June 22, 2021


Save the Date for the 208th VMS Annual & Collaborative Meeting - Nov. 5 & 6

Please join the VMS, in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter, Vermont Academy of Family Physicians and the Vermont Psychiatric Association for the 2021 VMS Annual Meeting on November 5 and 6th, 2021 at the Topnotch Resort in Stowe, VT!  

This year's event will feature both in-person and virtual options to participate and will pack a lot into a shorter time span. The meeting will start Friday afternoon at 4pm and will end at roughly 4pm on Saturday. Join us for the AAPVT, VTAFP and VPA meetings & receptions respectively, Awards Dinner, VMS Business Meeting and collaborative educational sessions. Included will be some relaxing networking and social activities at the beautiful Topnotch Resort.

More details to come but please save the date and book your room today with the VMS room block. Call: 1.800.451.8686


Vermont Health Care Professional Guidance During COVID-19 Rescinded

The Agency of Human Services and Vermont Department of Health have officially rescinded their Guidance for Licensed Health Care Providers During COVID 19. The AHS statement and VDH statement clarify that licensed professionals are expected to follow current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as amended, the standard of care, as well as all relevant laws and regulations relevant to the licensees’ practice.  Please see the VMS Rounds from June 15, 2021 outlining CDC and new OSHA guidance that health care practices must implement. Contact Jessa Barnard at jbarnard@vtmd.org with questions or concerns. 


Green Mountain Care Board Nominating Committee Appointed 

In anticipation of the upcoming vacancy on the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB), the GMCB Nominating Committee has now been fully appointed. This Committee is charged with evaluating eligible candidates to provide the Governor with qualified nominees so he can name a replacement for Board member Maureen Usifer whose term is up in September 2021. The GMCB Nominating Committee Appointees are:

  • Betsy Bishop (Governor appointee)
  • Grace Banon (Governor appointee)
  • Tom Huebner (Governor appointee)
  • Sen. Ginny Lyons (Senate appointee)
  • Sen. Chris Pearson (Senate appointee)
  • Mercedes Avila, PhD, (Senate appointtee)
  • Rep. Lori Houghton (House appointee)
  • Rep. Anne Donahuse (House appointee)
  • Ellen Starr, WHNP, (House appointee)

VMS is strongly encouraging health care professionals to apply for the open seat and we will keep you up to date when the opening is officially posted. A job description for prior openings can be found here. The annual salary for a board member is currently $107,000 and Board members can be part-time and have outside work. Board members may practice medicine and be a non-management employee of a hospital or other health care facility, but would be required to recuse themselves from any Board matters which involve their employer. Candidates need not resign these positions prior to accepting a position. Candidates who apply will first be reviewed by a Nominating Committee; qualified candidates are then forwarded to the Governor, who makes the Board appointments with the consent of the Senate. More information on the nomination process can be found here. If you have questions or want to suggest candidates, please contact Jill at jsudhoffguerin@vtmd.org. 


Recent COVID-19 Guidance and Resources:

VMS Weekly Zoom with Commissioner of Health, Thursdays at 12:30 pm

New Summer Schedule! Commissioner Call Update | VMS calls with Vermont Department of Health Commissioner, Mark Levine, M.D. will be held on specific Thursdays from 12:30-1:00 p.m. throughout the summer. These calls are on ZOOM - click below for the virtual meeting address that will remain constant each week.

Summer dates will be: June 10 & 24th; July 22nd; August 5 & 19th; September 2 & 16th.  Click here for an online schedule. 

Click here for the summer schedule. 

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86726253105?pwd=VkVuNTJ1ZFQ2R3diSVdqdlJ2ZG4yQT09

Meeting ID: 867 2625 3105 / Password: 540684

Dial In: 1 646 876 9923 / Meeting ID: 867 2625 3105 / Password: 540684


VTDigger: 10 Years After It Was Created, Has The Green Mountain Care Board Worked? When the board was formed a decade ago, it was granted what was arguably the broadest and strongest regulatory authority of any health care regulator in the country. Since then, it appears to have earned more enemies than friends. Click here to read article. 

Seven Days VT: OneCare Vermont Costs More Than It's Saving the State, Auditor Finds. The latest report by State Auditor Doug Hoffer runs the numbers on the first three years of the state’s contract with OneCare and concludes that the start-up and operating costs far surpass any savings realized to date. Click here to read article. Click here for the Auditor ACO Final Report.

A Vermont Journal: Vermont Reform Now a Dumpster Fire: Can it be Contained; Can it be Put Out?  The Vermont health care reform project is the gnarliest, most important issue ever confronted by the state policy apparatus—the Governor and his executive branch, the legislature, the Green Mountain Care Board, the state’s doctors and hospitals, the state’s Accountable Care Organization OneCare Vermont, the state Auditor, the state Health Care Advocate, the Press, and advocates of all persuasions. Click here to read blog. 

VPR: 'The Racism Pandemic': Advocates Hope New Commission Will Improve Health Equity In Vermont. Dr. Andrea Green, who runs the New American Clinic at the UVM Children’s hospital in Burlington said, "Racial disparities in health care are often a product of racial disparities in wealth, housing and education." Click here to read article.

Seven Days VT: Vermont Receives $28.5 Million to Address COVID-Related Health Inequities. "Systemic racism destroys the social cohesion of our state and nation, and has produced devastating health impacts born from trauma, chronic stress and differential access to health care," Jill Sudhoff-Guerin, the society's policy and communications manager, said in testimony at the Statehouse in February. Click here to read article. 


          VCP 2021 Webinar Series: June 25: How to Help Your Older Clients Improve their Sleep CSAC Medical Director Dr. Joe Lasek will provide information and strategies for assessing and promoting better sleep for your older clients, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions for insomnia in the elderly. Register here.

          More details on these webinars are available at the VCP Events and Trainings site.

          VPQHC Expands Health Equity Training Offerings Due to High Demand!

          The Vermont Program for Quality Health Care (VPQHC) has expanded the free health equity training offerings that qualify health care professionals for 3 CME credits, entitled, "Structural Competence and Cultural Humility to Address Disparities and Inequities." This training is being provided by Dr. Maria Mercedes Avila, PhD, MSW, MED and is currently waitlisted through May. Register here.

          Special Enrollment Period Now Until August 15th, 2021

          Due to the COVID-19 emergency, Vermont Health Connect has opened a Special Enrollment Period through August 15, 2021. During this time, any uninsured Vermonter can sign up for a qualified health plan through Vermont Health Connect. Qualified families can also get financial help paying for coverage. Please call us 1-855-899-9600 to learn more.


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