Amy Cohen, Program Manager of Patient- and Family-Centered Care at the UVM Medical Center talks about the new Welcoming Policy allowing for elimination of visiting hours and what else the Patient and Family Advisers are working on at the hospital. Listen to the interview by clicking on the link below, or read the transcript that […]

May is ATV Awareness Month. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were approximately 340 All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV)-related deaths and 97,200 ATV-related injuries treated at emergency departments in the United States in 2015. Approximately 20% of all ATV-related fatalities since 1982 have occurred among children under the age of 16 It’s ATV […]

Our top 10 blog article of the year span an array of topics, from a patient story about a near death experience to a behind-the-scenes look at our new Mother-Baby Unit to answering your questions about childhood vaccines — and much more. Be sure to read and share our Top 10 Blog Articles of 2015! […]

In November 2014, Mental Health America, a mental health advocacy group, published what it describes as its first annual report to provide a more complete picture of the mental health status in America. Titled “Parity or Disparity: The State of Mental Health in America 2015,” the report attempts to establish a baseline from which they […]

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, […]

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 […]

Palliative care is care directed at comfort and quality of life for patients facing serious illness. The focus is on living and helping people retain as much of themselves and what matters despite difficult illness, largely through controlling symptoms and providing supportive care. We also help people formulate plans for when they are at the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]