Up to Date

Angie SzumlinskiNews

The NHSN surveillance definition of “up to date” is updated quarterly (if needed) to incorporate FDA and CDC vaccination guidance changes. With ACIP’s February 2024 recommendation that everyone aged 65 years and older receive a second dose of the 2023-2024 updated COVID-19 vaccine, the NHSN surveillance definition of up to date was update on April 1, 2024, which is the …

That Stinks!

Angie SzumlinskiNews

Ah yes, the COVID pandemic continues to challenge patients and healthcare professionals. It just never seems to really “go away” does it? Looking back on the pandemic can send shivers down your spine but understanding the impact it has had on many people in the long-term is even more disturbing! We have all heard about long COVID, some people don’t …

Okay – Ewe!

Angie SzumlinskiNews

Remember the good old days when mom taught you not to sit on a public toilet seat? Yep, we basically wrapped the seat in toilet paper so that there was no contact with our skin because germs lived on toilet seats. Well, mom wasn’t wrong, however a new study identified that the aerosolization of viruses from toilets during flushing raises …

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, …