Health Care

Vt. Might Owe $2.7 Million More for Health Exchange

Friday, July 31, 2015

Montpelier — The Shumlin administration’s push to meet a key Vermont Health Connect milestone deadline eight weeks ago could leave the state on the hook for another $2.7 million it didn’t expect to pay. The Joint Fiscal Office wrote in a July 24 memo that Vermont won’t be able to rely on between $862,000 and $2.7 million in federal funding for expenses that Vermont Health Connect incurred this spring while …

Uneven Efforts, Part Four: Mental Health Care: ‘A Very Difficult System to Navigate’

Monday, July 27, 2015

When serious mental illness occurs, finding care and making choices can be daunting. Families of the mentally ill frequently find themselves the first responders to health emergencies. And they may be unprepared. “When you have a child or a sister or a brother or an aunt or an uncle who starts displaying weird …

Uneven Efforts Series: Flagship Hospitals Continue to Have a Role to Play

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Most experts and advocates agree that the quality and availability of care depend, to a large degree, on a state’s ability to deliver services in a variety of community settings and facilities while reducing reliance on flagship, state-owned mental hospitals. Yet those hospitals — which provide high-level, expensive, inpatient treatment for acute cases …

Alice Peck Day Plans On Building New Clinic

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Lebanon — Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital plans to proceed with $17 million of development work that will include construction of a new 44,000-square-foot outpatient clinic as well as completion of a set of hospital renovations that began in 2011. “This is just a really exciting project for …

At the Hospitals: June 7, 2015

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Alice Peck Day Names RN of the Year Lebanon — Pat Ferraro, a registered nurse in Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital’s Medical Surgical Unit, was named 2015 RN of the year in celebration of National Nurses Week, held …

To Your Good Health: Exercising After Blood Clot May Be Helpful

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 62-year-old male in generally good health. I have a clot in the popliteal vein in my right knee, and have been taking warfarin and getting periodic blood tests. Typically, the numbers are where my primary care physician wants them. It seems to …

Tax Filing Details Top D-H Payouts

Friday, June 5, 2015

Lebanon — The $675,000 severance payment awarded by Dartmouth-Hitchcock during 2013 to a “former senior advisor” to its chief executive barely made a public ripple or financial splash. Nor did the $320,000 “change of control payment” made to a staff physician who had been working as an executive …

The Alzheimer’s Family: D-H Authors Aim to Help Patients and ‘Care Partners’

Monday, June 1, 2015

When it comes to Alzheimer’s disease there is no good news: The medications to treat it are only modestly effective, the number of cases diagnosed is rising as people worldwide live longer, and there is no cure. In …

Living Longer, But Suffering

Monday, June 1, 2015

The single biggest risk factor for Alzheimer’s is age, said Dr. Robert Santulli, a retired professor of psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College and co-author with Kesstan Blandin of The Emotional Journey of the Alzheimer’s Family. The irony of improved health care is that …

At the Hospitals: May 31, 2015

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Health Care Networks to Be Outlined At West Lebanon Meeting West Lebanon — A free information session on June 25 will describe the health care provider networks likely to be available through New Hampshire’s health insurance exchange next …

HCRS Policy Hid Loss

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont Inc., a social service agency already under fire after disclosures of a controversial $686,000 payment to a former chief executive, lost $1.8 million operating small group homes …

HCRS Tax Returns Were Silent on Calif. Operation

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Springfield, Vt. — The decision by Health Care and Rehabilitation Services of Southeastern Vermont Inc. to launch a new venture 3,000 miles away and the resulting $1.8 million flow of red ink attracted little, if any, notice outside the agency. That’s not surprising. HCRS, which receives millions of …

To Your Good Health: Nature Is a Source of Many Medicines

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: Are there any natural substitutes for blood thinners? Natural ingredients in aspirin work on some aspect of thinning the blood, perhaps for everyone taking them. It seems to me that testing natural substances would be relatively easy and cheap. — G.T. Answer: The term “blood …