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Congratulations Quality Award Applicants!

Posted by Angie Szumlinski on March 20, 2018 at 2:24 PM

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 may seem like a daunting task but as the old adage says “if it was easy everyone would have it”.  Submitting an application for the Quality Awards is the first step on this journey. It is an exhaustive, interdisciplinary process and we appreciate the efforts!

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Topics: Quality Assurance, News

Are You Concerned About Rehospitalizations?

Posted by Angie Szumlinski on August 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Well, you aren’t alone! Providers all over the country have been focusing on reducing the number of re-hospitalizations! And what a great goal to have, right? The problem we encounter is that we can’t seem to get a handle on the “why” and the “how” to prevent them.

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Topics: QA Tips, Quality Assurance, Patient Care, Health Information Technology

Disasters – It CAN Happen To You!

Posted by Angie Szumlinski on July 5, 2017 at 11:56 AM

Long ago and far away nursing centers provided care for frail, elderly patients. There were no IVs, TPN, Cpaps, peritoneal dialysis, active shooters or emergency evacuations. Our biggest threat back then was probably scabies! Those were the days where we “hunkered down”, took what hits us, brushed ourselves off and moved on. Today we are much more enlightened and we should all be thankful for that!

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Topics: Risk Management, Quality Assurance, News

DHS Announces Funding Opportunity For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Preparedness Grants

Posted by Angie Szumlinski on June 21, 2017 at 11:03 AM
Release Date:
June 2, 2017
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Topics: Risk Management, Administration, News, Health Information Technology

CMS Issues Proposed Revision Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities' Arbitration Agreements

Posted by Angie Szumlinski on June 7, 2017 at 10:53 AM
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Topics: Risk Management, Quality Assurance, Administration, Incident Reporting, News, Health Information Technology

Exciting Collaboration

Posted by Angie Szumlinski on May 31, 2017 at 9:33 AM

As we continue to soldier through the process of preventing unnecessary re-hospitalizations and nosocomial infections, AHCA/NCAL has partnered with Brown University’s Center for Gerontology to involve members in a proposed study that seeks to evaluate if enhanced environmental cleaning will reduce the rate of infection among patients in skilled nursing centers and ultimately reduce hospitalizations.

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Topics: Risk Management, Quality Assurance, Patient Care, Health Information Technology

Bariatric Residents and Skin Care

Posted by Angie Szumlinski on May 10, 2017 at 10:30 AM

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) in collaboration with Creighton University Health Sciences Continuing Education, recently hosted a webinar on Considerations for Bariatric Patients in Pressure Injuries and Wound Care. This program focused on the “how” and “why” we do what we do when caring for residents with a diagnosis of obesity as their needs often differ.

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Topics: Risk Management, Patient Care

One For Our Team!

Posted by Angie Szumlinski on April 26, 2017 at 8:00 AM
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Topics: Risk Management, Patient Care, News

Spring Has Sprung!

Posted by Angie Szumlinski on February 23, 2017 at 7:30 AM

It is amazing how quickly we turned from winter to spring this year! The sun is out in the Midwest which is a rare sight in the month of February but we aren’t complaining! With spring upon us we are looking at day light savings time and “springing forward” in a few weeks. For many of us this means a loss of an hour of sleep, for others it means gaining an hour of golf at the end of the day. Whatever it means to you, have you considered what it means to your residents with cognitive loss?

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Topics: Patient Care

Start Hiring and Retaining the Best Nursing Staff

Posted by Angie Szumlinski on January 26, 2017 at 8:56 AM

One of the biggest areas of concern and risk DONs face nationwide is the difficulty of recruiting and retaining quality, compassionate long-term caregivers. It can be demoralizing to bring in the “perfect” employee, spend weeks training them, and then have them leave for a position at a neighboring home.

CMS also understands the impact of staff instability, and they are focusing on this area from a quality perspective. Because the more familiar our caregivers are with the residents, the better the care will be.

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Topics: Administration

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