ACOs Cost Government Money, But Skilled Nursing Opportunity Remains Large

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) don’t always meet their intended goals of saving the government money, and while a new study shows that the model has led to losses in New York, its author asserts that the programs remain ripe for skilled nursing opportunities. Five years into the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), ACOs in the […]

ProMedica-ManorCare Executive Promotions to Bring New President, CFO

ProMedica on Thursday announced a pair of promotions that will bring a new leadership team at the health system and its skilled nursing subsidiary, HCR ManorCare. The Toledo, Ohio-based health system promoted Steve Cavanaugh, president of the ManorCare division, to chief financial officer of the entire ProMedica network. Replacing Cavanaugh at the helm of ManorCare […]

PDPM Goes Beyond Therapy: Finding the Hidden Value in Skilled Nursing Ancillaries

At surface level, the new Medicare payment model for nursing homes revolves largely around therapy, as the federal government works to realign incentives and prevent what officials claim to be a wave of unnecessary services. Speech, occupational, and physical therapy account for three of the five components of the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), and providers […]

SNH Begins $900M Sell-Off With Three-Building Skilled Nursing Deal

A week after announcing plans to sell all of its standalone skilled nursing assets as part of a larger portfolio reshuffle, Senior Housing Properties Trust (NYSE: SNH) pulled off a three-SNF sale in California. The real estate investment trust (REIT) sold three buildings in Van Nuys, LaSalette, and Thousand Oaks, Calif., with a total of […]

MedEquities Shareholders Approve $600M Omega Merger

Shareholders of MedEquities Realty Trust (NYSE: MRT) on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a plan to merge with fellow real estate investment trust (REIT) Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE: OHI). Around 99.9% of the votes cast — representing 79.5% of all outstanding shares as of March 4 — were in favor of the $600 million deal, first announced […]

LTC to Sell Majority of 23 Buildings Operated by Preferred Care

LTC Properties (NYSE: LTC) late last week announced a plan to sell off the majority of the 23 buildings in its portfolio operated by Preferred Care, Inc., citing the bankrupt provider’s desire to minimize its relationship with the real estate investment trust (REIT). “We continue to work cooperatively with them to accommodate Preferred Care’s interest […]

Genesis Plots More Real Estate Buys in Wake of 15-SNF Welltower Deal

Major landlords have taken steps in recent years to reduce their exposure to Genesis HealthCare (NYSE: GEN) and skilled nursing properties more broadly — and now a leading national provider is looking to return the favor. The Kennett Square, Pa.-based Genesis is actively searching out more real estate acquisition opportunities after pulling off a 15-building, […]

Senior Care Centers Drags Down Sabra’s Q1, But Optimism Remains — With Addiction as Next Frontier

A sizable real estate impairment charge related to the bankrupt Senior Care Centers contributed to a $77.7 million first-quarter loss for Sabra Health Care REIT (Nasdaq: SBRA), but executives remain upbeat that the changes coming to skilled nursing this fall will boost fortunes industry-wide. The real estate investment trust (REIT) took a $103 million impairment […]

Senior Housing Properties Trust to Sell Off All Standalone Skilled Nursing Facilities

A month after announcing a $900 million disposition plan with a specific focus on standalone skilled nursing assets, the president of Senior Housing Properties Trust (Nasdaq: SNH) confirmed that the company intends to sell all remaining single-site SNFs in its portfolio. “We’re marketing and selling all of our standalone skilled nursing, and are very far […]

$15 Minimum Wage Creates Fault Lines Between SNFs, Employees in CT as Strike Threat Remains

A proposal to increase the minimum wage in Connecticut has employees hopeful for higher salaries — and operators worried about even tighter margins moving forward. Nursing care providers in the Constitution State, already facing the threat of a strike by about 2,500 employees at 20 facilities, have become increasingly concerned about the potential for a […]

Ensign Group to Spin Off Non-Skilled Nursing Assets into New Public Company

The Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG) on Monday announced a plan to spin off its non-skilled nursing assets into a separate publicly traded company. The Mission Viejo, Calif.-based operator will shift its home health, hospice, and senior living assets into a new firm known as The Pennant Group, Inc., with the deal tentatively set to close […]

Capital Funding Closes $18.5M Bridge Loan for Texas Portfolio; CCRC Plots New Skilled Nursing Development

Capital Funding Group announced its involvement in a $18.5 million bridge loan used to acquire a four-building skilled nursing portfolio in Texas. The deal, which closed in April, was intended as a step toward eventually refinancing the debt through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) 232(f) program. The portfolio, under the control of […]

OnPointe CEO: Skilled Nursing Providers That ‘Run to Risk’ Will Win

As both government and private payers increasingly move toward value-based reimbursements, skilled nursing providers in particular have struggled to keep up — and shift decades-old operational patterns to suit the new reality. For OnPointe CEO Eric Tanner, the only way forward is by running headlong into risk, primarily by showing payers and hospitals how his […]

Cheat Sheets and Timely Visits: How SNFs Can Support Doctors’ Larger PDPM Role

Timely physician visits will play a central role in effectively capturing resident conditions — and reimbursements — under the new Medicare payment model. But with doctors seeing relatively few incentive changes amid the shift to the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), skilled nursing operators must find ways to make physician collaboration as easy as possible. Medical […]

Bridgemoor Opens $20M Rehab Facility; Centre Care Breaks Ground on $45.3M SNF

Bridgemoor Transitional Care opened to the public a newly built short-term rehabilitation facility in Webster, Texas, with a final price tag of $20 million. Specifically targeting post-acute residents, the new Webster facility features 70 private suites equipped with bathrooms, an in-house pharmacy, and dialysis coordination, along with high-end food options and a salon. “Our Webster […]