Ep 31: Fall 2023 Vaccine Recommendations with Dr. David Gifford

Andrea HauptPodcast

In this engaging podcast episode, Angie Szumlinski, Director of Risk Management at HealthCap and a seasoned expert in the field, engages in a captivating conversation with Dr. David Gifford, Chief Medical Officer at AHCA/NCAL. Together, they delve into the realm of respiratory viruses, shedding light on the latest insights and recommendations concerning their vaccines. From the ever-present RSV to the …

Ep 29: Residents with Restricted Diets – Enjoying the Holidays

Andrea HauptPodcast

During the holidays, many residents and families of residents on a restricted diet would like permission to deviate from the diet to enjoy traditional “holiday” foods. Will a dietary waiver protect you if a negative outcome occurs as a result of such a deviation? Angie Szumlinski, HealthCap Director of Risk Managment, talks with Mary McMurry, Litigation Manager at Hamilin & Burton …

Holidays, Viruses, and Capacity

Angie SzumlinskiNews

Let’s face it, they just don’t mix! There are some dire projections out there including what some are calling the risk of a “tripledemic!” Just what we need, right? Cases of RSV are rising quickly in young children, filling ICU beds, in fact, most hospitalizations today are related to RSV and not COVID. Why? Because we have weakened our immunity, …

COVID Again? Heartbreaking!

Angie SzumlinskiNews

On May 19, 2011, the CDC identified 10 public health achievements of the first decade of the 21st century. Hundreds of thousands of lives and billions of dollars were saved due to these achievements and the CDC Director at the time, Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., proudly announced that Americans are living longer, healthier, and more productive lives than ever …

Ep 28: Ready or Not! Phase 3 is Coming October 24th

Andrea HauptPodcast

CMS will begin surveying against Phase 3 of Requirements of Participation for Nursing Homes on October 24, 2022. With around 180 pages of guidance, revisions, and updates affecting 52 F-tags, many providers are feeling anxious about the new guidance. Angie Szumlinski, Director of Risk Management for HealthCap talks with Crystal Bowens, the Associate VP of Regulatory Services for AHCA/NCAL about …

The Plane

Angie SzumlinskiNews

I’m sitting on a plane, and across the aisle are two middle-aged women, having a great visit, laughing, talking about their day at work, how happy they are to be going home and it happens. One of the ladies starts coughing, not that dry, hacky cough from being in a dry hotel room, but a nasty cough, that rumbly, yucky, …

The Big Debate Continues

Angie SzumlinskiNews

On December 31, 2019, Wuhan Municipal Health Commission, China, reported a cluster of cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, Hubei Province. On January 1, 2020, WHO set up the Incident Management Support Team across their organization. On January 12, 2020, China publicly shared the genetic sequence of COVID-19 and the following day, January 13, 2020, officials confirmed a case of COVID-19 …

Do I Have a Cold?

Angie SzumlinskiNews

Remember back in the day, you would sniffle, and someone would say “allergies?” Now if you sniffle everyone stares at you like you have the plague. Thank you, COVID! But isn’t it time to step back and say, “yes I have allergies” and stop running to grab a COVID self-test kit? I don’t know about you, but I am seriously …

Pandemic and Outcomes

Angie SzumlinskiNews

It likely comes as no surprise to providers that during the first year of the pandemic, residents in centers with active COVID-19 cases experienced significant increases in mortality and functional decline compared with the pre-pandemic period. Not shocking, right? What is interesting are the findings related to weight loss and depressive symptoms during the pandemic. In a study published in …