August 29, 2023


Reserve Your Discounted Room for the VMS Annual and Collaborative Meeting Today!

The VMS has secured a discounted room block for Friday, November 3rd of the Annual Meeting taking place November 3rd to the 4th at Topnotch Resort in Stowe, VT.  Please book prior to October 4th to ensure you reserve a discounted room!

You can use one of the methods below to reserve:

  • Phone - Call (800) 451-8686 extension 2 and mention the "Vermont Medical Society Annual Meeting in November" to secure the discounted rate.
  • Online - Visit here for the discounted rate or use the group code VMED23 when booking.

Learn more and register for the meeting here

Overdose Prevention Centers and Eliminating Penalties for Drug Possession: Exploring Health Centered Approaches to Addressing Substance Use

Join the VMS on Monday, September 25th 12-1pm for a webinar (virtual via zoom) which will include national experts sharing the evidence for authorizing overdose prevention centers and eliminating criminal penalties for possessing personal use quantities of illicit drugs, two topics likely to come before the Vermont legislature in 2024. 

Please join us along with speakers Brandon Marshall, PhD and Ryan Kelly, MD, MS to learn more about these strategies and inform policy discussions. 

With planning assistance from the Drug Policy Alliance

Register here

Office of Professional Regulation Assessing Licensing Regulations for its Mental Health Professions - Feedback Requested

The Office of Professional Regulation(OPR) is conducting a study to assess Vermont’s mental health profession licensing regulations. This study will evaluate the potential for streamlining Vermont’s mental health profession licensing processes, whether additional regulation of supervisors for mental health professionals-in-training is necessary, and how OPR can more effectively and equitably address barriers to the mental health professions.  Click here to read the Act (page 8).  

The initial study meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 30th at 12:00pm via Microsoft Teams.

Click here to join the meeting

Meeting ID: 279 199 958 105 /  Passcode: zP2g4U

Or call in (audio only) - +1 802-828-7667,,677539144#  

Phone Conference ID: 677 539 144#

Johnson Health Center Announces First Naloxone Vending Machine in Vermont

The Johnson Health Center will unveil the State's first Narcan vending machine on Thursday, August 31st at a ceremony at 9am at the health center in Johnson. Naloxone vending machines were part of the recommendations provided by Vermont's Opioid Settlement Advisory Committee and each one holds approximately 300 naloxone nasal sprays, are available 24/7, free of charge, and each naloxone nasal spray comes with information directing individuals to resources for substance use disorder treatment and support. The health center invites the community and policy leaders to take part in the ceremony, which is scheduled on Opioid Awareness Day, and will feature Commissioner of Health Mark Levine, MD. 

Recognize Xylazine-Induced Skin Ulcers from IV Drug Use

In October 2021, VDH published a data brief on Xylazine Involvement in Fatal Opioid Overdoses. As Xylazine-Induced Skin Ulcers become a national public health crisis, learn more about the manifestation of disease and treatment options in VisualDx. These skin Ulcerations are thought to be caused by the vasoconstrictive effects of the drug and are not limited to the site of injection. These wounds often worsen more quickly than other skin wounds. There are graphic images of the ulcers in the VisualDx diagnosis writeup.  


HHS Selects the First Drugs for Medicare Drug Price Negotiation

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced the first 10 drugs covered under Medicare Part D selected for price negotiation under the Inflation Reduction Act. The negotiations with participating drug companies will occur in 2023 and 2024, and any negotiated prices will become effective beginning in 2026. Medicare enrollees taking the 10 drugs covered under Part D selected for negotiation paid a total of $3.4 billion in out-of-pocket costs in 2022 for these drugs.

The selected drug list for the first round of negotiation is:

  • Eliquis
  • Jardiance
  • Xarelto
  • Januvia
  • Farxiga
  • Entresto
  • Enbrel
  • Imbruvica
  • Stelara
  • Fiasp; Fiasp FlexTouch; Fiasp PenFill; NovoLog; NovoLog FlexPen; NovoLog PenFill

These selected drugs accounted for $50.5 billion in total Part D gross covered prescription drug costs, or about 20%, of total Part D gross covered prescription drug costs between June 1, 2022 and May 31, 2023, which is the time period used to determine which drugs were eligible for negotiation. For the full press release, click here

Medical Office Space for Lease or Purchase

Four units of 2200 sf, 2 units of 4400 sf, or total of 9800 sf on two floors on Park Avenue in Williston.  Will upgrade and renovate for tenants needs; will consider leasing/fitting up as shared medical office space.  For floor plan, additional listing information and contact, see:

Volunteer Opportunity in Honduras

Cape Cares is a nonsectarian nonprofit organization that has been sending medical-dental teams to rural Honduras for about 30 years. Volunteers (physicians, NPs, PAs, nurses) are needed for a trip from October 21-28th this fall.  The destination is San Marcos, a remote mountain village that is visited twice yearly by a Cape Cares team.  Visit for more information, or contact Dave Coddaire, MD, of Morrisville, the team leader for this trip: 802-798-2496, 802-888-5650 or

Commissioner of Health Public Health Notes from Update and Next Call on Thursday, September 7th

The Commissioner of Health, Mark Levine, MD, joined the VMS for a public health update on August 3rd. You can find the notes here.

