Rehab Care in SNFs Largely Unchanged During Pandemic Despite Sicker Residents 

Older adults who were discharged to skilled nursing facilities after the pandemic received rehabilitation care comparable to the levels of care that were provided before the pandemic, according to research published in the JAMA Health Forum. This, despite a rise in patient acuity during the period. Researchers said that despite exceptional challenges during the pandemic, […]

After Adding 21 SNFs, Optalis Leverages Scale to Innovate

The changing nature of the skilled nursing business has enabled Optalis Healthcare to gain scale, adding 21 facilities through three deals executed in the last year. “The business has changed a lot; it takes a lot more in terms of resource deployment,” Optalis CEO Raj Patel told Skilled Nursing News during an interview at the […]

Trilogy CEO: Clinical Initiatives Gain Momentum, Medicare Advantage Decisions Expected in 2023

Trilogy Health Services last week announced the appointment of the company’s first-ever chief medical officer, naming Dr. Andrew McNamara to the post. Appointing a CMO is just the latest step in Trilogy’s concerted, multi-year effort to elevate clinical care. The push can be traced to 2019, when Leigh Ann Barney became CEO. “People asked, what’s […]

Spending More Revenue on Labor Not Guaranteed to Achieve ‘Adequate’ Nursing Home Staffing

Pushing nursing homes to allocate more money to increase staffing levels will not necessarily achieve the goals of the proposed minimum staffing standard unless aided by other regulatory interventions, according to a new study. The study, published in Health Affairs, examined spending and staffing data from more than 12,000 nursing homes and looked at the […]

Sabra, LTC Properties Execs: Skilled Nursing Faces ‘Slog’ in 2023, High-Acuity Care an Opportunity

The coming year will be “a bit of a slog” for skilled nursing, but operating and financial headwinds should ease over the course of 2023. That’s the viewpoint of Rick Matros, CEO of Sabra Health Care REIT (Nasdaq: SBRA), which owns 270 skilled nursing and transitional care properties, along with senior living, behavioral health and […]

FDA Grants Accelerated Approval for Alzheimer’s Drug, CMS Coverage at Issue

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, the second of a new category of medications. Given the high prevalence of dementia within nursing homes, any new treatments for Alzheimer’s or similar conditions would shape care and services that providers deliver. Nearly 50% of nursing home residents have a […]