CMS’s Regulatory Delay: What’s In, What’s Out, and Why Nursing Homes Could ‘Substantially’ Reduce Costs

Skilled nursing facilities could see relief from regulatory burdens if a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) takes effect, and according to the agency, it could lead to millions in savings. Specifically, the rule would overhaul multiple requirements and delay the implementation of regulations related to the Quality Assurance and […]

CMS Finalizes Reversal of Arbitration Ban in Nursing Homes, Proposes Partial Phase 3 RoP Delay

The federal government on Tuesday finalized a rule that allows skilled nursing operators to use arbitration agreements with their residents, while also proposing a new rule to reduce paperwork burdens that would delay certain aspects of the Requirements of Participation. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) struck something of a compromise with the […]

Parkinson: Releasing ‘Secret’ List Positive for Industry, But Nursing Homes Must Evolve — or Become a Commodity

The release of a so-called “secret” list of nursing homes considered for inclusion in a program for the nation’s worst properties sent shockwaves through the industry early last month — but the man in charge of the for-profit space’s primary trade group says the sunshine is ultimately a good thing for operators. As the skilled […]

When Nursing Homes Hit Financial Trouble, Vendors Feel the Pinch — and Fight Back

When a skilled nursing provider enters receivership or bankruptcy, the safety and wellbeing of the residents is the top priority for all parties involved. The financial struggles raise questions about the continued provision of necessary care, and the safe transfer of operations becomes paramount. But in many recent SNF bankruptcies, or cases where a SNF […]

Proposed Mandatory Payment Model for Dialysis Could Have Skilled Nursing Promise

The federal government on Wednesday unveiled a new proposed payment model for certain kidney-related conditions, and several providers in the space say it could have serious potential for skilled nursing operators. Under the proposed End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Treatment Choices (ETC) model, Medicare would expand coverage of care for kidney diseases and offer financial incentives […]

How a Family-Owned SNF Operator Plotted a Post-Acute Network — from Senior Living to Hospice

As the skilled nursing industry continues to move toward higher-acuity residents, many senior living operators have abandoned the space entirely, preferring to leave the increasingly medical business to standalone buildings and rehab partners. But one family-owned operator in Northeast Ohio — which started out in the SNF world five decades ago — believes the future […]

As PDPM Looms, Providers Must Balance Desire to Boost Payments with Audit Dangers

Under the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), reimbursement for Medicare Part A patients in skilled nursing facilities will be driven by patient condition, rather than by therapy minutes provided to that patient. It’s a change that the industry has hailed as an opportunity to receive financial credit for the care that they’re already providing, but they […]

Despite Scrutiny, HUD Lending ‘Essential for Nursing Homes to Function’

The federal government’s lending program for nursing homes has come under national scrutiny in the wake of a record-setting default, but financial leaders in the space say the initiative is vital to the overall health of the industry. The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Section 232 program gives skilled nursing operators and investors […]

New Private Equity Firm Eyes ‘Good Buying Opportunity’ as Skilled Nursing Prices Cool

Private equity interest and investment in the skilled nursing space is growing as the sector goes through rounds of tumult and transformation. The trend was apparent in 2018, even though most of the private equity interest focused on senior housing. As real estate investment trusts (REITs) sold off their underperforming SNF assets, private equity buyers […]

New York Medicaid Change Could Cut Nursing Home Payments by Millions

The state of New York is proposing a change in the way it calculates the case mix that sets Medicaid reimbursements for skilled nursing facilities — with the goal of realizing $246 million in net savings. If it is finalized, that could mean a significant cut in Medicaid reimbursements for nursing home providers in the […]

Confessions of a Skilled Nursing Operator: ‘ACOs Have Been a Disaster for SNFs’

With the U.S. health care system lumbering toward value-based care and grappling with how to match payments with outcomes, accountable care organizations (ACOs) have come under the spotlight. But despite conflicting reports about their capacity to produce savings and improve care, one operator tells Skilled Nursing News that there is no doubt about one thing: […]

Welltower CEO: Calling ProMedica Joint Venture a SNF Deal is ‘Pedestrian View’

Welltower (NYSE: WELL) CEO Tom DeRosa touted a big-picture view of his company’s skilled nursing investments this week, describing post-acute services as part of a larger health care ecosystem — one that is vertically integrated and thinks holistically about care. And because of that, he’s adamant that there’s more to the real estate investment trust’s […]

Adult Day Centers Provide Middle Path in Shift to Home — and More Competition for Skilled Nursing

Amid the macro-level shift of care from institutions to the home, adult day providers are positioning themselves as an in-between option for caregivers and their families — as well as direct competitors to skilled nursing facilities. In the last six years alone, the number of adult day providers in the United States has doubled, according […]

Hospital Exec: ‘Almost Nothing’ Won’t Move to the Home Amid Shift to Lower-Cost Care Settings

The siphoning of residents from skilled nursing facilities into the home health space remains a troubling trend for institutional operators, and an executive at one of the nation’s largest health systems sees nothing but acceleration ahead. “There’s almost nothing that won’t eventually move to the home,” Scott Powder, chief strategy officer of Advocate Aurora Health, […]

Altenheim CEO: More Skilled Nursing Closures Coming Unless Providers ‘Change Their Mindset’

The future of non-profits in the skilled nursing space — and the future of non-profit continuing care retirement communities — has been increasingly uncertain, if not outright bleak. Not-for-profit skilled nursing facilities were among the most notable casualties of low Medicaid rates in the state of Texas, while in New York, officials went so far […]