Private Equity-Backed Nursing Homes Log Similar COVID Outcomes as Other Facilities, But Less PPE

Nursing homes owned by private equity (PE) firms had COVID-19 outcomes comparable to facilities with other ownership structures, including similar staffing levels, case counts, and COVID-19 deaths — as well as deaths from any cause, according to a study published October 28 in JAMA Network Open. The study examined 11,470 nursing homes in the U.S. […]

Florida Nursing Home Sells in Bankruptcy Auction; $9.75M for Mississippi SNF

The Bluebonnet Point Wellness skilled nursing and rehabilitation center in Bullard, Texas, opened after nine years of planning and construction, The Tyler Morning Telegraph reported October 10. The facility includes 119 rooms, including 57 private rooms. The facility received a $1 million grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture for infrastructure assistance, a grant that […]

Century Rehab’s New CEO on the Pitfalls of Telehealth in Nursing Homes — and Demand for Therapists Amid COVID

The world of third-party rehabilitation was braced for a change in the skilled nursing setting when the Patient-Driven Payment Model, the Medicare reimbursement overhaul that took effect last year, effectively removed therapy as the driver of payment. A few months into that new landscape, the world itself was upended by a global pandemic — one […]

Matros: CNAs Living Below Poverty Line ‘Unacceptable,’ Calls for Higher Minimum Wage Standards for Nursing Homes

Staffing, a long-standing thorn in the side of skilled nursing operators even before the COVID-19 pandemic, has emerged as one of the most critical elements in how facilities manage an outbreak and navigate the current public health emergency. But it would be hard to tell that fact by the pay certified nursing assistants (CNAs), who […]

CMS ‘Quiet’ on PDPM-Related Enforcement Even as Rates Rise, But Managed Care More Prone to Denials

The Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), the overhaul to Medicare reimbursement for skilled nursing facilities that took effect in October of 2019, has proven its worth as a mechanism for paying for nursing care during a global pandemic. It has, however, been “anything but revenue-neutral,” at least in terms of how much money the government is […]

Medicare Advantage Growth Outpaced Traditional Medicare, 60% to 5%, Over Six Years

Medicare Advantage (MA) has seen dramatic enrollment growth over the past six years, significantly outpacing traditional Medicare, according to a report commissioned by the Better Medicare Alliance released October 15. The report, prepared by the actuarial firm Milliman, examined the growth in enrollment in MA and the similarities and differences between enrollees in that program […]

Nursing Homes in Every State Report PPE Shortages, With Up to 60% Lacking a Week’s Supply

While there’s considerable variation between states, a new analysis of public data on Wednesday showed that nursing homes have reported some form of personal protective equipment (PPE) shortage in every state within the last month. The AARP released a new set of nursing home COVID-19 data on Wednesday, containing statistics on COVID-19 cases and deaths […]

CLA: For Provider Relief Fund Compliance, the ‘List of Questions Continues to Grow’

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last month released its reporting rules for health care providers who received payments from various COVID-19 relief funds. And according to the professional services firm CliftonLarsonAllen (CLA), there were some curveballs in those rules, which were released September 19 and covered distributions from the CARES Act and […]

Amid COVID, North Shore Focuses on Recruitment, Technology, And Ancillary Growth Opportunities

The operator North Shore Healthcare has navigated rapid-fire growth since the company’s beginning. From two locations, it has grown rapidly. Now the Glendale, Wisconsin-based North Shore has 71 locations, 60 of which are skilled nursing facilities, with its primary footprint in the Badger State. The company grew in spurts over that time period, but CEO […]

COVID-19 Antigen Test Confusion Highlights Need for Better Federal Guidance for SNFs, Experts Say

One state’s ban on the use of point-of-care tests for COVID-19 in skilled nursing facilities has been withdrawn after sharp criticism from the assistant secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). But the incident highlights the confusion around the use of the tests – and the need for clearer federal guidance on […]

Dwight Capital Secures Two $20M+ Skilled Nursing HUD Loans; Helios Logs $27M Sale

Dwight Capital closed a $25.68 million Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 232/223(f) loan for Graceland Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, a 221-bed skilled nursing facility located in Memphis, Tenn., and a $23.83 million HUD 232/223(a)(7) loan for Eastchester Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, a 200-bed SNF located in the Bronx, N.Y. The closings were […]

HHS Warns Against Using Antigen Results for Nursing Home Cohorting, But Sharply Criticizes State Ban

A top U.S. coronavirus testing czar had harsh words for a Nevada directive banning the use of antigen point-of-care COVID-19 tests in skilled nursing facilities during a press call on Friday, calling it “an uninformed and unlawful unilateral prohibition.” But Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) assistant secretary for health Adm. Brett Giroir also […]

As Skilled Nursing Rebuilds After COVID-19, Residents and Families Cannot Be Afterthoughts

“Indispensable, important in the highest degree.” This is one of the definitions given for the word “essential,” when used as an adjective, in the 1964 edition of Chambers’ Etymological English Dictionary. A more modern resource, the Dictionary.com app, has a similar one: “absolutely necessary, indispensable.” The demarcation between “essential” and “non-essential” played out at scale […]