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Yacht Crew: Urgency or Emergency?

Urgency or Emergency?When you get sick or injured, taking prompt and appropriate steps often determines how quickly (or slowly) you recover from the condition. However, this does not mean that the best course of action is to always head to the nearest hospital Emergency Room (if you are ashore) or to declare SOS, simply because you need a tissue. With regard to your health insurance and also in an effort to get prompt care, Urgent Care facilities are often the best place to go, if you aren’t going in an ambulance. In contrast, sickness or injury onboard, no matter how minor it may seem, should be treated with the utmost care and as an emergency. Some of the most common mistakes that are made regardless of where they happen include: Continue reading

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes Awareness MonthDid you know that 1 in every 10 people have diabetes? That’s a whopping 29.1 million people in the United States living with diabetes, and the alarming statistic is that 8 million of those people may not even know they have it! Diabetes is very common and is becoming more and more prevalent, while in many cases it could have been prevented. So in recognition of Diabetes Awareness Month, MHG Insurance Brokers would like to help get a grip on this epidemic, and share a few important points that may help you or a loved one, prevent, diagnose, or treat this disease. Continue reading

5 Myths about the Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act Myths

Sound the alarm! Open Enrollment begins this week! The Affordable Care Act may be in its second year, but there’s still a lot of confusion out there that we would like to clear up. Here are a few myths that we’ve heard from clients, friends and family recently. And yes, the website should work just fine. Continue reading

3 Ways Social Media Has Changed Insurance

MHG60Do you remember what life was like 10 years ago? How about 5? It’s hard to think of a world without Social Media and Smartphones, and even harder to remember that these things didn’t even exist a decade ago. Five years ago, having a smartphone was a luxury, not the norm. People were still using Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn were fairly new or unknown to most, and Instagram and Google+ didn’t even exist yet. Today we live in a world where information is everywhere, and all we have to do is reach into our pocket to unlock it all. Continue reading

VIKAND Hires Michele Hart, RN as Key Account Manager

HartFORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA (November 10, 2014) – VIKAND (formerly known as MHG Medical Management Services), is pleased to announce the addition of Michele Hart, RN to their team.  Reporting to Crystol Lasley, Director, Medical Services, Michele will be responsible for the management of medical operations designated clients, including formulary and equipment management and providing general medical services and conducting audits of shipboard medical facilities.

 VIKAND’s services include medical facilities management and consulting, biomedical equipment inspection and calibration, outbreak mitigation and crisis management, medical personnel credentialing, placement and/or management, medical facilities auditing and support, formulary and medical equipment standardization, procurement and management, pre-employment medical examination support and crew wellness programs.  VIKAND operates in all aspects of the maritime industry including Cruise, Commercial and Energy industry as well as in the Mega-Yacht Sector.  Continue reading

Why Men Should Be Participating in Movember

Happy MovemberEvery November you may wonder to yourself, “Why are there so many guys with mustaches and beards?” The answer is simple, Movember!

For those of you who don’t know, Movember, a portmanteau from moustache and November, is the annual event in which men grow facial hair for one month in order to spread awareness about prostate and other male cancers. The goal of Movember, is to “change the face of men’s health,” which is quite a clever play on words. Just like Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, which not only betters your chances of receiving effective treatments, but will also eventually lower the number of preventable deaths. Continue reading

Has “Back to the Future” really become “Back to the Present?”

MHG52Great Scott! Has “Back to the Future” really become “Back to the Present?” It is hard to believe that it’s been almost 30 years since the classic “Back to the Future” was released. Where has the time gone?

We are coming close to the exact date, October 21, 2015, that Marty McFly travels to in the sequel to the 1985 blockbuster. Which means that there are plenty of companies creating the fancy futuristic gadgets that McFly sports in the second film. Nike plans to release his automatic lace up sneakers, better known as Nike Air MAGs, next year. Mattel has already released a replica of his hoverboard, however, it is just for show and doesn’t actually hover. However, Arx Pax, a small company located in Los Gatos, California, is now offering an actual working hoverboard. They have a Kick Starter that is offering the hoverboard for $10,000. As insurance brokers, we were thinking how this would impact the insurance world. Continue reading

MHG Medical Management Services Announces Company Name Change

vikandFORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA (November 3, 2014) – MHG Medical Management Services today announced a company name change to VIKAND, effective November 3rd, 2014. The international medical management company also unveiled a complete rebranding that includes the launch of a brand new website and expanded social media presence. Continue reading

5 Things to Know about Yacht Safety Drills

MHG58At MHG Insurance Brokers, we make sure that our yacht crew clients are insured in the event of a medical issue or an accident, but we also take an interest in the everyday health and safety of our clients. Today we would like to provide a round up of information from our friends and partners that are experts on Yacht Safety Drills.

If you have a story or comment about onboard safety drills, including ways to make a drill fun or memorable, please leave us a comment or join the discussion on our Facebook page. Continue reading

William Heymann, MD, FACEP, Medical Director, MHG Medical, Appointed Chair of ACEP Cruise Ship Medicine Section

medicalFORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA (October 29, 2014) – Effective October 27th, 2014 Dr. William Heymann, Medical Director for MHG Medical Management Services, assumed the role of Chairman for the American College of Emergency Physicians Cruise Ship Medicine Section, of which he was a co-founder.  Dr. Heymann also was an integral part of this group along with the CLIA Medical Facilities Working Group in the development of Health Care Guidelines for Cruise Ship Medical Facilities, which is the generally accepted standard in the cruise industry.  As the Chair, he will coordinate the development of medical guidelines that have been adopted by the international cruise ship industry.

Dr. Heymann has a fellowship in Cardiology and has studied at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  He is past Chairman of the Department of Critical Care at Cedars Medical Center in Miami (now University of Miami Hospital) a teaching hospital of the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, where he practiced as a critical care and emergency physician.

Dr.. Heymann has served as a medical director or consultant for numerous cruise lines and is currenlty the Medical Director for MHG Medical Management Services, LLC. Continue reading

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