Posts by Carlo Calma:

  • Movers & Shakers: Genesis Rehabilitation Services, Landmark Connect

    Jan 18 2018

    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. Read More

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

    Jan 18 2018

    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 Read More

  • How SNFs Can Reduce the Stigma Around Legal Marijuana

    Jan 17 2018

    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 Read More

  • Movers & Shakers: LeadingAge, Allied Skilled Nursing

    Jan 11 2018

    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 Read More

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

    Jan 04 2018

    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 Read More

  • Health Care Executives Begin 2018 Bullish on M&A Front

    Jan 03 2018

    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 Read More

  • House Bill Seeks to Abolish SNF Three-Day Rule

    Dec 21 2017

    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 Read More

  • What SNFs Should Know About Proper Protocols for Resident Eviction

    Dec 17 2017

    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 Read More

  • Movers and Shakers: Gurwin Jewish, TripleCare

    Dec 13 2017

    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 Read More

  • Reverse Referrals: How SNFs Can Generate Senior Housing Business

    Dec 10 2017

    For some older adults, the transition into a senior living community starts from the home, typically when they’ve reached a stage in their lives where they may be looking to downsize. As they age and their care needs require greater attention, the next common step is for them to ultimately move into a skilled nursing Read More

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

    Dec 07 2017

    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 Read More

  • CMS Officially Scraps Mandatory Cardiac Bundles

    Nov 30 2017

    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, Read More

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

    Nov 21 2017

    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 Read More

  • Lawsuit Alleges Growing Trend of Improper Discharges at CA SNFs

    Nov 20 2017

    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 Read More

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

    Nov 16 2017

    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 Read More

  • Ensign Banks on Skilled Nursing Momentum to Grow Other Business Lines

    Nov 09 2017

    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 Read More

  • How Bundled Payments Can Keep SNFs on Top of Their Game

    Nov 08 2017

    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 Read More

  • Diversicare Maintains Momentum at Close of Third Quarter

    Nov 05 2017

    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. Read More

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

    Oct 31 2017

    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 Read More

  • Specialized SNF Rolls Out Red Carpet for Retired Actors, Writers

    Oct 25 2017

    One niche senior living community is rolling out the red carpet for older adults from the performing arts and entertainment industries, debuting its new assisted living and skilled nursing facility (SNF). Located in Englewood, N.J., The Actors Fund Home—also known as The Lillian Booth Actors Home—recently opened the doors to its Shubert Pavilion by celebrating a Read More

  • Signature, Kindred CEOs Help Create Louisville Health Care Group

    Oct 24 2017

    On the heels of opening the industry’s first-ever technology innovation hub in Louisville, Kentucky, some of the health care leaders involved with the project are banding together with CEOs from other Louisville-based health care companies—including Signature HealthCARE, Humana and Hosporus. The group’s mission: to transform the city’s health care economy by establishing the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council, Read More

  • Remote Monitoring Could Reduce SNF Admission, Other Long-Term Health Costs

    Oct 24 2017

    Passive remote patient monitoring (PRPM) has already been proven feasible and easy to use in the senior care industry through multiple studies. And now, evidence from a pilot study conducted in Massachusetts is quantifying the technology’s ability to cut skilled nursing admissions and costs. The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found that Read More

  • Why Repetition is Critical to Treating Alzheimer’s Patients

    Oct 12 2017

    Care plans that promote an active senior lifestyle, used in conjunction with current pharmaceuticals, can empower skilled nursing providers to make a tremendous impact in managing — and possibly delaying — Alzheimer’s disease. This is according to Maria Carrillo, chief science officer at the Chicago-based national non-profit Alzheimer’s Association. Carrillo spoke about the pervasiveness of Alzheimer’s Read More

  • Inside Florida’s Shift to a Prospective Payment System for SNFs

    Oct 05 2017

    As skilled nursing providers in Florida brace for the introduction of a prospective payment system (PPS) for nursing home reimbursements under the state’s Medicaid program, the state legislature has required the formation of a working group to ease the transition. Under the new law—set to take effect in 2018—the state will switch its Medicaid reimbursement policy from Read More

