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Hospital prepares for strike as talks continue

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 4:01pm -- tim

UPDATE: No agreement was reached Tuesday night and talks will resume later Wednesday to avert a Thursday strike.

Vermont Business Magazine On Tuesday afternoon, UVM Medical Center president Eileen Whalen was joined by clinical and operations leaders to outline plans to ensure continued high-quality patient care in the event of a strike. The union representing the hospital’s nurses has announced its intention to strike for 48 hours starting on Thursday, July 12 at 7 am if an agreement is not reached on a new three-year contract. Talks will continue this evening in an effort to avert a strike. The nurses union, according to Local22 & Local44 news, has offered a one-year solution to get past the present deadlock.

John Burton retiring from NPI

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 3:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine NPI Technology Management announced today that John Burton, cofounder and president of NPI, will retire in 2018, remaining with NPI in an advisory role. In a statement to employees and clients, Eric Hart, NPIs CEO, said, “John is an outstanding leader who shepherded the company through the journey to become the technology management partner and advisor we are today. His  passion for helping businesses succeed is imprinted in every aspect of our work.”

State expands PFAs testing plan to include 10 schools in pilot project

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 3:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health has updated its health advisory for drinking water of 20 parts per trillion (ppt) to cover five per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). PFAS are a large group of human-made chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products worldwide since the 1950s. Exposure to certain PFAS may affect different systems in the human body.

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.

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