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Celia Hester, left of Enfield, N.H., and Nettie Olson of Canaan, ask questions of Peter Thurber, a member of the Mascoma Community Healthcare Inc. Board of Directors, during an informational session at Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, N.H., on August 18, 2014 regarding a proposed $4 million clinic to open in Canaan in October 2015, bringing personal care closer to people who regularly make a 40-minute drive to Lebanon hospitals. 
(Valley News- Sarah Priestap)

Proponents Continue Push for Mascoma Valley Clinic

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Canaan — About 75 people gathered at the Cardigan Mountain School this week to support plans to build a $3.95 million clinic that could eventually provide a range of medical, dental, mental health and related services to residents here and in four neighboring towns. “Come together as a community and we can make this happen,” Scott Berry, a former executive …

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 …

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 …

Long-Term Prednisone Use Has Risks

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am an 80-year-old woman who always had excellent health until about four years ago, when I was diagnosed as having developed bronchiectasis. Since then, I have had to use an albuterol solution, plus an Airway Vest, in periodic daily treatments in order to continue …

At the Hospitals: June 8, 2014

Sunday, June 8, 2014

APD Creates New Department Lebanon — Alice Peck Day Health Systems has created a new department designed to improve health outcomes and lower costs for employers in the Upper Valley. Business Health and Therapies will incorporate four existing …

Special Needs Center Opening Is June 20

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Lebanon — A new community center for adults with special needs will hold its grand opening June 20 at 4 p.m. Spark! Community Center is located at 75 Bank St., the former junior high school. It’s designed for adults with special needs, their families and caregivers, and “caring …

To Your Good Health: Statins Play a Small Role in Diabetes

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am concerned about simvastatin possibly causing a rise in my A1C reading indicating a concern about diabetes. There has never been diabetes in my family. I am a 77-year-old female in good health. I exercise and walk regularly. I do have elevated cholesterol, for …

Vt. Premiums Likely to Rise

Monday, June 2, 2014

Burlington — The process for determining Vermont Health Connect premium rates starts today. State officials say rates next year will likely go up because of a variety of factors. In its first year, the state’s federally mandated online insurance marketplace enrolled 60,835 people in small group and individual …

At the Hospitals: June 1, 2014

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Names Chief Nursing Officer Lebanon — The Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system has chosen as its new chief nursing officer an executive who since 2009 has held a similar post at the nation’s fourth-largest Catholic health system. Gay Landstrom …

To Your Good Health: Thigh Pain Could Be Caused by Many Reasons

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 66-year-old white female, 5 feet, 5 inches tall (was 5 feet, 6 inches), weighing 170 pounds. Even though I use gym weight machines for upper and lower body three times a week, walk daily for two miles and spend 15 minutes on …

Former Medicare Chief Says the Upper Valley Can Be Health Care Model

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Hanover — A former Obama administration official left the campaign trail in Massachusetts, where he wants to be governor, to pay a Saturday visit to the Upper Valley, where he encouraged local-level efforts to fix a broken health …

Tough Economics Lead Cottage Hospital to Close Birth Unit

Friday, May 30, 2014

Woodsville — Cottage Hospital plans to close its birthing center after the unit accumulated $2 million in red ink over seven years of steadily declining use, mainly due to low reimbursement rates from programs that provide health insurance to low-income people. The decision to close the center was …

Fibromyalgia Is a Real Disease

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I am a 56-year-old female. I recently have been having terrible pain in my joints. It is so bad at night that I can’t sleep. Mainly the pain is in my neck, ribs, elbows, knees and wrists. My finger joints have hurt for years. I …