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HealthCap® USA

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.

Coronavirus

Not “if” but “when”…

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As COVID-19 spreads, it’s clear that we need a plan for how we will communicate with the outside… not if, but when it strikes. The toolkit includes a checklist of who to contact when you have a confirmed case of COVID-19, a sample letter you can customize to send to family and friends, and a sample press release. Visit our …

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GI Symptoms – COVID-19

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According to a study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, nearly half of patients affected with the COVID-19 virus present with digestive problems. This is new information that was not evident even a few weeks ago and can have a direct impact on how quickly we identify residents affected. The study showed that patients affected with GI symptoms were …

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Assisted Living – Be Aware!

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As we navigate the COVID-19 Pandemic it is important to remember that the CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of infection apply to all senior care providers, skilled, assisted and independent. Seniors are the highest risk for a negative outcome related to this virus and all steps should be taken to protect them. This includes avoiding large groups, providing in-room dining, limiting/restricting non-essential visitors, etc. …

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COVID-19 and Hospice

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With the CoronaVirus paralyzing the country, we have many opportunities to assist in preventing the spread of infection. CMS and the CDC have recommended limiting visitation to “essential” visitors only. When we talk about “essential” that could mean something different to different people however in a nutshell, “if this person doesn’t come in, will you be unable to meet the …

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3 Day Stay – Waiver!

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As we all maneuver through the COVID-19 crisis, the Federal government has granted a waiver that allows patients to be admitted to skilled nursing facilities without the mandatory 3-day hospital stay. This waiver is tremendously helpful as it also includes the ability to admit directly from home, the ER, assisted living, etc. The waiver outlines the requirements including exemption from …

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Visitor Restriction Notification

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When restricting visitors to your facility, you should put postings at all entrances and exits and indicate the contact information for the Administrator and/or designee. We’ve created a notice you can customize for your building. Visit our Resource and Education Center where we are building a library of documents that can help you during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Cardiac Rehab – Not Just a Trip to the Gym!

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Cardiac rehab has great potential at improving health outcomes among patients with heart disease; however, we are not taking advantage of this rehab service consistently. In fact, for Medicare recipients, only 1 in 4 eligible beneficiaries participated in cardio rehab and marked disparities were observed. Disparities were observed by age, sex and race/ethnicity, so why? There are a lot of …

COVID-19 vs. Influenza

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Symptoms of COVID-19 and the flu can look similar but they are caused by different viruses. Although much attention has been given to COVID-19, the flu is showing much more of an impact on Americans. Download our latest informational poster.

Card-Carrying and Proud of It!

Angie Szumlinski Studies

So you get little jabs from your younger friends about getting old; your grandchildren call you “granny” and your kids don’t ask for your advice as often as they used to. Then you go out in the community and you become invisible, people don’t acknowledge you or worse, they try to “help” you! Ageism, ah, alive and well. These are …

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CMS Suspends Survey Activity

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CMS is suspending non-emergency inspections across the country, allowing inspectors to turn their focus on the most serious health and safety threats like infectious diseases and abuse. This shift in approach will also allow inspectors to focus on addressing the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Click HERE to read the memo issued earlier today.