Health Care


Can jokes about depression and anxiety be funny? Aparna Nancherla thinks so.

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Vice President Joe Biden spent an hour at the University of Vermont Friday describing the effort behind the so-called "Cancer Moonshot." A room full of doctors, researchers and medical students were an eager audience for Biden's message of making cancer both treatable and preventable.

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The Vermont Department of Health unveiled a new proposal Wednesday that will limit the amount of opioid painkillers doctors can prescribe.

A lawsuit argued in Montpelier Tuesday will decide whether a key part of Vermont’s health care reform efforts is subject to the state’s public records law.

The head of the Green Mountain Care Board, Al Gobeille, says it's critical for his board to vote on a new reimbursement plan for health care providers in the near future.

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In the near future, the Green Mountain Care Board is expected to vote on a dramatic change in the way that health care providers are reimbursed, to reward quality of care, and not the quantity of services that are provided.

An expert on the impacts of regular cannabis use on students is speaking at the Vermont Department of Health’s statewide symposium on alcohol, cannabis and other drugs at Lyndon State College this Friday.

A security lapse earlier this summer has compromised the social security numbers of nearly 700 customers on Vermont Health Connect.

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A third private property in a Hanover neighborhood has tested positive for a chemical released from a former Dartmouth hazardous waste burial site.

Attorney General William Sorrell says his office has reached a settlement with Burlington Labs, an independent toxicology lab accused of Medicaid fraud.

The board of Porter Medical Center announced Friday morning that its members voted unanimously to appoint Dr. Fred Kniffin as permanent CEO. Kniffin has served as the Middlebury hospital’s interim CEO for the past six months.

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This summer, Porter Medical Center's board of directors announced that the hospital may become a partner of the University of Vermont Health Network. The announcement comes after Porter's financial issues and layoffs made news back in February, though the current interim CEO says now that Porter is in the process of "rebuilding."

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Talks with the company that contaminated more than 250 private wells in Bennington have broken down. And state officials say they're ready to introduce legislation in Montpelier to address the water crisis in southwestern Vermont.

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Following the destruction and torrential flooding in Haiti from Hurricane Matthew, a Rutland-based nonprofit is ramping up its efforts there to provide clean water.

A high-ranking official at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is resigning as the hospital deals with budget challenges.

In Norwich Monday, Gov. Peter Shumlin held the first in a series of public forums to discuss his proposed "all-payer" health care model. He and the Green Mountain Care Board presented a draft of the program.

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Doctors in Vermont and across the country are being introduced to a new tool for treating opioid addiction. It’s an implant: four tiny plastic rods, inserted into a patient’s arm, deliver a steady dose of buprenorphine. 

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The future of Vermont Health Connect, the state's health care exchange, is a key issue in this year's race for governor, and the two major-party candidates say they would have different approaches to the exchange if elected.

The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center will be spearheading research in ways to address obesity among elderly people.

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Scott is calling on the Shumlin administration to delay the approval of a health care payment reform plan until Vermonters have a much better idea of how the new proposal will work.