PDPM Could Create Risk-Sharing Opportunities, Headaches for Skilled Nursing

Risk-sharing has loomed large in health care reform efforts over the last decade, and the new Medicare payment model for skilled nursing facilities could open up additional avenues for operators to take control — along with pointed questions from partners along the spectrum. The Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) marks a step toward a long-teased site-neutral […]

How Skilled Nursing Facilities Can Win Under the New Five-Star System

The federal government hit skilled nursing facilities with a flurry of changes to its quality rating system earlier this year, but by diving into their own data, SNFs can pinpoint how to do better — while making the best use of their limited resources. Some key steps include scrutinizing a facility’s Certification and Survey Provider […]

Despite Recent Challenges, Skilled Nursing-REIT Relationship Isn’t Going Away

Though the leasing relationships between real estate investment trusts (REITs) and their skilled nursing tenants have come under scrutiny — and criticism — in recent months, it may be premature to declare their permanent demise. “There’ll be health care — broadly defined — REITs that’ll move in and out of the sector, upsize and downsize,” […]

Skilled Nursing Dealmakers Could Be Overlooking PDPM’s Potential for ‘Biggest Year’ in Decades

The market will still need to determine whether the new Medicare reimbursement structure for nursing homes will be a net positive or negative for the industry, but at least one insider says buyers and sellers in the space aren’t optimistic enough. Current prices for skilled nursing facilities don’t typically account for the potential of cost […]

CMS ‘Just Getting Started’ on Nursing Home Oversight Amid ‘Secret’ List Controversy

The federal government on Wednesday again defended its work to regulate and punish underperforming nursing homes, as the controversy surrounding a “secret” list of troubled skilled nursing facilities entered its third day. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) chief medical officer Kate Goodrich confirmed a Tuesday report that the agency will soon begin releasing […]

Under PDPM, Providers Should Expect Close Scrutiny of Nursing Records

The new Medicare model for skilled nursing facilities more closely links reimbursements with resident conditions — and making sure that facilities completely document those conditions will soon be an essential step for success. But because payment under the current Resource Utilization Group (RUG) system is driven primarily by therapy minutes, capturing those conditions on the […]

Consulate Tackles Care Transitions with New Skilled Nursing Data Partnership

Data has quickly become king in the increasingly challenging skilled nursing world, but the question of how different providers along the care continuum can use that data remains a sticking point. Upgrading a building’s electronic health record (EHR) distribution system from fax machines to cloud data solutions is the first step. The information, however, doesn’t […]

Inside Allure Group’s Audition Strategy for Skilled Nursing Telehealth

When the Allure Group decided to pursue a new physician telehealth partnership, leadership didn’t want to jump in headfirst — and instead turned to a kind of audition process to pick its eventual partner. For about a year and a half, the six-building chain tested out two separate telemedicine providers in two facilities, with president […]

Buyer Infighting, Diligence Bombshells, and Long-Term Optimism: Confessions of a Skilled Nursing M&A Executive

From the outside looking in, the flood of capital in the skilled nursing space may seem strange. After all, the main Wall Street headlines about SNFs and their publicly traded landlord partners always come with a heavy dose of caution: Reimbursement pressures, staffing strains, and liability risk make nursing care a bitter pill to swallow […]

Amid Medicaid Shortfalls, Nursing Home Demand Could Soon Exceed Supply

Skilled nursing utilization and occupancy have been on the decline in recent years, as both payers and consumers migrate to home health and other community care options for cost and preference reasons. But as low Medicaid reimbursements force operators to scale back their long-term services or shut their doors entirely, available beds for residents who […]

Carespring Plots Skilled Nursing Expansion — But Only If It’s a Drive Away

In a skilled nursing landscape short on new development and populated with many options for outsourcing components of care, Carespring has made a point of keeping its rehabilitation services in-house — and only expanding through new construction. With 11 total SNFs in Ohio and Kentucky, Carespring is looking to maintain its local presence while growing […]