2014 was a transformative year for our health care system – both nationally and in the State of Florida. As systemic changes stemming from the Affordable Care Act are implemented, and the need for primary care providers expands, many states have seen the light and been prompted to redefine the role and scope of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN) to take full advantage of their capabilities.
More than two months have now gone by since the beginning of my official tenure as president of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and the Health Care Compliance Association. I have been active with the organization since its inception and a board member and officer for the past 10 years.
Ordinarily, I would start out the New Year exhorting everyone to have a 2015 filled with health, wealth and happiness. However after the past few months in the Felix family, we’re being a bit more particular and sticking with health only! Because when you get right down to it (and as many before me have said – probably a lot more eloquently),
Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), by the nature of their business, always face liability risks. Although many of these risks can be lessened through implementation of risk-management practices, they can rarely be eliminated.
Hospitals, Health Systems and larger practices are spending millions on advertising to convince the public at large that they care, really care, about their patients. Although hiring a four string quartet for the lobby may make sense, organizations should really focus on the little things (often free or cost pennies) which have the greatest impact on the patient’s overall experience.