Century Rehab’s New CEO on the Pitfalls of Telehealth in Nursing Homes — and Demand for Therapists Amid COVID

The world of third-party rehabilitation was braced for a change in the skilled nursing setting when the Patient-Driven Payment Model, the Medicare reimbursement overhaul that took effect last year, effectively removed therapy as the driver of payment. A few months into that new landscape, the world itself was upended by a global pandemic — one […]

Pruitt: Funding for Private Rooms Top Challenge as Nursing Homes Look to ‘Learn from History’

The final report from the Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes contained plenty of ideas on how to keep residents and staff safer should COVID-19 resurge or if another pandemic hits the United States. While some of the onus falls on the federal government, nursing home operators must also raise the bar […]

Matros: CNAs Living Below Poverty Line ‘Unacceptable,’ Calls for Higher Minimum Wage Standards for Nursing Homes

Staffing, a long-standing thorn in the side of skilled nursing operators even before the COVID-19 pandemic, has emerged as one of the most critical elements in how facilities manage an outbreak and navigate the current public health emergency. But it would be hard to tell that fact by the pay certified nursing assistants (CNAs), who […]

CMS ‘Quiet’ on PDPM-Related Enforcement Even as Rates Rise, But Managed Care More Prone to Denials

The Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), the overhaul to Medicare reimbursement for skilled nursing facilities that took effect in October of 2019, has proven its worth as a mechanism for paying for nursing care during a global pandemic. It has, however, been “anything but revenue-neutral,” at least in terms of how much money the government is […]

Despite COVID Revenue Hit, Omnicare’s President Sees Stronger Future for Long-Term Care Pharmacies

James Love took the top post at one of the nation’s leading long-term care pharmacies in perhaps the most crucial and consequential month in the entire history of the sector: April 2020. In the six months since, the Omnicare president has had to navigate a post-acute and long-term care landscape forever changed by COVID-19, while […]

HHS Inks Deal with CVS, Walgreens to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines to Nursing Homes [UPDATED]

Retail pharmacy heavyweights Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) and CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) have entered into agreements with the federal government to distribute the eventual COVID-19 vaccine to nursing home residents at no cost, President Trump and multiple government agencies announced on Friday. “Today, I’m thrilled to announce that we have just finalized a partnership […]

To Build the Next Generation of Nursing Homes, Players May Need to Live with Lower Profits

The COVID-19 crisis exposed countless vulnerabilities in the nation’s long-term care infrastructure, but the design of the buildings themselves might loom the largest: With multiple-person rooms the norm in aging physical plants across the country, today’s nursing homes simply weren’t built with infection control in mind. And as the industry and the government look ahead […]

Amid COVID, North Shore Focuses on Recruitment, Technology, And Ancillary Growth Opportunities

The operator North Shore Healthcare has navigated rapid-fire growth since the company’s beginning. From two locations, it has grown rapidly. Now the Glendale, Wisconsin-based North Shore has 71 locations, 60 of which are skilled nursing facilities, with its primary footprint in the Badger State. The company grew in spurts over that time period, but CEO […]

HHS Warns Against Using Antigen Results for Nursing Home Cohorting, But Sharply Criticizes State Ban

A top U.S. coronavirus testing czar had harsh words for a Nevada directive banning the use of antigen point-of-care COVID-19 tests in skilled nursing facilities during a press call on Friday, calling it “an uninformed and unlawful unilateral prohibition.” But Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) assistant secretary for health Adm. Brett Giroir also […]

COVID Could Accelerate Skilled Nursing Consolidation as Smaller Operators Head for the Exits

In the months leading up to the implementation of a new Medicare payment model for skilled nursing facilities, various voices predicted an exodus of smaller, mom-and-pop operators who’d rather call it a career than adapt to a completely new reimbursement system. But only a few months after the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) took effect last […]

AHCA’s Parkinson: Nursing Homes Must ‘Look in the Mirror’ to Improve Care, Infection Control Post-COVID

While emphasizing that the industry is much better prepared to weather a potential revival of large COVID-19 outbreaks in the fall and winter, a top nursing home leader on Tuesday called on operators to use the hard lessons learned during 2020 to improve from within. “You cannot ignore the fact that probably close to 100,000 […]

Private Equity Could Still Pounce on Skilled Nursing Post-Pandemic — But with a Closer Eye on Operations

COVID-19 is upending operations in the skilled nursing world, but when it comes to the business side of running a SNF, upheaval was taking place well before the pandemic. This was particularly true when it came to ownership of the real estate and operations. Well before the new coronavirus reality, real estate investment trusts (REITs) […]

HHS Releases $20B More in CARES Act Relief, But Warns: Don’t Wait to Apply

The federal government on Thursday announced an additional tranche of $20 billion in coronavirus relief funding for a wide swath of health care providers, with the caveat that interested parties should apply as soon as possible. Starting October 5, the Department of Health and Human Services will begin accepting applications for the Phase 3 General […]

‘We Just Don’t Sell Long-Term Care’: A Top CNA Leader on How Operators Should Hire and Evolve Post-COVID

On the surface, Lori Porter earned a seat on a federal commission to improve nursing home care to serve as a voice for certified nursing assistants (CNAs). As the CEO and co-founder of the National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA), Porter — a former CNA herself — advocates for those vital frontline employees who […]