May 28, 2024


VMS Member Survey – We Want to Hear From You!

The VMS Board will be holding its annual planning retreat on Wednesday, June 26th.   To help inform the retreat and planning for 2024-2025 we would like to hear from you!  What is VMS doing well, what should we do more of, are our priorities on track?  This is a quick, 4-question survey and should only take a few minutes. The survey will be open for member comment between May 28 and June 18, 2024. Earlier today you should have received an email with a survey link specific to you. If you did not receive your survey link or have any questions or concerns with completing the survey, please contact

If you have any other questions or feedback about VMS activities please also feel free to reach out at any time to VMS President Becca Bell, MD at or Executive Director Jessa Barnard at

Thank you for your membership and letting us know how we can support your practice of medicine. 

VMS In the News

H. 766, the prior authorization reduction bill, has been garnering news headlines this week.  Read coverage regarding the passage of the bill, including quotes from VMS members Drs. Kristen Connolly and Anne Morris, and a discussion of how the legislature and Governor responded to the messages about the impacts of prior authorization, here:

How prior authorization reform earned Gov. Scott’s signature despite pushback from health insurers – Vermont Public

Gov. Phil Scott signs prior authorization bill after push by health care advocates – Vermont Public

Gov. Scott signs bill into law to curb influence of insurance companies on VT health care – Burlington Free Press

Gov. Phil Scott signs bill limiting prior authorization, other health insurer practices – VT Digger


May 31 FTC Webinar | Final Rule Banning Noncompetes

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) just announced a webinar on the noncompete rule. 

On May 31, 2024, at 1:00 PM ET, the FTC will host an online overview of the final rule banning noncompetes, focused on healthcare.


Chair Lina Khan will kick off the session before turning it over to the Office of Policy Planning. The briefing will include a summary of the rule with a focus on healthcare and time for answering questions submitted in advance using the email address provided below. The briefing is free and expected to last 30 minutes.


The FTC invites you to submit questions in advance by email at In the subject line, please include “Healthcare Briefing”.


If you are interested in attending, please register in advance using this link: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Resources, guides, and multi-language model notices are available on the Noncompete Rule page at

Commissioner Call Thursday, June 6, 2024

The Commissioner of Health, Mark Levine, MD, will hold his next Public Health Update with VMS Members Thursday, June 6th at 12:30 pm. You can join the zoom meetings here.

He held his most recent VMS member call on April 4th. Notes from the call are here



The 50th Annual Family Medicine Course

June 4th-June 7th, 2024

In-Person South Burlington, VT

This intensive four-day program for family physicians, advance practice providers, nurses, and other primary care professionals will focus on current issues in the practice of Family Medicine, with special attention to new contributions. An optional, pre-conference full-day workshop on Mastering Early Goals of Care Conversations will also be offered. Conference emphasis is on practical, clinically applicable diagnostic and management issues in primary care. This conference will be presented in-person and virtually; participants may choose to join via a mixture of in-person and remote attendance. This conference is also anticipated to overlap with the Burlington Jazz Festival, taking place June 5-9, 2024.

Registration Information, full agenda and accreditation details can be found here.

Birth Certificate Quality Improvement Initiative Learning Series

June 10, July 15, September 9, October 7, 2024


In collaboration with the Vermont Department of Health Division of Family and Child Health and the Division of Health Statistics and Informatics, the Perinatal Quality Collaborative - Vermont (PQC-VT) is embarking on a vital statistics birth certificate quality improvement initiative (BCQII).

The project aim is to improve the accuracy of key birth certificate variables to support public health and quality improvement efforts. The objective is to increase birth certificate data quality in Vermont by providing education opportunities, technical assistance, and shared learning to Vermont hospital teams involved in birth certificate data collection.

Register here for the learning series.

Xylazine Trends and Public Health Implications for Rural Communities 

Virtual, June 12th, 12pm to 1pm ET

Please join us on Wednesday, June 12th from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. ET for a UVM CORA Community Rounds Workshop Series session, “Xylazine Trends and Public Health Implications for Rural Communities.” Our speaker is Michael Chaple, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and Director of the Northeast and Caribbean Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Center. This presentation will provide an overview of xylazine, current data on prevalence and other trends associated with its use, and will also discuss the public health implications associated with xylazine use. This presentation will also offer harm reduction strategies for mitigating the public health impact of xylazine. Throughout the presentation, unique implications for rural communities will be systematically addressed.

Register here.

Whole Person Care: Enhancing Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Treatment

June 14, 2024

Lake Morey, VT

Please mark your calendars for Friday June 14 when we will be hosting "Whole Person Care: Enhancing Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Treatment", an in-person conference at Lake Morey, VT.

This is a part of the Collaborative to Advance Mental Health Treatment and Substance Use Recovery for Everyone (or CARE Series).

Learn more here.

Reducing Barriers to Physician PTO

Virtual, June 18 at 12 pm CT

Curious about how to overcome barriers to personal time off (PTO) at your health care organization? Join us for a webinar and live Q&A with Jill Jin, MD, MPH, and Marie Brown, MD, MACP.

Learn more here.

Saving Time: Practice Innovation Boot Camp

September 23 - 24 AMA Plaza, Chicago

This two-day, interactive boot camp from the AMA STEPS Forward® Innovation Academy equips attendees with the time-saving tools and strategies needed to reform their organizations and enhance professional satisfaction. CME eligible.

Learn more here.

Vermont ACP Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting

October 18, 2024

Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, VT

The Vermont ACP Chapter's Annual Scientific Meeting will occur on

Friday, October 18, 2024.

This will be an in person meeting. We will

again host a poster competition for resident and student members.

Update your medical knowledge, engage with colleagues.

Meeting details and agenda forthcoming.

For more information about offerings from UVM CMIE, visit here.


Vermont Medical Society

134 Main Street

Montpelier, VT 05602

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