Even With Software, Hospitals and SNFs Struggle with Care Coordination

Seamless handoffs between nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities are an integral part of care coordination efforts under new payment models — and, in turn, financial success. But new study determines that even when providers have tools to ease patient handoffs, they find them hard to use to achieve their goals — or decline to […]

Citadel Healthcare Acquires ManorCare Facility; Lancaster Pollard’s SNF Bridge Loans

Citadel Healthcare Acquires Illinois ManorCare SNF Citadel Healthcare acquired ManorCare of Northbrook in Northbrook, Ill., for an undisclosed amount, The Daily Herald reported. The facility, which has been renamed The Citadel of Northbrook, is the 10th location for Citadel, according to the publication. The company is based in Morton Grove, Ill., according to its LinkedIn […]

Welcov Healthcare Going Out of Business, Reports Say

Welcov Healthcare, a nursing home and senior living operator based in Edina, Minn., is in the process of “winding down operations,” according to local media reports. The company is going through a reorganization and is in the process of shutting down operations, though it remains committed to two facilities in Torrington, Wy., Welcov president Tom […]

Without Incentive to Share Savings, ACOs Add to SNFs’ Financial Headaches

It’s been a common refrain in the industry: To survive in a health care system increasingly moving to value-based payment models, skilled nursing facilities will have to form strong partnerships with hospitals, health systems, and accountable care organizations (ACOs). But doing that will be difficult if acute care facilities and ACOs aren’t interested in forging […]

New York Lawmaker Moves to Bolster Nursing Home Oversight

New York State Senator Rob Ortt said in late December that he would propose a package of bills aimed at strengthening nursing home oversight in the Empire State. The move was sparked by a series of stories published by The Buffalo News on problems at local nursing homes, as well as by complaints Ortt received […]

Skilled Nursing Turnaround Specialist Sees ‘Continued Distress’ in 2019

The skilled nursing industry was roiled on several fronts in 2018. The new Medicare payment model from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services was a major headline, but the year was also marked by several high-profile bankruptcies, receiverships, and general distress among SNFs. And the leader of a Connecticut-based operator that specializes in managing […]

White Oak Provides $161M For SNF Transaction; $21M Refi in IL

White Oak Provides $161M For Allegiant Healthcare’s 17-SNF Acquisition White Oak Healthcare Finance made another major financing for a skilled nursing transaction to kick off 2019. The affiliate of White Oak Global Advisors, LLC acted as sole lender and administrative agent for the funding of a $161 million senior credit facility for Allegiant Healthcare and […]

Good Samaritan and Sanford Health Complete Merger

The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, one of the largest non-profit senior living and care providers in the U.S., on Wednesday officially completed its marriage to Sanford Health. As a result of the combination, Sanford Health now employs almost 50,000 people. As of June 2018, when the combination of Good Samaritan and Sanford was approved […]

Three-SNF Sale in Tennessee; Athena Health Care Systems Buys Connecticut SNF

Benedictine Health System Buys Nursing Home It Operates in Minnesota The ownership transfer of Benedictine Living Community, a nursing home in St. Peter, Minn., to Benedictine Health System was finalized by the City Council last week, The Mankato Free Press reported Tuesday. The move also terminated the old lease for the property. Benedictine Health System […]

CareTrust Buys Colorado SNF for $19.6M, Marking Another Expansion with Eduro

CareTrust REIT, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTRE) on Thursday announced the acquisition of a 154-bed skilled nursing facility in Parker, Colo., which will be operated by the Salt Lake City-based Eduro Healthcare, LLC — the latest step in a growing partnership between the operator and the real estate investment trust (REIT). The SNF, which was built in […]

County SNF Expands Services to Survive; REIT Snaps Up West Virginia Building

Birchwood Sells West Virginia SNF/ALF to Public REIT Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors announced the sale of a skilled nursing and assisted living facility, Madison Park Healthcare in Huntington, W.V., to a public real estate investment trust (REIT). Blueprint arranged the sale for the seller, Birchwood Healthcare Partners, which focuses on seniors housing and nursing […]

As Lengths of Stay Decline, Drug Costs Loom Larger in Skilled Nursing

Escalating drug costs have made headlines in the health care sector at large in recent months, and as patient length of stay (LOS) declines, skilled nursing facilities are particularly feeling the pinch due to their unique supply requirements. For Transitional Care Management, which has two skilled nursing locations in Illinois, the average cost of medications […]

Wave of PDPM Sell-Offs Has Already Begun in Skilled Nursing

With the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) looming in 2019, some skilled nursing facilities have already decided to make their exit rather than deal with the challenges of the new Medicare payment system. “I know of a number of buildings in northern California that have already started to transition,” Mark Lamb, the chief investment officer at […]

Mozart Healthcare Acquires Seven Texas SNFs for $32M in Lone Star Expansion

Mozart Healthcare acquired seven skilled nursing facilities in Texas with 1,004 beds, for $32 million, the Skokie, Ill.-based company announced this week, adding to its presence in the Lone Star State. The facilities were acquired from a national operator, which was not disclosed. The transaction is the fifth deal Mozart has closed in the state, as […]

After Year of Struggles, Five Star Installs New CEO

Five Star Senior Living (Nasdaq: FVE) president and CEO Bruce Mackey is stepping down at the end of December, the Newton, Mass.-based provider announced Tuesday. Katherine Potter, who currently serves as Five Star’s executive vice president and general counsel, will assume the roles of president and CEO effective New Year’s Day. Potter first joined Five Star in 2012; […]

CMS Warns of Therapy Scrutiny, Reveals RUG-to-PDPM Transition Details

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Tuesday provided details on the upcoming transition to the new Medicare payment model for skilled nursing facilities — as well as its key areas of scrutiny as the industry makes the switch. In a Medicare Learning Network call, CMS officials discussed the inner workings of the […]

NHI Backs $25M Skilled Nursing Project for Ignite, Villa Healthcare

National Health Investors, Inc. (NYSE: NHI) entered into an agreement to finance the development of a 144-bed skilled nursing facility near Milwaukee, a $25.35 million commitment with a 9.5% initial yield. Under NHI’s commitment, initial funding totaled $4.7 million. The yield earned during construction will be capitalized into NHI’s investment, according to a statement announcing the […]