Vermont awards millions to health care providers


RUTLAND (AP) - Vermont is awarding grants totaling more than $2.6 million to health care providers across the state.

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont Health Care Innovation Project leaders announced the grants Wednesday in Rutland.

Shumlin says the grant program addresses the challenge of stopping "skyrocketing health care costs."

Providers from Rutland to the Northeast Kingdom to Burlington received funds.

Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care received $350,000 for a statewide partnership to improve surgical care. Bi-State Primary Care and HealthFirst both received $400,000 each to develop provider networks that will increase care quality and reduce costs.

The grants are funded through the State Innovation Model program that is administered by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center.


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