Vermont Business Magazine The Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties (VNA) Board of Directors voted unanimously on Thursday, November 9, to affiliate with the University of Vermont Health Network, of which the UVM Medical Center is the largest member. The partnership takes effect on January 1, 2018. The VNA said in a statement that the affiliation recognizes the importance of greater integration and collaboration among health care providers across the full continuum of care, and will benefit patients by responding to the increasing demand for home health and hospice services. VNA will be the first affiliate to provide post-acute, community-based care. UVMHC will have eight partners going forward, including three Vermont hospitals and three in upstate New York.“I’m thrilled the VNA will have a seat at the table, alongside the UVM Health Network’s member hospitals and physician organization, as we work toward our shared vision of a fully integrated, regional healthcare system,” said Judy Peterson, VNA president and CEO. “Our joint mission is to always provide the highest quality clinical care to all our patients. Through better integration, we will be able to provide more seamless, personalized, compassionate care while also improving the health of the whole community by reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and controlling costs.”“This partnership perfectly captures Vermont’s approach to healthcare reform: bringing providers of all types together in new ways to deliver better, more efficient care,” said John Brumsted, M.D., president and CEO of the UVM Health Network and CEO of the UVM Medical Center. “Better coordination between our organizations will enhance the excellent care the VNA is known for, and provide patients with a smoother transition back home when they have had a hospital stay.”The innovative partnership is the result of discussions about ways to strengthen efforts to improve the health of the community that began in late 2015.The VNA will remain a non-profit organization with its own Board of Directors, responsible for its own balance sheet and fundraising efforts. “We will continue to provide medically necessary services to anyone who needs them, regardless of their ability to pay, “said Peterson. “Joining the UVM Health Network affords us the opportunity to tap into additional resources to continue this mission.”Peterson cites examples such as expanded telemonitoring services, increased education opportunities for clinical staff, and better coordination of patient care between the VNA, hospital and physician offices. Group purchasing through the UVM Health Network will allow the VNA to realize savings that can be reinvested in programs and staff, while technological advances such as a shared electronic medical record (EMR) will make care more seamless for patients and efficient for staff.Over the next 12-18 months, the VNA brand identity will remain unchanged while the agency focuses on operational integration. In the future, the VNA will adopt the UVM Health Network branding and will develop a new name and brand identity that is aligned with its role in the Network.About the VNAThe VNA is Vermont’s oldest and largest non-profit home health and hospice agency providing the full spectrum of medically-complex home and community-based care to individuals and families throughout Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties. VNA programs span a lifetime and include comprehensive nursing care for adults and children, rehabilitation services, chronic disease management, hospice and palliative care services, adult day programs and private care services. Last year, the VNA served more than 5,400 individuals and provided $1.54 million in charitable care to our neighbors in need. For more information on VNA services and programs, please call 802.658.1900 or visit www.VNACares.org(link is external)About The University of Vermont Health NetworkThe University of Vermont Health Network is an integrated system serving the residents of Vermont and northern New York with a shared mission: Working together, we improve people’s lives. The partners are:The University of Vermont Medical Center(link is external)The University of Vermont Health Network Medical GroupThe University of Vermont Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center(link is external)The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center(link is external)The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital(link is external)The University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital(link is external)The University of Vermont Health Network – Porter Medical Center(link is external)Source: Source: Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties 11.10.2017 www.vnacares.org(link is external)
Tyreek Hill injury updateHill suffered a groin injury last week against the Broncos, but he practiced in full on Wednesday, according to Chiefs beat writer Matt Derrick. Barring any setback, it seems that Hill will be able to play.The biggest impact from Hill likely playing is that Chris Conley and Demarcus Robinson won’t get a chance to start. That’s not too big a deal though, as they were fringe fantasy options anyway.Sammy Watkins could also benefit from Hill coming back, as Hill will matchup with stud corner Denzel Ward. That will make Watkins face T.J. Carrie, and he should be able to beat the former Raider. Because of this, Watkins’ status as a WR2/3 this week won’t be impacted. Week 9 Rankings:Quarterback | Running Back | Wide Receiver | Tight End | D/ST | KickerIs Mike Evans playing Week 9?UPDATE: Evans returned to practice on Thursday. That’s a good sign for him and if he can continue to practice without suffering setbacks, he should