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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.

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 …

Review and Status of Nursing Home Survey: Summary of Traditional and Quality Indicator Survey (QIS)

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Nursing Home Survey Evaluation: For the past 10 years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the States have used two standard survey processes that assess the quality of care and quality of life for nursing home residents. Enclosed is a review of both the traditional survey and QIS processes.   Survey Efficiency and Effectiveness: The CMS is …

Professional Liability Toolkit – AHCA

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A newly revised Arbitration Agreement template is the first product being made available as part of the AHCA’s Professional Liability Toolkit. The revision replaces earlier versions, dated 2002 and 2004, said a memo about the product from Dianne De La Mare, AHCA vice president of legal affairs. “The association continues to assert that one of the best ways to avoid …

Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence – OSHA

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Jackson Lewis P.C. and Lyn Bentley, AHCA OSHA recently released an update to its Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers The publication includes industry best practices and provides some insight on how to reduce the risk of violence in various health care and social service settings. In the document, OSHA recommends that health care providers …

Observation Stay Update

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Association Applauds Rep. Courtney for Reintroducing Bill to Help Fix Observation Status Issue Legislation ensures time spent as outpatient, satisfies Medicare requirement Washington, D.C. – The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) today commended Congressman Joe Courtney (D-CT-2) for reintroducing the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2015. The legislation ensures that time spent …

ACP Wound Prevention And Treatment Guidelines

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Philadelphia, March 3, 2015 — The American College of Physicians (ACP) published two evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in Annals of Internal Medicine for the prevention and treatment of bedsores, also called pressure ulcers. Bedsores commonly occur in people with limited mobility, such as those in hospitals or long-term care settings.   “Up to $11 billion is spent annually in the United States …

CPR – Is Your Facility Meeting the New Regulations?

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On October 18, 2013 CMS released S&C: 14-01-NH regarding F155 and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in Nursing Homes.  This memo was revised on 1-23-15.  The memo (see link below) gives guidance to surveyors on assessing a facilities policy for honoring resident choice and advance directives.  In the past, some facilities have chosen to not train their staff to initiate CPR but …

Changes to the 5 Star Rating

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Last week CMS announced changes to the Five-Star Quality Rating System that take effect on February 20, 2015. The changes will likely impact a number of our member skilled nursing facilities' ratings, resulting in a loss of one or two stars.  CMS released a preview of each center's new ratings on Friday, February 13. Information on how you can access …