June 11, 2020


House Health Care Committee Urges Legislature to Direct Additional CRF Funds to Health Care Stabilization Program

This afternoon, House Health Care Committee Chair Rep. Bill Lippert, presented the Committee's recommendations regarding how the House Appropriations Committee should distribute Vermont's portion of federal Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF). The recommendations direct $139 million to the Agency of Human Services (AHS) to establish a Health Care Provider Stabilization Grant Program.  While this is significantly less than the $375 million the Scott Administration proposed for this purpose, it is the vast majority of funding the Health Care Committee was directed to allocate by legislative leadership. The Appropriations Committee is currently drafting CRF funding determinations for all sectors across the State and is expected to move quickly. Chair Lippert stated in his memo, "As the House Committee on Appropriations reviews competing needs for CRF dollars, we strongly urge you to allocate as much CRF funding as possible to stabilizing our Vermont health care providers, across the health care continuum, to ensure that they emerge from this public health emergency fully able to meet the continuing health care needs of Vermonters." Please prepare to respond to an action alert asking the legislature to allocate more funding to health care organizations and practices. 


VMS Announces Group Purchasing Options for PPE

VMS realizes that Vermont medical practices are struggling to obtain various items of PPE and that both availability and cost are an issue.  While we continue to advocate for more state-run purchasing options, we are also pleased to offer discount group purchasing options available now to our members. Click here to learn more about the available sources including:  W.B. Mason (VMS group discount), Action PPE (group purchasing through VMS/State Medical Society consortium) and generally available sources of PPE through Project N95 and Amazon.


Federal Provider Relief Fund Update – Additional Funds Available for Physicians  

The AMA has continued to press HHS to swiftly distribute funds to assist those physicians who have not previously received any money from the federal Provider Relief Fund. The Department announced it is moving forward to provide some relief. HHS expects to distribute approximately $15 billion to eligible physicians and organizations that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs and have not received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund General Allocation. Starting June 10, HHS plans to launch a portal that will allow eligible physicians and organizations to report their annual patient revenue data and other necessary information to receive a payment equal to at least 2 percent of reported gross revenues from patient care.

To be eligible for this funding, health care providers must not have received payments from the $50 billion Provider Relief Fund General Distribution and either have directly billed their state Medicaid/CHIP programs or Medicaid managed care plans for healthcare-related services between January 1, 2018, to May 31, 2020. Close to one million health care providers may be eligible for this funding. More information about eligibility and the application process is available here.


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


    Medicaid Proposed Rule Would Expand Store and Forward Reimbursement for Interprofessional Consultations

    The Agency of Human Services has released proposed rule GCR 20-075: Provider to Provider Store and Forward Coverage Expansion: Interprofessional Consultations, whichwould continue to provide reimbursement for remote evaluation of stored images and video (HCPCS G2010) and starting July 1, 2020 would expand coverage and reimbursement for interprofessional consultations (CPT codes 99451 & 99452). Please send comments or concerns to Jill Sudhoff Guerin at jsudhoffguerin@vtmd.org by June 26, 2021 to inform VMS comments on this proposal.


    Vermont Medical Society Seeks 2020 Resolutions and Award Nominations

    The VMS Executive Committee has decided to transform the 2020 VMS Annual Meeting to a virtual-only format, which will be held on Saturday, November 7th. VMS is currently soliciting 2020 VMS Policy Resolutions for consideration until June 23rd, whicwill be reviewed at the June 25th VMS Council meeting. Click HERE to submit a resolution ideaVMS is also seeking Award Nominations, as this year more than ever, is the time to recognize those heroes who are making a difference in the lives of Vermont patients and for the health of our State.  Please consider nominating individuals for:

    • Distinguished Service Award
    • Physician of the Year Award
    • Physician Award for Community Service
    • Citizen of the Year Award
    • Founders’ Award

    The VMS Committee on Awards will be accepting nominations for these awards until June 23rd. Click HERE to complete an awards nomination. Please let Stephanie Winters know if you have any questions or suggestions by emailing swinters@vtmd.org. Click here to learn more about the 207th Annual Meeting.


    OneCare Vermont: Words MATTER: Using Person Centered Language

    June 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    Join Robyn Skiff, MSA, Care Coordinator Implementation Specialist to better understand and person-centered language in care coordination. Register by emailing Honey Resto at honey.resto@onecarevt.org

    Click here for all upcoming events

    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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