July 7, 2020


VMS Call with VDH Commissioner Levine Moves to Thursdays at 12:30-1:00 PM

VMS weekly calls with Vermont Department of Health Commissioner, Mark Levine, M.D. have now moved to Thursday from 12:30-1:00 p.m.  These calls have also moved to ZOOM - click below for the virtual meeting address that will remain constant each week. From the start of the pandemic, Commissioner Levine has spoken weekly with VMS members to provide information regarding Vermont’s response to the public health emergency and to answer member’s COVID-related questions. The calls are moving from Tuesdays to Thursdays to accommodate the change of Governor Scott’s weekly press conferences to every Tuesday and Friday. Please let your colleagues know this new call schedule will start Thursday, July 9th from 12:30 to 1 p.m.  

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VDH Outlines COVID 19 Testing Protocols and Availability

The Vermont Department of Health has launched a new webpage that shows clinicians and patients where and how to obtain COVID 19 testing. The site allows you to enter your address and provides testing locations along with any requirements at each location, such as whether you need an appointment or provider order. Visit the page here.


VMS Offers 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.


VMS Foundation Now Accepting Applications for Physician Executive Leadership Institute

Perhaps never before have physicians and PAs been asked to step up and skillfully lead rapid change than they have throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Every clinician has brought her or his leadership and management styles and skills to the forefront to ensure the best outcomes for Vermont patients. The VMS Education & Research Foundation is pleased to announce it is now accepting applications for its experiential Executive Leadership Institute, which will enhance and fine-tune the most important leadership skills and concepts for a statewide cohort of Vermont physicians and PAs. Applications will be accepted through September 18th, and the 40-hour, year-long course begins in November.  Click here for more information.


DVHA Finalizes Store and Forward Policy

Effective July 1st, 2020, Vermont Medicaid has finalized GCR 20-075,Provider to Provider Store and Forward Coverage Expansion: Interprofessional Consultations, which will expand coverage and reimbursement for interprofessional consultations through store and forward technology. For reimbursement for interprofessional consultations between:

  • a consultative physician/dentist use CPT code 99451; and,
  • a treating/requesting physician or other qualified health care professional use CPT code 99452.

For these codes to be considered for reimbursement documentation requirements must be met – details are available in the full policy, linked above.


Recently Updated COVID-19 Helpful Links:


    Reminder:  VMS Offers Prescription Assistance Program to Vermonters

    As a reminder to our members, VMS offers a prescription assistance program through the Vermont Rx Card to any resident of Vermont. This card will provide you and your patients with prescription medication savings of up to 75% at more than 56,000 pharmacies across the country including Hannaford, Kinney Drugs, Osco, Walgreens, Walmart and more. Please click here for the Vermont Rx Card. 


    FCC Boosts Rural Health Program Funding to Support Telehealth Expansion

    The Federal Communications Commission is adding almost $200 million to the Rural Health Care Program, giving providers more resources to expand broadband connectivity to support telehealth and mHealth platforms. To read the mHealth Intelligence article click here. 


    Vote By Mail for Vermont Primary August 11th, 2020

    Vermonters can now request their absentee ballot from the Secretary of State's Office in order to vote via mail in Vermont's 2020 primary. Early Absentee Voter Ballot request postcards have also been mailed to registered voters. The postcard is a tear-away, postage-paid, ballot request form you can mail to your Town Clerk. Alternatively, you can check to see if you are registered to vote in Vermont and request your absentee ballot by clicking here.


    Vermont Medical Society Extends Deadline for 2020 Award Nominations

    The 2020 VMS Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, November 7th, as a virtual-only event. VMS is currently soliciting 2020 Physician Leader 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 in 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 has extended the deadline and will now be accepting nominations for these awards until July 10th. 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.

    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  


    Vermont Medical Society

    134 Main Street

    PO Box 1457

    Montpelier, VT 05601

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