State Board Sets 4 Percent Inflation Rate For Hospital Budgets

The Green Mountain Care Board has set forth a tentative target inflation rate of 4 percent for Vermont’s 14 hospitals for the coming fiscal year, a target that would add about $85 million to the current statewide spending level of $2.136 billion. The final system increase will depend on the board’s decisions on the individual hospitals’ requests.

Voices In The Week’s News: January 25, 2013

This week, volunteers marked Martin Luther King Day by doing community service, the state said detecting future leaks at Vermont Yankee may be compromised, committees looked into high gasoline prices, Legislators were introduced to the Health care Exchange software and Vermonters hit the ice for some pond hockey.

Vt. Hospitals Take Big Health Care Overhaul Step

Officials from Burlington’s Fletcher Allen Health Care, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and other hospitals serving Vermont have joined to create the nation’s first statewide accountable care organization. Friday’s announcement means about 42,000 of Vermont’s 118,000 Medicare beneficiaries will get their care from the new entity.