Vermont Medical Society Adopts New Resolutions, Sets Health Care Public Policy Priorities for 2018
Montpelier, Vt. (Nov. 9, 2017) – The Vermont Medical Society (VMS) adopted policy resolutions that address issues of importance to the state’s physicians, including the implementation of Vermont Department of Health opioid rules, revising its policy on end-of-life-care, reaffirming its opposition to the legalization of non-medical marijuana, and ensuring that at least one Green Mountain Care Board seat be occupied with a physician or other health care professional.
VMS members approved the resolutions during the organization’s 204th annual meeting Nov. 4, in Woodstock, Vt.
The resolutions will form the basis of the organization’s 2018 public policy efforts on behalf of its 2,000 physician members. The adopted resolutions were:
Implementation of VDH Opioid Rules
VMS urges the Vermont Department of Health and Vermont Board of Medical Practice to: meet with a Society representative(s) on a regular basis to discuss implementation of the Rules; pursue alternatives to disciplinary action, such as educational outreach, for any prescriber attempting in good faith to comply with the Rules; and, to continue to