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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.

Regulatory Update

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is currently developing two distinct focused survey processes to assess dementia care and Minimum Data Set, Version 3.0 (MDS 3.0) coding practices in nursing homes.  CMS is planning to pilot these survey types beginning in 2014.  The intent of the dementia care focused survey is to document dementia care practices in nursing …

Improving Patient Safety in Long Term Care Facilities Training Modules

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The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed a new webinar series to assist in providing training to direct care staff in long-term care settings.  Registration for the 4 part series is now available for viewing.  Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to improve the safety in your home.  AHRQ also offers additional training opportunities and archived webinars for …

AHRQ's National Program to reduce CAUTI in LTC

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Research tells us that that the rate of hospital acquired infections (HAIs) in LTC residents is between 1- 3 million annually. In addition, re-hospitalizations from LTC are increasing, with UTIs being the second most common reason. The Agency on Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is funding a national program to reduce infections, specifically CAUTI in LTC. Spectrum Health Continuing Care …

Heimlich Maneuver – When, Why and How

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The HealthCap QA Reader program has grown tremendously in the past year and many HealthCap members are enjoying the benefit of having flagged incidents reviewed by Risk Management.  The review process includes recommendations to address common types of incidents, documentation best practices and the provision of emergency services.  Over the past couple of weeks I have reviewed several incident reports …

FDA Warns Against Using Uncle Ben's Infused Rice

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FDA NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release:  Feb. 10, 2014 Media Inquiries:  Theresa Eisenman, 301-796-2805 Consumer Inquiries: 1-888-INFO-FDA FDA warns against using Uncle Ben's Infused Rice Mars Foodservices recalls all lot numbers of Infused Rice linked to recent illness in Texas  Fast Facts Government officials are investigating a cluster of illnesses associated with Uncle Ben's Infused Rice Mexican Flavor sold …

Canada's Recent Senior Housing Tragedy Reminds Us of the Critical Importance of Fire Safety

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As published on Provider Nation, the official blog of Provider Magazine, January 17, 2014 By Stan Szpytek, reposted with permission Good afternoon, ProviderNation.  While the heartbreaking details of a devastating fire that destroyed a seniors housing property continues to emerge from a small village in Quebec known as L’Isle-Verte, all long term care providers, as well as operators of independent …

Staff Education and Quality Care…Do They Go Together?

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Program Designed to Address Quality of Care Through Education and Certification Heidi Keeler, PhD, RN Nursing staff education is one area that is targeted when assessing risk and when investigating incidents. However, it is often the first area targeted when balancing the budget in this world of ever dwindling resources. Staff education is an easy budget cut, but is this …

Hepatitis B – CDC Guidance

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Healthcare providers face many risks during the provision of care, however the Hepatitis B virus continues to be a real concern. The CDC has published an updated guidance for healthcare providers including evaluating personnel for Hepatitis B virus protection and for administering post-exposure management. Hepatitis B (HB) has long been recognized as an occupational risk for health-care personnel (HCP), including …

Contact precautions should be extended to all MRSA carriers in a nursing home

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Patient Safety and Quality As promised in our last blog posting here is updated information/recommendations from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).  The statistics are obviously telling however how the recommendations are implemented may be challenging.  AHRQ is a highly respected agency and works closely with health care organizations to improve quality.  “Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a …

Links found between nursing homes and hospitals in spread of MRSA

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Patient Safety and Quality The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) performed a recent study on the spread of MRSA and the findings are interesting. “Individual hospitals or hospital systems may not consider the role of patients who transfer in and out of the hospital from nursing homes when planning their infection control strategies. That may be a mistake, …