May 14, 2020


VMS Seeks Clarity Regarding Process for Health Care Employee Testing

VMS continues to work with state officials and other health care associations to clarify the details on COVID-19 testing of asymptomatic health care staff.  In the meantime, practices should note the following:

  • To comply with the Governor’s latest health care reopening guidance, practices that perform “outpatient surgeries and procedures” must submit a plan for employee testing within 7 days of resuming non-urgent care
  • The plan must include patient-facing health care workers at the practice, including those who are asymptomatic
  • There is some indication that the administration wants testing of health care staff at all practices, regardless of whether they perform procedures, but this has not been stated formally
  • E-mail plan to Ena Backus, Director of Health Care Reform at and
  • The plan will be reviewed by a “testing task force” at VDH.  In the short term, practices may be asked to tweak the plan.  VDH may develop best practices to share.
  • Staff getting tested at a state pop-up site “counts” as staff testing


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.

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

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VMS May Webinar: Optimal Care for Elders in the TIme of COVID 19 with Zail Berry, M.D. 
Thursday, May 21, 2020 
from 12-1PM via ZOOM
Please preregister 

Join us for this CME webinar with Zail Berry, MD. We are now offering our monthly webinars for free for all participants and have changed the platform of our webinars to a ZOOM. Please register for this webinar here. You will receive one credit of CME. To see the full schedule and to learn more about the VMS 2019/2020 Monthly Webinar Series that occurs every third Thursday of the month from 12-1PM click here. 

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

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) offers webinar series designed to provide businesses with resources and tools as they respond to the impacts of the developing Coronavirus pandemic. These webinars are open to VBSR members and non-members alike. Click here to learn more.

OneCare Noontime Knowledge Session: TeleCare Connection
June 2, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
OneCare's next Noontime Knowledge session features the TeleCare Connection Program. The University of Vermont Health Network, Home Health & Hospice and Howard Center jointly created TeleCare Connection, a program that delivers 24-hour remote support to individuals transitioning from the hospital to home. This session is open to anyone; 1.0 CME/CEU will be offered for this session. Register here.

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  


Vermont Medical Society

134 Main Street

PO Box 1457

Montpelier, VT 05601

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