Our health care guardians at the Green Mountain Care Board are trying to sneak through a bit of business that combines bad policy with questionable procedure.
Well, I guess that explains the “sneak through” part. They can’t be proud of this.
Six years ago, the GMCB ordered the University of Vermont Medical Center to take $21 million in surplus revenue and spend it on developing a plan to boost inpatient mental health care, which has been abysmally lacking since Tropical Storm Irene wiped out the old state hospital in 2011. We’re now in our twelfth year of inadequate inpatient care that has left severely mentally ill patients languishing in emergency rooms and frontline providers dealing with the consequences.
The failure to address this situation ought to be a source of embarrassment if not shame to Our Political Leaders.
Anyway, it seemed like a decent idea: Let UVMMC use the surplus to tackle a challenge that nobody else would.
Well, now the GMCB is about to let UVMMC off the hook, further delaying any meaningful response to the shortage of inpatient care. And the Board trying to rush it through with the least possible fanfare.Continue reading