July 9, 2024


Leadership Awards

Nominations are now open for VMS’ Leadership Awards!  We are asking members to nominate Vermont leaders who have provided outstanding contributions to the medical profession, to health organizations and to the welfare of the public. Please nominate a Vermont leader here.  Nominations are open through August 23, 2024.

Awards include:

  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Physician of the Year Award
  • Physician Award for Community Service
  • Citizen of the Year Award
  • Founders’ Award

The awards ceremony will be held on the evening on November 1st at the 211th VMS Annual and Collaborative Meeting. Stay up to date on event details here.

Community Meetings on Transforming Vermont’s Health Care System Start Tonight

Community meetings to receive and give input on recommendations for hospital and health system transformation begin tonight.  The meetings are being led by Dr. Bruce Hamory and his team at Oliver Wyman.  As reported previous Rounds, in response to national trends, deteriorating hospital financial health, increasing costs for Vermonters, and gaps in access to local services, the legislature in 2022 directed the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) to retain a consultant to develop recommendations for hospital and health care system transformation.  At the June 19th GMCB public meeting, GMCB staff presented why this work was undertaken and Dr. Hamory and team shared their preliminary findings and options for statewide transformation efforts for Vermont’s healthcare system.  At the July 8th GMCB meeting, Dr. Hamory presented his preliminary recommendations for hospital transformation.   The recommendations are summarized on slide 19 and fall in the categories of improving EHR functionality, expanding telehealth, and pursuing additional group purchasing, centralization of services and shared staffing.  Specific examples include allowing smaller hospitals to form a corporation to jointly employ "regional physician groups" of specialists, developing regional ambulatory surgical centers and centralizing radiology interpretation.   The community meetings will provide an opportunity to learn about how these recommendations could impact specific hospitals and to provide community feedback. 

14 In-Person Community Meetings

July 9th 6:00 - 7:30 pm - Newport / North Country Hospital

July 10th 6:00 - 7:30 pm - St. Albans / Northwestern Medical Center

July 11th 6:00 - 7:30 pm - St. Johnsbury / Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital

July 15th 6:00 - 7:30 pm - Windsor / Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center

July 16th 4:30 - 6:00 pm - Springfield / Springfield Hospital

July 17th 6:00 - 7:30 pm - Brattleboro / Brattleboro Memorial Hospital

July 18th 6:00 - 7:30 pm - Townshend / Grace Cottage Hospital

July 22nd 6:00 - 7:30 pm - Morrisville / Copley Hospital

July 23rd 6:00 - 7:30 pm - Barre / Central Vermont Medical Center

July 24th 6:00 - 7:30 pm - Randolph / Gifford Medical Center

July 29th 4:30 - 6:00 pm - Burlington / University of Vermont Medical Center

July 30th 6:00 - 7:30 pm - Middlebury / Porter Medical Center

July 31st 6:00 - 7:30 pm - Rutland / Rutland Regional Medical Center

August 1st 4:00 - 5:30 pm - Bennington / Southwestern Vermont Medical Center

August 5th 6:00 - 7:30 pm - State-wide / All Hospitals

Registration Now Open – VMS Fall 2024 Legislative Candidate Meet & Greet Series 

get to know the candidates running in your district. We will invite all Vermont State House and Senate legislative candidates from Addison, Bennington, Chittenden, Essex-Orleans, Rutland and Washington counties to member-led receptions in these respective districts. All VMS members who work or practice in these districts are invited to these informal meet & greets. All of the receptions run from 6-8 pm at the following dates/locations: Middlebury (August 6th), Bennington (September 10th), Burlington (September 17th); Essex/Orleans County (date TBD); Rutland (October 1st) and Montpelier (October 16th). Register here for all events. For questions, please email Birdie at bpauley@vtmd.org


Survey: Blueprint Education on SUD, MH and SDOH

The Blueprint is seeking input on what educational resources or modules would be most valuable in the areas of screening and intervening for mental health, substance use, and health related social needs. 

Please see the survey link here: https://forms.office.com/g/JWyGjDzbuZ

Surveys can be completed by clinicians responsible for assessment, diagnosis, and/or treatment of patients’ mental health and substance use needs, including MD, DO, ND, PA, NP, RN, LPN, and LCSW.  

Submit a Resolution to VMS – Help Direct the Work of YOUR Society

VMS welcomes members to submit resolution ideas.  Resolutions set the policy positions of VMS and often drive VMS advocacy work at the state and federal levels.

Resolutions can be submitted on a year-round basis, any time by any VMS member or group of members, including student members. Resolutions are intended to express composite positions of the VMS and are to suggest a significant course of action to be taken by the Society. To see adopted VMS resolutions, click here.

Once a resolution idea is submitted by a member, the resolution will be reviewed by VMS staff, who may assist with further drafting or clarification.  Resolutions are then distributed for comment and non-binding survey to all membership. At a Board meeting after gathering member feedback, the VMS Board will review the resolution and feedback of membership.  All resolutions presented to the Board then require a majority vote of the Board for action, including adoption, amendment or referral.

To submit a resolution idea, please fill out the form, available here or contact jbarnard@vtmd.org for further assistance.

July Vaccine Program Update Available

The Vermont Immunization Program has sent its July update with important news about preparing for fall respiratory virus season and the latest ACIP recommendations including RSV vaccine recommendation changes for older adults.  Read more here.  

Next Commissioner Call Thursday, August 1, 2024

The Commissioner of Health, Mark Levine, MD, will hold his next Public Health Update with VMS Members Thursday, August 1st at 12:30 pm. You can join the zoom meetings here.

He held his most recent VMS member call on June 6th. Notes from the call are here.



Birth Certificate Quality Improvement Initiative Learning Series

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.

Save the date: 2024 Vermont Suicide Prevention Symposium

September 13, 2024

Join the Vermont Collaborative for Practice Improvement & Innovation in-person on September 13, 2024 at the Vermont State University Randolph campus for a day-long conference that will include presentations, workshops, and networking opportunities featuring leading voices in the field from Vermont, New England, and beyond. Our focus is on equitable, sustainable, and comprehensive suicide prevention with sessions designed for mental health clinicians, peer support workers, advocates & families, individuals with lived experience, healthcare providers, educators, and community members.  This event is presented by the nonprofit Vermont Collaborative for Practice Improvement & Innovation in partnership with the Vermont Department of Mental Health and United Way of Northwest Vermont.

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.

Learning Collaboratives on In-Basket Reduction and Reducing Regulatory Burden

October 2024 – March 2025

AMA STEPS Forward® Innovation Academy is launching two new, six-month learning collaboratives on optimizing the in-basket to reduce work burden and rethinking how organizations apply regulatory rules to clinical practice. Each collaborative will convene dyads or triads of leadership representatives from multiple organizations to engage in a longitudinal shared learning experience. Limited space available. Learn more.

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


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