Movers & Shakers: Genesis Rehabilitation Services, Landmark Connect

Hirschfeld Steps Down from Genesis Rehabilitation Services Daniel Hirschfeld, executive vice president and chief operating officer of international operations and president of Kennett Square, Pa.-based Genesis Rehabilitation Services, announced his resignation from the firm, effective Jan. 31. Until then, Hirschfeld will remain in his current position. Beginning Jan. 31, Hirschfeld will support Genesis Healthcare, Inc. […]

How a Bad Flu Season Can Affect Skilled Nursing Admissions, Staffing

For the first time in more than a decade, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reporting widespread cases of the flu in 49 states — and the historic bug could have an effect on nursing providers’ bottom lines. In fact, in the 13 years that the CDC has been conducting surveillance […]

How SNFs Can Reduce the Stigma Around Legal Marijuana

Marijuana usage among the elderly has become a growing trend, as more and more states decriminalize the use of the substance — creating a delicate situation for many skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and senior living providers. To date, 29 states, including Washington, D.C., have legalized the medical use of marijuana, and California recently joined a […]

Movers & Shakers: LeadingAge, Allied Skilled Nursing

Fleming Steps Up to Chairman Role at LeadingAge Washington, D.C.-based LeadingAge has appointed Stephen P. Fleming as chairman of the board. LeadingAge is a national senior care industry association, which represents more than 6,000 non-profit senior care providers. As board chairman, Fleming — president and CEO of Greensboro, N.C.-based The Well•Spring Group — will oversee […]

Movers & Shakers: Life Care Center of Columbia, Wingate Healthcare

King Appointed Executive Director at Life Care Center of Columbia Life Care Center of Columbia, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility based in Columbia, Tenn., has welcomed Mark King as its new executive director. King brings more than 23 years of experience in senior health care, including roughly five years at a skilled nursing and […]

Health Care Executives Begin 2018 Bullish on M&A Front

Senior officials from skilled nursing and other health care companies are approaching 2018 confident in their mergers and acquisitions (M&A) strategies, according to a survey conducted by Capital One Financial Corporation. Among those surveyed, exactly 50% identify M&A as their primary growth strategy in 2018 — a substantial growth compared to last year’s survey, where […]

House Bill Seeks to Abolish SNF Three-Day Rule

A bill reintroduced in the House of Representatives Wednesday aims to strip away a long-standing Medicare provision that places restrictions on beneficiaries who seek rehabilitation services in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Known as the Creating Access to Rehabilitation for Every Senior Act (H.R. 4701)—or the CARES Act of 2017—the bill would eliminate Medicare’s three-day prior […]

What SNFs Should Know About Proper Protocols for Resident Eviction

Resident evictions from skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are becoming a more prominent issue, as legal actions involving the matter make national headlines. The recent case of California resident Gloria Single, for example, is a clear illustration of what happens when a resident and the SNF where he/she resides become involved in a legal tangle over […]

Movers and Shakers: Gurwin Jewish, TripleCare

Friedman Steps Down as CEO of Gurwin Jewish, Almer Named Successor Herbert H. Friedman, founder of Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, is resigning from his post as CEO, Newsday reports. The Commack, N.Y.-based community is a non-profit provider of skilled nursing, rehabilitation and assisted living services. Stuart B. Almer, administrator and chief operating officer, will […]

4 Million People to Need SNF-Level Alzheimer’s Care

The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s dementia or mild cognitive impairment will more than double in the coming years, according to a study from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Fielding School of Public Health. The latest figures highlight the need for intensive, nursing home-level care. In more granular terms, approximately 15 million […]

CMS Officially Scraps Mandatory Cardiac Bundles

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Thursday finalized the cancellation of the mandatory hip fracture and cardiac bundled payment models, and in the same move, also implemented changes to the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) model. Specifically, CMS is reducing the number of mandatory geographic areas participating in the CJR model, […]

Move Over, Florida: Pittsburgh Tops List of Best Places to Retire

Soon-to-be retirees setting their sights on the sunny beaches of Florida as their retirement destination might have to change their plans and move north to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the city tops Bankrate’s “Best Places to Retire in America” list. To compile the list, the New York City-based consumer financial services company scored the 50 largest […]

Lawsuit Alleges Growing Trend of Improper Discharges at CA SNFs

At 83 years old, California resident Gloria Single is shining a light on what she and her allies believe is a growing issue at skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) in the state: the illegal “dumping,” or eviction, of residents. In March 2017, Single was evicted from Pioneer House in Sacramento, with no warning. Pioneer House—a SNF […]

SNF Deals Strong in Third Quarter Amid Big Public-Buyer Appetite

Skilled nursing mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity contributed to an overall strong third quarter, as as nursing care accounted for $3.5 billion of the total $5.0 billion in transactions volume for the quarter, according to a report by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care (NIC). Seniors housing accounted for the remainder ($1.5 […]

Tech Investment, Integration Still Woefully Lacking in Post-Acute Care

Coordination between a skilled nursing facility (SNF) and other care providers is crucial for patients receiving post-acute care (PAC). However, many providers are still not leveraging the power of data analytics and the use of electronic health records (EHR) in this equation, according to a recent survey published by Tampa-based market research firm Black Book. […]

Ensign Banks on Skilled Nursing Momentum to Grow Other Business Lines

Skilled nursing operator Ensign Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENSG) is experiencing a “positive shift in momentum” in its core skilled nursing business, and is hoping to capitalize on this energy in its other business lines. The Mission Viejo, Calif.-based company also provides assisted living, rehabilitative care, home health and hospice services. In the third quarter. the […]

How Bundled Payments Can Keep SNFs on Top of Their Game

The home setting is fast becoming the preferred choice in delivering post acute care (PAC) for health care organizations in bundled payment settings, according to a recent industry report. But while health care providers are steering patients away from an institutionalized setting, one industry expert believes this realization should alert skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and […]

Diversicare Maintains Momentum at Close of Third Quarter

Despite sustaining monetary damages from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to the tune of $232,000, Brentwood, Tenn.-based Diversicare Healthcare Services (Nasdaq: DVCR) has maintained “good momentum” as it approaches the end of the year, according to CEO Kelly Gill. In regards to the storms, Gill credits the company’s “extensive preparation activities” in anticipation of the storms. […]

Amid Orianna, Signature Troubles, Omega Plans Focus on Regional SNF Operators

Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. (NYSE: OHI) faced serious stress from multiple operators in the third quarter, leading executives to consider a more regional strategy going forward. The Hunt Valley, Md.-based real estate investment trust (REIT) on Monday reported a net loss of $137.5 million in the third quarter, posting revenue of $194.06 million—missing analysts’ expectations by […]