Legislative Measure to Overturn Nursing Home Staffing Rule May Have Enough Votes and Bipartisan Support to Pass

The joint resolutions introduced under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn the minimum staffing rule have enough votes in both the Senate and the House, and could pass. This is according to at least two news outlets, including The Hill and Axios. “The Senate measure, led by Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), James Lankford (R-Okla.) […]

How Nursing Homes Can Leverage MDS, PBJ, Other Facility Data to Protect Against Litigation, Lending Issues

In recent years, nursing homes have faced increased scrutiny and litigation, often driven by data that can be misunderstood or misrepresented. To secure themselves, nursing homes must leverage a data strategy, ensuring accurate documentation and clear communication of their data story to legal experts and stakeholders. This approach can mitigate risks, clarify misunderstandings, and showcase […]

Lawsuit Against LaVie Claims Nursing Home Chain Transferred Ownership to Avoid Dispute Settlement Payments

LaVie Care Centers, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with nearly $1.2 billion in debt this week, is also at the center of a lawsuit that claims the company shifted ownership of some of its facilities in Florida to avoid payment on previous dispute settlements. The Atlanta-based company denies these claims, and its court filing […]

NHC Acquires 15 Skilled Nursing Facilities; Ignite Medical Resorts Expands in Indiana

National HealthCare Corporation (NYSE: NHC) plans to acquire the White Oak Senior Living portfolio, with facilities across North and South Carolina. White Oak consists of six skilled nursing facilities in North Carolina, three of which are continuing care retirement centers, and including one leased facility. In South Carolina, the portfolio consists of nine skilled nursing […]

‘Stop the Mandate’: Following Congressional Briefing, Nursing Home Leaders Unite to Defeat Staffing Rule

Nursing home leaders convened in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to present a unified stance against the federal staffing mandate, which they argue could exacerbate existing challenges in long-term care facilities.  The gathering follows a Congressional Briefing by American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) at the week’s start, and saw key figures from […]

The Clinical Dashboard: Rhonda Dempsey, Chief Nursing Officer, Trilogy Health Services

In this Clinical Dashboard Series interview, Skilled Nursing News chats with Rhonda Dempsey, Chief Nursing Officer at Trilogy Health Services. With over 30 years of health care experience, Dempsey offers her expertise around the ideal clinical dashboard — including an emphasis on enhanced communication, increasing valuable care for patients and more. What are the three […]

The Clinical Dashboard: Tom Coble, Chief Strategy Officer, American Health Plans

In this Clinical Dashboard interview, Skilled Nursing News sits down with Tom Coble, Chief Strategy Officer at American Health Plans. Coble holds over 25 years of experience in health care and has been a key pioneer in developing Medicare Special Needs plans. Coble shares his take on his ideal Clinical Dashboard, which includes proactive measures […]

The Clinical Dashboard: Ariana Moreau, Director of Clinical Services, A.G. Rhodes

In this Clinical Dashboard series, Skilled Nursing News talks with Ariana Moreau, Director of Clinical Services at A.G. Rhodes, about her thoughts on the ideal Clinical Dashboard. Starting her health care career in January 2011, Moreau’s expertise spans maintaining and improving clinical teams and procedures. Moreau’s desires for the Clinical Dashboard center around artificial intelligence […]

The Clinical Dashboard: Lisa Fetterman, Director of Nursing, Nursing Chief, Hurlbut Care Communities

In this Clinical Dashboard interview, Skilled Nursing News sits down with Lisa Fetterman, Director of Nursing and Nursing Chief at Hurlbut Care Communities. Fetterman has worked in long-term care for over 20 years, with roles including RN and a LPN. In this interview, Fetterman reveals her hopes for the ideal Clinical Dashboard, focusing on staffing […]

The Clinical Dashboard: Julie Britton, Chief Clinical Officer, Genesis HealthCare

