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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.

New Quality Measures

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As you may know the existing Quality Measures that are found on the Nursing Home Compare website are scheduled to be taken down April 1, 2011. This is also the date that all comments regarding the proposed, updated Quality Measures are due to NQF (National Quality Forum). The NQF released a memo requesting comments and suggestions from providers regarding the …

Special Focus Facility (SFF)

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On September 17, 2011 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a new survey and certification letter announcement. Effective October 1, 2010 the number of Special Focus Facility slots were adjusted to reflect the current population of nursing homes in each state and an increase of 10% in Special Focus Facilities nationally.  The Special Focus Facility program candidate list …

BRRRR…..It’s Cold Outside!

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Records have been broken around the country this winter, bitter cold temperatures, snow that has paralyzed major cities and a few weeks ago it was announced that there was snow on the ground in 48 states!  The good news is that spring is just around the corner however this is the time of year where we tend to let our …

Medical Devices

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For those of you who may have missed the evening news this week, the medical consultant for ABC’s program discussed several problems associated with implanted prosthetic devices.  Several manufacturer’s have voluntarily removed the devices in question from the market while other manufacturers are monitoring patients in an effort to identify concerns early.  The voluntary recall includes several types of knee …

Short-Acting Opioids and Fractures

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The American Medical Directors Association has determined that short-acting Opioids such as propoxyphene increase the risk of fractures sevenfold! What does this mean to you?  If your facility is admitting residents who require pain management interventions it may be beneficial to take a closer look at what medications have been prescribed in the acute care setting.  The study was performed …

DOCUMENTATION – QUALITY ASSURANCE

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As HealthCap educational offerings continue to grow it is interesting that many facilities request additional training on documentation basics.  In an effort to meet this need, HealthCap has developed an in-service series on documentation that focuses on specific health issues including constipation and dehydration.  Documentation is a critical component in supporting that appropriate care is provided to our residents. That …

TICK, TICK, TICK

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In the near future, electronic medical records are going to be a requirement for long-term care providers.  Have you evaluated where your facility is in the process?  There are so many options available however where do we begin?  The HealthCap Risk Management team perform on-site visits around the country and have the luxury of testing new systems on a regular …

HOT LIQUIDS – RESIDENT SAFETY

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Sadly, another resident sustained burns this week after spilling a bowl of hot soup in her lap.  The resident was immediately taken to her room, her skin was checked, her clothing was changed and the staff continued with their day. The following morning the resident was identified with several blisters on her thighs.The resident had been assessed and was deemed …

HIV Testing

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In December, 2010 the state of Michigan’s Department of Community Health released mandatory changes for ordering HIV testing effective today, January 1, 2011.  This information can be used as a resource for developing in-house policies even if your facility is located outside the state of Michigan.  The new requirements include: Pretest information: The following information must be provided to patients, …

HOLIDAY DECORATIONS AND FIRE SAFETY

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‘Tis the season of decorations, family gatherings and visitors!  It is also the time of year when we hear about events involving fires related to decorations that do not meet the safety requirements from the life safety code.  Please take a moment to walk through your facility with fresh eyes and see what is being brought in by family members, …