Sabra Mulls $14M Write-Off for Signature, Genesis After ‘Going Concern’ Warnings

Concerns about the future of skilled nursing operators Genesis HealthCare (NYSE: GEN) and Signature HealthCARE have spread to a second public landlord, though in this case, Sabra Health Care REIT (Nasdaq: SBRA) stopped short of taking definitive action just yet. Sabra late last week disclosed that the real estate investment trust (REIT) and its auditors […]

North Shore Looks to Bolster Nursing Home Quality, Fix a ‘Missed Opportunity’ with Sweeping Physician Partnership

Skilled nursing operator North Shore Healthcare recently announced an expansion of its work with a Dallas-based physician-led organization to its entire portfolio, with the goal of enhancing and standardizing the clinical care in North Shore’s 71 SNFs and assisted living facilities. It’s work that North Shore CEO David Mills is particularly important because of the […]

After Cutting Readmissions Up to 50%, Northwell Looks to Expand Nursing Home Telehealth Network

After scoring significant successes in reducing hospital readmissions among its own nursing homes with telehealth, a major hospital network is looking to market its virtual interventions to a wider swath of post-acute and long-term care facilities. Northwell Health, the largest health care provider in New York State, saw rehospitalizations decline by up to half at […]

LTC Pharmacies Crucial for Nursing Home Vaccine Distribution, But Financial and Logistical Hurdles Loom

The hopes of pretty much everyone in the country now rest on the distribution of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, and for nursing home residents and their families, the stakes are even higher: With significantly elevated risk of fatalities from the novel coronavirus among the frail and elderly, the race for a vaccine is […]

Almost a Year After PDPM’s Implementation, Providers Still Miss Key Payment Drivers

In the months leading up to the implementation of the Patient-Driven Payment Model, the overhaul of Medicare reimbursement for skilled nursing facilities that was implemented last year, several factors emerged as crucial areas for thriving under the new system. The Medicare rate of each facility is determined by a formula that draws from five care […]

Increased Nursing Home Data Reporting Could Bring ‘Perfect Storm’ of Federal Lawsuits

Under regulations instituted as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency, skilled nursing facilities are reporting a wealth of information to the federal government — on top of all the information they were required to submit pre-pandemic. And that information could end up being the guiding light for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) […]

‘Quality of Life is Medically Necessary’: What Nursing Home Residents’ Families Want in a Post-COVID World

For Melody Taylor Stark, navigating life after her husband Bill required long-term nursing care hasn’t always been easy, but with the help of some caring staffers and a little bit of creativity, the couple was able to settle into something like normalcy. Friday nights out at a restaurant became takeout shared over a table that […]

CMS Updates Nursing Home Visitation Guidance with Eye Toward Indoor Reunions

The federal government on Thursday issued a new set of nursing home visitation guidelines, laying out a roadmap for resuming indoor visits based on community COVID-19 spread and emphasizing the importance of meeting residents’ psychosocial needs. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled the new recommendations in a memo to directors of State […]

Federal Nursing Home Commission Calls on CMS to Adopt 27 Recommendations, ‘Reduce Suffering’

A special federal commission on nursing homes and COVID-19 on Wednesday released its formal report, focusing foremost on testing, personal protective equipment, and visitation as the nation’s long-term care facilities continue to grapple with the novel coronavirus. The Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes laid out 27 primary recommendations for the Centers […]

Former Rosewood Owner Indicted on 10 Fraud Counts in Nursing Home ‘Ponzi Scheme’

The federal government this week announced a multiple-count indictment against a former Chicago-area nursing home owner, alleging that he and a top executive ran a “Ponzi scheme” that defrauded investors out of $22.8 million. Zvi Feiner, formerly the owner and CEO of the Skokie, Ill.-based FNR Healthcare LLC, stands accused of misleading investors about the […]

CMS Formally Scraps MFAR, Averting Potential $50B in Medicaid Cuts

The head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Monday that the agency is withdrawing a controversial rule intended to overhaul Medicaid supplemental payments — a rule that could have put as much as $50 billion in jeopardy. “We’ve listened closely to concerns that have been raised by our state and provider […]

Fresh Off Private Equity Pickup, Wound Care Provider AMT Seeks Skilled Nursing Expansion

A leading wound care provider sees expansion opportunity in both skilled nursing and the home despite the ongoing strains of COVID-19, with a recent private equity investment to back it up. American Medical Technologies in late August announced its acquisition by private equity firm One Equity Partners and investment management company The Silverfern Group, capping […]

Markups, Supply Concerns Loom Over Federal Nursing Home Testing Push: ‘We Don’t Have Anything Like a Free Market’

The federal government on Tuesday announced a plan to send a new set of point-of-care COVID-19 testing devices, from the medical device manufacturer Abbott, to nursing homes starting next week. And while the new round of devices is welcome for skilled nursing providers, many of the questions around paying for supplies and using the devices […]

HHS Will Send 750K Abbott Point-of-Care Tests to Nursing Homes Next Week

The federal government will release approximately 750,000 point-of-care COVID-19 tests from manufacturer Abbott to nursing homes next week in a separate, parallel initiative that builds on a previously announced push to bring coronavirus tests directly to facilities’ doors. Initially positioned as a way to ramp up testing in schools, a Department of Health and Human […]

Shut Out of Nursing Facilities, a Post-Acute Mental Health Practice Pivots to Virtual on the Fly

When skilled nursing facilities went into lockdown in March to try to keep COVID-19 out of their buildings, group activities and all nonessential visitors and personnel were banned. How nursing homes interpreted the definition of “essential” personnel could vary, but Executive Mental Health, a psychology practice based in Los Angeles that provides services to acute […]

Signature CEO Steier: ‘Devastating Blow’ of Social Isolation Tops List of Nursing Home COVID Strains

The emotional, operational, and financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on nursing homes have come from seemingly all angles, but the leader of one of the nation’s largest providers this week identified social isolation as the biggest pain point — backed by a deeply personal connection. Signature HealthCARE CEO Joseph Steier lost his brother, a […]

Grabowski: As Case Counts Rise and PPE Issues Persist, Nursing Homes Face Grim ‘Groundhog Day’

As COVID-19 continues to bring sickness and death to American nursing homes, Harvard University professor David Grabowski has become one of the most-quoted experts on the steps that operators and the government should take to stem the tide. But as the summer turns to fall during a pandemic that started in late winter, the long-term […]

Skilled Nursing Distress Looms as CARES Funding Ebbs: ‘Bills Are Starting to Come Due’

Billions of federal stimulus dollars have kept the skilled nursing sector afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, but as the most recent distributions hit operators’ bank accounts, storm clouds are still gathering in the distance. While nursing home operators may have been spared the immediate financial woes that hit businesses in a variety of other sectors, […]

HHS Expands Coverage of Point-of-Care Tests for Nursing Home COVID-19 Screening, Superseding State Bans

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Monday that it is extending coverage for prescribing or administering point-of-care COVID-19 tests to screen for the illness in congregate settings such as skilled nursing facilities. The move overrules state directives that restrict or ban outright the use of such tests. The extension of coverage under […]