Visitors – Resident Rights and Resident Choice

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

On June 28, 2013 the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Survey & Certification Group through CMS issued a Memorandum regarding “Access and Visitation Rights in Long Term Care (LTC) Facilities.”  The memorandum states it is a “reminder” to providers and surveyors that LTC facilities must ensure that all individuals seeking to visit a resident be given full and equal visitation …

Motorized Mobility Aides in the LTC Residence – Policy Considerations

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

John P. Hessburg, Margaret A. Chamberlain and Andrea S. DeLand The Kitch Firm, Attorneys for Health Cap The use of motorized “scooters” or mobility aides in a long term care setting has been a polarizing issue.  On the one hand, these devices enable many individuals to maintain an independent lifestyle.  On the other hand, these devices can present safety hazards that can …

Diabetes Management

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

Dr. Naushira Pandya, CMD and Dr. Meenakshi Patel were recently quoted in an article published by the American Medical Director’s Association: “In 2013 and beyond, diabetes management in the nursing home involves individualizing care and eliminating sliding scale insulin dosing”.  What does this mean to us, the caregivers of frail, elderly residents with diabetes diagnoses?  It means a lot in …

Social Media & Electronic Devices – Protecting Residents

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

Suffolk, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman recently announced a 15 count indictment charging two certified nurse aides (CNAs) with photographing eleven nursing home residents at three separate facilities, one of whom is also charged with texting one of the photographs to a friend.  The pictures were taken without the knowledge or consent of the victims, many of whom …

UTIs – Criteria to Know

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

We have all witnessed residents with a significant change in condition, residents with an onset of new behaviors, unsteady gait, lethargy, loss of appetite and more.  How do our caregivers respond when they notice these sometimes subtle changes in condition?  Are caregivers trained to observe for changes or is your home experiencing a higher than average re-hospitalization rate?  How are …

Medical Bed Mattresses: Damaged or Worn Covers Pose Risk of Contamination and Infection

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

AUDIENCE: Biomedical Engineering, Infectious Disease, Nursing, Risk Managers ISSUE: From January 2011 to January 2013, the FDA received 458 reports associated with medical bed mattress covers failing to prevent blood and body fluids from leaking into the mattress (fluid ingress). Fluid ingress may occur if mattress covers become worn or damaged from small holes or rips in the fabric or …

Recall on Food Products

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

Providers:  Please see the information (below) that we were provided today regarding a recall of products that may be used in nursing homes. On 3/28/13, Rich Products, manufacturers of Farm Rich brand and Market Day brand frozen appetizers issued a recall of a number of their products manufactured at their plant in Waycross, GA because of a multi-state outbreak of …

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Long Term Care

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

Guest Bloggers: Andrea Szumlinski DeLand, Associate Principal  and John Paul Hessburg, Principal at Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook In early March national headlines claiming that a long term care provider refused to provide CPR to a resident in distress resulting in death raised concerns within the long term care community across the country.  In response, care providers at every level …

SAFETY ALERT – CRE

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

CMS Medicare FFS Provider e-News, Thursday, March 14, 2013:   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and CMS are asking your assistance in tackling what may be one of the most pressing patient safety threats of our time carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE).  CDC recently released a report on the presence of CRE in U.S. inpatient medical facilities, demonstrating …

The Quality Journey

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

Quality is the foundation of the HealthCap Risk Management program and supporting our members on their quality journey is a very rewarding experience.  Over the past three years HealthCap Risk Management consultants have taken an active role in the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award program as Senior Examiners and Team Leaders.  The program consists of three levels and is part of …