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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.

Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review

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A Notice by DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on 10/27/2015   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The notice for the proposed …

Winning Hearts & Minds by Shocking Them…

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Good morning, ProviderNation. More than two decades ago, PK Beville decided to try changing minds by assaulting them. The result, her patented “Virtual Dementia Tour” has been getting rave, if rattled, reviews. With the use of painful foot pads, heavy gloves, noise-cancelling headphones (with disruptive audio piped in), and near-blinding goggles, Beville's tours offer eight minutes of sheer hell and—many …

Voluntary Bed Handle Recall

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Bed Handles Inc. are re-announcing the voluntary recall of about 113,000 adult portable bed handles. When these handles are attached to a bed without the use of safety retention straps, a handle can shift creating a risk of entrapment, strangulation, and death.  For more information visit the CPSC website.

Funding would allow testing of new payment model for nursing facility care

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced a new funding opportunity designed to enhance the Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Facility Residents. The funding opportunity will allow the organizations currently participating in the Initiative to apply to test whether a new payment model for nursing facilities and practitioners will further reduce avoidable hospitalizations, lower combined Medicare …

Adverse Events in Nursing Homes

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Office of Inspector General Report: Adverse Events in SNFs:  National Incidence among Medicare Beneficiaries In February 2014, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its report Adverse Events in SNFs:  National Incidence among Medicare Beneficiaries.   It reported that one in three skilled nursing facility (SNF) beneficiaries were harmed by an adverse event or temporary harm event within the first 35 …

HIGHLIGHT: Resources for Increasing Influenza Vaccination among Healthcare Personnel in Long-term Settings

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO) developed a toolkit to help long-term care employers and administrators promote influenza vaccination among their workforce and to help anyone working in LTC facilities understand the importance of influenza vaccination for LTC workers. The toolkit is available now to aid in early flu vaccination planning efforts! This toolkit is …

The Impact of Workplace Violence on Healthcare and Social Service Workers

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With the recent on air slayings of a well-loved television reporter and photographer, the recent release of the OSHA Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence publication release is timely.  This publication is a guideline/recommendation and not a requirement or law.  That said, our communities are home for frail, elderly, dependent seniors and our responsibility is to provide a safe environment.  Per …

CMS Proposes Major Initiative for Hip & Knee Replacements

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Model supports quality and care improvements for patient’s transition from surgery to recovery   Hip and knee replacements are some of the most common surgeries that Medicare beneficiaries receive. In 2013, there were more than 400,000 inpatient primary procedures, costing Medicare more than $7 billion for hospitalization alone. While some incentives exist for hospitals to avoid post-surgery complications that can …

2015 Focused Dementia Care Survey Expansion Efforts

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2015 FOCUSED DEMENTIA CARE SURVEY EXPANSION EFFORTS   Upon completion of the initial 2014 Focused Dementia Care Survey Pilot, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revised survey materials and tools based upon surveyor feedback and data analysis. CMS is now expanding upon the work of the focused survey pilot and has invited states to conduct such surveys in FY2015 (ends …

AHCA/NCAL: Responsible Use of Antibiotics

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For Immediate Release                   June 2, 2015   AHCA/NCAL Taking Steps to Ensure the Responsible Use of Antibiotics Association pledges support of President’s antibiotic stewardship initiative at White House event   Washington, DC — The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) today reinforced its commitment to the responsible use of antibiotics in assisted living, long term …