The next Public Health Update will be Thursday, September 7th at 12:30 pm. Hear about the the most pressing public health information affecting the state and nation and have the opportunity to submit questions to Dr. Levine who will answer them, time-permitting.

You can join the zoom meetings here.

Free State Park Passes for Your Patients

In our 10th Year for this program, the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation proudly offer free day use State Park Passes for your patients.

The prescriptions are distributed to physician offices. The purpose is to give physicians and their colleagues a meaningful way to discuss with their patients the importance of outdoor exercise and the obvious connection between exercise and good health. This year we hope to reach as many diverse groups as we can. 

If you have questions or if you are interested in participating this year, please let us know at Please let us know how many prescription pads of 50 each you think you will be able to use when you reach out and if you are interested in posters that we may be able to send you.

The prescriptions are numbered and we hope to be able to tell which of your prescriptions were turned in at a State Park if you ask in the fall.


Reaching People Where They're At: Smoking Cessation Treatment Delivery at Your Door

August 30, 2023 from 12pm to 1pm ET


Presenter Matthew Carpenter, PhD, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and co-leader for the Cancer Control Program at the Hollings Cancer Center of the Medical University of South Carolina will discuss novel ways to deliver evidence-based treatment for smoking cessation within and across rural areas. It will focus on 4 separate clinical trials of medication sampling, each demonstrating feasibility and efficacy of a simple yet novel treatment approach to reach a broad spectrum of smokers, including those who may not yet want to quit.

Learn more and register here.

Save the Date: Vermont ACP Chapter Annual Scientific Meeting

September 29, 2023 at Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, VT

The Vermont ACP Chapter's Annual Scientific Meeting will occur on Friday, September 29, 2023. We are planning for an in person meeting. We will again host a poster competition for resident and student members.

Update your medical knowledge, engage with colleagues, and receive 5 AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits and 5 MOC points.

Meeting details, agenda and registration information will be forthcoming.

Primary Care Sports Medicine and

Wilderness Medicine Conference

October 15 – 17, 2023

Delta Hotel in South Burlington, VT

The 2023 Primary Care Sports Medicine and Wilderness Medicine is designed to update knowledge and skills in the diagnosis and management of common sports medicine and wilderness medicine problems. Topics will include discussions of medical and orthopedic issues. There will be ample opportunity for participants to ask questions and interact with faculty, who hail from the University of Vermont Health Network and local community. The teaching program includes lectures and workshops.

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

Northern New England Neurological Society Annual Meeting

October 20th - 21st

Killington Grand Hotel and Resort, Killington, VT

The 2023 NNENS Annual Meeting will take place at the Killington Grand Hotel and Resort and offer updates on the latest treatments and therapeutic options available across the neurology field. This event is open to physicians, past and present neurology residents, nurses and nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other neuroscience professionals. You do not need to be a NNENS member to participate.

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

Neurology for the Non-Neurologist 

October 20th - 21st

Killington Grand Hotel and Resort, Killington, VT

The Neurology for the Non-Neurologist conference offers the most up-to-date information regarding the treatment of neurologic problems in the primary care setting. This conference focuses on how to diagnose and treat common neurological disorders, order and interpret appropriate diagnostic studies, and provides a guide for therapy and patient care. Primary care physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and other medical professionals with an interest in neurology are encouraged to attend.

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

Osteoporosis Update for Primary Care November 2nd 

Hampton Inn Conference Center, Colchester, VT

This conference is designed to improve the skills of the primary healthcare team, as they are often the first to encounter patients who have (or are at risk of developing) osteoporosis. A wide spectrum of diagnostic, management and treatment options will be presented. Topics will include: osteoporosis treatment and fractures, physical therapy and bone health, glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis, and risks, evaluation and treatment for postmenopausal osteoporosis.

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

Register Now for the 210th Annual and Collaborative Meeting

November 3-4, 2023

The 210th VMS Annual Meeting will be held on November 3rd and 4th in person at Topnotch Resort, Stowe, VT, with virtual options. The weekend will be filled with educational content, time spent with colleagues, policy-setting meetings, and the opportunity to honor physicians and other health care leaders across the state.

Register here and nominate Vermont leaders who have provided outstanding contributions to the medical profession, to health organizations and to the welfare of the public for a VMS Leadership Award here.

New England Rural Health Association's Annual Fall Conference

"New Horizons in Rural Health Equity"

November 8-9, 2023

Killington Grand Resort Hotel, Killington VT

This conference is an opportunity for rural healthcare professionals, hospital administrators, educators, students and community leaders to learn from experts in rural topics, and to network with each other. Designed to involve all sectors that impact the health of people in rural New England, this multidisciplinary event gives attendees the opportunity to delve into specific areas of interest or participate in sessions spanning a variety of topic areas.

Register today for NERHA's Fall 2023 Conference and learn more here.

CPT & RBRVS 2024 Annual Symposium

November 15-17, 2023

CPT & RBRVS 2024 Annual Symposium is the world's only medical coding conference where attendees learn about the upcoming changes to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code set and payment policies directly from members of the AMA-convened CPT Editorial Panel, AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC), and CPT and RUC Advisors.

Join virtually to get the first look at the 2024 CPT code set with guidance from the experts, earn continuing education credits, and join over a thousand of your peers for premier coding education at the CPT & RBRVS Symposium!

Register with early bird discounted rates through September 30th here.

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


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