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Angie Szumlinski, NHA, RN-BC, RAC-CT and BS

Director of Risk Management

Angie SzumlinskiMs. Szumlinski is a nationally-recognized leader in long-term care with experience as an Owner/Provider, Administrator, Director of Nursing, Corporate Quality Assurance Coordinator and independent consultant. Ms. Szumlinski conducts risk management visits at facilities across the country, touching every acuity level within the post-acute care spectrum. Ms. Szumlinski served as an Associated Board Member for NCAL, is a member of the AHCA/NCAL Quality Committee, NCAL Risk Management Committee, HCAM Legal/Clinical Committee and is a Senior Examiner/Team Leader for the AHCA/NCAL Quality Award Program. Ms. Szumlinski is a Nurse Planner for Evolucent’s ANCC accredited education program.

Opioid-Related Inpatient Stays and Emergency Department Visits Among Patients Aged 65 Years and Older

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Statistical Brief #244 states  that opioid misuse in older adults is an underappreciated and growing problem. Although opioid misuse overall is lower among older than among younger Americans, the rate of opioid misuse among older adults nearly doubled between 2002 and 2014. In 2016, a third of the more than 40 million Americans enrolled in …

More Weekend Inspections for Nursing Homes with Reduced Weekend Staff

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

The CMS has said that some nursing homes have significantly lower weekend staffing. It’s been announced that those facilities will face at least 50% of off-hours surveys by state survey agencies on weekends, up from the previously required 10%. https://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20181203/NEWS/181209994

Patient Driven Payment Model

Angie Szumlinski Compliance

In July 2018, CMS finalized a new case-mix classification model, the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), that, effective beginning October 1, 2019, will be used under the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for classifying SNF patients in a covered Part A stay. You can go to the site that includes a variety of educational and training resources …

CMS Civil Money Penalty Reinvestment Program Toolkit 1 Available Now

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

As part of its continued commitment to the nation’s most vulnerable populations, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched the Civil Money Penalty Reinvestment Program (CMPRP), a three-year effort to reduce adverse events, improve staffing quality and improve dementia care in nursing homes. To aid teams with this effort, the CMPRP offers several free resources and opportunities …

Antipsychotic Drugs Don’t Ease ICU Delirium

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

Powerful drugs that have been used for decades to treat delirium are ineffective for that purpose, according to a study published online Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read more about the study here.  

Study Targets For-Profit Nursing Homes Over Higher Risk of Neglect

Angie Szumlinski News

New research from the University of Illinois at Chicago suggests that residents in for-profit nursing homes have the highest risk of receiving neglect-related diagnoses. Read the full article at skillednursingnews.com: Study Targets For-Profit Nursing Homes Over Higher Risk of Neglect

BioSensics Announces a $4.3M Grant Award from NIH

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

BioSensics Announces a $4.3M Grant Award from NIH to Develop Tools for Continuous, Remote Monitoring of Cognitive Decline Dr. Joseph Gwin, Vice President of Research and Development at BioSensics, announced a $4.3M grant award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) during his presentation at DPharm: Disruptive Innovations to Advance Clinical Trials last Tuesday. With this grant award, BioSensics will …

International Infection Prevention Week

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

During International Infection Prevention Week, October 14 – 20, help break the chain of infection by educating health care professionals, administrators, legislators and consumers about the importance of preventing infections in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) and improving outcomes. Click on the following links for more information and resources about promoting infection prevention in long-term care. Infection Prevention and You: Long-Term Care …

AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and NORC at The University of Chicago, created the AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use to develop and implement a bundle of interventions designed to improve antibiotic stewardship and antibiotic prescribing practices across acute care, long-term care, …

Free AHRQ LTC Staff Training Materials on Condition Changes and Falls

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

For a limited time, long-term care facilities can order up to 500 copies of three training tools to help staff at all levels of care prevent resident falls and detect and communicate changes in a resident’s condition. Free shipping is available for orders shipped within the U.S. and its territories through September 25. To order, use AHRQ Promo code 44 …