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How Fletcher Allen is Fighting the Opiate Epidemic

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Over the course of my more than 20 years as an emergency physician, I have seen thousands of patients with painful conditions. During that same time, I have witnessed the remarkable evolution of modern pain medication – its potential and its pitfalls. We can now help patients manage both short-term pain and long-term pain. Yet, …Read More

Vermont Health Connect: What Does It Mean For Me?

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The Affordable Care Act was signed into law to improve the quality, affordability, and accessibility of healthcare across the country.  As a result of this, the federal government requires that in 2014 all states offer a marketplace (also known as an exchange) where individuals and small businesses may purchase health care plans. The Health Assistance …Read More

A Palliative Care Physician’s Response to Act 39: Patient Choices at End of Life

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Join Dr. McVeigh for Community Medical School on September 10. She will join three other doctors for a panel discussion titled “Patient Choices and End of Life.” Learn more and register here.  Palliative care is care directed at comfort and quality of life for patients facing serious illness. The focus is on living and helping …Read More

Moving Forward Boldly: How OneCare Vermont Brings Health Care Providers Together

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OneCare Vermont is an excellent example of Vermonters partnering to tackle a complex challenge: lowering the cost of health care and providing even greater quality of care.  In our last blog post, we shared what an ACO is, how OneCare Vermont originated, and cleared up some myths about how it operates.  Now, we want to …Read More

Accountable Care Organizations: Improving Care Coordination for People with Medicare

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Since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, we have received a number of questions from members of our community about a new aspect of that law: the Accountable Care Organization (ACO). We wanted to take time to share with you what is myth and what is reality when it comes to …Read More

A Response to the New York Times Article on Medical Bill Costs

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The recent New York Times article, “The $2.7 Trillion Medical Bill,” observed a more significant factor in the nation’s $2.7 trillion annual health care bill may not be the use of extraordinary services, but the high price tag of ordinary ones.  The article goes on to highlight colonoscopies as a compelling case study, noting they …Read More

Patient Choice at the End of Life: What Vermont’s New Law Means for Fletcher Allen

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Vermont became the fourth state in the nation to make it legal for a patient with a terminal illness to obtain a prescription with the intent to hasten their death. Unlike most new laws, where there’s usually a period of several months before they go into effect, this one went into effect last week, immediately …Read More

Why I Support a Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

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The average kid in America, depending on their age group, is drinking between 41 and 108 gallons of sugar sweetened beverages per year. Think about that for a minute. That’s up to 108 gallons of regular soda, sugar sweetened juice, and sports drinks, like Gatorade, PowerAde and Vitamin Water That’s between 35 and 90 pounds …Read More

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate?: First Annual Pediatric Resident Day at the State Capitol

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As a pediatric resident, I can attest to the effects of children who have not been vaccinated, and the consequences are devastating. Given the success of vaccines over the past decades, it is not surprising that the public is unaware of how devastating vaccine-preventable diseases can be since we don’t see many of them anymore …Read More

Childhood Immunizations Are A Common Good: Weighing in On the Philosophical Exemption Debate

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Every state requires children to receive certain mandatory vaccinations in order to attend day care or school.  Children are exempted from this requirement if: there is a medical reason why the vaccine would not be safe (all 50 states) their parents are part of a religious group opposed to immunization (48 states) their parents express …Read More