South Florida Hospital News
Tuesday May 26, 2020
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May 2020 - Volume 16 - Issue 11

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The coronavirus pandemic has made a significant impact on all families, businesses, and healthcare organizations across Florida. During today’s uncertain and unprecedented times, healthcare organizations and medical practices should not have to worry about putting off any legal challenges as it relates to their revenue cycle process.

Just a few short months ago, healthcare concerns over linens, scrubs, uniforms, towels, privacy curtains, patient gowns and robes were solved by ImageFIRST Customer Advocates (backed by a support team in service/operations) who focused on an inventory management and stocking protocol that supported a worry-free relationship. 

FastFingerprints has become a one stop shop for all Level II livescan fingerprint background check needs for the state of Florida and nationwide. With over 40 FastFingerprints Florida locations, the company can capture livescan fingerprints - with or without AHCA photo - electronically and transmit them directly to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). 

Nurses have always had a difficult job, whether caring for patients on their daily rounds, handling emergency room traumas, or reacting to crises on a regular basis. But treating a broken leg or responding to someone who had a heart attack or stroke does not necessarily result in danger to the nurses themselves.

Each May for the past 16 years, we’ve dedicated our May issue to National Nurses Week and our annual Salute to Nursing. And while it is tempting to tighten our belts and limit our pages in the face of Covid-19, we just can’t do it. Now more than ever, a Salute to Nurses and all Healthcare and Frontline Workers is appropriate, if not essential. 

The spread of the coronavirus has affected every aspect of healthcare, and that includes malpractice insurance. While some physicians are on the front lines, others are experiencing a slowdown in business - and both have concerns.

Mari Pantoja-Smith, MSN, RN, defines herself as a “nursy nurse” - someone who has a passion for taking care of others, and who believes that nursing is more of a calling than a job.

ACHE of South Florida has a mission of supporting our members through education, networking, mentoring, and career related resources. In these unprecedented times, we know that many of our members are working on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis and we salute all of you. We also are sensitive to the reality that some members have been financially affected by this crisis and may need some help.

Throughout my life, there’s been countless examples personally, with friends, co-workers and family, where things go from being predictable and routine (almost mundane) to completely unexpected. These are usually one offs like an accident, illness, divorce or very regionalized such as a flood, tornado or hurricane. Unfortunately, sometimes when we are too comfortable, a wakeup call is necessary. 

The dramatic spread of the COVID-19 has greatly impacted how community health centers, hospitals, urgent care centers and other health care centers operate. Healthcare facilities nationwide have been forced to adapt quickly to the demands of the current pandemic exacerbated by a dwindling supply of masks, gowns and other protective equipment for its workers. 

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