have a chance to play on Sunday against the Panthers.Evans suffered a knee injury late in the Bucs’ comeback attempt against the Bengals last week. It wasn’t exactly clear at the time what the extent of the injury might be, but Evans missed practice on Wednesday, according to Greg Auman of The Athletic. That will make his status going forward this week critical to watch, as he is starting to look truly questionable for Sunday’s game.In the event that Evans can’t suit up because of the injury, DeSean Jackson and Chris Godwin would immediately move up in our WR rankings. The Panthers secondary hasn’t been great this year, and the Buccaneers figure to throw the ball frequently against them given their lack of a running game. Jackson would be the big-play threat, and he has great chemistry with Ryan Fitzpatrick, while Godwin would be more of a possession guy/TD threat (he had a score in each of Fitzpatrick’s first three starts of the season).It’s also possible that O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate could see more action if Evans is out. The Panthers are the worst team in the league against TEs, allowing the most fantasy points per game, so they could end up being TD threats and seeing more targets if Evans is out. No matter what, the Bucs passing game can be trusted, even if Evans can’t get on the field for Week 9. The matchup is just too good and the team has a lot of offensive weapons.MORE WEEK 9: Waiver wire pickups | How You’ll Lose | Preview PodcastIs Cooper Kupp playing Week 9?Earlier in the week, it was reported by Vincent Bonsignore of The Athletic that Sean McVay said Kupp had a “good chance” of playing against the Saints. It’s looking like that prediction may come into fruition.Kupp was able to return to practice on Wednesday, albeit in a limited fashion. If he continues to practice without suffering any setbacks, that may mean he’ll be ready to return in Week 9. Of course, it would be nice to see him upgraded to full participant at some point before Sunday, but for now, things are still trending in the right direction for Kupp. He’s a high-end WR2/WR1 in this favorable matchup.WEEK 9 DFS CASH LINEUPS: Yahoo | FanDuel | DraftKingsStefon Diggs injury updateUPDATE: Diggs officially missed Thursday’s practice, per Chad Graff of The Athletic. Friday now becomes crucial for him, as he will likely need to be at least limited to play against the Lions.Diggs popped up on the injury report this week with a rib injury, and he sat out of practice on Wednesday, according to the Vikings’ official Twitter. Diggs suffered the injury in the team’s Week 8 loss to the Saints, but it didn’t impact his ability to stay on the field.It’s possible that this could just be a maintenance day for Diggs, but his practice status on Thursday will enlighten us a lot more. If he can get back on the field in a limited capacity, that will quell concerns over his availability for this week’s matchup against the Lions.If Diggs can’t suit up because of the rib injury, it’s likely that Laquon Treadwell and Aldrick Robinson would receive more snaps. Neither would be a particularly appealing fantasy option, but there’s a chance that Treadwell could catch a TD. So, he might see a bump in our WR rankings if Diggs can’t see the field. Still, it seems more likely that the Vikings will rely on Adam Thielen and Kyle Rudolph as their top targets, so they would continue to be top fantasy options. WEEK 9 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endAllen Robinson injury newsAfter missing last week’s contest with a groin injury, Robinson was held out of practice on Wednesday with the same issue. Unless something changes in the near future, it looks like Robinson may be forced to miss his Week 9 contest with the Bills, as well.If Robinson is out, Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller will be the top options in the Bears receiving corps, but they’re still WR3/FLEX plays (at best). Tight end Trey Burton and RB Tarik Cohen will also see some targets, but Cohen is the better bet to be productive of that duo, as the Bills have been good against TEs this year.MORE WEEK 9 DFS: Values | Stacks | Lineup BuilderIs Keke Coutee playing in Week 9?Coutee was limited in practice on Wednesday as he continues to return from a hamstring injury that has hampered him for most of the season. Considering that he had a mini-bye to return from the injury, getting in a limited practice early in the week seems like a good sign.Though the acquisition of Demaryius Thomas put a damper on Coutee’s overall value, there’s still a good chance that if he’s on the field, he will see a solid target share. He was trending toward being the team’s No. 2 receiver even with Will Fuller in the lineup, as he is a great slot/possession guy. If Coutee plays, he can be trusted as a low-end WR3/FLEX because of his high volume of targets. The receivers across the NFL are starting to get banged up. Mike Evans suffered a knee injury on Sunday, while Cooper Kupp is trying to return from one. Stefon Diggs has also surfaced on the injury report after suffering a rib injury against the Saints. Meanwhile, Allen Robinson and Keke Coutee are both trying to avoid multi-week absences in their respective recoveries. These injuries might cause us to update our Week 9 WR rankings and could create some unexpected start ’em, sit ’em decisions for fantasy football owners, especially with so many teams on bye.As more injury news from around the league comes in, we’ll provide updates and keep you posted on all the latest developments. You can also follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy for more fantasy advice and updates. For Thursday night updates on Matt Breida, go here. For the latest on C.J. Beathard, click here.