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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.

AMDA’s Stance on CMS Red Hand Alert Icon

Angie Szumlinski News

The AMDA has recently written a letter to CMS regarding their stance on the new red hand consumer alert icon on Nursing Home Compare. You can read the letter by downloading the file below. HealthCap recently published a podcast about the CMS “red hand” campaign.

Podcast: Ep. 4 – Preparing for Winter

Peter Feeney Podcast

For much of the country, winter is here (or will be soon)! What do facilities need to do to be ready? Is there anything you’re not thinking about? Preparation is the key, especially for those southern states where winter doesn’t strike often. In this episode, Peter talks with Angie Szumlinski about what to think about, how to prepare and what …

Not New News – Worth a Read!

Angie Szumlinski News

Although Resident Rights are not “new” in post-acute care, it is always good to remind our team about the importance of respecting each and every resident’s right to live with dignity. We often get caught up in the day-to-day of providing care and “forget” to be nice, forget to say please and thank you and most importantly, forget to recognize …

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Pain Management

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Have you ever experienced pain, gone to the doctor’s office and received pain medications? Well, we all know that we are experiencing an opioid crisis today and mainly due to the over-use of pain medications. True story, a family member had some minor, outpatient procedure performed and was discharged with a prescription for pain medications. Yep, an opioid! Fortunately, it …

Podcast: Ep. 3 – Preparing for the Holidays

Peter Feeney Podcast

The holidays can be especially stressful when loved ones are in a nursing home, long term care, or skilled nursing facilities. For families and facilities, early planning and preparation is the key. Listen to our latest podcasts for tips on how to make things go smoothly.

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3 Day Stay

Angie Szumlinski News

If you work in the SNF world you are familiar with the CMS 3-day stay rule, head in the bed for three nights in acute care to qualify for SNF care. The good news is that there is movement underway to revise this criteria and is currently in Washington DC for review. Let’s keep out fingers crossed that we gain …

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National Antibiotic Stewardship Week 11/18-11/24

Angie Szumlinski News

This week is National Antibiotic Stewardship Week. Antibiotics save lives and are critical tools for treating a number of common and more serious infections, like those that can lead to sepsis. However, at least 30% of the antibiotics in U.S. outpatient settings are prescribed unnecessarily.  We’ve gathered some interesting posts and resources to bring awareness to antibiotic stewardship.: The CDC …

Podcast Episode 2: The CMS “Red Hand” Campaign

Peter Feeney News, Podcast

What is the so-called “Red Hand Campaign” that was launched by CMS last fall? Join HealthCap CEO Peter Feeney as he talks with HealthCap Risk Managers Cheryl Wilcox, RN, CLNC, RAC-CT, and Dorene Spies, LNHA about the campaign, what it is, how it can affect facilities, and what to do if you receive a “red hand” icon on nursinghomecompare.com.

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Patient and Family Engagement – Approach to Safety

Angie Szumlinski Studies

Engaged families and residents are happier families and residents, and now we may have more insight as to “why” that is! A study recently released by Patient Safety Network (psnet.ahrq.gov) identifies that when families and patients are engaged and involved with the overall care of their loved one, safety improves! Barriers to effective engagement include limited patient/family knowledge, poor communication …

NCAPPS – National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices and Systems

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Training

NCAPPS is an initiative from the Administration for Community Living and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to help states, Tribes and Territories to implement person-centered practices. NCAPPS resources are open to the public and are geared toward human services administrators, providers and people who use long-term services and supports. These are also a great resource for families as …