Employers Test Obamacare By Excluding Some Surgeries

Libbi Stovall couldn’t believe it last month when she looked at the fine print in her company’s 2016 health plan, which supposedly meets the strictest standard for employer obligations under Affordable Care Act rules. The insurance paid for inpatient hospital care, office visits and diagnostic imaging. But it provided no coverage for outpatient surgery, which accounts for two out of every three operations in the nation, according to...

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Accrediting Agency Warns Hitchcock

Lebanon — An independent accreditation organization for medical education has issued warnings to Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital and its surgery-training program for new doctors after receiving a complaint from a resident who was dismissed from that program. That development punctuated a five-year-old controversy that put a temporary roadblock in the career path of an aspiring doctor and raised questions about the policies and...

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At the Hospitals: Sept. 13, 2015

Open House Set At New Rehab Center Windsor — Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center will host an open house at its newly opened rehabilitation center on Sept. 24, from 2-4 p.m. Kevin Donovan, the hospital and health center’s CEO, said the free event will be “very special” for the hospital and community. “Not only have we opened a brand new, state-of-the-art facility, we’re also celebrating our 23rd rehabilitation reunion, when...

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Cellphone Use Plagues Hospital Operating Rooms

Next time you’re on the operating table and you take one last look around as the anesthesiologist approaches, don’t be too sure that that person in scrubs looking at a smartphone is pulling up vital health data. He or she might be texting a friend, or ordering new carpet. Cellphone use is not generally restricted in the operating room, but some experts say the time for rules has come. In interviews, many described co-workers texting...

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