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Vermont health regulator approves $620m budget for care plan

Vermont health regulator approves $620m budget for care plan

December 23, 2017 04:10 PM

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont's health care regulator has approved a $620 million plan designed to revolutionize how the state's health care providers are reimbursed.
    
The budget approved by the Green Mountain Care Board places a greater emphasis on preventive care and wellness programs rather than paying provider for the tests and procedures they perform.
    
The plan approved for the OneCare accountable care organization covers about 120,000 patients or about 20 percent of the state's population.
    
The plan calls for OneCare to provide the patients it is covering with all of their health care needs during 2018 for $600 million. The additional money will pay other expenses.
    
Green Mountain Care Board Chairman Kevin Mullin tells Vermont Public Radio the move is a major step in transforming the state's health care system.
    
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Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net

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