Health Care

West Central Behavioral Health Faces Reimbursement Reform

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Lebanon — West Central Behavioral Health, a community mental health center serving 3,500 New Hampshire residents in the Upper Valley, has begun collecting set monthly per patient fees to care for some patients covered by the state’s Medicaid program. A release from West Central characterized the deal as part of “an historic shift in health care reimbursement.” Payment reform, as it is sometimes referred to, aims to cut costs, focus …

Advocates Help With Health Care

Monday, November 24, 2014

Good news for Upper Valley consumers shopping during the open enrollment period that began Nov. 15 for health insurance coverage required by the Affordable Care Act: It appears that help is readily available. Consider navigator Sandy Singer of Capstone Community Action in Randolph. During last year’s enrollment, she worked with hundreds of people who needed help finding insurance. Most chose to get covered, …

At the Hospitals: Nov. 23, 2014

Sunday, November 23, 2014

D-H CEO Named to Leaders List Lebanon — Dr. James N. Weinstein, CEO and president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, has been named to the Becker’s Hospital Review list of the top 100 physician leaders of hospitals and health systems in the United States. The national list highlights the achievements of hospital CEOs with a medical …

USDA Grant to Provide Waste Management Assistance

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Lebanon — The Upper Valley Lake Sunapee Regional Planning Commission has received a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help manage the region’s waste, including chemicals and unwanted medications. The grant will be used to expand household hazardous waste collection; promote nontoxic household products; offer …

To Your Good Health: IBD and IBS Sound Similar, Have Big Differences

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: Could you please explain the difference between irritable bowel syndrome and irritable bowel disease? What is the treatment for each? I saw in a health magazine that there is a blood test to determine which one someone may have. — ES Answer: Although the two …

Ebola Risk In Area Low, Experts Say

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Lebanon — An outbreak of the Ebola virus that has killed thousands of people in West Africa poses a minimal threat to residents of the Upper Valley, according to public health officials in the Twin States. While an infected traveler could come to northern New England from the …

Consumer Confidential: Despite Obamacare, U.S. Health Care System Still Dysfunctional

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Obamacare was supposed to make our health care system friendlier to patients, and in many ways it’s succeeded. But we still have a long way to go. For almost her entire life, Maria Rogers has been the picture of health. She’s worked for years as a personal trainer, …

At the Hospitals: Oct. 5, 2014

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sunapee Talk Explores Aging Parents’ Needs Sunapee — A free talk about caring for an aging parent is set for Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. at Sunapee Cove Assisted Living, 1250 Route 11, Georges Mills. Dennis McCullough, a …

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 …