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New law curbs abuses by credit card terminal lessors

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 12:46pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A law to help small businesses, which was championed by Attorney General T.J. Donovan, went into effect on July 1. Act 4, “an Act relating to regulating finance leases for credit card terminals,” regulates leases of credit card terminals to smaller merchants. These terminals often cost a few hundred dollars to purchase, but are leased for thousands of dollars by predatory finance leasing companies. The leases are not cancellable and extend for 4 years. Act 4 puts protections in place to curb unfair practices by finance leasing companies.

Legislative session provides help to rural economy

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 12:42pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine At the end of the 2018 Vermont legislative session, a number of bills important to the state’s agricultural community became law.  The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets worked closely with the legislature and administration to bring attention to Vermont’s important rural economy. These new laws help make Vermont more affordable, take care of the most vulnerable, and grow the Vermont economy.

Below is a partial list of these new laws.

National Life Foundation donates $200,000 to the Champlain Housing Trust

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 11:17am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The National Life Group Foundation has granted $200,000 to the Champlain Housing Trust to fund the renovation of the Old North End Community Center. The Center is a historic building that currently houses several nonprofits from across Northwest Vermont. The current tenants include Robin’s Nest Children’s Center, the Family Room, Burlington Parks & Recreation Department, and AALV.

Woodridge rehab receives deficiency-free rating on annual re-inspection

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 11:10am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Woodridge Rehabilitation and Nursing, a certified 153-bed facility, recently received top marks—a deficiency-free certification survey—during its annual reinspection by the state’s Agency of Human Services, Division of Licensing and Protection. The unannounced on-site certification survey, conducted June 11-13, found Woodridge meets federal and state requirements for skilled nursing facilities participating in Medicare/Medicaid programs.

Central Vermont Medical Center named 2018 Top 20 Rural & Community Hospital

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 10:38am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine For the second year running, The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) has been named one of the nation’s Top 20 Rural & Community Hospitals by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). 

The ranking is based on indices including quality (such as the median time from emergency department arrival to hospital admission), clinical outcomes (including rates for 30-day heart failure, pneumonia and hospital-wide readmissions), and patient perspective on the care and services they receive.

Green Mountain Care Board to hold Vermont Health Connect rate hearings July 23, 24

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 6:41am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) will hold hearings open to the public concerning the proposed 2019 Vermont Health Connect insurance rates on Monday, July 23rd (Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont) and Tuesday, July 24th (MVP Health Plan, Inc.) in Room 11 of the Vermont State House beginning at 9:00 a.m. each morning.

SVMC enhances local ICU services

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 4:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Avera Health, a national leader in telemedicine services, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) will launch eICU CARE, an around-the-clock monitoring service for patients in the intensive care unit (ICU). The new capability will allow patients with certain conditions that would have required a transfer to larger medical centers to be treated here.

Vermont Family Network three to board

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 3:38am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Family Network (VFN) is pleased to announce the election of three new members to its Board of Directors. Kevin Kelleher, UVM Medical Center and Tom Borys, OneCare VT were elected onto the Board in January 2018, and Vasanthi Meyette, Champlain Valley School District, was elected at the organization’s Annual Meeting last Thursday, June 14. The following VFN Board members were unanimously elected to Executive Committee roles: President; Ellen Zeman, Champlain College, Vice-Chair; Craig Giles, Husky,  Secretary; Kim Keiser, Turrell Fund, Tr

Hospital, nurses meet face-to-face to try and avert strike

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 6:03pm -- tim

UPDATE: Late Monday night UVM Medical Center President Eileen Whalen sent the following statement: “We negotiated face-to-face with the nurses’ union tonight for several hours.  The discussions were productive and we will resume negotiations Tuesday at 4pm.  We will do our best to reach a fair agreement and avert a strike.”