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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 the HealthCap® ANCC accredited education program.

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National Antibiotic Stewardship Week 11/18-11/24

Angie Szumlinski News

This week is National Antibiotic Stewardship Week. Antibiotics save lives and are critical tools for treating a number of common and more serious infections, like those that can lead to sepsis. However, at least 30% of the antibiotics in U.S. outpatient settings are prescribed unnecessarily.  We’ve gathered some interesting posts and resources to bring awareness to antibiotic stewardship.: The CDC …

Podcast Episode 2: The CMS “Red Hand” Campaign

Peter Feeney News, Podcast

What is the so-called “Red Hand Campaign” that was launched by CMS last fall? Join HealthCap CEO Peter Feeney as he talks with HealthCap Risk Managers Cheryl Wilcox, RN, CLNC, RAC-CT, and Dorene Spies, LNHA about the campaign, what it is, how it can affect facilities, and what to do if you receive a “red hand” icon on nursinghomecompare.com.

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Patient and Family Engagement – Approach to Safety

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Engaged families and residents are happier families and residents, and now we may have more insight as to “why” that is! A study recently released by Patient Safety Network (psnet.ahrq.gov) identifies that when families and patients are engaged and involved with the overall care of their loved one, safety improves! Barriers to effective engagement include limited patient/family knowledge, poor communication …

NCAPPS – National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices and Systems

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Training

NCAPPS is an initiative from the Administration for Community Living and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to help states, Tribes and Territories to implement person-centered practices. NCAPPS resources are open to the public and are geared toward human services administrators, providers and people who use long-term services and supports. These are also a great resource for families as …

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Latest LEIE File Released

Angie Szumlinski Legal

The US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released its updated List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE) database file, which reflects all OIG exclusions and reinstatement actions up to, and including, those taken in October 2019. https://www.oig.hhs.gov/exclusions/exclusions_list.asp

Statins and Dementia – Connection?

Angie Szumlinski Studies

A study funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) will help determine if statin use can prevent dementia and disability in those patients 75 years or older. It has long been said that the side effects of statins often outweigh the benefits (muscle pain, weakness, etc.). Maybe now we can contribute something positive to this important medication and weigh …

Great News – Thank You Nursing Home Workforce Quality Act

Angie Szumlinski Legal

On Wednesday, September 25, 2019 a bipartisan pair of lawmkaers introduced a bill that its supporters say would ease persistent staffing strains on the nation’s nursing home operators. Historically, if a provider received a civil money penalty of more than $10,000 (related to a negative survey outcome), the center would be banned from training certified nursing assistants for two years. …

Fall Related Deaths Increasing, Improved Advice for OAs Needed

Angie Szumlinski Studies

A new study suggests that typical fall prevention advice for seniors is mostly ineffective. Almost three times as many adults aged 75 years and older died from falls in 2016 than in 2000 (25,189 people in 2016 compared to 8613 in 2000) (Journal of the American Medical Association). Experts suggest a more personalized approach to fall prevention as well as …

Person Centered Care

Angie Szumlinski Health

We finally got it! Person Centered Care versus Systems Centered Care! Everyone has been talking about it for years and this little video (< 3 minutes) is spot on! Take a look and subscribe to future videos on Person Centered Care! https://ncapps.acl.gov

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Burnout – Are You Falling Prey?

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

A lot has been said about “burn-out” over the years and many studies have been inconclusive regarding how burn-out may impact resident care and safety. In a recent study[1] several interesting outcomes were observed. The study describes burnout in part as a disorder that is directly related to workplace conditions due to the occupational stress health and education workers are …