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Meilleur: Value-based medicine

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:04pm -- tim

by Sena Meilleur I had a conversation with a client recently about the rising cost of health care.  This CFO, like many, has seen his health plan costs go up every year, and like many, his first instinct was to blame the insurance company.  We discussed how the lion’s share of his costs is actually his plans’ claims, and because of the way we pay providers, costs increase every year with no end in sight.  Our current fee-for-service model pays providers for every service they perform, meaning the more they do the more they get paid.  And since there are no regulations aroun chooses the best online cyber security degree programs

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 7:49am -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine has selected twenty of the best online cyber security degree programs for the 2017-2018 school year. At the top of the list is Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology. Champlain College in Burlington was ranked #16. The full list can be viewed here:

Southern Vermont College nursing graduates pass licensure exam at 100%

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:22am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Southern Vermont College (SVC) is pleased to announce that the College’s 2017 pre-licensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) graduates had a 100% first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). The NCLEX is the national standardized examination required for nurses to receive a license to practice their profession.

BMH granted Gold Standard of mammography accreditation

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 3:39am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) was recently granted a Gold Standard of accreditation by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for quality and safety. This is a continuation of the department’s accreditation for another three years. The ACR Gold Standard of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Parameters and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.

Green Mountain Power warns customers of phone scam

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 4:01pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power is warning customers about a bill payment phone scam that threatens customers with disconnection within 15 minutes if they do not pay immediately. In a new wave of calls today, customers received calls claiming to be from GMP and giving the customer a fake toll-free number to call, which is answered by a recording claiming to be Green Mountain Power.

ECFiber reveals 2018 construction plans

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 3:11pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine ECFiber released its 2018 construction plans today, identifying Braintree, Brookfield, Granville, Hancock, Rochester, and Stockbridge as the six towns whose homes and businesses will get access to a fiber-optic based internet connection in 2018. ECFiber will also build some mileage in Woodstock to initiate service there and to improve connectivity between West Windsor, Reading, and the rest of its network.

UVM partners with MassMutual in groundbreaking data science initiative

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 2:45pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Seeking to expand the applications of computational, social and data science, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) announced today that it is providing the University of Vermont (UVM) $500,000 to fund an innovative pilot program within the university’s Vermont Complex Systems Center. It will create a new doctoral fellowship, support faculty research and hire a visual data artist-in-residence.

Third Annual Statewide Young Professionals Summit of Vermont to be held in Rutland Sept 9

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 1:10pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Joined by Governor Phil Scott, the Rutland Young Professionals announced the 3rd Annual Young Professionals Summit of Vermont today. The Summit will be held in downtown Rutland at the Paramount Theater on Saturday, September 9th and will welcome young professionals from across the state.

Weekly unemployment claims fall to 320

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 12:26pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims fell again last week to a low summer-time level. Claims had been running higher than usual earlier in the summer, but have fallen steadily during July. Claims also are lower than they were the same time last year, which had been the usual case for most weeks in 2017. For the week of July 29, 2017, there were 320 claims, down 56 from the previous week's total and 42 fewer than than they were a year ago.

Schubart: The Mouse Trap

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 11:55am -- tim

by Bill Schubart I’m losing my war against field mice. This time they chewed through the power cord to the freezer. So, with the freezer thawing, it’s time for a family cookout. I’m pulling chunks of hoarfrost-covered packages out and sorting them on the garage floor. The 3, 4, 5-year old labels are illegible. Let’s see, this looks like liver – but lamb, venison, beef, or pork? These round things must be organs. That’s a chicken, or is it the wild turkey our lawn-mower guy gave us?