June 2, 2020


Action: Please Urge Lawmakers to Fund Health Care Stabilization Relief Package

This week, the House and Senate Health Care Committees are weighing whether to support a proposed $375 million package the Scott Administration is developing to stabilize Vermont’s health care system. VMS, along with the broader Vermont Health Care Coalition, has prepared a joint letter to submit as testimony tomorrow, urging the Committees to approve the $375 million in stabilization funding, not only to offset the staggering financial losses health care providers have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, but to ensure the continued viability of the diverse components of the State’s health care system.  This funding would be allocated based on an application system and would be funded using federal Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF). Please email these lawmakers to let them know why this funding is of critical importance to maintaining your practice and stabilizing Vermont's health care system. CRF funds must be spent by December 30, 2020, can only be used on necessary COVID-related expenses and losses, and cannot be used to backfill state revenue. Committee members across the legislature are being tasked with providing recommendations by June 10th on how CRF funds would best be spent and there are numerous competing priorities.


Vermont Medical Society Releases Statement Condemning Police Brutality

On June 2, 2020, the Vermont Medical Society, along with the Vermont Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter, released a joint statement denouncing the recent brutal and senseless acts of violence towards Black people by law enforcement officers and acknowledging the impact systemic racism has in driving adverse health outcomes in our State and across the nation. VMS President Catherine Schneider, M.D. and President-Elect Simha Ravven, M.D. spearheaded the action, and said, “The VMS stands with the Vermont State Police, the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics in Vermont (AAPVT) in denouncing not only police brutality against Black people, but in recognizing that racism and violence against people of color is unacceptable, unwarranted and a detriment to our country. The continued discrimination against people of color has deep lasting health impacts, as well as divisive social impacts. We cannot have a healthy nation if we continue to marginalize and harm any sector of our population.” Please click here for the full statement .


Recently Updated COVID-19 Helpful Links:


    Questions for VDH? VMS Hosts Weekly COVID-19 CALLS With VDH

    Tuesdays 12:15-12:45 pm

    Please join VMS, for a Weekly COVID-19 update from 12:15-12:45 pm hosted by Vermont Department of Health (VDH) Commissioner Mark Levine to update Vermont's clinicians on the latest state information and protocols.

    Join Skype Meeting

    Join by phone: Dial-in number: +1 (802) 552-8456

    Conference ID: 993815551


    Reminder: Clinicians Must Accept Terms of Provider Relief Funds by June 3, 2020

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) wants to remind providers that June 3, 2020 is the deadline to accept the Terms and Conditions for any additional provider relief allocations that were received prior to April 24, 2020. All providers who received these funds must provide HHS with an accounting of their annual revenues by submitting tax forms or financial statements and must agree to the Terms and Conditions if they wish to keep the funds. Providers who have cases pending before HHS for adjudication with regard to eligibility for general distribution funding will not be impacted by this deadline. The submission of tax forms or financial statements to the portal will also serve as an application for additional funding for those providers that have not already received an additional General Distribution payment. If providers do not submit their revenue information by June 3, they will no longer be eligible to receive potential additional funding from the $50 billion General Distribution. Click here to learn about the Terms and Conditions. 


    Please click here for the updated UVM Larner College of Medicine CMIE 2020 Conference schedule. 

    Care Coordination Course: You are the Lead Care Coordinator: Pre-Meeting Planning for an Effective Care Team Conference
    June 3 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Identify desired outcomes of the Care Team Conference via pre meeting planning to ensure a positive patient-centered conference. Register here. For more OneCare courses  and events click here.

    Wednesday, June 3rd (12 pm – 1 pm) - An Overview of Telehealth Advancements at the Federal Level and Looking Ahead: A Discussion with Representatives from the Offices of Senator Leahy, Senator Sanders, and Congressman Welch - for an update on telehealth advancements at the Federal level. This session will consist of a roundtable discussion.

    If you are interested in joining these office hours, please email Hillary Wolfley, Associate Director, VPQHC (hillaryw@vpqhc.org) to receive the access information. 

    VPQHC Upcoming Telehealth Events Click here for all upcoming events

    Telehealth Virtual Office Hours on Wednesdays from 12 pm - 1 pm and Thursdays from 8-9 am. The Wednesday office hour session will be supported by Dr. Mark McGee, current President of Alpine Telehealth. Contact telehealth@vpqhc.org  


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    PO Box 1457

    Montpelier, VT 05601

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