singing Can Soothe Sleep Apnea

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I appreciate your columns. Recently, in a column about sleep apnea, you did not mention one thing that I have heard of that will help. I was told this by a dentist who makes mouth appliances for apnea patients: singing. I haven’t tried it; I …

To Your Good Health: The Difference Between Sugars and Sugar Alcohols

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I recently was diagnosed as being prediabetic and told to watch my sugar intake. So I now read the nutrition facts on packages. However, I am confused about the listed sugars. Sometimes the label includes both “sugar” and “sugar alcohols.” For instance, a package can …

A Private Disease in the Public Eye

Sunday, June 29, 2014

“I can do it, but I hate it,” said Scott Stossel, sitting on a sofa in the living room of his comfortable Washington home with his wife, Susanna, and their two children, Maren and Nathaniel, playing nearby. “I …

Health Plans, APD in Talks For Coverage

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Lebanon — Talks underway with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, New Hampshire’s largest health insurer, could result in the addition of Alice Peck Day Hospital to Pathway, the Anthem network available to residents who seek coverage in 2015 through the federally operated exchange created by the Affordable Care …

Special Needs Center Seeks Volunteers

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Lebanon — The Special Needs Support Center in Lebanon is looking for volunteers, including board members. The nonprofit’s mission is “to help children and adults with special needs, and their families, meet their unique challenges through advocacy and program support.” Longtime members Robin Cushman Phillips, Rita Murdoch and …