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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.

At Long Last – A Critcal View of Antibiotic Use

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As long-term care practitioners are well aware, the use of antibiotics can have a negative impact on the health and safety of the frail elderly.  Although many physicians are limiting what has been determined to be the unnecessary use of antibiotics, many others have not embraced the practice of “less is better”.  When a resident develops C-diff, candida infections or …

Advance Directives

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In  Healthcap’s most recent “Risk Watch” newsletter an article on Advance Directives was published.  Understanding the importance of having a formal process in place for obtaining Advance Directives, you may find this article helpful.  The response to this article has been great and it is also available on the link below. As always, feel free to contact your HealthCap Risk …

Are You Enjoying Improved Outcomes?

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently released data which illustrates positive quality trends in quality measures and quality indicators.  The improved outcomes are based on the short-stay as well as long term care quality data.  Pressure sores are a leading cause for claims (second only to falls) and an improvement in this measure (high risk pressure ulcers) is …

4th Annual Long Term Care Photo Contest

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Well, it's that time of year again….pumpkins, golden leaves and the HealthCap Annual Photo Contest have all arrived!  This is really a great opportunity for our member facilities to “show us their stuff” and it's easy to enter via our website.  So get your camera out and send us a winning shot.       Show us your senior living …

Are Your Residents Protected From the Big Three Influenza Viruses?

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It is hard to believe but the 2011-2012 “flu season” is just around the corner.  The good news is there is no shortage of vaccine this year however some facilities may not have internal protocols in place to prevent the spread of these deadly viruses.  Honestly, we are busy and tend not to review our protocols until we need them …

Hurricane Irene

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Wow what a week the East Coast has had!  Amazingly to date no nursing facilities or senior communities suffered any casualties although many sustained property damage.  The good news is the majority of HealthCap members we contacted prior to the hurricane making landfall were ready and well prepared for the worst case scenario.  Everyone had additional supplies, food, water, staff …

AUGUST–NATIONAL MONTH FOR IMMUNIZATION

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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

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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?

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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

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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. …