Registration for collaborative meeting between the American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter, Vermont Academy of Family Physicians, Vermont Psychiatric Association, and the Vermont Medical Society is now open.  The meeting will be held during the 203rd VMS annual meeting, Nov. 4-5, at the Hilton Burlington in Burlington, Vt.   For more information, including hotel reservations, schedule of events, leadership award honorees and event sponsors, click here. 
The Vermont Academy of Family Physicians today joined 37 other organizations in Alliance for a Healthier Vermont, a group seeking new sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) tax legislation.  During a press conference this morning at the statehouse, the coalition called on the tax in order to address the state’s growing obesity rates and associated health care costs.
For the fourth-consecutive year, Vermont has been named the nation’s healthiest state by the United Health Foundation.   The state has steadily risen in the last 20-plus years of the group’s America’s Health Rankings, moving from 20th in 1990 to the top spot today.    Here is what the United Health Foundation had to say about Vermont:  
The Vermont Medical Society Education and Research Foundation today released Safe and Effective Treatment of Chronic Pain in Vermont, a whitepaper detailing the many challenges health care providers face in providing safe and effective treatment to persons with chronic pain in Vermont and the role those challenges play in prescription drug abuse.  
John K. Evans, MHA, FACHE, has been appointed the president and chief executive officer of Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. VITL is a non-profit organization that operates the statewide health information exchange, a secure network that enables health care organizations to exchange clinical and administrative health data needed at the point of care, for clinical decision support and to manage population health. VITL also assists Vermont health care providers with the selection and implementation of electronic health records systems and other health information technology.
Norman Ward, M.D., was named president of the Vermont Medical Society today during its 199th annual meeting held at the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, Vt.
Under a new Board Rule, all physicians licensed by the Vermont Board of Medical Practice (VBMP) will be required to meet a new Continuing Medical Education (CME) requirement of 30 hours in each two-year licensing period, beginning with the upcoming licensing cycle (Dec. 1, 2012 to Nov. 30, 2014) and report their CME as part of the renewal process for the 2014 to 2016 license.  For the initial cycle, training completed during the six months proceeding Dec. 1, 2012 will count as if completed during the 2012-2014 licensing cycle.
A bill that as originally introduced would have eliminated the philosophical exemption allowing parents to enroll children in public school without immunizations, passed the last day of the session with heavy amendments that in the end left the philosophical exemption intact. While the Senate voted to eliminate the philosophical exemption, the House voted 93-36 to keep it.
A coalition of health care providers that included the American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter, Vermont Medical Society and Vermont Academy of Family Physicians on Wednesday organized a press conference urging the Vermont House to pass S.199, a bill that would eliminate the philosophical exemption allowing parents to enroll children in public school without immunizations. The press conference took place as the House Health Care Committee entered its second day of hearing testimony on the legislation, which has already been overwhelmingly approved by the Vermont Senate.
The House Health Care Committee will hold a public hearing on Senate bill S.199, a bill that would eliminate the philosophical exemption allowing parents to enroll children in public school without immunizations. The hearing will be held Wednesday, March 21, in room 11 at the statehouse from 6 to 8 p.m. Witnesses, who will each have approximately three minutes to testify, can start signing up to speak at 5:30 p.m.


Contact Information

President: Carol Blackwood, M.D.

Executive Director: Stephanie Winters

Telephone: (802) 223-7898

FAX: (802) 223-1201

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 1457
Montpelier, VT 05601

Email: swinters@vtmd.org