In the Pipeline: Workers to Move Dirt on $60 Million SNF in New York

Construction: Planned Plans Approved for Ciena Healthcare SNF in Michigan Ciena Healthcare can now move forward with its plans for a new skilled nursing facility in St. Claire Shores, Mich. City officials recently approved an amended version of a proposal previously discussed in July, reports C&G Newspapers. Georgia Hospital to Include Skilled Nursing Wing A hospital […]

Iowa Sen. Presses CMS Over Abuse Protections for Skilled Nursing Residents

Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, joined a growing chorus by questioning whether the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is doing enough to protect skilled nursing residents from abuse. In a letter penned last Friday, Grassley pressed CMS on “why it has failed to ensure that nursing home abuse and neglect cases are reported to law […]

Social Security Program Could Help SNF Residents Manage Own Finances

A seldom-used Social Security program could help more people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia manage their money, according to a new research brief from Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research. The Representative Payee Program lets a designated proxy receive and manage a retiree’s benefit check for them. Without some form of money management, seniors with dementia are […]

How Skilled Nursing Could Help Fight ‘Pop Drop’

By offering more short-term stay services, skilled nursing facilities could help keep spousal caregivers from dropping their partners off at the emergency department as a source of respite, a phenomenon known in some medical circles as “pop drop.” That’s according to a new University of Michigan study in the Aug. 24 edition of the Journal […]

Restaurant-Style Dining Among Hot Food Trends in Skilled Nursing

Skilled nursing facilities and their food service providers across the country are embracing a more hospitable approach to dining. Though it was once commonplace for meals to occur at set times and include pre-portioned, pre-packaged options, more and more SNF operators are letting residents weigh in on what — and when — they eat. The […]

Researchers Probe Race’s Role in Advance Care Planning

A new study has examined whether the color of someone’s skin could affect advance care planning — but the researchers behind it caution that the verdict might not yet be in. The paper, which is titled “Advance Care Planning in Skilled Nursing Facilities: A Multisite Examination of Professional Judgments” appeared in Tuesday’s edition of the academic […]

[Updated] Presence Health Seeks to Merge With Amita Health

The largest Catholic health system in Illinois has signed a deal to merge with a joint venture of the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. Presence Health will become part of Amita Health, a joint venture between Alexian Brothers Health System and Adventist Midwest Health. The Chicago-based Amita is part of Ascension, encompassing nine […]

In the Pipeline: Mainstreet, Tutera Plot Multi-Million Dollar SNFs in the Midwest

Construction: Planned Tennessee SNF Set to Grow Overton County Health and Rehab, a skilled nursing facility in Livingston, Tennessee, is planning to expand. If all goes according to plan, the expansion would take place this fall, reports the Livingston Enterprise, a local news publication. Planned Mainstreet SNF Moves Forward in Indiana Local officials recently gave their […]

Poll Shows Skilled Nursing Skepticism Among Hispanic Americans

Hispanic Americans aren’t totally sure nursing homes and assisted living communities can handle their needs, according to a new survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Just 16% of Hispanics age 40 and older are “extremely or very confident” that nursing homes can take their cultural needs into account, the study found. That number didn’t […]

Skilled Nursing Industry Shores Up Plans Before Emergency Prep Rule Hits

A storm has been brewing on the horizon for some time now. As a new emergency preparedness rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approaches, skilled nursing providers are trying to make sure they’re protected from the flood of new regulations. Under the rule, which was first introduced in 2013 and finalized […]

Skilled Nursing Leaders Applaud Plan to Nix Mandatory Bundles

Two prominent skilled nursing industry groups are applauding a recent proposal from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to scale back mandatory bundled payment models. Specifically, the Episode Payment Models (EPMs) and the Cardiac Rehabilitation (CR) incentive payment model are on the chopping block. Under the proposal, which was issued Tuesday afternoon, CMS would […]

How Certain Nurses Can Lower Hospital Readmission Rates at SNFs

For skilled nursing providers looking for ways to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations, taking on advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) could be the way forward. That’s according to Marilyn Rantz, professor of nursing for Missouri University’s Sinclair School of Nursing. In 2012, the nursing school received almost $15 million from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for an initiative aimed […]

What SNF Operators Should Consider Before Renovating or Building

With the cost of construction steadily rising, more skilled nursing developers are finding they need to put extra thought into where—and how—they spend their money. And although it may sound like common sense to some, owners and developers should first understand the market in which they do business before they open their wallet. “From a competitive standpoint, if I was […]

In the Pipeline: Erickson, Lifespace Plot Big Community Redevelopments

Construction: Planned Lifespace Communities Location Near Chicago to Beef Up Skilled Nursing Wing Oak Trace, a Lifespace community in Downers Grove, Ill., has announced plans for a $150 million redevelopment and expansion project, according to a press release. The first phase of the redevelopment will include a new health center with 102 skilled nursing suites, 66 […]

Why One Skilled Nursing Operator is Paying for CNA Training

It’s an industry-wide notion that good workers — not to mention certified nursing assistants (CNAs) — can be hard to come by. That’s why a United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) location in Chelsea, Mich., is taking extra steps to snag a few good CNAs by paying for their training. Chelsea Retirement Community is now taking applications […]

How Offering Insurance Can Pay Off for Skilled Nursing Providers

Large skilled nursing providers across the country are increasingly selling private insurance plans to their residents, and it appears to be paying off for at least one of them. Among them are Erickson Living and Signature Healthcare, two of the country’s biggest providers of skilled nursing services. Both Erickson and Signature offer private Medicare Advantage […]

Five Star Sees Opportunity in Rehab Services

It’s no secret that Five Star Senior Living (Nasdaq: FVE) is in a bit of a slump right now, and that’s especially evident in its ongoing battle with sagging occupancy rates. But one place where things look brighter for the company is its rehab and wellness services. In July, Five Star formally unveiled its full plan to expand […]

SNF Operator Senior Care Group Files for Bankruptcy

A nonprofit that owns 13 companies — including skilled nursing, home health, home health care, and rehab providers — in Florida, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Georgia has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. The Tampa, Fla.-based Senior Care Group seeks to reorganize its finances as part of the bankruptcy, according to a July 27 filing in […]

Making SNFs Feel Like Home Without Major Upgrades

Skilled nursing providers don’t need to break the bank or knock down walls to make their facilities more visually attractive. In fact, some of the more effective design strategies are also some of the simplest, skilled nursing design experts say. And instead of trying to buy the whole package, operators might instead look for a la carte […]

Senate Revives Push to Reform Health Care, Dismaying Skilled Nursing Groups

A Republican push to kill Obamacare has seemingly returned from the dead after winning narrow Senate approval during a procedural vote Tuesday afternoon, prompting some industry groups to express frustration and alarm. The Senate voted 51-50 to begin debating legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, former U.S. President Barack Obama’s legacy healthcare […]