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Health Care

Study: Malpractice Reform Won’t Result in Health Care Savings

Monday, October 20, 2014

There’s been a long-running theory that one reason medical costs are bloated is that doctors are scared of medical malpractice suits, so they order expensive and unnecessary tests to protect themselves from liability. But in three states over the past decade that enacted laws to put stricter limits on medical malpractice lawsuits, there hasn’t been much of an impact in the volume or cost of emergency room care, a new …

A Matter of Control

Monday, October 20, 2014

Over the first year, I lost 70 pounds. Over the next nine, I dropped a net total of five. What’s a Weight Watcher to do, on his 10th anniversary of membership? “Stop complaining,” I can hear my wife, Goodie, saying. “Count your blessings.” Fair enough, coming from my partner for our decade of …

‘She Really Is Our Hero’: Windsor Family Works to Build Strong Foundation for Special-Needs Daughter

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Windsor — With dinnertime approaching in the Wright household, Leah, 22, was tapped to pick the menu. Would she like chicken, or hot dogs and hamburgers, her father, Rob Wright, asked. “Hot dogs and hamburgers,” said Leah, who had been in the hospital with stomach problems earlier in the week. “Are you sure …

Exonerated Upper Valley Researcher Offers Critique of VA

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Lebanon — The disclosure statement filed by the co-author of a three-page opinion piece published by the New England Journal of Medicine on Aug. 28 — “Dr. Weeks previously worked for the VHA” — is stark in its …

Springfield Hospital Pleads Case

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Montpelier — Executives of Springfield Hospital told a hearing of the Green Mountain Care Board on Tuesday that the hospital was on track to post a $1 million operating loss in the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, then faced skeptical questioning about the hospital’s request for a …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 24, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014

APD Names Woodlands Administrator Lebanon — Timothy Martin, of Quechee, was recently appointed administrator of The Woodlands. The Woodlands is a 66-unit independent living facility on the campus of Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital. It is part of …

To Your Good Health: Elevated White Blood Cells Sometimes Misleading

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband had his regular blood work done in 2012, and it showed that his monocytes were elevated (15 percent) and his HCT was low (39 percent). When we asked his doctor what this meant, she said, “Cancer somewhere,” and we just have to find …

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 …

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 …

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 …