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Scott makes 3 appointments to the Green Mountain Care Board – Brospar Daily News

Governor Phil Scott named two new members to the strong Green Mountain Nursing Council and reappointed a third member.

Federal prosecutor Owen Foster, who has led several major health care fraud cases, will become the new chairman of the board, according to the governor’s office. His term expires in 2024.

David Murman, an emergency medicine clinician at Vermont Central Medical Center, was also recently appointed to the Vermont Health Care Cost Management Agency. His term expires in 2028.

Robin Lunge, the state’s former director of health care reform, was reappointed for a term that expires in 2023, led by Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin, who has served on the Green Mountains Medical Board since 2016.

Their appointments take effect on October 1. In a statement on Thursday, Republican Scott thanked them for agreeing to serve and warned them “the road ahead will not be easy.”

“The ensuing pandemic and the effects of inflation had a huge impact on our nation’s health care system,” Scott said. “Stabilizing and modernizing delivery systems, prioritizing prevention and healthier lifestyles, and ensuring equitable access to care are important steps to ensure that health care costs do not rise. no faster than Vermont’s ability to pay.”

Jessica Holmes, acting president since former state Rep. Kevin Mullin leave In August, she will resume her duties as a full member of the Board of Directors. His term expires in 2026.

David Moorman.courtesy photo

Foster will come to the Green Mountain Board of Nursing from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Vermont, where he has served since 2014. He has served as the lead prosecutor in several major health care fraud cases, including the government action against medical records company eClinicalWorks, Inc., Greenway Health, LLC and Practice Fusion, Inc., according to Scott’s office. Foster also appeared a key role In U.S. prosecutors’ criminal investigation into Purdue Pharma and the company’s $8 billion settlement with the government.

A native of Middlebury, he attended the University of Vermont with an undergraduate degree and later Columbia Law School. He lives in Jericho.

“Our healthcare system is at a critical time and we face serious challenges,” Foster said in a statement. “I look forward to joining the talented team at the Green Mountain Board of Nursing and working with all stakeholders to ensure equitable and timely access to high quality, affordable care for Vermonters.

CVMC Emergency Medicine Clinician Murman leads the residency and training of medical students at the hospital. He previously worked at the University of Vermont Medical Center and Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. He lives in Waterbury.

“As an emergency physician, I have daily insight into a large part of the regional health system. From primary care and nursing home challenges to mental health and regional transfer capabilities, I see these struggles and successes every day,” Moorman said in a statement.

Robin Long.courtesy photo

The Green Mountain Board of Nursing operates largely independently of the executive branch, although the governor can appoint its members. His choice must come from a Appointments Committee It consists of two members selected by legislators, executive and legislative leaders, and the governor.

Mike Fisher, the state health care advocate for Vermont Legal Aid, said he’s grateful the board has a comprehensive list — and a connection to Vermont.

“I look forward to working with these new board members,” he said. “We have a very difficult job ahead of us on how to strike the right balance between protecting our healthcare facilities and ensuring Vermonters can afford the care they need.”

Neal Goswami, spokesperson for the University of Vermont Health Network, the state’s largest health care provider, said the network is also looking forward to working with new board members to make “health care more equitable, control costs, and meet the needs of Vermont’s growing population.

“As we and other Vermont hospitals work to stabilize our long-term finances, we are encouraged by Governor Scott’s commitment to addressing the challenges facing our health care delivery system and his recent appointment to the Green Mountain Board of Nursing. ,”He says.

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