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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.

Updated OIG Exclusion Database is Now Available

Andrea Haupt Announcements

The LEIE Downloadable Databases are available HERE. You may open the file in a database program such as Microsoft Access, a spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel, or whichever software program you normally use.

AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture

Angie Szumlinski News

AHRQ sponsored the development of the Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture in response to requests for a survey in this setting. This survey is designed specifically for nursing home providers and other staff and asks for their opinions about the culture of patient safety and healthcare quality in their nursing home. Access the survey and other materials HERE.

CMS Revises State Operations Manual

Angie Szumlinski Compliance

Appendix Q to the State Operations Manual (SOM), which provides guidance for identifying immediate jeopardy, has been revised. The revision creates a Core Appendix Q that will be used by surveyors of all provider and supplier types in determining when to cite immediate jeopardy. CMS has drafted subparts to Appendix Q that focus on immediate jeopardy concerns occurring in nursing …

CMS Enforcement of Non-Improving Late Adopters

Angie Szumlinski Compliance

Since 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has seen a reduction of in long-stay nursing home residents who were receiving an antipsychotic medication. Despite the success of the National Partnership, as of January 2019, there are 235 late adopter nursing homes that have been cited for noncompliance with federal regulations related to unnecessary medications or psychotropic medications two …

Interview with 2019 AGS Beers Criteria panel member

Angie Szumlinski News

In an interview with Dr. Nicole J. Brandt, PharmD, MBA, BCGP, BCPP, FASCP, Annals of Long-Term Care discussed the latest updates to the 2019 Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults. Dr. Brandt helped decide the new 2019 update and, in this interview, explains how the panel identified the medication or medication classes added to the list …

2019 AHRQ Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture is Available

Angie Szumlinski News

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality developed this survey to assess safety culture in long-term care facilities. This year’s survey found positive results in “Overall Perceptions of Resident Safety” and “Feedback and Communication About Incidents” but revealed areas of improvement in “Staffing” and “Communication Openness”. A link to the full report can be downloaded HERE. An Executive Summary can …

Failure Modes and Effects Analysis – Prepare for the Pitfalls

Angie Szumlinski News

Teams can learn to prepare for common FMEA pitfalls and learn how to avoid them. Read more from IHI:

State Survey Agencies Must Verify Corrected Deficiencies

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

A new report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General determined that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) guidance to State agencies on verifying nursing homes’ correction of deficiencies and maintaining documentation to support verification needed to be improved. It was recommended that CMS take specific actions to (1) improve CMS’s guidance …

National Emerging Leadership Summit Announced

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

Read the NAB announcement below, this is a great opportunity for new Administrators to grow professionally! The 10th annual National Emerging Leadership Summit (NELS) for Health and Aging Services Executives will be held in Washington, D.C. from July 16 – 18, 2019.  The three-day Summit, unique in its kind, is geared towards the enrichment of leadership skills for emerging health service …