VT Digger | October 31, 2016

Board grants anonymity to surgical center investors

The Green Mountain Care Board has granted a request by independent doctors to keep their identities secret in their permit application to open a surgical center. ...

The doctors have been called simply “Physicians A-P” in regulatory documents, where their lawyers argue that using their real names would subject them to retaliation by hospitals. ...

On Wednesday, Vermont Legal Aid’s Office of the Health Care Advocate asked the board to allow it to see the names of the doctors involved in the case, saying, “We cannot fully fulfill our role without access to all available information.”

The board declined to comment on whether it would consider the request, because it is part of an ongoing case.