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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.

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CDC/STRIVE Release Additional Free Infection Control Training Courses

Angie Szumlinski News, Training

Just released, the CDC/Strive are pleased to announce the launch of the Environmental Cleaning and Personal Protective Equipment courses, the latest in a series of 11 new infection control training courses. These courses are part of the new States Targeting Reduction in Infections via Engagement (STRIVE) curriculum intended for the infection prevention team, hospital leaders, clinical educators, nurse and physician managers, environmental services managers, all patient care …

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Super Bugs and Super You!

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

Identifying at least 20% of hospitalized patients who carry Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) – drug resistant bacteria that can lead to a dangerous healthcare-associated infection, could help prevent the spread of the organism, according to an AHRQ funded study published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Researchers developed a computer model to understand the impact of detecting an increasing number …

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RAFT Model of SNF Care

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

In a recent article published in JAMDA, the “RAFT Model of SNF Care” is discussed with interesting observations and outcomes. What is RAFT? It is a process to assist centers in Reducing Avoidable Facility Transfers. Did that get your attention?! There are 4 distinct components to the RAFT process including: Small team of providers who manage care and after-hour calls …

Arbitration Agreement

Is Your Arbitration Agreement Compliant?

Christina Nechiporchik Compliance, Legal, News

After litigation and multiple comment periods from the public, the new CMS rule for arbitration agreements went into effect on September 16th. The rule only applies to arbitration agreements entered into on or after September 16th. Providers should take note of key requirements to ensure that their arbitration agreement will be enforceable. While it was a recommended best practice prior …

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Quality Initiative Achievements Linked to Performance in New Five-Star Ratings

Angie Szumlinski News

The AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative is paired with CMS’s Five-Star Quality Rating System. This collaboration hopes to prepare skilled nursing centers for future policy and regulatory changes. Recent changes to Five-Star include adding new quality measures, changing RN staffing thresholds, and lifting the survey freeze. Based on preliminary analysis, the changes have been well received by the nursing centers. There are …

September is Sepsis Awareness Month

Angie Szumlinski News

Join the CDC In Fighting Sepsis The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be sponsoring and promoting events during the month of September which is Sepsis Awareness Month, to highlight the importance of detecting sepsis early and taking steps to prevent it! The events include two CDC webinars, a Twitter chat and the first World Sepsis Congress.  All …

Managing Acuity Creep in Assisted Living Centers

Angie Szumlinski News

Not planning on attending the regional HealthCap seminar in your area? Maybe you should reconsider! As we transition from a healthcare model to a social model in assisted living we are faced with many challenges including how to ensure “person-centered care” is in the forefront. Statistically, assisted living residents experience similar physical, cognitive and ADL declines as residents living in …

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CMS Is Watching – PDPM is Weeks Away!

Angie Szumlinski News

We need to reduce therapy utilization while maintaining high quality outcomes. Sounds daunting but it really is a mind-set, base your care and reimbursement on the resident versus the number of therapy minutes. Easy right? Not so much, it is a definite change of culture and focus and may take time to adjust. Here are a few quality measures CMS …

Financing Programs and Markets Robust for Long Term Care Industry

Peter Feeney News

According to Provider Magazine financing programs and the markets remain robust in the broader LT/PAC industry and in the seniors housing market. Large, national provider brands and REITs (real estate investment trusts) have driven mergers and acquisitions (M&A) volume in recent months, which has created highly liquid debt markets and driven competition among lenders, making financing solutions readily available to …

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Management of Constipation in Nursing Homes

Angie Szumlinski News

Appropriate management of constipation in the elderly can be challenging to say the least. With the regulatory climate and the negative outcomes related to constipation, the following study may be helpful in assisting your medical team in preventing constipation related outcomes in your center! The study is interesting and the conclusions are helpful. Please take a few minutes to go …