May 12, 2020


VDH Seeks Increased Testing for Vermonters Going Back to Work

This past week, the Vermont Department of Health opened pop-up COVID-19 testing sites in Colchester, Bennington, Brattleboro and White River Junction for all asymptomatic healthcare workers, childcare providers and essential workers. VDH also announced this week that all asymptomatic testing for these workers will be done under the order of Dr. Levine, and not require a clinician order, and all of the positive results will be delivered by phone call from public health nurses who will ask about a patient’s primary care provider and encourage the patient to connect with their medical home. If the patient does not have a primary care provider, the nurse will provide information for the nearest FQHC to make that connection. Click here for dates and locations of upcoming pop-up sites. Individuals must register in advance.

On the VMS hosted call today, Commissioner of Health Mark Levine said the goal of these pop-ups are to test asymptomatic essential workers and to support practices in opening up safely before providing outpatient and non-urgent procedures. Commissioner Levine said practices that do procedures in the office need to submit a protocol for their office that includes testing for all of their health care personnel, but said VDH is not prescribing a specific protocol. Protocols can be submitted to VDH Deputy Commissioner Jenney Samuelson at VMS has been coordinating with the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems and other provider associations to provide more guidelines to practices regarding testing asymptomatic workers, such as frequency and sampling size. There is currently a dearth of national guidance to draw on for this type of testing.  Commissioner Levine anticipates that the pop-ups will soon be opened to anyone that wants a test, but this is not available yet.


House Health Care Committee Weighs Changes in PA Regulation

The House Health Care Committee held a preliminary hearing today on S. 128, a bill that passed the Senate in February and would modernize the regulation of PA practice, moving it to a collaborative model rather than supervisory. The Vermont Medical Society supports S. 128 and testified in favor of the bill today, along with several members of the PA Academy of Vermont and the Board of Medical Practice. The Committee will be reviewing minor technical corrections and discussing the bill further. The Committee also took testimony today on whether Vermont should join a nurse licensing compact. 


VMS Publishes COVID-19 Dashboard

Since Governor Scott passed the "Stay at Home" Executive Order, the Vermont Medical Society has been working tirelessly to provide you with the resources and information you need to help you help others during COVID-19. We created a VMS COVID-19 Dashboard to track actions that include, but are not limited to:

  • Hosting weekly call with VDH Commissioner with an average of 150 participants;
  • Doubling the Rounds newsletter to twice weekly. 
  • Coordinating emergency response efforts on daily call with 12 other VT health care organizations;
  • Passing emergency legislation for flexibility in licensing and telehealth coverage, liability protection, financial assistance and no prior auth or cost-sharing for COVID care; 
  • Hosting three-part webinar series on State and federal financial relief programs with Pastore Financial Group;
  • Creating two new peer support programs: our "Lumunos Huddle" and Peer-to-Peer Networking Group; and 
  • Creating COVID-19 Resource Page

Click for the VMS COVID-19 Dashboard


Recently Updated COVID-19 Helpful Links:


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

    Tuesdays 12:15-12:45 pm

    Join Skype Meeting 
    Join by phone: Dial-in number: +1 (802) 552-8456        
    Conference ID: 993815551
    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.

    Click here for the latest VDH Health Alerts

    NGS Webinar on Telehealth Services in the Age of COVID-19

    Thursday, May 14th


    Register here

    NGS is hosting this webinar to review Medicare coverage and reimbursement changes to services provided by telehealth and will reserve time at the end of the presentation to address questions. 

    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.

    VPQHC Upcoming Telehealth Events Click here for all upcoming events

    Wednesday, May 13th, "Continuing Telehealth for Mental Health Providers" from 12-1p.mContact  

    Thursday, May 14th, "Telehealth and Patient Outreach" from 8-9am.   Contact  

    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  

    Please let VMS know if you are having issues with any aspect of expanding telehealth services for your practice, including the technology, coding, reimbursement, etc. Contact



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