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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.

Study on the Transition from Skilled Nursing Facility to Home Following Heart Failure

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

Discharge to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) is common in patients with heart failure. SNFs are often used as a transition from hospital to home to regain strength, function, and independence, particularly for medically complex patients. Discharge home from SNF is often the ultimate goal, as the vast majority of these patients were residing at home prior to hospitalization. However, these …

CMS Announces Five Step Plan for Better Nursing Home Quality

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

CMS will undertake a comprehensive review of their regulations, guidelines, internal structure, and processes related to safety and nursing home quality by developing a five-part plan to ensure the care provided in America’s nursing homes is of the highest possible quality. Strengthen Oversite CMS plans to first strengthen oversight. The CMS oversees State Survey Agencies (SSA) which are required to …

New RAI Manual for PDPM Training Released Early

Angie Szumlinski News

This version of the MDS 3.0 RAI Manual incorporates clarifications to existing coding and transmission policy; it also addresses clarifications and scenarios concerning complex areas. Monday’s posting caught many insiders by surprise, as CMS officials had not been specific about a release date. Based on historical precedent, many were expecting a release late this week, possibly on Friday afternoon, leading …

New Techniques Reduce Healthcare-Associated Infections

Angie Szumlinski Health

The AHRQ’s healthcare-associated infections program funds programs and systems to aid frontline health care staff and prevent HAIs by enhancing and refining patient care methods. AHRQ’s system of grants and contracts focuses on research that improves clinicians’ ability to fight HAIs. This research makes the application of proven care methods safer for all. As a result of this research, AHRQ …

Nursing Facility Faces Wrongful Death Claim Despite Arbitration Agreement

Angie Szumlinski Legal

A young woman signed an arbitration agreement on behalf of her uncle during the admissions process to the nursing facility. However, her uncle still possessed intact mental function and alertness at the time of admission. Though the young woman had been granted both durable power of attorney for finance and healthcare power of attorney on behalf of her uncle, the …

Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease discovered to be new risk factor for heart failure patients

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

A recent study finds that nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is an emerging risk factor for incident heart failure (HF). Before this study, NAFLD was suspected to increase all-cause mortality in patients admitted for acute HF, but was never proven to do so. The study was conducted on 264 patients, of whom all were admitted for acute HF between 2013 …

Free Training from CDC: Preventing Legionnaires’ Disease: A Training on Legionella Water Management Programs

Angie Szumlinski Training

Are you involved in water safety for buildings? Take the new free training from CDC and partners on creating a water management program to reduce risk for Legionnaires’ disease. The training aligns with industry standards on managing risk for Legionella bacteria (ASHRAE 188). What Are the Benefits of This Training? The training: Outlines how to reduce risk for Legionella in facilities through water management programs. Helps water …

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A Good Night’s Sleep for our Residents

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

A good night of undisturbed sleep is one of the most important services we can give our residents. By eliminating or minimizing night-time interruptions, we can encourage more of the restorative sleep our residents need to maintain and enhance their quality of life.  Two years ago, Great Plains Quality Innovation Network gave some presentation on exactly that topic. Recording of …

Nursing Homes Face More Challenges for Patients of Size

Angie Szumlinski News

By law, hospitals must treat people of all shapes and sizes when they need emergency care. However, these laws don’t apply to nursing facilities. A recent article appearing on caringfortheages.com talks about the challenges in placing obese patients in nursing facilities. The article states that as the American population grows increasingly larger, the elder population is no exception. According to …

OIG Releases Study on the Assessment of State Background Checks for LTC Providers

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Compliance

The National Background Check Program (Program) provides grants to States to develop systems to conduct background checks of State and Federal criminal history records for prospective long-term-care employees. Congress mandates that the Office of Inspector General evaluate various aspects of Program implementation. This report provides an assessment of States that concluded Program participation prior to 2017, and it also provides …