Increased Nursing Home Data Reporting Could Bring ‘Perfect Storm’ of Federal Lawsuits

Under regulations instituted as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency, skilled nursing facilities are reporting a wealth of information to the federal government — on top of all the information they were required to submit pre-pandemic. And that information could end up being the guiding light for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) […]

Skilled Nursing Residents Shut Out of New End-Stage Renal Disease Payment Model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Friday announced the finalization of a new kidney-care payment rule, but the regulation specifically exempts patients who are receiving their dialysis treatment in the nursing home. The End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Treatment Choices (ETC) Model is intended to test whether greater use of home dialysis and […]

$30M Rehab and Nursing Center Opens in Maryland; Cushman & Wakefield’s $37.1M Financing

Mercy Health Services in Maryland opened a $30 million rehabilitation and nursing care facility, operated by its long-term care arm Stella Maris, the Baltimore Business Journal reported on September 9. The facility is part of a campus in Baltimore County that houses other Stella Maris services, such as an independent living complex and assisted living […]

AHCA’s Parkinson: Long-Term Care Sector Needs to Face Infection Control Problems

The COVID-19 pandemic blindsided the skilled nursing sector when it hit in late winter and early spring this year, but the field has to be willing to acknowledge pre-existing problems with infection control and make changes accordingly. That’s according to Mark Parkinson, the leader of the nursing home trade group the American Health Care Association […]

CMS Formally Scraps MFAR, Averting Potential $50B in Medicaid Cuts

The head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Monday that the agency is withdrawing a controversial rule intended to overhaul Medicaid supplemental payments — a rule that could have put as much as $50 billion in jeopardy. “We’ve listened closely to concerns that have been raised by our state and provider […]

Verma Pushes Back on Criticism: ‘Administration Took Early, Rapid Action’ on Nursing Homes

After the New York Times editorial board published a piece criticizing the nation’s response to the effects of COVID-19 on nursing homes, the head of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) raised several objections on behalf of the Trump administration. “The administration took early, rapid action: We issued infection control guidance to prepare […]

Unionized Nursing Homes Saw Lower COVID-19 Mortality Rates, Better PPE Access: Study

Nursing homes in New York with unionized workforces had lower mortality rates from COVID-19, as well as greater access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and lower COVID-19 infection rates, according to a new study released September 10 in the journal Health Affairs. Specifically, health care unions in nursing homes were associated with a 1.29 percentage […]

Future Leader: Bryan Hickman, SVP of Investments, Invesque

The Future Leaders Awards program is brought to you in partnership with PointClickCare. The program is designed to recognize up-and-coming industry members who are shaping the next decade of senior housing, skilled nursing, home health and hospice care. To see this year’s future leaders, visit Future Leaders online.  Bryan Hickman, senior vice president of investments […]

Markups, Supply Concerns Loom Over Federal Nursing Home Testing Push: ‘We Don’t Have Anything Like a Free Market’

The federal government on Tuesday announced a plan to send a new set of point-of-care COVID-19 testing devices, from the medical device manufacturer Abbott, to nursing homes starting next week. And while the new round of devices is welcome for skilled nursing providers, many of the questions around paying for supplies and using the devices […]

CareTrust Grows with Eduro in $16.5M Off-Market Deal; Houston SNF Sells for $4.3M

The Villa Toscana at Cypress Woods, a 120-bed skilled nursing facility in a Houston suburb, was sold to the SNF-focused private equity firm O&M Investments for $5.3 million. The transaction was handled by the Chicago-based senior living brokerage firm Heavenrich & Company on behalf of a publicly traded real estate investment trust (REIT) and owner-operator […]

Shut Out of Nursing Facilities, a Post-Acute Mental Health Practice Pivots to Virtual on the Fly

When skilled nursing facilities went into lockdown in March to try to keep COVID-19 out of their buildings, group activities and all nonessential visitors and personnel were banned. How nursing homes interpreted the definition of “essential” personnel could vary, but Executive Mental Health, a psychology practice based in Los Angeles that provides services to acute […]

COVID-19 Outbreaks in Long-Term Care Continue, But Mitigation Efforts May Be Working

Outbreaks of COVID-19 have continued in long-term care facilities across the U.S., with an attendant rise in cumulative cases and deaths. But an issue brief on the case data from the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) published last week also suggests that mitigation efforts might be having a positive impact on the outbreaks’ severity. Predictably, total […]

Future Leader: Justin DiRezze, CEO, Theoria Medical x 5-Star Telemed

The Future Leaders Awards program is brought to you in partnership with PointClickCare. The program is designed to recognize up-and-coming industry members who are shaping the next decade of senior housing, skilled nursing, home health, and hospice care. To see this year’s future leaders, visit Future Leaders online. Justin DiRezze, CEO at Theoria Medical x […]

FBI Investigating Nursing Home with Hundreds of COVID-19 Cases: Report

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating a nursing home in Beaver County, Pa., where more than 300 residents and staff were infected with COVID-19 and at least 73 residents and a housekeeper died. TribLive, the website of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, first reported the news. Investigators with the agency on Thursday served warrants at […]

Dwight Capital Acquires Love Funding, Bolstering HUD Financing Reach

Dwight Capital has acquired Love Funding, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) subsidiary of Midland States Bank. With the transaction, the New York-based Dwight becomes the largest dedicated Federal Housing Administration (FHA)/HUD multi-family and health care financing firm in the country, according to a press release from Dwight sent to Skilled Nursing News […]

Giroir: With PCR Tests Out of Reach For Most Nursing Homes, Antigen Testing ‘Is Clearly a Life-Saving Option’

The nation’s top COVID-19 testing official gave more insight into the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) efforts to expedite and expand the use of rapid point-of-care antigen testing in skilled nursing facilities across the U.S. during a media briefing held Tuesday. HHS announced on Monday that it was expanding coverage for licensed health […]