Judge Confirms Senior Care Centers’ Plan of Post-Bankruptcy Reorganization

A bankruptcy court judge formally signed off on Senior Care Centers’ plan of reorganization, enabling the beleaguered skilled nursing operator to continue operations with a fraction of the facilities it held at the time it entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy in December of last year. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stacey G.C. Jernigan officially confirmed the plan on […]

Nursing Home Employment Numbers Slide Again in November

The nation’s nursing homes lost about 1,700 jobs in November, marking two consecutive months of slight slides since the introduction of the new Medicare payment model for skilled nursing services. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) counted a seasonally-adjusted total of 1,603,500 employees at nursing care facilities last month, a drop of 1,700 from […]

Medicaid’s Share of Nursing Home Revenue, Resident Days Hits Record High as Medicare Drops to Historic Low

Occupancy at the nation’s nursing homes stayed flat between the most recent two quarters, but the proportion of residents covered under Medicaid hit a record high — while the share of bread-and-butter Medicare residents fell to a record low. Medicaid accounted for exactly two-thirds, or 67.6%, of resident days at nursing facilities in the third […]

Portopiccolo Expands with $14.5M Bridge-to-HUD Loan; SLIB Turns Two in Tennessee ‘Win-Win’

The Portopiccolo Group recently expanded its skilled nursing ownership footprint with the assistance of Capital Funding Group, which bankrolled the acquisition of a Virginia facility and the refinance of a second property in Kentucky. The $14.5 million bridge-to-Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) loan allowed the Englewood Cliffs, N.J.-based Portopiccolo purchase Emporia Manor, a […]

Sabra CEO Matros Has ‘No Sympathy’ for Third-Party Therapy Companies Amid Switch to PDPM

The new Medicare payment model for nursing homes has brought significant upheaval around therapy provision — an outcome that one prominent CEO in the space says therapy companies should have seen coming sooner. Given all of the warning signs from Washington and Baltimore — dating back to when the federal government was planning on implementing […]

SNN Poll: 43% of Operators, Vendors Have Laid Off Therapy Staff Post-PDPM

News of therapy layoffs swept through the skilled nursing industry in the weeks after the implementation of the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), and a new poll from Skilled Nursing News finds that more than 40% of operators and therapy vendors have made some kind of staffing reductions post-October 1. A little more than 43% of […]

Weighing the Promise and Perils of Skilled Nursing Ventilator Care Under PDPM

Among the many unknowns of the new Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) is its effect on the types of patients coming into the skilled nursing facility. But one place to watch resident patterns is around the addition of ventilator services and care to facilities — especially if they haven’t offered those options before. Respiratory therapy — along with […]

How LTC Properties Worked Through Tenant Bankruptcies to See Skilled Nursing Opportunity Ahead

For the past few public earnings calls, analysts have peppered executives at LTC Properties (NYSE: LTC) with questions about the ongoing bankruptcies of skilled nursing tenants Senior Care Centers and Preferred Care, which have proven to be long-running issues for the real estate investment trust (REIT). But with a plan in place to sell off […]

Embracing End-of-Life Plans Can Lead to Better Skilled Nursing Care — While Reducing Unnecessary Costs

For nursing home owners and operators, having frank conversations about residents’ end-of-life intentions, and organizing the associated paperwork proactively, is a potential way to avoid unwanted hospitalizations and the sizable costs that come with it — especially if it’s not in line with the patient’s wishes. Nursing homes are faced with tough decisions when the […]

North Shore Completes 22-Building Atrium Deal; Dwight Closes $50.8M Financing in N.J.

North Shore Healthcare officially completed its acquisition of 21 skilled nursing and assisted living facilities formerly operated by Atrium Health & Senior Living. The Glendale, Wis.-based North Shore now has 71 SNFs and assisted living communities in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, and North Dakota, according to the operator’s December 1 announcement. Atrium had 33 SNFs and […]

Bottom Line: How One CFO’s Retail, Hospitality Background Led to Skilled Nursing Turnaround Success

Robert Specht had spent years at the financial helm of companies in a variety of spaces, but he was a post-acute and long-term care newcomer when he accepted a crash course in the business: a consulting position for a 33-building senior housing and care chain in receivership. Working with Health Dimensions Group, the provider and […]

After 50 Years, PruittHealth Looks to the Future with I-SNP — and Staff Development Strategies from Disney

PruittHealth spent 2019 celebrating its 50th anniversary in the post-acute and long-term care space, but second-generation CEO Neil Pruitt, Jr. says his company — along with the rest of the industry — must focus on novel and creative strategies for surviving into the future. Pruitt sees potential in a variety of forward-thinking initiatives, from the […]

Amid Dropping Utilization, Lowest-Performing Nursing Home Margins Fell to -10.2% in Mass.

Massachusetts has been at the forefront of nursing home stress over the last few years, and a new government report illustrated a host of negative statistics — from cratering utilization to median margins as low as -10% for the worst-performing properties. In terms of total resident days, nursing facility utilization in Massachusetts dropped 5.4% between […]

Credit, Lease Defaults Send 14-SNF Cornerstone Healthcare into Bankruptcy

An operator with several skilled nursing facilities in the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing issues with its secured debt and — in chorus with other bankrupt operators across the country — problems with its leases. Cornerstone Healthcare Services operates 14 SNFs in the states of Washington, […]

Nursing Home Dialysis Demand Drives Post-PDPM Push to Specialty Services

Dialysis services have recently been highlighted as a major growth area under the new Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) — both financially and clinically — especially as reimbursements are recalibrated for higher acuity patients. In July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rolled out the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Treatment Choices (ETC) model, […]