May 7, 2020


VMS May Webinar: Optimal Care for Elders in the TIme of COVID 19 

Join us Thursday, May 21, 2020 from 12-1PM for a free CME-accredited webinar, "Optimal Care in the Time of COVID-19" with Zail Berry, M.D., MPH, FACP, for insight on how medical professionals should consider caring for their older patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Berry practices at the UVMMC Adult Primary Care clinic in Williston and is one of Vermont’s foremost experts in the practice of palliative medicine and end-of-life care. Please register for this webinar here. You will receive one credit of CME. To see the full schedule of VMS Thursday Webinars, click here.  Please preregister 


Telehealth Top Priority for VT Health Care Committees

At a hearing today, lawmakers released two legislative proposals aimed at solving some of the barriers health care professionals and their patients face in using and accessing telehealth services in Vermont. A draft proposal from the Senate and House Health Care Committees asks the Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) to convene a working group made up of stakeholders – including VMS -  to determine what telephone only services will be covered after the emergency ends. The Committees also proposed draft legislation that charges the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care (VPQHC) in collaboration with their Statewide Telehealth Workgroup and the Department of Public Safety to conduct a patient connectivity needs assessment that would analyze Vermont patient’s access to broadband, video capacity and their digital literacy. VMS and other stakeholders are encouraging the legislature to focus on continuing the provisions of H.742/Act 91 that address telehealth coverage and licensing flexibility until June 30, 2021. VMS continues to ask members to complete the VMS Telehealth Survey by May 15th to help us assess what resources practices and patients might need to more successfully implement telehealth services.  


AMA Reports HHS Extends Provider Relief Reporting Deadline

According to the AMA, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has extended the deadline for healthcare providers to attest to receipt of payments from the Provider Relief Fund and to accept the Terms and Conditions. Recipients will now have 45 days from the date they receive a payment from any of the allocations to attest and accept HHS terms or to return the funds. With the extension, not returning the payment within 45 days of receipt of payment will be viewed as acceptance of the Terms and Conditions. The allocations include:

  • HHS is distributing $50 billion across the healthcare system to providers and facilities that bill Medicare.
  • HHS is using a portion of the Provider Relief Fund to reimburse healthcare providers, at Medicare rates, for COVID-related treatment of the uninsured.

Recently Updated COVID-19 Helpful Links:

  • DVHA’s Phase 2 Medicaid Retainer Program FAQ guidance, May 5, 2020 – The Department of Vermont Health Access has created a temporary payment model for Medicaid providers intended to combine fee-for-service reimbursement with prospective monthly payments for May and June. 


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

Tuesdays 12:15-12:45 pm

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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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NGS Upcoming Training Sessions for Medicare Part B Providers

Do you want to learn more about the CMS Advanced and Accelerated Payment Program or Medicare's Telehealth coverage. National Government Services are offering several educational training sessions and webinars over the next two weeks that could help you and your practice. Click here to see the schedule and to find the registration links.  

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

Vermont Care Partners is hosting several webinars during the months of May and June, 2020 regarding mental health delivery, telehealth and community care service delivery during COVID-19. Click for the event schedule.

VPQHC Upcoming Telehealth Events Click here for all upcoming events

Friday, May 8th, "Telehealth for Mental Health Providers" from 12-1p.m. Click here for more information and to register

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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