Reduce Transmission Among Employees

Angie Szumlinski Health

If a staff member is not feeling well; fever, cough, shortness of breath, they should call their supervisor and stay home The staff members should not return to work until they have been cleared with a physician note; or emergency state orders allow them back sooner If a staff member becomes ill or symptomatic during their shift, they should be …

Palliative Care During a Pandemic

Angie Szumlinski Health

The world is experiencing insurmountable illness related to COVID-19. The virus originated in Asia and spread through surrounding countries and eventually presented here in the United States. This illness has taken the lives of so many of our frail/elderly and those with underlying health conditions (cardiac conditions, COPD, cancer, etc.). As the virus continues to spread, hospitals are beginning to …

Depression in Dementia with Lewy Body

Residents Living with Dementia, Our Staff and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Lisa O'Neill Health

Residents living with Dementia. These residents may require more supervision than the traditional assisted living resident. They may need to be reminded frequently to wash their hands with soap and water (this should be supervised), to stay in the common area and/or their own room/apartment (wandering can be an issue as the resident doesn’t understand why they cant move about …

ADA & EEOC Requirement Cheat Sheet

Angie Szumlinski News

As providers under siege with the COVID-19 Pandemic, the last thing you need to worry about is being sure you are meeting ADA and EEOC requirements. Here is a “reader’s digest” cheat sheet from the most recent postings on how to manage day-to-day operations! Be well, stay safe and as always, please be sure to contact HealthCap if you need …

AHCA/NCAL Resources Around Testing

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

We know that COVID-19 testing continues to be a significant point of concern for LTC providers. AHCA/NCAL has put together a couple of resources around testing that we want to make sure you are aware of: Background on Testing in LTC: This document outlines the key issues in obtaining testing and provides a full explanation of the difference between a …

N95 Respirators

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Compliance, Health

HealthCap risk managers have received many questions regarding using N95 respirators versus medical facemasks while caring for residents infected with COVID-19. Per OSHA, N95 respirators are the standard for caring for residents with airborne illness, COVID-19 is spread by droplets, it is NOT airborne, so airborne precautions are not required. However, as with everything we do in healthcare, there is …

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COVID-19 and Mail

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

The United States Postal Service issued a media statement on April 2, 2020 regarding COVID-19 and mail/packages. They note that the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html), the World Health Organization (https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses), as well as the Surgeon General have indicated that there is currently no evidence that COVID-19 is being spread through the mail. Read more at :   https://about.usps.com/newsroom/statements/usps-statement-on-coronavirus.htm

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Telehealth and 1135 Waiver

Angie Szumlinski News

Telehealth now more than ever is an important tool in your toolkit! CMS has released a video providing answers to common questions about the Medicare telehealth services benefit. Since CMS has expanded this benefit temporarily on an emergency basis under the 1135 waiver authority and Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act there are tons of questions. Click the link …

Risky Business

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

On March 29, 2020, AMDA and AHCA/NCAL published a memo discussing the importance of dealing with surge management and conflicting guidelines and public policy around hospital-to-nursing home or hospital-to-assisted living community transfers. Of deep concern was the recent New York State order which states: “No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the NH solely based on a confirmed …