AUGUST–NATIONAL MONTH FOR IMMUNIZATION

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

Although not sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), August is recognized as National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM).  With children returning back to school, young adults entering college and the winter months approaching, we should take precautions and stay aware.  An example of increased awareness and prevention is the recent increase in cases of active Pertussis around the country.  …

AHCA Quality Awards

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

Please join me in congratulating the thirty-one 2011 Silver Quality Award recipients and thank them for going the extra mile and doing the right things for the right reasons!  Promoting the long-term care industry at a community level is always challenging and in addition to recognizing the efforts of long-term care providers, the Quality Awards are also a positive community …

Observation Stay–Changes Coming?

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

Many times residents are transferred to an acute care setting for evaluation and treatment for conditions skilled nursing facilities are not be equipped to manage.  Unfortunately, many times residents are placed in an “observation” mode and not actually admitted to the acute care facility.  Although the resident is receiving appropriate care and being evaluated and monitored, they are not accruing …

CMS GUIDANCE

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) has issued a guidance that warns healthcare providers about accessing patient health records remotely. CMS notes in the advisory a number of security incidents from laptops and other electronic devices being misplaced, lost, or stolen. The guidance advises providers about potential risks and possible risk management strategies to protect electronic health information. …

Unnecessary Medications – F329

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

Regulatory citations are on the rise for unnecessary medications under F tag 329 and interestingly, the most recent OIG report focuses on the use of atypical anti-psychotic medications and F329 in Skilled Nursing Facilities.  HealthCap’s most recent newsletter explains how this report can assist your facility in maintaining compliance with F329.  Unfortunately, as in year’s past, many citations will be …

TORANDOES – DISASTER STRIKES THE SOUTH

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

April, 2011 will long be remembered for the horrific tornado outbreak of historic proportions!  Preliminary data reflects that at least 164 tornadoes reportedly swept across 7 states including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, ,Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia, killing nearly 250 people. Many of our member facilities were in the path of destruction and fortunately sustained minor damage and no reported casualties.  …

Infection Control

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

Let’s stop the spread of citations regarding infection control!  In 2010 and the first quarter of 2011 skilled nursing facilities around the country have experienced an increased number of citations under F441.  We also need to remember that even though F441 citations are limited to skilled nursing facilities, infection control practices are not. As providers of care for frail elderly …

National Nursing Home Week – May 8-14, 2011

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

Are you ready to celebrate National Nursing Home Week with your residents, family, community and caregivers?  As we approach the annual week of celebration we should also reflect on the special things that go on in our buildings every day of the year. Yes, everyone loves a celebration and your team is probably in the process of scheduling events, purchasing …

New Quality Measures

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

As you may know the existing Quality Measures that are found on the Nursing Home Compare website are scheduled to be taken down April 1, 2011. This is also the date that all comments regarding the proposed, updated Quality Measures are due to NQF (National Quality Forum). The NQF released a memo requesting comments and suggestions from providers regarding the …

Special Focus Facility (SFF)

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

On September 17, 2011 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a new survey and certification letter announcement. Effective October 1, 2010 the number of Special Focus Facility slots were adjusted to reflect the current population of nursing homes in each state and an increase of 10% in Special Focus Facilities nationally.  The Special Focus Facility program candidate list …