From Institutional to Homelike: Inside Nursing Home Renovations That Impact Recruiting, Retention, Resident Wellbeing

Renovating nursing homes to uplift the resident experience can improve not only property value and overall quality of care, but also regulatory compliance. Staffing and retention are ever-present roadblocks at nursing facilities, and upgrading the overall atmosphere can actually help alleviate some of these roadblocks, with caregivers wanting to be in a building that’s easier […]

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 […]

‘Custodial Care Rates’: Avamere, FPACP, LeadingAge Execs on Mitigating Headaches Tied to Medicare Advantage Plans

Managed care’s growth across all health care settings, including nursing homes, has pushed reimbursement rates lower, and operators are implementing strategies to counter the situation.  For starters, operators expressed the need to be well equipped for negotiating better rates with managed care organizations (MAOs). And, coming armed with cost of care data to the negotiating […]

‘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 […]

[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 […]

CMS Staffing Mandate Modified to Include LPNs in Limited Way, Still Marginalizes ‘Backbone’ of Nursing Home Workforce

The newly finalized minimum staffing standards by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have ignited a significant debate among nursing home leaders regarding the inclusion and role of licensed practical nurses (LPNs). The mandate, announced on April 22, 2024, establishes new comprehensive minimum nurse staffing requirements, aiming to enhance the quality of care […]

‘Fast-Tracked’: AHCA Lawsuit Opposing Nursing Home Staffing Mandate Has Strong Legs, With Injunction Expected Soon

Lawyers and other leaders in the nursing home sector believe the American Health Care Association’s (AHCA) lawsuit is strong, framed well and likely to succeed, with a decision possible by early 2025. An injunction from the plaintiffs – all 5-Star facilities located in Texas along with AHCA – regarding staffing rule’s implementation should follow 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 […]

CLA Experts Discuss Ways To Ease Into CMS Staffing Mandate, Estimate Cost of $5.8 Billion Over a Decade

The staffing mandate will cost the industry $5.8 billion over ten years, creating the need for an additional 101,500 FTEs nationwide, with significant costs attributed to hiring nurse aides and registered nurses (RNs), according to analysis by CliftonLarsonAllen. In a recent webinar hosted by CliftonLarsonAllen, Deb Emerson, Principal at CLA, and Jennifer Boese, Director of […]

Nursing Home Leaders from Genesis, Ignite, Diakonos, Avamere On Why ‘Super SNF’ May Replace Hospital-Based Recovery Care

The “super SNF,” an insider term used for nursing homes that serve mostly high acuity patients, is evolving to enhance its specialized function, and leaders in the space believe it will be a replacement – or at least a supplement – for long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs) and inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs). The latest changes […]

PACS CEO: In Tough Landscape for Nursing Homes, Empowering Local Leaders, Serving Higher Acuity, Avoiding ‘Wrong Capital’ Is Crucial

Scaling up by empowering regional operators has long been a successful strategy for nursing home giant PACS Group (NYSE: PACS), but this growth hasn’t come at the expense of losing its identity nor by over-leveraging itself using high-interest debt, according to CEO Jason Murray. For PACS, which debuted on Wall Street in April, its steady […]

CMS Star Rating Process, with Wide State Variation, Sparks Trouble for Consumers and Nursing Homes

Hundreds of nursing homes continue to maintain or display high star ratings despite Immediate Jeopardy incidents in the previous three years, and this can create headaches for both nursing homes and consumers alike. According to a Scripps News analysis released Wednesday, which takes in to account government data from February 2024 of more than 14,000 […]

TEAM Model: Hospitals in the Driver’s Seat, Nursing Homes as ‘Collaborators’ in Latest Bundled Payment Initiative

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) in April released a bundled payment model that is the culmination of the best aspects from such past models, all to align with the agency’s efforts to get all Medicare Fee-for-Service beneficiaries involved in value-based care by 2030. The Transforming Episode Accountability Model, or TEAM, is considered […]

Touting Local Care, Robust Pipeline, Nursing Home Giant PACS Group Shines in Q1 After IPO Debut

During its inaugural earnings call following an April debut on Wall Street, executives for PACS Group (NYSE: PACS) projected a strong year of growth ahead amid a robust pipeline as they touted the success of their company’s localized business model – one that has enabled it to successfully transform scores of struggling facilities into high […]

American Health Partners CEO Reveals ‘Secret Sauce’ for Value-Based Care in Skilled Nursing

When it comes to value-based care models and appropriate reimbursement, nursing home operators must think about the care team behind the model. Whether it’s Institutional Special Needs Plans (I-SNPs) or accountable care organizations (ACOs), a robust clinical team is crucial to aligning with positive quality outcomes. That’s according to Mike Bailey, president and CEO of […]

LTC100 Panelists Weigh in on CMS Staffing Rule’s ‘Bloodbath’, Growth Strategies, and Risk-Based Model Reimbursement

If there’s no additional funding for the minimum staffing rule, well over 5% of existing facilities will close, depending on how successfully operators can pivot to meet the standard. The rates of closure may even reach 10% to 15%, depending on the market, cautioned sector leaders attending the LTC100 conference this week. Steve Nee, CEO […]