SNFs Must Find Their Place in New Payment Models to Last

It’s no secret that the skilled nursing industry has been on the rocks in recent years. Large operators have sold off their SNF offerings, while mom-and-pop facilities struggle to stay afloat. Still, SNFs offer a vital service that is not largely found elsewhere — long-term and post-acute care, particularly for those that rely on Medicaid […]

How Skilled Nursing Developers Can Keep Rising Construction Costs at Bay

With the construction industry facing a labor shortage and the rising cost of raw materials, keeping projects on time and on budget can be quite the undertaking for development teams working on senior living communities. Costs for these types of projects — including skilled nursing facilities — have continued to increase since the beginning of […]

Avoiding Multi-Million Medicare Advantage Mistakes at SNFs

New payment models frequently shoulder the blame for the uncertainty surrounding the skilled nursing marketplace, as operators struggle to shift from the private-pay and Medicare of the past to Medicare Advantage and other new reimbursement methods. But, according to one SNF consultant, the time for blaming new models is over — and the only thing […]

Must-Read Stories: Trumpcare’s Death, ManorCare’s Potential Breakup

First things first: We here at Skilled Nursing News won’t say that Trumpcare has officially died — it’s been revived multiple times so far— but after months of hand-wringing and dire projections about Obamacare repeal’s effect on the skilled nursing industry, it finally looks as though the former president’s cornerstone legislative victory is here to […]

Making SNFs Feel Like Home Without Major Upgrades

Skilled nursing providers don’t need to break the bank or knock down walls to make their facilities more visually attractive. In fact, some of the more effective design strategies are also some of the simplest, skilled nursing design experts say. And instead of trying to buy the whole package, operators might instead look for a la carte […]

Fighting the Perception of SNFs as ‘Minor Leagues’ of Nursing

Skilled nursing operators know the cold facts: Finding and retaining quality employees has gotten a lot harder as the improving economy created a job-seeker’s market, especially among more specialized practitioners such as nurses. And that’s before considering SNFs’ reputation as a “farm system” where nurses go to pick up a year or two of experience […]

Finding a Structural Solution to Skilled Nursing Staffing Woes

Retaining a staff of talented, motivated employees has remained one of the most vexing problems for skilled nursing operators, as a recovering economy has drastically increased the competition for the best workers. One SNF provider has successfully turned to a clear organizational structure for an answer, while some other senior housing providers have taken even more novel approaches, according […]

Highest Paid Chief Executives in Skilled Nursing

Though many of the chief executives behind some of the biggest public skilled nursing companies in the U.S. made millions of dollars last year, some earned more than others. Company leaders at Quality Care Properties (NYSE: QCP), Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND), and Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE: OHI) made the most in total compensation in 2016 — […]

Costly Design Features Can Pay Off for Skilled Nursing

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning to skilled nursing operators and other health care providers about the dangers of Legionnaires’ disease, an airborne illness that can claim lives — and costs operators hundreds of millions of dollars annually. Advances in skilled nursing facility design have made disease prevention easier for […]

Why Sabra Bet on Skilled Nursing While Other REITs Bailed

Several publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) have backed off skilled nursing in recent months and years, but one major player recently made an eye-popping investment in the asset class. The largest health care REITs — Ventas (NYSE: VTR), Welltower (NYSE: HCN), and HCP (NYSE: HCP) — all have either spun off the majority […]