In this Clinical Dashboard Series interview, Julie Britton, Chief Clinical Officer at Genesis Healthcare, joins Skilled Nursing News to discuss her views and hopes for her ideal clinical dashboard. Britton holds multiple degrees and certifications in nursing, has over 30 years of health care experience, and takes part in many committees and programs dedicated to […]

The Clinical Dashboard: Lana Blagg, Senior Vice President of Clinical Services, Touchstone Communities

In this Clinical Dashboard interview, Skilled Nursing News talks with Lana Blagg, Senior Vice President of Clinical Services at Touchstone Communities, on her wishes for the ideal Clinical Dashboard. Working at Touchstone since 2008 and having previously worked at multiple care centers, Blagg offers her advice on what she would like to see in her […]

The Clinical Dashboard: James Yersh, FCPA, FCA, Chief Financial Officer & Chief Revenue Officer, Senior Care, PointClickCare

In this Clinical Dashboard interview, Skilled Nursing News talks with James Yersh, the Chief Financial Officer for PointClickCare. Yersh has over two decades of experience in finance and administration. In his role at PointClickCare, Yersh strives to increase growth and accountability at the company. For his Clinical Dashboard wishes, Yersh wants predictive tools, a prioritization […]

The Clinical Dashboard: Samantha Vosloo, Director of Value-Based Care, PointClickCare

In this Clinical Dashboard Series interview, Skilled Nursing News sits down with PointClickCare Director of Value-Based Care, Samantha Vosloo. With a background in health care and nursing home administration, Vosloo brings a boots-on-the-ground perspective to her Clinical Dashboard wishlist — from the nice-to-have data points to the need-to-haves, as well as the clinical dashboard elements […]

The Clinical Dashboard: Anthony Laflen, Vice President of Value-Based Care Innovation, PointClickCare

In this Clinical Dashboard Series interview, Skilled Nursing News sits down with PointClickCare’s VP of Value-Based Care Innovation, Anthony Laflen. With more than a decade of experience in health care, and working with both providers and technologies, Laflen has developed deep expertise in value-based care. Laflen shares not only the details of his “ideal” clinical […]

[UPDATED] LaVie Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Citing Skilled Nursing Sector Challenges, ‘Legacy Liabilities’

LaVie Care Centers, operator of 43 skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Sunday. Intending to facilitate an efficient financial restructuring plan with minimal disruption to its operations, LaVie filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Despite the […]

State’s Workforce Funding Boost Yields Limited Results as Labor Pool Shrinks Due to Licensing, Training Issues

Many states have ramped up funding for nursing home staffing in recent years, and while the resulting increased wages and incentives have worked towards better retention, labor supply continues to be a problem.  For example, Illinois passed legislation to support staffing at nursing homes, including through provision of more than $700 million in funds annually […]

‘Introduces Chaos’: Nursing Homes Oppose Expansion of Penalties as Comment Period Ends for Proposed Payment Rule 

As the comment period ended Tuesday for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed rule that updates Medicare payment policies and rates for skilled nursing facilities for fiscal year 2025, a majority of the feedback centered on the possible expansion of the agency’s authority to enforce civil monetary penalties (CMPs) for noncompliance. In […]

[UPDATED] ‘A Nightmare’: AHCA Files Lawsuit Against Federal Nursing Home Staffing Mandate

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) filed a lawsuit late Thursday against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for exceeding their statutory authority and “arbitrarily and capriciously issuing” a final minimum staffing rule. The lawsuit asks the court to issue an order and […]

PACS To Expand Footprint with 53-Facility Portfolio, Adding Nursing Homes in 8 States, ‘Substantially Surpassing’ Forecast

PACS Group (NYSE: PACS) plans to acquire the operations of 53 skilled nursing facilities as well as assisted and independent living facilities located across eight states, including five new markets for the company. The facilities in the pending deal are currently operated by family-owned Prestige and comprise 2,511 skilled nursing beds and 1,334 assisted living […]