Maggie Hansen, SVP/Chief Nurse Executive, at Memorial Healthcare System, Appointed by Governor to Florida Board of Nursing

Memorial Healthcare System Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive, Maggie Hansen, MHSc, RN, has been appointed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to the Florida Board of Nursing. Hansen is one of nine current board members and will serve a four-year term in the Nurse Executive Seat. The nursing board works to ensure the fitness and competence of nurses who provide healthcare services to patients in the state. They focus primarily on licensing practitioners who meet established standards, enforcing regulations, keeping the public informed, and protecting the Nurse Practice Act, which prohibits nurses who fall below minimum competency or present a danger to the public from practicing...

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Is telehealth as good as in-person care? A telehealth researcher explains how to get the most out of remote health care

COVID-19 has led to a boom in telehealth, with some health care facilities seeing an increase in its use by as much as 8,000%. This shift happened quickly and unexpectedly and has left many people asking whether telehealth is really as good as in-person care. Over the last decade, I’ve studied telehealth as a Ph.D. researcher while using it as a registered nurse and advanced practice nurse. Telehealth is the use of phone, video, internet and technology to perform health care, and when done right, it can be just as effective as in-person health care. But as many patients and health care professionals switch to telehealth for the first time, there will inevitably be a learning curve as...

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Feds Recover $2.6B in 2019

The federal government recently announced it won or negotiated more than $2.6 billion in healthcare fraud adjustments and settlements during the last fiscal year (2019). As a result of its efforts, as well as those of preceding years, approximately $3.6 billion was recovered. Of that total, approximately $2.5 billion was transferred to the Medicare Trust Funds. The 2019 recovery is slightly more than the $2.3 billion it recovered in fiscal year 2018. Of that recovery, $1.2 billion was returned to the Medicare Trust Funds. The annual look back released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), noted that the Department of Justice (DOJ) opened 1,060 new criminal healthcare...

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A Word is Worth Thousands: Protecting Your Healthcare Brand

Investing in a healthcare related business involves significant time and money. Building a brand takes even more and is extremely important in today’s society. Having the ability to build a recognizable brand, scale, and potentially sell, is the goal of many healthcare business entrepreneurs. With the ever-booming impact of social media, online advertising, and online reviews, healthcare businesses seek to engage at a higher degree than ever before to attract new patients, retain current patients, and establish themselves as experts in their respective fields. Building a brand is part of it, while protecting that brand is far more important. A well-recognized word or logo can be worth...

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