If you’ve ever had a procedure done at a hospital, you know that hospital billing can get very complicated, very quickly.
You can imagine, then, that budgeting for an entire hospital is a difficult task. Some of a hospital’s income comes from private insurers, some from the state via Medicaid reimbursement, and some from the federal government in the form of Medicare reimbursement.
On any given day, there are around 160 women in prison in Vermont. That’s a small percentage of the overall population, but the number of women in prison has been steadily increasing over the last few years.
On the next Vermont Edition, we’ll talk about the specific challenges faced by Vermont women in prison with Jill Evans, Director of Women and Family Services at the Department of Corrections. We'll also talk to Julie Brisson, coordinator of the Wellness Workforce Coalition at the Vermont Center for Independent Living, who served time in Swanton prison in 2009.
Lovers of classical music are celebrating two big milestones in Vermont: VPR’s own Walter Parker marks his 30th anniversary on the air this week. And the Vermont Symphony Orchestra is celebrating its eightieth season.
We look at how Vermont’s classical music scene has grown and deepened over the decades with Walter Parker and VSO Executive Director Alan Jordan.
One Vermonter is doing everything he can to raise awareness of a little-known danger connected to swimming and free-diving. For Dean Haller, this effort comes from painful personal experience. His son, Benjamin Haller, died this summer at the age of 27, after experiencing Shallow Water Blackout.
A state police accident report concludes that former FBI Director Louis Freeh likely fell asleep at the wheel when he crashed his car in Barnard last month.
Since Freeh says he has no memory of the accident — or even of leaving his vacation home in Barnard that morning — the sequence of events has to be pieced together from the eyewitness accounts and the recently released accident report.
As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Leahy will play a key role in reviewing the President’s nominee for attorney general.
Congress is in recess until after the November election but it is expected to hold what is known as a “lame duck” session at that time.
Senate Republican leaders don’t want to hold confirmation hearings on Eric Holder’s replacement until the start of the new Congress in January. That’s because they hope to win enough seats in the election to regain control of the U.S. Senate.
Dave Keelty is the director of facilities planning and development at Fletcher Allen Health Care. And he’s taken a break on this sunny Monday morning to survey the future site of what he hopes will become next great project.
“What we’re looking at is the west side of our ambulatory care facility,” Keelty says. “Most people would recognize it with the emergency room parking lot, and the entrance to the emergency room directly in front of us.”
The U.S. Forest Service recently announced that it will grant about $2.3 million to establish community forests in eight states, including Vermont.
The Dorset Town Forest, whose trail network is nearly 100 years old, received $263,000 to expand its borders. Chittenden County forester Keith Thompson and Sean MacFaden at the UVM Spatial Analysis Lab join Vermont Edition to discuss this recent addition, as well as the importance of town forests for Vermont’s landscape.
The dream of opening your own business can lead to satisfaction and accomplishment... or frustration and financial setback. On the next Vermont Edition, we look at what it takes to start a small business. We talk about writing a solid business plan, the legal and financial regulations you need to learn, and how to test your product or service against the marketplace.