OIG – CMS Use of Staffing Data

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Featured

The OIG performed an audit review focusing on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS’s) use of data on nursing home staffing from April 2018 through March 2019; before the COVID-19 pandemic. They also noted recent CMS actions through December 2020. Since November 2016, CMS has required nursing homes to submit payroll-based staffing data, including data on nurses and …

Staff Experiences During Pandemic

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Studies

In May and June of 2020, front-line nursing home staff described working under complex, challenging, and evolving conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic. A survey was conducted more than 3 months after a nursing home in Washington became the initial U.S. epicenter of COVID-19 and at a time when there were already more than 50,000 cases and 10,000 deaths among nursing …

Community COVID-19 Activity Level

Angie Szumlinski Health, Studies

JAMDA published a recent study that assessed whether using coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) community activity levels can accurately inform strategies for routine testing of facility staff for active severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection. Of the staff tested, 28% were certified nursing assistants (CNAs) who accounted for 36.9% of all staff testing positive. Similarly, licensed practice nurses (LPNs) …

Work to Feed Your Family

Angie Szumlinski Featured, Health

A team of researchers from UCLA and Yale University decided to examine the people who continued to enter nursing homes during the beginning of the coronavirus in March 2020, the employees! Keith Chen, a behavioral economist and UCLA professor said the key question is this: “The people who, we can infer, work in this nursing home, what other nursing homes …

Communicate Openly

Angie Szumlinski Health, Training

During this pandemic and beyond, we see that the stress put on our caregivers and staff has increased dramatically. We have added new policies, revised existing policies, and required staff to take on additional documentation and tasks throughout their shift. All of these changes can and have proven to increase their level of stress. As a leader, are you aware …

Poverty?

Angie Szumlinski News, Studies

Staffing, a long-standing thorn in the side of skilled nursing operators even before the COVID-19 pandemic, has emerged as one of the most critical elements in how facilities manage an outbreak and navigate the current public health emergency. This Skilled Nursing Article highlights that the percentage of CNAs who live below the poverty line in the U.S. far outstrips the …

Spare Change?

Angie Szumlinski Studies, Training

How well do you understand your nurse turnover rate? Seriously, are you looking at numbers? Are you looking at “why”? There have been many studies on nurse turnover and most say the same thing, “if you treat the employee fairly and pay them a competitive salary, nurses won’t leave”. Some of this is true, everyone wants to be respected for …

OIG – Yes – They Are Looking!

Angie Szumlinski Compliance, Studies

Nurse staffing is a key contributor to the quality of care provided in nursing homes. A review conducted by the OIG (Office of the Inspector General) prior to COVID-19 pandemic, focused on staffing data from 2018 and was posted on 8-3-2020. Now, with the 2020 pandemic, it becomes more obvious that adequate staffing for nursing homes is critical as inadequate …