CareMount ACO Says Skilled Nursing Should Have ‘Skin in the Game’

When the largest independent physician group in the state of New York decided to move into the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO)model, it recognized post-acute as an area it needed to work on – and decided to include skilled nursing facilities in its plans. CareMount Medical, which is based in Mount Kisco, N.Y., began […]

REIT Resurgence Could Boost Skilled Nursing M&A Despite Near-Term Stress

The recent bullish performance of publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) could have a virtuous cycle effect in the space, potentially boosting mergers-and-acquisitions activity in the skilled nursing and broader health care industries. That’s the thesis of Alex Pettee and Hoya Capital Real Estate, a Connecticut-based investment advisory firm that on Monday published a […]

Physician Groups Have Skilled Nursing Opportunity in PDPM — If They Take Action

The clinical condition and medical complexities of skilled nursing patients will drive reimbursement under the new Medicare system — giving physician groups that serve skilled nursing facilities the opportunity to have a major impact on the outcomes and success of both the patients and the facilities they serve. But it’s an opportunity they’ll have to […]

Partnering with ‘Frenemies’ Can Help SNFs Navigate Medicare Advantage Pressures

Big-picture thinkers in the skilled nursing space have increasingly talked about the need for operators to band together in the face of reimbursement pressures and new payment models — an urge that goes against the competitive nature of the health care industry, particularly in markets saturated with multiple post-acute options. But according to Plante Moran […]

Golden Living Takes Back Control of 8 Dycora Skilled Nursing Facilities in Receivership

Eight skilled nursing facilities in Wisconsin operated by Dycora Transitional Health and Living have been placed into receivership, with an affiliate of landlord Golden Living Centers taking back control after a two-year break. The Fresno, Calif.-based Dycora on Thursday became the latest entrant in a string of receivership actions in Wisconsin, with the Milwaukee County […]

Providers Can’t Lose Sight of ‘Where the Money Is’ Under PDPM

When it comes to the changes coming to Medicare reimbursement methodology, coding figures prominently in the discussion among skilled nursing providers. But while it’s important for SNFs to make sure staff education and training on that topic is up to date, there are several other components of reimbursement under the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) that […]

Turn-Key CEO: Why Palliative Care Must Soon Come to Skilled Nursing

Given their emphasis on rehabilitation and recovery, skilled nursing facilities aren’t typically places where patients receive palliative care. That’s despite the fact that only a small portion of nursing home residents who would benefit from such care usually receive it, according to one study published in 2017 by the Journal of the American Medical Association. […]

Skilled Nursing Bed Shortage Will Only Get Worse as Operators Chase Acuity

Despite industry headwinds, analyses have found that the nationwide supply of nursing home beds falls far below potential demand for the services — a trend that will only worsen as changing payment models knock some providers out of the business entirely. Writing in a commentary piece last week, Cain Brothers director Taaha Shaikh claimed that […]

PDPM 101: What Skilled Nursing Providers Need to Know Now

With a new Medicare payment model for skilled nursing facilities just months away, operators who haven’t started planning for the changes are already months behind. Skilled Nursing News has been reporting on the new Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) since the day it was announced last July 31, and we’ve spent those eight months speaking to […]

Wave of Anticipated Skilled Nursing M&A Action Still Offshore for Now

Major real estate investment trusts (REITs) with stakes in the skilled nursing world almost universally expressed optimism about the coming change in Medicare Part A reimbursement — and several predicted changes in mergers and acquisitions as a result. But the expected wave of small mom-and-pops exiting the skilled nursing industry because the Patient-Driven Payment Model […]

Focus on Behavioral Residents Lands SNFs $10.5M to Expand Services

As the prevalence of behavioral health issues grows among the nursing home-aged population, one group of skilled nursing facilities received a major grant to help improve mental health care among its residents. CareChoice Cooperative, which is based in St. Paul, Minnesota, earlier this year received $10.5 million to bring the Resident Centered Behavioral Health (RCBH) […]

Aegis CEO Schram: Therapy Still Has Value Under PDPM, But Providers Must Be ‘On the Hook’ for Outcomes

With therapy minutes no longer driving reimbursement under the new Medicare reimbursement system taking effect on October 1, the relationship between skilled nursing facilities and rehabilitation companies is undergoing a significant metamorphosis. But the change runs deeper than the shift in revenue streams. The new system will drive new models of care and move. interactions […]

Scrutiny About Behavior Changes Under PDPM Will ‘Inevitably’ Come to Skilled Nursing

The changes in Medicare reimbursement taking effect in October will mean upheaval in more places than a skilled nursing facility’s billing department. It will mean changes in the nuts-and-bolts processes of patient care, and SNFs need to be preparing for this reality — with the knowledge that regulators will be watching closely. That’s according to […]

Doctors, Software, Training: Preparing for ‘Non-Negotiable’ PDPM Coding Pressures

Starting October 1, skilled nursing facility operators will have no choice but to become proficient with a specific type of medical coding that previously had no bearing on reimbursements — and leading industry voices say there are multiple paths to getting there. ICD-10 codes, specific diagnosis identifications long used by hospitals, will play a key […]