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HealthCap® USA

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.

Policy Memorandum for the Requirement to Reduce Legionella Risk in Healthcare Facility Water Systems Available for Download

Angie Szumlinski Compliance, Health

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the bacterium Legionella can cause a serious type of pneumonia called LD in persons at risk. Those at risk include persons who are at least 50 years old, smokers, or those with underlying medical conditions such as chronic lung disease or immunosuppression. Outbreaks have been linked to poorly maintained water systems …

Heat-related health dangers for older adults

Angie Szumlinski Health

As we age, our ability to adequately respond to summer heat can become a serious problem. Older people are at significant increased risk of heat-related illnesses, known collectively as hyperthermia, during the summer months. Hyperthermia can include heat stroke, heat edema (swelling in your ankles and feet when you get hot), heat syncope (sudden dizziness after exercising in the heat), …

Vaccine Storage & Handling Toolkit

Angie Szumlinski Health

Please click here for the latest Vaccine Storage & Handling Toolkit from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Corporate Compliance Update

Andrea DeLand Compliance, News

Focus on Exploitation Our policy defines “exploitation” as taking advantage of a resident for personal gain through the use of manipulation, intimidation, threats or coercion. (See Administrative SOP, “Abuse and Neglect Prohibition Policy”). There has been a tremendous focus on this issue by both the survey and criminal authorities. It is important for all staff to be able to define …

Register Now: National Quality Forum (NQF) March 29 Webinar, May 1 Workshop On Opioid Stewardship

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

Registration is open for a March 29 webinar and a May 1 workshop sponsored by the National Quality Forum on strategies for opioid stewardship. The webinar will highlight the NQP (National Quality Partners) Playbook™: Opioid Stewardship, developed in partnership with AHRQ. The playbook encourages health care organizations to develop realistic measurement strategies to assess key issues such as clinician prescribing …

Congratulations Quality Award Applicants!

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

HealthCap would like to congratulate the 2018 Bronze, Silver and Gold AHCA/NCAL Quality Award applicants.  The quality journey is an ongoing process of evaluation and a commitment to achieving success.  Communities who have enjoyed success “live” the Baldrige criteria on a daily basis, everything done within the community is evaluated against this criteria and when necessary, systems are “re-created”.  This …

February – American Heart Month

Angie Szumlinski Health, Health, News

Did you know that February is designated as “American Heart Month”? With so many “causes” including fund raisers, “National Donut Month”, “National Taco Day”, etc. isn’t it great that we have a month that focuses on identifying risk factors for heart disease, treatment options and most importantly, recommendations for improving lifestyle! Chances are, we all know someone affected by heart …

Change and You!

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

Change and You! The National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative published a “Change Package” in April 2017. This resource is a collection of great ideas and practices to create lasting change in nursing homes. The goal of the package is to instill quality and performance improvement practices, eliminate Healthcare-Acquired Conditions (HACs) and dramatically improve resident satisfaction by focusing on the …