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HealthCap USA

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.

Congratulations Quality Award Applicants!

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

HealthCap would like to congratulate the 2018 Bronze, Silver and Gold AHCA/NCAL Quality Award applicants.  The quality journey is an ongoing process of evaluation and a commitment to achieving success.  Communities who have enjoyed success “live” the Baldrige criteria on a daily basis, everything done within the community is evaluated against this criteria and when necessary, systems are “re-created”.  This …

February – American Heart Month

Angie Szumlinski Health, Health, News

Did you know that February is designated as “American Heart Month”? With so many “causes” including fund raisers, “National Donut Month”, “National Taco Day”, etc. isn’t it great that we have a month that focuses on identifying risk factors for heart disease, treatment options and most importantly, recommendations for improving lifestyle! Chances are, we all know someone affected by heart …

Change and You!

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

Change and You! The National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative published a “Change Package” in April 2017. This resource is a collection of great ideas and practices to create lasting change in nursing homes. The goal of the package is to instill quality and performance improvement practices, eliminate Healthcare-Acquired Conditions (HACs) and dramatically improve resident satisfaction by focusing on the …

AHRQ – Minimum Criteria Toolkit

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

AHRQ – Minimum Criteria Toolkit According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), between 25 and 75% of antibiotic prescriptions in nursing homes do not meet clinical guidelines for prescribing. Unnecessary antibiotics can result in side effects and drug-resistant bacteria. The Minimum Criteria for Common Infections toolkit (“Minimum Criteria Toolkit”) aims to reduce unnecessary prescribing for the three …

Restorative Nursing: A Win Win

Erica Holman Health, News

A strong restorative services program can boost resident outcomes and independence. Angie Szumlinski and Erica Holman   At a local skilled nursing center, the administrator asks staff for assistance to enhance their restorative program. Fortunately, the center had both a therapy director and restorative nurse who expressed a desire to work together for improved resident outcomes. The center’s current approach …

Earlier Detection May Improve Lewy Body Dementia Treatment

Erica Holman Health, News, Uncategorized

More than 60 experts from the International Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) Consortium collaborated to update the diagnosis and treatment guidelines for DLB as we do know that earlier detection may improve treatment efficacy (Tabar, 2017). Prior to this collaboration the guidelines were updated in 2005 and there had not been agreement between experts regarding treatment options (Lindquist, 2017).  The …

Great News for LNHAs!

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

Great news for LNHAs! The NAB CE Registry Handbook for Administrations is now available at NAB’s CE Registry is the perfect solution to help you The NAB CE Registry is the first of its kind and will be free of charge to long term care licensees. This system will enable you to track both CE approved by NAB’s National Continuing …

How Can You Lower Loss Rates Per Bed?

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

LTC Facilities with ANCC Board Certified RNs Experince Lower Loss Rates Per Bed   According to analysis conducted by one of the nation’s leading long term care liability insurers, assisted living and skilled nursing centers with at least one RN board certified in gerontological nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) experience a lower loss rate per bed than …