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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.

Preparation and F-tag Knowledge Will Keep Providers Clear of Huge, New Infection Control Penalties, Experts Say

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

Adhering to infection control requirements has been increasingly critical during the COVID-19 pandemic. If your facility has not yet received an infection control survey, you can expect a visit before July 31, 2020. According to The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, “providers struggling to comply with infection control requirements could be hit with fines of up to $20,000 under increased enforcement …

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Infection Control Signage

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health

The CDC has released updated precautions to take to keep COVID-19 from entering your facility. Please review (and use!) the below signs to ensure all who enter are aware of what precautions they should be taking. New Signage Available: Airborne Precautions Airborne Precautions (Spanish Version) Contact Precautions Contact Precautions (Spanish Version) Droplet Precautions Droplet Precautions (Spanish Version) Droplet Precautions (Special- …

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Spotlight on HealthCap Heroes:

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Ridgewood Rehabilitation and Care Center: Today’s HealthCap Hero has hooves! The team at Ridgewood Rehabilitation and Care Center has been going the extra mile to build stronger relationships with their residents, and one of their sweet ideas was to have window visits from “Jewel the Unicorn”, brought by Sheila Carroll to the brighten up their residents’ day. Staff at this …

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PPE Guideline Posters

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

Check out our newest resources on our Resource and Education Center regarding PPE use. For a sign from the CDC demonstrating proper PPE use, donning (putting on), and doffing (taking off) that can be hung in your facility, click here: https://80fee2ec951e17a2efc9-3f722877eef59cb04cbb76e3d9907237.ssl.cf2.rackcdn.com/hcrmi_32d7020262f489f14ef5a20ad17a1b20.pdf For an algorithm from The University of Nebraska Medicine created to show what PPE to use when, click here: …

Podcast: Ep. 13 – COVID Successes of Cedar Crest Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

Cathy Hamblin Podcast

HealthCap Risk Manager Cathy Hamblen interviews Tracie Murray, Administrator, and Bethany Murray, Assistant Administrator of Cedar Crest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Sunnyvale, California. They walk us through the implementation and execution of their successful COVID plan that brought them through the outbreak to being declared COVID-free today.

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Spotlight on HealthCap Heroes:

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Arbors of Hop Brook; Manchester, Connecticut Words of gratitude and recognition can go a long way in these difficult times to show appreciation for the many heroes keeping residents safe. Chanté Drasdis, Executive Director at Arbors of Hop Brook decided to do this by sharing a message of thanks extended to staff, residents, and resident family members filled with pictures …

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Statewide program to connect Michigan employers with PPE suppliers as non-essential businesses begin to reopen

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LANSING, MICH. – With efforts to re-engage Michigan’s economy underway through recent executive orders signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the Pure Michigan Business Connect program through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation has developed a portal specifically designed to support the personal protective equipment (PPE) needs of Michigan businesses as they start the process of re-opening. “We want to ensure we …

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Allie Jennings and Rachel Leonard PRESCOTT, Wis. — High school seniors across the United States have had to sacrifice their senior experiences. Canceled graduation ceremonies graduation parties, proms, and more have all cast a dark cloud over the class of 2020. Two seniors from Prescott, Wisconsin, however, refused to let Covid-19 steal their joy on Prom Day! Allie Jennings and …

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CMS Memo Regarding Surveillance Issued

Angie Szumlinski Compliance

The new memo outlines a performance-based funding requirement tied to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act supplemental grants for State Survey Agencies, new guidance for the limited resumption of routine survey activities and enhanced penalties for noncompliance with infection control. You can read the new memo here: https://www.cms.gov/files/document/qso-20-31-all.pdf

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Puzzle of Positivity In these trying times, Rose Lane Home in Loup City, Nebraska has chosen to focus on optimism and teamwork to bring light to their facility. Their home office has diligently worked to make this experience the best it can possibly be, and added in some fun and creativity whenever they could. One of their inventions has been …