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New medical codes to track social determinants of health

Tue, 10/12/2021 - 5:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As of October 1, health care providers now have the ability to track a patient’s social determinants of health through new medical codes championed by Family Nurse Practitioner Sarah DeSilvey and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (Blue Cross). When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved a suite of new medical codes this spring, it was the culmination of years of work and collaboration between Blue Cross and DeSilvey.

Devon Green​: Booster shots keep us safe

Tue, 10/12/2021 - 4:22am -- tim

by Devon Green​, VAHHS Vice President of Government Relations With boosters now widely available in Vermont, we hope eligible Vermonters take advantage of this great opportunity to further protect themselves, their families and their communities. Signing up is easy and the Vermont Department of Health has done an incredible job to ensure access to Pfizer boosters for all Vermonters.

Nurses union hosted round table on current staffing shortage & potential solutions

Tue, 10/12/2021 - 3:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As part of their ongoing fight for safe staffing at the University of Vermont Medical Center, The Vermont Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals held a live streamed Roundtable discussion on Sunday, October 10. Nurses and techs shared their perspectives and discussed potential solutions with Vermont policymakers. More specifically, they discussed the current staffing conditions at UVMMC, how we got to this point, the broader impacts that short staffing is having on the community, and both short- and longer-term solutions to this crisis.  

SVHC October 13 Medical Matters Weekly with Director of Population Health Rory Price

Tue, 10/12/2021 - 3:12am -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s (SVHC) Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson—a weekly interactive, multiplatform medical-themed talk show—will feature Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s Director of Population Health Rory Price, MPH, on its October 13 program. The show will air at 12 p.m. She will share results from the Community Health Needs Assessment conducted earlier this year.

Leahy presents $250,000 grant to Vermont Indigenous Heritage Center

Mon, 10/11/2021 - 6:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine During a visit to the Vermont Indigenous Heritage Center on Monday, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) announced a $250,000 grant to make improvements to the center’s home at the Ethan Allen Homestead. On hand for the announcement were Dr. Fred Wiseman, whose personal collection of artifacts forms the main portion of the collection; Phelan Fretz, executive director of the Leahy ECHO Center; and Nick Warner of the Winooski Valley Park District (WVPD).

VDH: No COVID fatalities as cases stay above 200

Mon, 10/11/2021 - 2:24pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health on Monday reported 222 COVID-19 cases (up four from Sunday) and no additional deaths for 335 statewide. This is the fifth consecutive day with cases over 200. There were 41 people hospitalized (up seven) with 12 in the ICU (up three). Cases in the southern four counties which have been high in recent days fell back today. But cases were relatively high in Caledonia, Orleans and Washington counties.

Waltz: Use data to weigh school spending

Mon, 10/11/2021 - 2:01pm -- tim

by Jean Waltz, District Central School Board Commissioner, Burlington In 1997, in Brigham v. State, the Vermont Supreme Court concluded that the Vermont constitution requires the provision of substantially equal educational opportunity to all students. The court declared the state’s education funding system unconstitutional because it resulted in wide disparities in per-pupil expenditures.

Media Mentoring Project in Brattleboro, October 13

Mon, 10/11/2021 - 1:43pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine For organizations getting the word out about essential programs, creating compelling press materials and working with media organizations has become a critical part of the success of worthy nonprofit endeavors. As part of the Media Mentoring Project, a series of workshops produced by Vermont Independent Media, publisher of The Commons, two professionals who have experience in doing so successfully will be available to coach workshop participants in creating communications that are accurate, professional, compelling, and — most importantly — effective.

Norwich to dedicate an F-16 display, to commemorate 75th anniversary of VTANG

Mon, 10/11/2021 - 9:44am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University is honored to welcome Col Adam T. Rice, 158th Fighter Wing Vice Commander and Norwich University alumnus, Class of 1991 in a private ceremony Oct. 16 to dedicate an F-16 display at Sabine Field. This miniature aircraft display will commemorate 75 years of partnerships between the Vermont Air National Guard (ANG), Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFROTC) Detachment 867, and Norwich University.

Statement of Lieutenant Governor Gray on Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2021

Mon, 10/11/2021 - 9:17am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine This morning, Lieutenant Governor Gray released the following statement on Indigenous Peoples’ Day 2021: “Today, across Vermont, we recognize Indigenous Peoples' Day. Across this nation, and here in Vermont, we commemorate the rich history and culture of Indigenous Peoples’ and recommit ourselves to enacting policies and practices that promote and respect cultural equity."

Farm to School & Early Childhood Grant Opens

Mon, 10/11/2021 - 3:25am -- tim

Vermont Agency of Agriculture Food & Markets October is National Farm to School Month - an apt time to step back and appreciate all the farmers, supply chain workers, food service professionals, childcare providers, educators and administrators that have been carrying out the heroic work of keeping kids fed during this pandemic. From everyone at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, a huge thank you. 

VDH: COVID cases over 200 again, no deaths

Sun, 10/10/2021 - 10:52pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health on Sunday reported 218 COVID-19 cases (down 26 from Friday) and no additional deaths for 335 statewide. This is the fourth consecutive day with cases over 200. There were 34 people hospitalized (up four) with nine in the ICU (up one). Cases and fatalities remain high in the southern four counties. Cases today were also high again in Orleans and Washington counties.