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UVM Medical Center remains in top ranks for teaching hospitals in US

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 5:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Medical Center is again being counted as a top performer among leading academic medical centers participating in the 2015 University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Quality and Accountability Study, nationally recognized as the most important analysis of its kind. UHC is an alliance of nearly all of the 120 academic medical centers in the United States. Excellent results in patient safety, low rates of complications and readmissions, and overall efficiency of care contributed to the high rankings.

NOFA Vermont receives major grant from USDA

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:36pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA Vermont) has been awarded a three-year $247,000 grant from USDA's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). With this funding from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Farmers Market Support Grants, NOFA-VT will work to increase SNAP accessibility and participation at Vermont’s farmers markets, and to support the establishment, expansion, and promotion of SNAP services, known in Vermont as 3SquaresVT, at farmers markets.

Vermont tax revenues make up for lost ground

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 12:33pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine All three of the major tax funds improved last month. While only the General Fund is now ahead of its year-to-date target, the Transportation and Education made up for losses in recent months by getting back nearly to economists' expectations. Importantly, the vital Personal Income Tax, the single largest line item, showed strength after languishing during the summer and is nearly on target for the fiscal year.

Vermont still ranks first, but US 'Opportunity' shows increasing poverty, income inequality

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 11:01am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont is ranked highest in the nation for econmopic "opportunity," which it has been every year. The fifth annual US Opportunity Index shows that access to opportunity has increased nearly 9 percent nationally since 2011, reflecting a dramatically improved post-recession employment picture, higher high school graduation rates and a significant drop in violent crime, among other factors.

Winooski adds free 15-minute spots to its public parking strategy

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 10:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The City of Winooski today announced that it will add free, 15 minute spots to its downtown parking corridor.  The move is intended to make it easier for visitors to downtown to complete a quick errand without having to pay for a full hour of parking. These new spots complete an overall parking plan for the City that includes paid parking in the city garage and on-street in the downtown area. The plan is designed to keep people from holding parking spots for long periods, deterring others from coming downtown to shop, dine, and do errands. Parking

BCBSVT offering paperless explanations of benefits

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) announces that its members may now enroll in electronic delivery of explanation of benefits documents. BCBSVT is committed to reducing the amount of paper we use to administer our benefits plans. In past years, we’ve greatly reduced the amount of hardcopy benefits materials we send out, which reduces overall administrative costs for our members.

Blue Cross study reveals disparities in post-heart attack treatment between women and men, Vermont rate highest in US for men

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:25am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Women receive fewer aggressive treatments after a heart attack than men, a pattern that emerges even as a greater percentage of women than men die or become disabled due to heart attacks, according to a new study. The new report by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) and Blue Health Intelligence (BHI) shows that following a heart attack, women are 27 percent less likely than men to receive angioplasties to open clogged arteries.

New van service removes significant obstacle to drug treatment in Addison County

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:22am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The road to recovery is about to get a little easier in Addison County with a free shuttle service now offered to people seeking treatment for substance use challenges. This service, offered by Burlington Labs, addresses one of the major hurdles for people who live in rural areas: lack of transportation.

Store Brand Infant Formula celebrates baby's picture perfect

Tue, 10/06/2015 - 4:17am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Admit it. A baby's moments are worth a thousand pictures, each one offering a window into her soul, personality and utter uniqueness. From comedy (the funny face) to drama (the petulant pout) and everything in between, we can't help but capture the subtle yet significant transformation of our children on a daily basis. To celebrate this wondrous journey, Georgia, Vermont-based Perrigo Nutritionals, makers of Store Brand Infant Formula sold at leading retailers across the nation, has announced the Store Brand Formula #UniqueBaby starting September 28 and running through November 6.