Posts by Amy Baxter:

  • How Skilled Nursing Can Ride Out a Wave of Bad Press

    Jan 21 2018

    For some, any press is good press. But this phrase isn’t true for the skilled nursing and senior care space, which is facing a wave of negative media attention — including a damning article in Time Magazine that brought to light major concerns of abusive behavior toward residents and binding arbitration contracts that left some Read More

  • CMS Rolls Out New Bundled Payment Model

    Jan 09 2018

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Tuesday introduced a new alternative payment model, the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced). The model, coming out of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, is a voluntary bundled payment program that enables participants to earn additional payments for a beneficiary’s episode of care if quality is maintained Read More

  • Kindred, About to Complete SNF Exit, Sold to Humana for $4.1B

    Dec 19 2017

    Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND) on Tuesday announced a definitive agreement to be acquired by a group of three companies — TPG Capital; Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe (WCAS); and Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) — for approximately $4.1 billion in cash. The deal had been rumored over the weekend after the Wall Street Journal reported Kindred, Read More

  • Common Ownership of SNFs, Hospitals on the Rise Among Investors

    Sep 07 2017

    Over the past decade, the behind-the-scenes relationship between hospitals and skilled nursing facilities has warmed through more common investors, and researchers from Harvard University are raising questions about competition and antitrust regulations. The percentage of acute care hospitals having common investor ties to the post-acute or hospice sectors increased from 24.6% in 2005 to 48.9% in Read More

  • SNFs Could Benefit Under Bundled Payment Changes

    Sep 04 2017

    Skilled nursing facilities are in for a short-term reprieve if a proposal to reduce some bundled payments by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is finalized, according to a recent Fitch Ratings report. CMS proposed reducing some bundled payment models and canceling mandatory programs yet to be implemented. The move, while largely unsurprising given the current Read More

  • ACOs Saved $1 Billion, Reduced SNF Spending

    Aug 29 2017

    With three years of data for accountable care organizations (ACOs), the shared savings program from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has demonstrated the potential to cut down on care costs. And the savings are frequently coming from skilled nursing facility (SNF) care, according to a recent report from the Office of Inspector General Read More

  • How Community Workers Can Coordinate SNF Care, Improve Outcomes

    Aug 27 2017

    When a patient moves through the health care continuum, they can sometimes fall into certain gaps and miss out on services that would otherwise be beneficial. While the system continues to strive for better care coordination centered on the patient, there is one emerging role that can ease transitions and better serve patients — the Read More

  • America’s Best Places to Retire May Lure Seniors from SNFs

    Aug 15 2017

    Retiring seniors may choose to relocate depending on the cost of living — and cost of care. Financial website WalletHub measured 40 key metrics in the 150 most populated U.S. cities across four dimensions — affordability, activities, quality of life and health care — to find which places were the best and worst for retirement. Read More

  • CMS Rolls Out State-by-State Skilled Nursing Stats

    Jul 24 2017

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released updated market saturation data, revealing the number of skilled nursing providers and fee-for-service Medicare beneficiaries in each state. Texas, California, and Ohio had the highest number of providers, according to the data set period between October 2015 through September 2016. California and Texas lost some Read More

  • Skilled Nursing Providers Team With Home Health For Better Outcomes

    Jul 12 2017

    Skilled nursing facilities may want to ensure they have strong relationships with home health care partners, as a recent study finds home health care visits play a significant role in reducing readmissions after a SNF discharge. The study, “Transitions From Skilled Nursing Facility to Home: The Relationship of Early Outpatient Care to Hospital Readmission,” found Read More

  • Illinois Must Pay $586 Million in Medicaid Per Month

    Jul 06 2017

    Illinois has been ordered by a U.S. judge to pay its Medicaid bills — to the tune of more than half a billion dollars per month. Illinois must pay a staggering $586 million per month to Medicaid providers to ensure continued care for beneficiaries, a U.S. judge ruled on June 30. The ruling comes after Read More

  • 2 More Ways Trumpcare Could Shift Funding Toward SNFs

    Jun 29 2017

    As the Republican health care plan undergoes changes before its day on the Senate floor for a vote, health care providers are tracking how the legislation, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, could impact the skilled nursing field. While potential cuts to Medicaid — ranging from estimates between more than $770 billion and $810 billion — Read More