  • Skilled Nursing Providers Slash Antipsychotic Use 34%

    Oct 03 2017

    Efforts to improve comprehensive dementia care and reduce antipsychotic use in long-term care are paying off, with skilled nursing facilities exceeding goals set five years ago. But SNFs that still have high rates of antipsychotic use now have to meet a new benchmark established by the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). As part of its National Read More

  • The Critical Steps SNFs Should Take in an Active Shooter Situation

    Sep 29 2017

    The recent hurricanes that have battered states along the Gulf Coast have undoubtedly put the disaster preparedness of long-term care facilities in the region to the test. But not all potential disasters are as predictable as hurricanes, and long-term care facilities still need to be ready to handle them. For this reason, Chicago-based risk management, insurance Read More

  • Gingrich, Summers Square Off in Debate Over Long-Term Care and Immigration

    Sep 27 2017

    Investing in the professional development of immigrants who work as long-term caregivers, as well as helping them integrate into the American culture and its norms, is crucial to combatting the long-term care industry’s labor shortage. This is according two former national governmental figures who spoke Wednesday in a debate titled, “The Impact of the Trump Read More

  • From Buses to Putting Greens, SNFs Align Rehab with Everyday Life

    Sep 24 2017

    As operators in the skilled nursing industry seek to offer higher-end services, some providers have turned to outside-the-box rehabilitation equipment geared toward residents’ lifestyles — from putting greens to throat-controlled video games to a decommissioned city bus. For Legacy Healthcare, that means branding one of its rehab units as a “penthouse.” The Lincolnwood, Ill.-based firm provides transitional, Read More

  • North Shore Healthcare Assumes Management of Fortis SNFs Amid Receivership

    Sep 20 2017

    After filing for receivership in July, the Milwaukee-based Fortis Management Group will transfer 25 of its long-term care facilities — including 21 skilled nursing properties — in Wisconsin to North Shore Healthcare by October. Based in Glendale, Wis., North Shore Health Care provides a range of skilled nursing services, including Alzheimer’s care and rehabilitation services. Its Read More

  • New York SNF Takes Academic Approach to Combating Workforce Shortage

    Sep 17 2017

    As the skilled nursing industry continues to grapple with recruiting and retaining solid talent, leaders at a New York City-based SNF have taken the matter into their own hands by developing an academic approach to combating the shortage. The organization established its Geriatric Career Development (GCD) program in 2006 to not only keep its pool of Read More

  • San Francisco SNF Fight Ends, Subacute Shortage Persists

    Sep 12 2017

    As hospitals around the country decide to move away from skilled nursing and subacute services, a hotly contested proposed closure in San Francisco has highlighted a growing national issue. Sutter Health California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) had plans to close its St. Luke’s campus, including its skilled nursing and subacute care operations. Following intense pressure from patient advocates Read More

  • Older Adults with Children Spend Less on SNF Care

    Aug 31 2017

    Older adults bracing themselves for the costs of long-term care can breathe a little easier if they have children, according to a study conducted by the RAND Center for the Study of Aging, which was recently highlighted in a Bloomberg article. The study found that the median stay at SNFs was 10 days, and that Read More

  • How On-Site Dialysis in SNFs Could Improve Patient Outcomes

    Aug 29 2017

    Improving patient outcomes remains a top priority for skilled nursing providers, and some have begun to see the potential benefits of offering specialized on-site services such as dialysis. Shelley Matthes, director of quality improvement at Ecumen, believes delivering hemodialysis treatments on site eases the overall process for the patient who would otherwise be required to travel Read More

  • What SNFs Can Learn About Disaster Preparation from Hurricane Harvey

    Aug 28 2017

    As local rescue efforts continue in southeast Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, senior housing providers in the Gulf Coast may need to take a closer look at their emergency preparedness plans to ensure that they are ready to handle such crises in the best interest of residents and staff alike. The issue is Read More

