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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.

Laws of Motion PPE – Surgical Gown Safety

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting health care facility risk managers, procurement staff and health care providers that gowns sold as medical gowns including surgical gowns, sold by Laws of Motion PPE (LawsofMotionPPE.com) have potential quality issues that affect the level of fluid barrier protection. The FDA is recommending that gowns manufactured or sold by Laws of …

Goodbye Summer – Hello Flu Season!

Angie Szumlinski Health

Sadly, we are beginning to see summer coming to an end, evenings are getting cooler, it is still dark when we get up in the morning and yes, the dreaded flu season is just around the corner! Considering we are still in the midst of a global pandemic it hardly seems fair that we are going to be challenged yet …

Finally! HHS to Fund Assisted Living Testing

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health

FINALLY HHS has announced funding for private pay assisted living facilities! As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, private pay communities can apply for Provider Relief Fund dollars by going to the appropriate PRF portal and completing the required application. This process is part of the Phase 2 distribution, and assisted living payments will be …

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Seasonal Influenza – CDC Call

Angie Szumlinski Health

The CDC will be hosting a call to discuss “Testing and Treatment of 2020-2021 Seasonal Influenza During the COVID-19 Pandemic” on Thursday September 17, 2020 from 2:00-3:00 pm ET. Per the World Health Organization’s FluNet platform from three Southern Hemisphere countries (Australia, Chile, and South Africa), low influenza activity was reported during June through August 2020, months that comprise the …

Battelle Decontamination System

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health

On March 30, 2020 Battelle announced they had received an emergency go-ahead from the FDA to deploy its decontamination system for personal protective equipment (PPE), allowing healthcare workers to clean and reuse scarce N95 respirator masks. They system is capable of processing up to 80,000 masks per machine, per day, within what looks like a large metal shipping container. What …

FEMA Procures N95 Decontamination Devices

Angie Szumlinski News

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) procured sixty decontamination devices from Battelle Labs, an Ohio based company, for various states across the nation. Michigan received a Battelle device on April 24 which includes four decontamination units housed at the TCF Center in Detroit, Michigan. The decontamination system is approved to process N95 respirators only. Battelle’s device can decontaminate thousands of …

CMS Announces Resumption of Routine Inspections of All Provider and Suppliers and Issues Updated Enforcement Guidance to States

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

August 17, 2020 CMS.gov On August 17, 2020 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will resume routine inspections of all Medicare and Medicaid certified providers and suppliers to improve the safety and quality of life of patients and residents. CMS had previously suspended certain routine inspections as part of its response to the coronavirus disease 2019 …

Community Spread = Spike in Nursing Homes

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

As we continue our journey through the COVID-19 Pandemic, it appears that we have hit another hurdle in our efforts to avoid the spread of the virus in our centers. The American Health Care Association/ National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) released a report in Provider magazine on 8-11-2020 that states “skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) experiencing an ‘alarming spike’ in …

Facility Wide Testing – CDC Data

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Studies

The CDC recently compiled data from seven state or local health departments that conducted facility-wide testing in nursing homes. A total of 288 nursing homes conducted initial facility-wide testing during March 24-June 14 with turnaround times ranged from 1-7 days from testing until receipt of results. The study results were posted on August 14, 2020 and the discussion below summarizes …

Rising COVID-19 Cases in Long-Term Care

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Studies

Over the last month, many states have seen a surge of Coronavirus cases, particularly in states that have loosened social distancing requirements. Data shows that younger people make up a growing percentage of new Coronavirus cases in cities and states, and much recent media coverage has focused on the resurgence of the pandemic being driven by cases among younger adults. …