Mission Health Formally Takes Over 15 Skyline Skilled Nursing Facilities, Ending Receivership in Kansas

The long-running Skyline Healthcare saga came to a close in Kansas last week after Mission Health Communities formally took control of 15 properties that it had operated throughout a more than 18-month receivership process. The Tampa, Fla.-based Mission officially became the new operators last Friday, according to an announcement from the Kansas Department for Aging […]

Final Standalone Kindred Skilled Nursing Facility Changes Hands

More than two years after announcing a plan to exit the skilled nursing space, former industry giant Kindred Healthcare has sold off the final remaining standalone SNF in its portfolio. The Louisville, Ky.-based operator sold Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation — Spring Valley, a 160-bed property in Las Vegas, to Capital Senior Ventures on October […]

‘CMS is Watching’: Changing Therapy Patterns Raise Concerns About Skilled Nursing Audits, Care Quality

The first week of the new Medicare payment model for nursing homes has brought stories of rapidly shifting therapy patterns among some providers, and voices from the consulting and advocacy worlds are warning that any sudden movements could cause adverse effects — both immediately and down the road. The advent of the Patient-Driven Payment Model […]

Three More Arkansas Nursing Homes Fall into Receivership

Three more nursing homes with overlapping ownership have fallen into state receivership in Arkansas, bringing the total count to five. The state’s Department of Human Services (DHS) moved to appoint a third-party receiver to take over Lexington Place Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Jonesboro, Prescott Manor Nursing Center in Prescott, and Lincoln Heights Healthcare in Star […]

Therapy’s PDPM Paradox: Clinicians Have More Control, But Smaller Rehab Staffs Needed for Now

The new Medicare payment model for nursing homes took effect this week with a bang, as therapists across the nation criticized a wave of staffing reductions in the immediate wake of the October 1 start date. Several companies implemented workforce cuts as the federal government shifted to the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), which moves incentives […]

Trump Signs Order Seeking Parity Between Fee-For-Service, Medicare Advantage Rates

President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order asking top federal officials to explore a wide variety of Medicare Advantage expansion efforts, including a call to more closely align the rates paid by MA plans and traditional fee-for-service Medicare. Among the order’s provisions is a request for Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary […]

Seven Dycora Facilities in Wisconsin Emerge from Receivership with New Operator

Seven of eight former Dycora Transitional Health and Living skilled nursing facilities in Wisconsin have emerged from receivership under the operation of Bedrock Healthcare LLC. The Beaver Dam Daily Citizen of Beaver Dam, Wisc. initially reported the news on Wednesday. The properties initially entered receivership back in April at the request of landlord Golden Living […]

Ensign Group Completes Spinoff of Non-Skilled Nursing Business Lines

The Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG) on Tuesday announced the successful completion of a plan to spin off all of its non-skilled nursing business lines into a separate company, The Pennant Group (Nasdaq: PNTG). The San Juan Capistrano, Calif.-based post-acute company’s board approved the plan at the end of August, nearly four months after it was […]

Each Medicare Advantage Plan Can Treat PDPM Differently — and SNFs’ Mileage Will Vary

Skilled nursing providers looking for a simple answer to how managed care plans will react to the new Medicare payment model will likely have to face an inconvenient truth: It’s complicated. Private Medicare Advantage insurers didn’t have to follow the old Resource Utilization Group (RUG) model when deciding how to reimburse for skilled nursing services, […]

It’s Here: Skilled Nursing Providers, Investors Weigh in on PDPM Opportunities, ‘Stumbling Blocks’

The long wait is over: The new Medicare payment system for nursing homes has arrived. October 1 marks the official start of the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), just about 18 months after the federal government first announced the change in April 2018. Since then, the skilled nursing industry has trained a laser focus on preparations […]

DOJ to Pursue Criminal Charges in False Claims Act Cases Against Nursing Homes

The Department of Justice will soon embark on a plan to pursue criminal charges in False Claims Act cases involving nursing homes, Bloomberg Law reported Monday, as the federal government attempts to crack down on bad actors in the space. “We need to go after cases civilly because they a [sic] providing grossly substandard care […]

X-Ray Vendor Reaches $8.5M Settlement to Resolve Skilled Nursing Kickback Allegations

A mobile diagnostics company this week reached an $8.5 million settlement with the federal government to resolve allegations that it engaged in a kickback scheme with some of its skilled nursing partners. The Department of Justice accused Trident USA Health Services LLC of orchestrating “swapping” arrangements with SNFs, offering its X-ray and other diagnostic services […]

Providers Call for Larger Skilled Nursing Opportunity in New Dialysis Model

A new proposed rule that would expand Medicare coverage of dialysis services has already generated interest among skilled nursing operators, and multiple voices have called on officials to further cement the SNF connection. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in July rolled out the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Treatment Choices (ETC) model, a […]

Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart Lead Major Retailers’ Charge into Senior Care — With Multi-Billion Potential

While they don’t yet represent a direct threat to traditional skilled nursing providers, several marquee retail brands have made significant bets on the senior care space as the population ages — with a specific focus on keeping seniors healthy and out of institutional settings. Electronics retailer Best Buy’s (NYSE: BBY) recent moves into the senior […]