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Health Care

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 focused on New Hampshire. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health Pioneer ACO, a venture that includes New London Hospital and three other New Hampshire hospitals and …

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 positions,” spokeswoman Diana Lawrence said in an emailed statement. Lawrence declined to comment “on the …

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 into February. “It really is fascinating, how consistent the timing of the appearance and the …

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 …

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 …

‘Provider Tax’ Prompts Different Reactions

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Lebanon — Tax collectors in every state except Alaska scoop up a portion of the revenue that hospitals and other providers collect in exchange for caring for patients. Hospitals generally aren’t big fans of these so-called provider taxes, but in recent years their political attitudes toward the levies …

Zack’s Place Annual Meeting Set for Tuesday in Woodstock

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Woodstock — Zack’s Place will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, at 5:15 p.m., at 73 Central St. The free meeting will include a celebration of the nonprofit’s completion of its capital campaign. Zack’s Place, an e nrichment center for people with special needs, recently raised $432,000 to …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 10, 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Grant to Help APD Address Adult Dental Care Lebanon — Upper Valley Smiles, a community health program operated by Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, has received a $12,000 grant from Granite United Way to begin addressing the lack of access to dental care for low-income adults in the …

Relearning How to Speak Through Song

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Friends draped arms across one another’s shoulders and swayed as they listened to Forrest Allen sing. Some joined in softly, not wanting to drown him out. Some blinked back tears. They never expected him to survive the accident. …

To Your Good Health: Rare Adrenal Tumor Requires Expert Diagnosis

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I would like more information concerning pheochromocytoma. Your recent article mentions that there are specific blood tests to determine if an individual has it. I’ve been dealing with some symptoms for almost a year, and am at a loss. I’ve incurred thousands of dollars in …

DHMC Reports Rise in Cases of Hospital-Related Infection

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Lebanon — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center saw a recent jump in the occurrence of a difficult-to-treat and sometimes fatal infection that can cause diarrhea, nausea and fever, according to hospital officials. During the past month the number of patients infected with clostridium difficile — often referred to as C-­diff …

DHMC CEO Trying to ‘Break Mold’

Friday, August 8, 2014

Lebanon — James Weinstein, chief executive of the hospital-clinic system that is a major economic engine in the Upper Valley, said Thursday that Dartmouth-Hitchcock had set aside $22 million for merit-based raises to distribute this year among its …

‘There Is a Lot Yet to Be Done’

Thursday, August 7, 2014

White River Junction — U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders came to the Veterans Affairs hospital here Wednesday to praise, with only faint damnation, legislation that will provide the embattled agency with $16.5 billion for hiring doctors, building clinics and …