  • New CMS Website Offers Tool for Patients Seeking Hospice Care

    Aug 16 2017

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a new tool meant to help patients and their families find hospice care that best suits their needs. Hospice Compare is a new website that displays metrics related to the quality of care that a hospice provider delivers to its patients. The site is part of the CMS Read More

  • ‘Peggy’ Holds NJ Skilled Nursing Providers to Stronger Standard

    Aug 14 2017

    The state of New Jersey took an added step to regulate elder care provided in institutional settings, recently implementing a new law that holds care providers to stricter reporting guidelines. Sponsored by Republican State Sen. James Holzapfel, “Peggy’s Law” requires any caretaker, social worker, physician, registered or licensed practical nurse, or other professional to immediately report suspected Read More

  • How Providers Can Overcome Competition for SNF Employees

    Aug 11 2017

    The demand for frontline caregivers is no secret in the skilled nursing industry, as many providers often report facing challenges in recruiting amidst the nation’s growing aging population—ultimately brewing a perfect storm of supply not meeting demand. In fact, by 2030, job openings in the long-term services and supports (LTSS) sector is slated to “grow substantially,” as Read More

  • Impending SNF Closure Compounds San Francisco Shortage

    Aug 08 2017

    When a San Francisco medical center shutters its skilled nursing and sub-acute care operations this month, the move will put an additional strain on a city facing a care shortage. Sutter Health California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) will close its skilled nursing and sub-acute unit at St. Luke’s Hospital as part of a $600 million Read More

  • How Skilled Nursing Developers Can Keep Rising Construction Costs at Bay

    Aug 08 2017

    With the construction industry facing a labor shortage and the rising cost of raw materials, keeping projects on time and on budget can be quite the undertaking for development teams working on senior living communities. Costs for these types of projects — including skilled nursing facilities — have continued to increase since the beginning of Read More

  • Construction Labor Shortage Continues to Plague SNF Projects

    Aug 06 2017

    A shortage of labor in the construction industry, as well as the rising cost of commodities, continues to play a tremendous role in senior living construction costs, including SNFs, according to recent data from Des Moines, Iowa-based design and construction firm Weitz. Overall rising costs have plagued senior living projects in virtually every region of the Read More

  • Privacy, Adaptability Key to Skilled Nursing Unit Design

    Aug 02 2017

    As the needs of seniors that require skilled nursing care continue to evolve, so do the communities that cater to their needs — with many adopting a “household” model to make SNF rooms feel more personal and private. Many design firms have started to implement this approach in their skilled nursing projects, including international architecture and Read More

  • Long-Term Care Leads Other Sectors in M&A Volume

    Aug 01 2017

    Long-term care (LTC) deals played a key role in an overall increase in “megadeals” in the health services industry, according to a new analysis from Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC). Overall, 219 deals occurred throughout the health services industry, totaling to $49.6 billion, signifying a year-over-year increase of more than 201%, and a 514% jump from the first quarter of Read More

  • CMS Finalizes $180 Million Medicare Increase for Hospices

    Aug 01 2017

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a final rule setting fiscal year 2018 payment rates for hospices. In keeping with current law, the market basket percentage increase is 1% for hospices in FY 2018. That equates to a $180 million aggregate increase in their payments in FY 2018. The hospice payment Read More

  • Why One New York Investment Firm Sees Promise in Skilled Nursing

    Jul 27 2017

    At a time when investors remain skittish about skilled nursing, one New York real estate investment firm helped a Brooklyn SNF secure a $78 million loan, the latest milestone in a 15-year partnership. Recently, New York-based real estate lending, investment, and advisory services firm Greystone provided a $78.4 million HUD-insured permanent refinance loan for New York-based Centers Health Read More

  • Another Shareholder Will Vote Against Sabra-CCP Merger

    Jul 24 2017

    Joining others that have expressed opposition, Sabra Health Care REIT, Inc. (NASDAQ: SBRA) shareholder Eminence Capital, LP on Monday announced its intention to vote against Sabra’s upcoming merger with Care Capital Properties, Inc. (NYSE: CCP). Eminence, a New York City-based hedge fund, owns 3.9% of Sabra’s common stock. With its announcement, Eminence follows fellow New Read More