Cuomo Takes Aim at For-Profit Nursing Homes, Hints at Reforms for 2021

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis in nursing homes continues to make headlines amid accusations of a deliberate cover-up, but the embattled executive this week promised to explore reforms targeted at for-profit facility owners. “I have long believed that there is a tension in a for-profit nursing home, because those institutions […]

Nursing Home Operator PruittHealth Reports $137M Revenue Drop in ’20 — But 22% Boost in Home Health Demand

PruittHealth, a major nursing home operator across the Southeast, took a $137.2 million revenue hit during the COVID-plagued year of 2020 — but saw a significant increase in demand for home health services. That income loss includes the operator’s skilled nursing, therapy, pharmacy, and hospice business lines, according to a new report released this week, […]

New York Nursing Home Policies Under Microscope Again as Cuomo Accused of Cover-Up

Metropolitan New York was the first epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo received significant criticism for his decision to require nursing homes to accept residents regardless of their coronavirus status. The controversy, which was reignited last month after the state attorney general’s office released a report claiming […]

Calls for Nursing Home Ownership Transparency, More Detailed Cost Reports Grow Amid Reform Push

The Biden administration will likely bring some degree of new oversight to the nursing home sector as lawmakers and regulators look to sort out what went wrong during the COVID-19 pandemic, and ownership transparency — coupled with significantly more stringent financial reporting requirements — could emerge as a key area of reform. While the industry […]

COVID-19 Deaths, Cases More Than Three Times Higher in Primarily Non-White Nursing Homes

Nursing facilities with the highest proportion of non-white residents saw COVID-19 infection and death rates that were 3.3 times higher than those with the greatest concentration of white residents, according to a new study that illustrates the disproportionate impact of the novel coronavirus on communities of color — both in long-term care and generally. The […]

Welltower Takes $83M Write-Down on Genesis Loans as Long-Term Nursing Home Outlook Remains Unclear

Welltower Inc. (NYSE: WELL) this week announced another major write-down related to troubled nursing home tenant Genesis HealthCare (NYSE: GEN) as the provider’s future — along with the outlook for the rest of the sector — remains unclear. During the fourth quarter of 2020, the Toledo, Ohio-based real estate investment trust (REIT) wrote down $83 […]

Private Equity Plots ‘Flight to Quality’ in Nursing Homes Amid Scrutiny, Ongoing Pandemic

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic trained an intense spotlight on the financing of nursing home operations and real estate in America, private equity investors in the sector found themselves under the microscope. Moving forward, the pandemic will likely have a double-barreled effect on PE interest in the space, with a more selective crop of companies […]

‘No Magic Bullet’: Despite Vaccine Success, Genesis Works to Close Racial Gaps, Plot Post-Clinic Path

Nursing home giant Genesis HealthCare (NYSE: GEN) last week announced greater-than-average COVID-19 vaccine uptake among its residents and staff, but the company’s top clinical official emphasized that the work isn’t over — both because of continued gaps in acceptance among people of color, and an uncertain future after the end of the federal vaccination program. […]

Omega: Bed Buy-Backs Unlikely to Become Trend, Demographics to Offset Home Health Diversions

A major skilled nursing and senior living landlord on Friday pushed back on a pair of recent industry storylines hinting at future declines in demand for institutional care, pointing to positive demographic shifts on the horizon. Executives at Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE: OHI) acknowledged the trend toward sending post-acute patients straight into home health during […]

Amid Stalled HHS Confirmation, Frontrunner Emerges for CMS Chief: Report

The Biden administration is leaning toward the selection of former federal health official and current Manatt Health managing director Chiquita Brooks-LaSure for the administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Politico reported this week. Brooks-LaSure held posts at CMS and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under President Obama, with […]

Despite Hands-Off Approach from CMS, PDPM Pitfalls Remain for Nursing Home Operators, Investors

Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has left its new Medicare payment system for nursing homes virtually unchanged since the original rollout in October 2019 — but that doesn’t mean operators and investors should assume the status quo will last forever. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and its […]

Nursing Home Giant Genesis Touts 61% Staff Vaccination Rate, Beating National Uptake

Genesis HealthCare (NYSE: GEN) announced late Tuesday that it had achieved a staff COVID-19 vaccination rate of 61% through the first round of on-site clinics, with 84% of residents opting in. The Kennett Square, Pa.-based chain — which operates more than 300 skilled nursing and senior living facilities in 24 states — contrasted those figures […]

To Fix Nursing Homes, Landlords and Payers Must Change Broken Incentives — for Both Owners and Operators

Among the many long-standing issues that COVID-19 exposed in long-term care, the design of the facilities themselves stands as one of the most obvious. With new development of long-term care facilities almost nonexistent, nursing homes frequently rank as the oldest health care properties in their given markets. “Semi-private” rooms with up to four beds remain […]

Fitch Upgrades Sabra Outlook Despite Specter of Permanent 30% Rent Cuts

Senior housing and care operators that had been struggling prior to the COVID-19 pandemic may need permanent rent cuts of 30% to survive in the long term, a top financial ratings agency noted — but even that hit is unlikely to hurt one of the top landlords in the sector. Fitch Ratings on Monday upgraded its […]

Lawsuits Rank Low on List of Nursing Home Provider Concerns for 2021 — As Occupancy, Staffing Loom Large

More than any other issue, liability shields for nursing home operators have consistently generated headlines and public outrage as lawmakers and regulators look to sort out the top areas of reform in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. States across the country have come under fire for including nursing homes in legislation that provides blanket […]