Judge Confirms Senior Care Centers’ Plan of Post-Bankruptcy Reorganization

A bankruptcy court judge formally signed off on Senior Care Centers’ plan of reorganization, enabling the beleaguered skilled nursing operator to continue operations with a fraction of the facilities it held at the time it entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy in December of last year. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stacey G.C. Jernigan officially confirmed the plan on […]

Rapid Medicare Advantage Expansion into Home Health, Senior Living Could Accelerate Pressures on Skilled Nursing

When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) moved to allow Medicare Advantage plans to cover more options for care at home, skilled nursing providers could be forgiven for not paying much attention. It’s a move with more immediate impact to home care and home health companies, as well as senior living providers. Medicare […]

Federal Lawmakers Resurrect Nursing Home Arbitration Ban with Proposed Bill

Two Congressional representatives introduced a bill on Thursday that would ban nursing homes from requiring — or even asking — residents to enter into mandatory, pre-dispute, binding arbitration agreements. The Fairness in Nursing Home Arbitration Act, introduced by Democratic Reps. Linda Sánchez of California and Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, has support from a range of […]

Weighing the Promise and Perils of Skilled Nursing Ventilator Care Under PDPM

Among the many unknowns of the new Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) is its effect on the types of patients coming into the skilled nursing facility. But one place to watch resident patterns is around the addition of ventilator services and care to facilities — especially if they haven’t offered those options before. Respiratory therapy — along with […]

CMS Penalties Fund Program Designed to Reduce Readmissions, Improve Skilled Nursing Outcomes

Thirty nursing homes in the state of Washington will benefit from a federal program that injects penalty recoveries back into initiatives that boost nursing home quality — and the ramifications of the funding could go well beyond the facilities in that one state. The grant, totaling more than $644,000, comes from the Centers for Medicare […]

ACOs Saved Medicare $3.53 Billion, New Analysis Finds

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) have reduced spending by $3.53 billion from 2013 to 2017, and after accounting for shared savings bonuses, saved the federal government $755 million. That’s according to a new evaluation by the Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm Dobson DaVanzo & Associates, conducted on behalf of the National Association of ACOs (NAACOS), which represents […]

Ensign Group Acquires Four Skilled Nursing Facilities in North Texas, One in Arizona

The Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG) acquired the operations of four skilled nursing facilities in Dallas, effective December 1, in addition to picking up the real estate and operations of another SNF in Mesa, Ariz. The four Dallas properties include the Crestwood Health and Rehabilitation Center, which has 112 skilled nursing beds and 72 assisted living […]

North Shore Completes 22-Building Atrium Deal; Dwight Closes $50.8M Financing in N.J.

North Shore Healthcare officially completed its acquisition of 21 skilled nursing and assisted living facilities formerly operated by Atrium Health & Senior Living. The Glendale, Wis.-based North Shore now has 71 SNFs and assisted living communities in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, and North Dakota, according to the operator’s December 1 announcement. Atrium had 33 SNFs and […]

Credit, Lease Defaults Send 14-SNF Cornerstone Healthcare into Bankruptcy

An operator with several skilled nursing facilities in the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing issues with its secured debt and — in chorus with other bankrupt operators across the country — problems with its leases. Cornerstone Healthcare Services operates 14 SNFs in the states of Washington, […]

Dycora Facility in Receivership to Close Next Year as Wisconsin Nursing Home Closures Continue

The state of Wisconsin was notified Friday that a skilled nursing facility formerly operated by Dycora Transitional Health and Living — and currently in receivership — will be closing next year. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported the news. The state Department of Health Services had previously approved the SNF’s relocation plan for residents. The […]

HCR ManorCare Helps Alleviate $102.8M Loss at ProMedica’s Insurance Arm

After the non-profit ProMedica Health System took over the operations of HCR ManorCare in a blockbuster deal last year, the skilled nursing entity continues to help improve the system’s shaky financial results. The Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica reported an operating loss of $102.8 million for its ProMedica Insurance Corporation arm for the nine-month period ending September […]

Skilled Nursing Admissions Drop Across the Country as Home Health Discharges Pull Ahead

In another sign of the shifting paradigm in post-acute care, home health agencies beat out the skilled nursing setting as the most likely post-acute referral destination — while SNF admissions dropped in all 50 states from last year. That’s according to the 2019 Industry Trend Report from Trella Health, which analyzes Medicare Part A and […]

Genesis Reiterates PDPM Optimism, Cautious Hope for National Medicaid Upswing

Executives at the largest skilled nursing operator in the U.S. on Wednesday reiterated their optimism about the impact of the new Medicare reimbursement system on their businesses — and expressed some hope that Medicaid payments nationally might start to improve. “I think we’ve got terrific visibility now on PDPM, and so on the Medicare side […]

Citing Quality Concerns, Senators Demand Answers from Major Private Equity Owners of Nursing Homes

The structure and finances of private equity investors in the skilled nursing space have come under the federal microscope, with two U.S. senators and a U.S. representative demanding answers from four major firms about their investment in nursing homes. Presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with Sen. Sherrod Brown and Rep. Mark Pocan, sent strongly-worded […]

SNFs Appear to Have Gamed the System When Staffing Was Self-Reported

The federal government has spent the last few years focusing on staffing as a key area of improvement for nursing homes, requiring operators to provide payroll-based evidence of their labor hours and tightening the requirements for achieving the top scores — all based on the assumption that there’s a direct line between staffing and quality. […]

Nursing Home Receivership Raises Concerns Over Shortage of Respiratory Beds

One of two skilled nursing facilities in Connecticut with a respiratory unit was placed into voluntary receivership on November 5, raising concerns about access to such care in the state. The Republican-American first reported the news over the weekend. The state Department of Social Services (DSS) placed Waterbury Gardens for Nursing and Rehabilitation under the […]

Louisiana to Pay $13.4M to Settle Allegations of Inflated Medicaid Claims for Nursing Home Care

In a twist on typical allegations of Medicaid overpayments, the state of Louisiana will be paying back millions to the federal government. The Louisiana Department of Health (DOH) agreed to pay $13.42 million to settle allegations that it submitted inflated claims for long-term nursing home and hospice care, the federal Department of Justice (DOJ) announced […]