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 […]

Must-Reads: High Skilled Nursing Demand, Harvey’s Aftermath

The past week has brought countless stories of devastation and survival at nursing homes in Texas and Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, including dramatic footage of the Louisiana National Guard evacuating a nursing home in Orange, Texas and the widely-shared image of residents awaiting aid at a flooded assisted living facility in Dickinson, […]

Restaurant-Style Dining Among Hot Food Trends in Skilled Nursing

Skilled nursing facilities and their food service providers across the country are embracing a more hospitable approach to dining. Though it was once commonplace for meals to occur at set times and include pre-portioned, pre-packaged options, more and more SNF operators are letting residents weigh in on what — and when — they eat. The […]

Why One Senior Living Company Sees Skilled Nursing Potential

Amid the nagging uncertainty in the skilled nursing marketplace, some senior housing operators have moved away from SNFs entirely. Others, meanwhile, have said that if they could go back in time, they might reconsider their SNF strategy within continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs).  But one provider believes the future of CCRCs includes SNFs as a […]

Skilled Nursing Must-Reads: SNFs in a Decade, Post-Acute Confusion

The last five days were dominated by a pair of major real estate investment trust (REIT) dramas — Sabra Healthcare REIT, Inc.’s (NASDAQ: SBRA) successful shareholder vote to acquire Care Capital Properties (NYSE: CCP), and Quality Care Properties’ (NYSE: QCP) decision to seek receivership for the struggling HCR ManorCare’s facilities. But much more happened in […]

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 […]