Rethink Podcast #37: Mikko Cook and Carrie Leljedal

The 37th episode of our podcast, Rethink, is now available! The federal government in March ended a year-long nightmare for families across the country when it announced the relaxation of visitation bans at nursing homes in all but a few limited cases. But for the family members who spent 2020 working to reunite with their […]

Rethink Podcast #36: Angela Perry of Vernon Manor Nursing Home

The 36th episode of our podcast, Rethink, is now available! When the first vaccines against COVID-19 received emergency use authorization, long-term care residents and workers at those facilities were at the front of the line to receive them. And as the shots have rolled out, residents have participated at high rates, and new COVID-19 cases […]

Rethink Podcast #35: Hank Watson of American Health Plans

Simply maintaining day-to-day operations at a nursing facility in 2020 was a herculean task, but several providers were able to also execute on the roll-out of an I-SNP, a special kind of Medicare Advantage plan for long-term care residents that proponents say provide both clinical and financial benefits to individual facilities. Hank Watson, chief development […]

We Want Your Input — 2021 Outlook Survey

After significant industry changes in 2020, the SNN team is looking ahead to 2021 and would like to get your input for our annual Skilled Nursing Industry Outlook Survey. We’ll be releasing the results of this survey to all readers in early January. All responses gathered will remain confidential, and your information will not be […]

Rethink Podcast #34: Tammy Tuminaro of Century Rehabilitation

Third-party rehabilitation providers are a crucial part of clinical care in the skilled nursing setting, and neither the pandemic this year nor an overhaul of Medicare reimbursement last year has changed that fact. But it has changed how rehab providers are working with their SNF partners.  Tammy Tuminaro, the recently named CEO of Century Rehabilitation, […]

Rethink Podcast #33: Dr. Rayvelle Stallings of PruittHealth

The 33rd episode of our podcast, Rethink, is now available! The institutional special needs plan model was one of the hottest topics of conversation in the skilled nursing world – of course, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. But for PruittHealth, its role as a Medicare Advantage provider gave it a unique position in its role […]

Rethink Podcast #32: Susan Ryan of The Green House Project

The 32nd episode of our podcast, Rethink, is now available! After a disheartening experience working in nursing homes, former director of nursing Susan Ryan spent years spearheading initiatives designed to keep the elderly out of institutional care settings at all costs. But over time, she came to believe that there would always be a need […]

Aging Media Announces Future Leaders Awards Class of 2020

Aging Media Network today announced this year’s Future Leaders Awards honorees, recognizing high-performing employees who are shaping the next decade of care delivery across the senior housing, skilled nursing, home health, and hospice industries. The 2020 awards program is sponsored exclusively by PointClickCare Technologies, the leading cloud-based software platform for the senior care market today. […]

Rethink Podcast #31: Jon Ferry of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings

The 31st episode of our podcast, Rethink, is now available! As nursing homes navigate COVID-19, the actions they take now could present legal minefields in the months and years to come. Those could stem from lawsuits brought by individuals – or by investigations from the state or federal government. Jon Ferry, a partner at the […]

Rethink Podcast #29: Dr. Paula Lester of NYU Winthrop Hospital

As COVID-19 initially swept through nursing homes across the country in March and April, operators and staffers had a key advantage: Just about every state implemented stay-at-home orders that kept public spaces clear for the essential health care workers, reducing the risk of infection. But as spring turns to summer, states around the country have […]

Rethink Podcast #28: The Royal Health Group

The Royal Health Group in Massachusetts had long-standing plans to change the location of its skilled nursing facility in the town of Falmuth; what they weren’t expecting was that a global pandemic would hit as they planned the transition. Instead of freezing in place, the operator accelerated the move to give the Cape Cod Healthcare […]

Rethink Podcast #27: Katie Smith Sloan of LeadingAge

LeadingAge CEO Katie Smith Sloan has been outspoken in her calls for increased government support for nursing homes and other senior care providers amid the COVID-19 crisis. As the case count continues to rise and operators face down a new normal with coronavirus at the center of every decision they make, Sloan has loudly and […]

Rethink Podcast #26: Randy Oostra of ProMedica Health System

Randy Oostra, the president and CEO of ProMedica Health System, is well situated to see every angle of the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic in both the acute and pos-acute fields. The Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica acquired the operations of HCR ManorCare in 2018 – which puts ProMedica in a unique position during a pandemic that is attacking […]

Voices: Dhaval Thakkar, Senior Analyst, SRX

This article is sponsored by SRX. In this Voices interview, Skilled Nursing News sits down with SRX Senior Analyst Dhaval Thakkar to get his take on how SRX is changing the long-term care pharmacy environment, where technology can revolutionize providers’ drug utilization cost review, and how they recoup significant costs for operators through this process. […]

Rethink Podcast #25: Dr. Richard Feifer of Genesis HealthCare

The 25th episode of our podcast, Rethink, is now available! As the chief medical officer for skilled nursing giant Genesis HealthCare, Dr. Richard Feifer has a direct view into hundreds of individual nursing homes as they deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Feifer joined “Rethink” to make a direct appeal to leaders about the […]

Rethink Podcast #24: Arif Nazir of Signature HealthCARE and AMDA

The 24th episode of our podcast, Rethink, is now available! As both the chief medical officer for Signature HealthCARE and president of AMDA, the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, Dr. Arif Nazir has a micro- and macro-level view on how skilled nursing facilities are fighting the novel coronavirus. Dr. Nazir sat down with […]

Rethink Podcast #23: Angie Roberson of American Case Management Association

The novel coronavirus outbreak has put skilled nursing facilities on lockdown and disrupted daily life around the world. But health care needs continue apace, and the junction between SNF and hospital is crucial. Angie Roberson, the president of the American Case Management Association and the director of case management at the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, […]

Rethink Podcast #22: Kelli Luneborg-Stern of Trifecta Public Strategies

In the senior housing and care spectrum, nursing homes typically have the worst reputation among the general public and the press — a negative image that can only worsen in cases of abuse, neglect, or high-profile accidents. As the managing partner and co-founder of Trifecta Public Strategies, Kelli Luneborg-Stern has guided skilled nursing operators through […]

Voices: Glenda Mack, Senior VP of Operations and COO, RehabCare

This article is in partnership with RehabCare. In this Voices interview, Skilled Nursing News sits down with Glenda Mack, Senior Vice President of Operations and Chief Operating Officer of RehabCare, to learn how RehabCare prepped clients for Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) a year in advance, and how the company views its responsibilities as not just […]