Health System LECOM Continues to Expand in Senior Care, Reaches 10 Long-Term Care Facilities

LECOM Health, the nation’s only osteopathic academic health center, announced its acquisition of another long-term care facility, bringing the total of senior living communities owned by the Pennsylvania-based health and education system to 10. The health system has been expanding its senior living and care arm, and provides primary care and consultative clinical services to […]

Expect ‘Skeletons’: With Mom-and-Pops at Breaking Point, Nursing Home Chains Hone Acquisition Practices

While financial pressures have created challenges and precipitated closures for smaller mom-and-pop nursing homes, the trend has also meant opportunities for those looking to acquire and add scale. Operators who have recently acquired mom-and-pop or small facilities say the most important consideration when expanding a portfolio with mom-and-pops is getting to know the culture of […]

Regency Rebrands to Wellsential Health, Touts New Nonprofit Model; PruittHealth Acquires 3 SNFs

About one year after being acquired by Dwyer Workforce Development (DWD) in a $590 million deal, Regency Integrated Health Services has rebranded as Wellsential Health and is moving forward under a “new nonprofit model,” the company announced Thursday. The 63 skilled nursing facilities under the Wellsential banner now represent the “largest family” of non-profit SNFs […]

Nursing Home Leaders Support House Bill To Defeat CMS’ ‘Cookie-Cutter’ Minimum Staffing Proposal

A Congressional bill that aims to defeat the Biden Administration’s minimum staffing proposal began making rounds last week, and nursing home executives, including clinical team members attending the industry’s largest annual gathering in Denver, hailed it as a welcome development. If passed, the bill could keep the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from […]

Inside the I-SNP Journey: Nursing Home Operators Unlock Promise of Medicare Advantage with 3 Different Models  

As nursing home organizations adjust to a changing environment of reimbursement, Medicare Advantage Institutional Special Needs Plans (I-SNPs) are undergoing rapid growth, with operators pursuing distinct strategies meant to realize financial and operational gains. The benefits of an I-SNP can range from more control over quality, happier clinical staff, reduced administrative burdens, improved compensation and […]

Nursing Home Leaders Relieved Pending Legislative Issues Won’t Stall as Government Shutdown Is Averted

A government shutdown has been temporarily averted – for 45 days at least – after Congress passed a stopgap bill Saturday evening. And while skilled nursing and other long-term care operators and their reimbursements would not have been immediately impacted, the industry could have seen indirect ramifications. So for now, the sector – whose members […]

Amid Surging Covid Infections, Nursing Homes Face Delays in New Vaccine Roll Out 

Thousands of nursing home residents are facing delays in getting vaccinated for Covid-19 now that the federal government isn’t issuing vaccines, and most long-term care operators have yet to start administering shots. Many nursing homes will not begin vaccinations until well into October or even November, according to an article in the New York Times […]

GAO Estimates 5% Of Nursing Homes Owned By Private Equity, But Calls Out ‘Limitations’ in CMS Data 

At least 5% of the nation’s nursing homes had private equity ownership in 2022, according to a new report issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which also noted “limitations” in the federal government’s data on nursing home ownership. The congressional watchdog based its analysis on a review of the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare […]

Touchstone COO: Future Rests on Thinking Differently About Staffing, Going Beyond 4 Walls of Nursing Homes

As Touchstone Communities maintains its focus on building a continuum of care, the well-being of its staff members – and allowing them to work on “top of their licenses” – remains a foundational philosophy for the organization. Leslie Campbell, COO for the Texas-based company since 2020, spoke about the importance of engaging Touchstone’s clinical workers […]

AHCA CEO: Staffing Mandate Proposal ‘Inherently Flawed,’ with ‘Complete Disrespect’ to LPNs Puzzling

The federal minimum staffing proposal was rushed through and is “inherently flawed” to a degree that makes it possible to defeat, according to the chief of the nation’s largest nursing home association. In a wide ranging conversation at the Skilled Nursing News (SNN) RETHINK conference in Chicago last week, Mark Parkinson, president and CEO of […]

With Covid Cases on the Rise in Nursing Homes, Related Deaths Up 80% in August

Covid cases and deaths saw a dramatic jump in August, following a pattern of consistent increases over the summer. This is according to the latest data issued Thursday by the AARP Nursing Home Covid-19 Dashboard, which tracks monthly data on the number of Covid cases, Covid-related deaths and vaccination records. “After months of decline from […]

Future Leader: Truman Vereen, Administrator, Principle Long Term Care

The Future Leaders Awards program is brought to you in partnership with PointClickCare (BHB, SHN, SNN) and Homecare Homebase (HHCN, HSPN). The program is designed to recognize up-and-coming industry members who are shaping the future of behavioral health, home health, hospice and palliative care, senior housing and skilled nursing. To see this year’s Future Leaders, […]

‘A Rising Tide Lifts All Ships’: Quality Life Services CEO on Workforce Expectations Requiring New, Supportive Approaches

As the head of his family-owned nursing home business, Steven Tack, CEO of Pennsylvania-based Quality Life Services, says weathering the ups and downs of the last few years has rested on creating a family-like atmosphere for residents and staff  – a message that can be universally applied to improve census and worker retention. Quality Life […]

Lawsuits Blaming Covid Deaths on Nursing Homes Climb in New York

A rising tide of civil lawsuits related to deaths from Covid-19 are being filed in New York against not only top state officials, but also nursing homes, as family members seek legal recourse. According to a report in the Times-Union newspaper, these cases have proceeded slowly as pre-trial arguments have focused, in part, on whether state […]

OIG: Nursing Homes Hard-Pressed To Meet Resident Needs in Emergencies Due To Staffing

A staggering number of nursing homes reported challenges in meeting the care needs of their residents during public health emergencies and natural disasters due mostly to inadequate staffing, with transportation, communication and infection control and prevention also being among key areas hampering these efforts. This is according to the latest report issued Wednesday by the […]

Referral Giant A Place for Mom Enters Nursing Home Market with New Website Launch

A Place for Mom has announced the launch of Nursinghomes.com, marking the debut of the online referral giant in the nursing home sector. The company aims for the new website to become a “one-stop-shop” for families, putting vital information at their fingertips for evaluating and contacting skilled nursing and long-term care facilities quickly, according to […]

With CMS Nixing Mandatory Patient Satisfaction Measure, Nursing Homes Remain ‘Behind the Times’

The issue of formally requiring patient surveys for nursing homes, similar to surveys mandated in other segments of health care, has long been a source of debate – one getting stirred up again after federal policy makers decided to nix patient satisfaction measures from the recently issued final prospective payment rule for 2024. The Centers […]

‘Pillars of Stability’: NHI Says SNF Assets Strong, Even Poised to Handle Potential Staffing Mandate

National Health Investors (NYSE: NHI) posted a bumpy second quarter pressured by rent collection, but executives said the company continues to eye deals with expectations to announce new investments in 2023 as economic conditions are beginning to favor a “buyer’s market.” “[Tenants] are struggling in this post pandemic era, which introduces variability to our quarterly […]