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Rachel Cartwright, Ph.D., M.S., RN, LHRM

Rachel Cartwright, Ph.D., M.S., RN, LHRM

Medical Legal Concepts, LLC

  • Founder and CEO of Medical Legal Concepts, LLC
  • National speaker on health care-related topics including regulatory compliance, in-person, webinar, and virtual
  • Provides consultation for health care institutions addressing quality and compliance issues
  • Author of several publications related to legal aspects of documentation and standards of care
  • President-elect, Florida Speakers Association; and member of National Speakers Association, American Nurses Association, and American Society of Healthcare Risk Managers
  • Host and producer of the https://legalnurseconsultantsummit.com/
  • Owner of Medical Legal Concepts Academy https://mlcacademy.thinkific.com/
  • Ph.D. degree in public policy and administrations: law and public policy; master’s degree in nursing; licensed health care risk manager
  • Can be contacted at 800-259-8058 or [email protected]

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