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February 25th, 2013
This week’s writer is Dr. Marvin Malek, MD MPH, who is an internist working at Central Vermont Hospital in Berlin.
The financial problem that occurred recently at Porter Hospital isn’t the first and won’t be the last cost overrun we’ll see in Vermont related to the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). Unfortunately, Angelo Lynn (Addison Independent, Jan. 10) grossly understates the magnitude of the health information technology (HIT) problem in the health sector, dismissing the Porter case as a mere cost mis-estimation.
MONKTON — Police are looking for help in determining the origin of a fire that consumed a horse barn in Monkton early Sunday morning.
At approximately 3 a.m. on Feb. 24 the Monkton Fire Department responded to a fire at 271 White Ridge Lane in Monkton. The fire was reported after a Monkton resident saw an “orange glow” in the area of White Ridge Lane.
ADDISON COUNTY — When Vermonters gather around the tube to watch the 85th Academy Awards ceremony Sunday night they will be pulling for their favorite movies, actors and directors. One film up for an Oscar and the film’s director will have a particularly loud cheering section in Addison County.
MIDDLEBURY — Local lawmakers served notice on Monday that they will need to raise revenues and cut some programs in order to draft and pass a responsible fiscal year 2014 state budget.
At a Legislative Breakfast at the American Legion in Middlebury, Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, said this is the toughest financial year he has seen since being elected to the House 10 years ago. The House majority leader noted the federal government was able to cushion some of the financial blow of the recession through millions of dollars in stimulus funds.
MIDDLEBURY — Following months of charged discussion among students and administrators about the possibility of divesting the college’s endowment from fossil fuels and weapons companies, seven students presented the case for divestment at the February board of trustees meeting this past Saturday. No decisions were made, but officials lauded the students for their presentation.
MIDDLEBURY — When most people think of “first aid,” they think of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, the Heimlich maneuver and other emergency measures to keep someone alive during a physical crisis.
Now the Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC) wants people to be able to dispense first aid to people suffering from what might be less overt, but very serious mental health ailments.
MIDDLEBURY — There was continued controversy at Monday’s Legislative Breakfast surrounding Gov. Peter Shumlin’s proposed surcharge on break-open tickets. The 10-percent surcharge on the $1 tickets — sold by many local nonprofits to raise money for charitable causes — is designed to raise what Shumlin projects as $6 million for weatherizing Vermont homes.
Shumlin has stated that the surcharge would apply to the producers of the tickets and not on the proceeds raised from the nonprofit agencies who sell them, such as local American Legion posts.
MIDDLEBURY — Gov. Peter Shumlin’s proposed redirection of $17 million from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) program to help expand early child education programs drew some criticism at Monday’s Legislative Breakfast at the American Legion Post in Middlebury.
Shumlin’s proposal has come under fire from those who contend that reduction in the EITC benefit will hit low-income recipients the hardest.