Looking Ahead to the Top Skilled Nursing Trends of 2019

We’ve made it to the end of 2018, which will likely go down as one of the most eventful years in the history of the long-term and post-acute care industry. Between the first round of Value-Based Purchasing penalties taking effect and the rapid rollout of the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), it’s probably a safe bet […]

Private Equity Must Be Nimble, Innovative to Succeed in Skilled Nursing

Tempted by demographic trends and a new reimbursement system, private equity has taken a keen interest in the skilled nursing industry over the past year. But executives at these investment vehicles would be foolish to think they can plug their existing models into nursing home business and expect the same kind of success they may […]

Avamere Announces a ‘Micro CCRC’ with No Skilled Nursing

A regional senior care provider is looking to transform the traditional continuing care retirement community (CCRC) model by removing skilled nursing entirely — mirroring industry trends elsewhere. The Wilsonville, Ore.-based Avamere Family of Companies recently announced plans to open a “micro CCRC” in St. George, Utah. The development, which is part of the Sienna Hills master-planned […]

Provider Battles for Skilled Nursing Innovations in New High-Rise

With skilled nursing besieged from all sides, there is a pressing need for fresh designs and improved services. Recognizing this, a non-profit provider in Wisconsin has gone to great lengths to bring an innovative offering to the Milwaukee market, highlighting that it’s possible — but often difficult — to push the envelope in skilled nursing. Less than a decade […]

Using Community Colleges to Fight the Nursing Shortage

A shortage of well-qualified nurses and other frontline staff remains one of the major headaches for nursing home operators and investors around the country. Earlier this month, one state came up with a solution that’s getting bipartisan support: allowing community colleges to offer bachelor’s of science in nursing degrees (BSN). “There’s such a severe shortage […]

Could Trump’s Religious Objection Guidance Create SNF Turmoil?

On first glance, the Department of Health and Human Services’ new guidance on personal religious beliefs might not appear to affect the long-term care industry. Years from now, however, it could play an integral role in the way SNFs operate and staff facilities. When the government rolled out its two-pronged approach last week — establishing […]

How Skilled Nursing Can Ride Out a Wave of Bad Press

For some, any press is good press. But this phrase isn’t true for the skilled nursing and senior care space, which is facing a wave of negative media attention — including a damning article in Time Magazine that brought to light major concerns of abusive behavior toward residents and binding arbitration contracts that left some […]

Skilled Nursing M&A Crystal Ball 2018: Top Players’ Predictions

After a 2017 that saw a change in presidential administrations, continuing occupancy pressures, declarations that the industry is in a historic downward spiral, and the most sweeping tax overhaul in a generation, players in the skilled nursing mergers-and-acquisitions world might be wondering if 2018 could possibly bring even more turmoil. Earlier this week, Skilled Nursing […]

Top Skilled Nursing Trends of 2018

Now that we’ve broken down the top 10 stories of the last year, it’s time for us to dive into our predictions for the top skilled nursing trends of the coming 12 months. Some key headwinds, such as questions over Medicaid reimbursements, declining occupancy, and new regulations — including the final round of the requirements […]

Sabra CEO Matros Talks Leadership, Skilled Nursing and Tattoos

Sabra Health Care REIT (Nasdaq: SBRA) turned in a busy 2017, completing a major merger with Care Capital Properties, snapping up an additional 24 SNFs, and announcing a long-term plan to completely dump its troubled Genesis assets (NYSE: GEN). At the helm through the process has been Rick Matros, known for his outspoken takes on the […]

Opinion: Nursing Homes Need to View Regulators as Partners — Or Perish

My job involves combing through Google Alerts in search of the latest filings and nuggets of news about the skilled nursing industry. Most are false positives — especially during the autumn, when my alert for “SNF” returns more information about the coming week’s Sunday Night Football matchup than skilled nursing facilities. But ever since I […]

SNF Residency Gives Nurses ‘Ownership’ in Long-Term Care

Nurse residencies have long been associated with hospitals and the resources they provide, but long-term care facilities are starting to see their potential as they focus on hiring and retaining the best nurses. When the University of Wisconsin realized new nurses were also starting to expect, or at least ask about, residency programs in long-term […]

Genesis Tests Exoskeleton as Part of Innovation Push

The rehab-focused subsidiary of Genesis HealthCare (NYSE: GEN) is making an effort to study and pilot new technology—including futuristic innovations like an exoskeleton for rehab patients. The Kennett Square, Pennsylvania-based Genesis Rehab Services (GRS), which provides rehabilitation services at more than 1,700 locations across the U.S., is linking up with some forward-thinking startups to foster new […]

How Millennials Could Ward Off a Skilled Nursing Staffing Crisis

An influx of millennials is energizing the nursing workforce during a crucial period of demand growth—but that may be offset by a wave of baby boomers retiring en masse. An average millennial is now 186% more likely to become a registered nurse (RN) than an average baby boomer, according to a new study published in the October edition of Health […]

Can Music Therapy Help Improve Outcomes in Nursing Homes?

Three years ago, filmgoers were charmed by the story of a non-profit that helped nursing home residents relive their youths and improve their moods through music. Now, a team of Brown University researchers is setting out to discover whether the program could have concrete medical benefits for seniors — and operational opportunities for skilled nursing […]

Sabra CEO: Days are Numbered for Custodial Care in SNFs

If skilled nursing operators are planning to provide custodial long-term care for years to come, they might want to think again. “Custodial care has no place in skilled nursing, in my opinion,” Rick Matros, CEO of Sabra Health Care REIT (Nasdaq: SBRA), said Wednesday at the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) […]

Gingrich, Summers Square Off in Debate Over Long-Term Care and Immigration

Investing in the professional development of immigrants who work as long-term caregivers, as well as helping them integrate into the American culture and its norms, is crucial to combatting the long-term care industry’s labor shortage. This is according two former national governmental figures who spoke Wednesday in a debate titled, “The Impact of the Trump […]

Skilled Nursing Must-Reads: Occupancy Drops, SNF’s Fraud Drama

The industry continues to sort out what went wrong in Florida, but there were other headlines from the week in skilled nursing, including some grim numbers from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) and an interesting ownership shuffle for some former Kindred facilities. First, the bad news: Nursing home occupancy dipped […]

How to Bolster a Skilled Nursing Disaster Plan Today

With Hurricane Maria bearing down on Puerto Rico and Hurricane Jose perhaps set for a glancing blow of New England, skilled nursing operators in various parts of the country are facing more potential tests of their emergency plans. Plus, with new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rules about disaster prep set to take […]

Skilled Nursing Transportation Provider Sees Opportunity in Higher-End Care

As skilled nursing operators go big on design features and restaurant-style dining, one Midwestern medical transport startup has also placed its bets on upscale services. Operators and regulators alike often overlook non-emergency transport, according to Brian Fleming, director of sales and marketing at Kansas City, Mo.-based Secure Medical Transport. “There’s really no regulation over this industry,” he […]