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Southwestern Vermont Medical Center physicians participate in national effort to reduce maternal mortality

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 7:30am -- Brandon

Vermont Business Magazine Last month, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) OB/GYNs Malcolm Paine, MD, and Kimberley Sampson, MD, joined 700 OB/GYNs from across the country to advocate for the passage of three acts that would help prevent maternal deaths. The meeting was an effort of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Paine chairs SVMC’s Department of Obstetrics and ACOG’s Vermont Chapter. Sampson serves as vice chair of ACOG’s Vermont Chapter.

BMH and CCV host open houses for accelerated medical assistant program

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 4:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) and Community College of Vermont (CCV) are partnering again for an accelerated program to prepare qualified candidates for jobs as Certified Medical Assistants. Enrollment in the one semester program will be limited to twenty participants. Classes will be held on the CCV Brattleboro campus, and all clinical aspects of the course work will be completed at BMH. As part of the joint initiative, BMH is providing full scholarships for eight successful applicants.

Bromley presents $5,000 in 'Mom’s Day Off' funds to Cancer Center at SVMC

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 3:27am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Bromley Mountain Ski Resort’s President Bill Cairns (left) presented $5,000 to President and CEO of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Thomas A. Dee (right) on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at Bromley. The donation—which was given in support of women’s cancer care at Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center in Bennington, part of SVHC—was raised through Bromley’s “Mom’s Day Off” events on Friday, February 8 and Friday, March 8.

NVRH to participate in National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 2:57am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On April 16, in celebration of National Healthcare Decision Day (NHDD), the Ethics Committee at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) and the Vermont Ethics Network, encourages the public to take the time to plan for their future. From 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. on April 16 in the NVRH front lobby, trained volunteers will be available to assist people with completing an advanced directive and to discuss the importance of proactive decision-making.

Tax revenues rebound in March

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 4:24pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Vermont General Fund revenues bounced back in March, notably for the vital personal income tax, but uncertainty continues as to how refunds ultimately will play out in April through June, which will mark the end of the fiscal year. Complaints from taxpayers on problematic under-withholding on the federal tax tables, and changes in recent years on the state side, has led to uncertainty as to how much the state will ultimately take in. As of now, the state is showing slightly positive results for FY2019. The personal income tax alone gained nearly 23 percent in March, to just over $30 million.

Mascoma Bank recognized for promoting employee well-being, performance

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 3:25pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In recognition of its efforts to create a healthy, high-performing work environment, Mascoma Bank received the American Psychological Association’s 2019 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award at a ceremony March 28 in Washington, DC. One of eight employers from across North America to receive the award this year, Mascoma Bank won in the medium for-profit category. Mascoma received the APA Psychologically Healthy Workplace Honors in fall 2018, qualifying it for APA award consideration.

DFR orders CMFG to pay $231,000 penalty for improper life insurance interest payments

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 1:37pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Financial Regulation (DFR) has entered into a Stipulation and Consent Order with the CMFG Life Insurance Company (CMFG) of Madison, Wisconsin, for improperly calculating interest amounts resulting in underpayments to approximately 200 life insurance policy beneficiaries. Under the terms of the settlement, CMFG will pay a $231,000 administrative penalty and implement a corrective action plan. CMFG has also paid the correct interest amounts to the affected beneficiaries.

Labor Dept finds fraudulent activity in UI claims system

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 11:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Labor (VDOL) has identified eight cases of fraudulent activity in the Unemployment Insurance Claimant Portal system. Based on our initial review, this activity appears to involve individual claimant accounts, in which personal information was used to gain unauthorized access to the Unemployment Insurance system.

Springfield Medical adds RiseVT program manager

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 11:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine RiseVT, a primary prevention strategy of OneCare Vermont, has partnered with Springfield Medical Care Systems to bring health and wellness opportunities to the Springfield area as part of a massive statewide expansion to improve the health of Vermonters where they live, work, learn, and play. OneCare Vermont is the Accountable Care Organization for the state, working with providers to improve patient health and lower healthcare costs.

New report shows efficacy of automatic voter registration

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 10:55am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A newly released report by The Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law has found that automatic voter registration (AVR) has markedly increased the number of voters being registered, ranging in increases from 9 to 94 percent, in several states across the country that have  implemented it.

Vermont State Emergency Operations Center activated for flood response

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 9:40am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Heavy rain and snowmelt has caused sharp rises in rivers throughout the state. A number of state and local roads have been flooded and motorists are encouraged to respect all detours and stay off flooded roads. The Vermont Emergency Operations Center in Waterbury is activated to assist municipalities in flood response.