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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.

Pre-Dispute Arbitration Rule – Enforcement Delayed

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By: Kally Goodwin-Ratzloff, John Hessburg, & William D. Chaklos Kitch Attorneys and Counselors As you may have heard, the American Health Care Association, the Mississippi Health Care Association, and three long term care facilities (collectively the “plaintiffs”) filed a complaint against the Secretary of Health and Human Services and Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on …

New Requirements for Arbitration Agreements

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New CMS requirements regarding arbitration agreements can greatly impact your organization. Read more about how pre-dispute arbitration agreements in nursing homes, holding Medicaid and Medicare residents, will be banned.  New Requirements for Arbitration Agreements

Brown University Survey on Camera Use – Part 2

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In a blog post from May, 2016 we discussed the Brown University anonymous survey on camera use in long-term care facilities. Brown University has released some interesting statistics from the responses gathered to date. As you can see, this is a hot topic for our members and we will continue to follow the survey results as they are made available. …

Active Shooter – Everyone's Worst Nightmare!

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The unfortunate truth in our industry is that Active Shooter policies, procedures and training are not only necessary but may be required, depending on your community’s levels of care and licensure. There is so much information from FEMA, OSHA, Homeland Security and other validated sources that it can be overwhelming to review. Evolucent suggests beginning with an evaluation of your …

Protecting Resident Privacy and Prohibiting Mental Abuse Related to Photographs and Audio/Video Recordings by Nursing Home Staff

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Memorandum Summary Freedom from Abuse: Each resident has the right to be free from all types of abuse, including mental abuse. Mental abuse includes, but is not limited to, abuse that is facilitated or caused by nursing home staff taking or using photographs or recordings in any manner that would demean or humiliate a resident(s). Facility and State Agency Responsibilities: …

HRQ Effective Health Care Technical Brief

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Resident Safety Practices in Nursing Home Settings Structured Abstract   Access the full report here: https://www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/ehc/products/621/2224/nursing-home-safety-report-160510.pdf   Background. Resident safety issues are common in nursing homes. Relevant literature reports a range of poor clinical outcomes thought to be preventable if specific care processes were consistently implemented. Purpose. To describe the state of the science around nursing home safety in order to …

OIG Mid-Year Update to Work Plan

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The OIG has posted a mid-year update to its work plan. Are you visiting the OIG website on a regular basis to educate yourself on focus areas for LTC? If not, consider flagging your calendar to do so on a quarterly basis.  There are three new reports pending re: SNFs/NFs posted, please visit the link below. As always, should you …

OIG Informs KAHCF of More Changes in Survey Enforcement Process

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In a conference call with the Office of Inspector General, KAHCF was informed that another change is immediately in effect for the survey enforcement process. Sanctions have previously been issued when facilities had surveys with the noncompliance scope & severity of G level (actual harm) or higher on a current survey as well as on the previous standard survey (standard, revisit, complaint). …

Clostridium Difficile Infection (CDI) and You!

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The rate of C diff infections in the US and the world have increased in the last decade along with associated morbidity and mortality. CDI (clostridium difficile infection) symptoms can range from mild diarrhea to severe cases including pseudomembranous colitis and toxic megacolon and death. It is estimated that the incidence of CDI in 2011 in the US was 95.3 …