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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 Evolucent’s ANCC accredited education program.

Elder Abuse and Neglect will not be Tolerated by the Department of Health and Human Services

Angie Szumlinski News

PUBLIC ALERT ON PATIENT ABUSE IN SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES NATIONWIDE (Washington D.C., Monday, August 28, 2017) – The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is issuing an alert ahead of its report on quality of care concerns in skilled nursing facilities nationwide. Due to the importance and urgency of the preliminary findings, OIG is alerting citizens …

UTI Sensors Bring Hope

Angie Szumlinski News

Purdue University – UTI Sensor UTIs, the bane of our existence in post-acute care and assisted living communities, right? When you consider how uncomfortable they can be for residents along with falls, sepsis, rehospitalization and expensive treatments related to UTIs, isn’t it great that Purdue University has researched and developed a simple way to predict when a UTI may be …

Are You Concerned About Rehospitalizations?

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Featured, News

Well, you aren’t alone! Providers all over the country have been focusing on reducing the number of re-hospitalizations! And what a great goal to have, right? The problem we encounter is that we can’t seem to get a handle on the “why” and the “how” to prevent them. As we quickly approach the flu and influenza season (sorry but true) …

Multidimensional Approach Reduces Anti-psychotic Use in Nursing Homes

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

More Great News! National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes: Anti-psychotic Medication Use Data Report (July 2017) The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes is committed to improving the quality of care for individuals with dementia living in nursing homes. The National Partnership has a mission to deliver health care that is person-centered, comprehensive and …

Calculating Notice of Intent and Tolling Period of Malpractice Claims

Angie Szumlinski Featured, News

A few weeks ago the Michigan Supreme Court ruled on an issue of first impression for the court: is the limitations period for a malpractice claim tolled when the Notice of Intent (“NOI”) is filed on the last day of the limitations period? The Court held that the limitations period was tolled and provided plaintiff with an additional day to …

Disasters – It CAN happen to you!

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

Long ago and far away nursing centers provided care for frail, elderly patients. There were no IVs, TPN, Cpaps, peritoneal dialysis, active shooters or emergency evacuations. Our biggest threat back then was probably scabies! Those were the days where we “hunkered down”, took what hits us, brushed ourselves off and moved on. Today we are much more enlightened and we …

DHS Announces Funding Opportunity For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Preparedness Grants

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

Release Date: June 2, 2017 For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary Contact: 202-282-8010 WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly today announced the release of Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Notices of Funding Opportunity for 10 DHS preparedness grant programs totaling more than $1.6 billion. The grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as transportation …

CMS Issues Proposed Revision Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities’ Arbitration Agreements

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Featured, News

FACT SHEET FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 5, 2017 Contact: CMS Media Relations (202) 690-6145 | CMS Media Inquiries   CMS Issues Proposed Revision Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities’ Arbitration Agreements The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued proposed revisions to arbitration agreement requirements for long-term care facilities.  These proposed revisions would help strengthen transparency in the arbitration process, …

Bariatric Residents and Skin Care

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The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) in collaboration with Creighton University Health Sciences Continuing Education, recently hosted a webinar on Considerations for Bariatric Patients in Pressure Injuries and Wound Care. This program focused on the “how” and “why” we do what we do when caring for residents with a diagnosis of obesity as their needs often differ. At the …

Exciting Collaboration

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As we continue to soldier through the process of preventing unnecessary re-hospitalizations and nosocomial infections, AHCA/NCAL has partnered with Brown University’s Center for Gerontology to involve members in a proposed study that seeks to evaluate if enhanced environmental cleaning will reduce the rate of infection among patients in skilled nursing centers and ultimately reduce hospitalizations. AHCA has established a center …