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Shire Pharmaceuticals to pay Vermont $79,878 to resolve marketing allegations involving drugs for ADHD

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 11:45am -- tim

Vermont will collect $79,878 in restitution and other recoveries as its share of a national $56.5 million civil settlement with Shire Pharmaceuticals, LLC to resolve allegations that the company unlawfully marketed five of its drugs, Adderall XR, Vyvance, Daytrana, Lialda and Pentasa, resulting in overpayments by Vermont Medicaid and other government healthcare programs. Specifically, it is alleged that Shire:

Vermont ACOs didn’t earn federal incentive rewards in year one of payment reform program

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 8:43am -- tim

by Morgan True vtdigger.org Health care networks in Vermont known as accountable care organizations (ACOs) didn’t exceed savings targets for treating Medicare patients by enough to receive incentive payments in the first year of a federal initiative to reduce spending and improve care.

Project Independence finds new life at Gifford

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 5:31am -- tim

The state’s first adult day center, Project Independence, got its start in Barre in 1975 when a nursing home activity director, Lindsey Wade, recognized an opportunity to do things better and more cost effectively. Wade encountered nursing home residents who didn’t seem to medically belong there. Others were visiting the nursing home daily for the social interaction. Wade had an idea. The area needed an adult day care and not a medical model adult day, but a social model – something that didn’t exist anywhere else in the country.

McClaughry: Health care mutual aid

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 3:47am -- tim

by John McClaughry A recurring argument of those favoring a government takeover of any large sector of the economy - such as health care - is “the free market has failed!”  These people are invariably oblivious to the effects of a hundred years of government intervention that has restricted what a free market might otherwise achieve.

 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont’s first Wednesday free wellness flu shots

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 3:37am -- tim

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont’s (BCBSVT) First Wednesday Wellness for the month of October will take place on October 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. BCBSVT will host the free event at their Information and Wellness Center located in the Blue Mall at 150 Dorset Street in South Burlington. BCBSVT will provide free flu vaccinations in place of the normally provided biometric screenings offered at their First Wednesday Wellness events. The flu shots are free for all participants 18 and older, regardless of their insurance status. Those without health insurance are welcome.

Welch wants to improve reimbursements for Vermont’s ambulance providers

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 3:13am -- tim

Thursday afternoon in Barre, Representative Peter Welch announced bipartisan legislation to improve Medicare reimbursements for ambulance services providers. Welch was joined at the press conference by Jim Finger, President of the Vermont Ambulance Association, Barre Mayor Thom Lauzon, and Joe Aldsworth, Deputy Chief of the Barre Fire Department.

Vermont’s Realtor survey shows 76 percent of Vermonters believe property taxes are too high

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 2:45pm -- tim

Today, Vermont Realtors announced the results of an August 2014 telephone survey of Vermont registered voters which demonstrates significant dissatisfaction with current property tax rates and increasing support for candidates who are committed to working towards meaningful property tax reform. VR has shared the results of the survey directly with candidates for office in an effort to initiate a dialogue about the need for property tax reform, and the level of importance this issue has for voters this election season.

Fletcher Allen seeks approval to build new $187.7 million inpatient building

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:32am -- tim

Fletcher Allen Health Care filed a Certificate of Need (CON) application today with the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) seeking the Board’s approval to build a 128-bed inpatient building to replace the most outdated inpatient facilities on the Medical Center Campus. The submission of this CON is part two of a three-part process, where part one was preliminary planning under the Conceptual CON issued August 2013 and part three will be the submission of final project costs in November 2014 after construction costs associated with the final design documents have been verified.

Entergy outlines post-shutdown plans for Vermont Yankee

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 7:27pm -- tim

by John Herrick vtdigger.org Spent radioactive fuel will be removed from the reactors at the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant by 2020, the plant’s corporate owner told a citizen oversight panel Thursday. But Louisiana-based Entergy said it does not know when it will begin tearing down Vermont Yankee after it stops producing power in December. The plant has already begun to slow power production and plans to cut 40 percent of its workforce by January.

Emergency landing at Basin Harbor airport

Sun, 09/28/2014 - 7:22pm -- tim

According to the Vermont State Police, at approximately 1315 hours on 09/27/14 Burlington Airport Tower notified the Vermont State Police, New Haven of a possible Aircraft crash at the Basin Harbor Airport, Ferribsurgh, VT. Upon arrival it was discovered that a 1958 Piper "Tri-Pacer" fixed wing prop-plane had made and emergency landing in a field near the Basin Harbor Airport. The Pilot, Roger Teese and his passenger were not injured as a result of the field landing.

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