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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 the HealthCap® ANCC accredited education program.

Guiding Principles and Planning Assumptions – Visitor Policies and Access

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Studies

In a recent publication in the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, there was a discussion regarding finding the right balance on opening visitation in nursing homes and distinguishing between family caregivers and social visitors. The information is interesting and summarized below for your reading pleasure. The link for the complete article is also included if you would like …

CMS Press Release

Angie Szumlinski Compliance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently updated the way they determine the rate of COVID-19 positivity in counties. This has the potential to affect your facility, as the frequency that many long term care facilities must test their staff is based on the positivity rate in their county. Please read the memo from CMS below to understand what …

Herd Immunity

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White House Coronavirus Task Force member, Dr. Scott Atlas, responded to a report by the Washington Post claiming he is a proponent of a controversial herd immunity strategy to combat Covid-19. The strategy would allow the virus to spread through the US population in order to develop a resistance to it.   “That was never a strategy that was advocated by …

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Reporting Results of Point of Care Testing for COVID-19: A New NHSN Pathway

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The NHSN team will introduce and provide training for a new NHSN Long-term Care Facility COVID-19 Pathway laboratory data reporting option. The October 22nd training will be live and allow for submission of audience questions. The October 23rd training will be a rebroadcast of the recorded training followed by a live Q & A session. A recording of the original …

Another Study – Environmental Contamination

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Case Study

There has been a lot of discussion regarding whether the SARS-CoV-2 virus can be spread through indirect contact on environmental surfaces. Although the debate continues, a recent study was published that indicates there may be more to this than some may think. Two Chinese students studying overseas returned to China on March 19 and March 20. On the day of …

HCAM/MCAL Member Update – Vaccination Distribution

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

White House Announces Vaccination Distribution Program for LTC Residents Today, the White House announced the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program–a national vaccine distribution program for long term care residents.  The COVID-19 vaccine will likely become available in phases over the coming months. To prepare, the federal government has partnered with CVS and Walgreens to distribute and administer the vaccine …

Facility-Wide Serial Testing for SARS-CoV-2

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Case Study

Facility-wide, serial testing in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) can identify asymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infections among health care personnel (HCP) and residents to inform mitigation efforts. A recent report published on the CDC.gov website provided additional information on this topic when two Minnesota SNFs identified COVID-19 cases among 64% of residents and 33% of HCP. Genetic sequencing found facility-specific clustering of viral …

Majority Staff Report Senate Finance Committee 9-2020

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Case Study

On September 23, 2020, the Senate Financial Committee released a Majority Staff Report titled, COVID-19 In Nursing Homes: What Went Wrong and Next Steps. The introduction summarizes the report as follows: “This report discusses the findings of the majority staff of the United States Senate Committee on Finance, following a review of nursing home performance during the first eight months …

Trump Administration Drives Telehealth Services in Medicaid and Medicare

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health

MLN Connects Thursday, October 15, 2020 On October 14, CMS expanded the list of telehealth services that Medicare Fee-for-Service will pay for during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). CMS is also providing additional support to state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies in their efforts to expand access to telehealth. The actions reinforce President Trump’s Executive Order …

How COVID-19 Spreads

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

New CDC Guidance On October 5, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted new information on how COVID-19 spreads. This most recent information was posted in an effort to address recent controversy on whether COVIDf-19 can have airborne transmission and what implications this may have on indoor ventilation including isolation rooms: “There is evidence that under certain …