Judge Approves $1M Penalty in Record-Setting HUD Skilled Nursing Default

An administrative law judge approved a nearly $1 million penalty against the owner of an Illinois nursing home chain responsible for the worst default in the history of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s loan program for health care facilities, the New York Times reported on Friday. Under the terms of the deal, Zvi […]

Invesque Sees Skilled Nursing Tailwinds in Wake of $25M Magnetar Joint Venture

With the new Medicare overhaul set to take effect on October 1 and the recent finalization of a Medicare rate boost for fiscal 2020, leaders at Invesque Inc. (TSX: IVQ.U) were upbeat about the future of its skilled nursing facilities in its second-quarter earnings call Thursday. In its earnings release, Invesque highlighted the formation of […]

Summit Healthcare REIT Promotes Pair of Execs, Bringing New CEO and COO

Summit Healthcare REIT on Thursday announced the promotion of two top executives to new posts. President Kent Eikanas will now serve as CEO of the Lake Forest, Calif.-based real estate investment trust (REIT), which has holdings in both skilled nursing facilities and senior housing. Eikanas had held the title of president since September 2012, and […]

Treating Depression Could Emerge as a PDPM ‘Linchpin’ — Both for Payments and Better Outcomes

Accurately diagnosing and treating depression could bring significant rewards for operators under the new Medicare payment model for nursing homes — both financially and clinically. Training frontline caregivers to notice the signs of depression among residents of skilled nursing facilities will be vital to success under the coming Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), according to Zimmet […]

How Three Skilled Nursing Facilities Cut Hospital Admissions by a Third

A new model for reducing unnecessary transfers from skilled nursing facilities to hospital emergency departments (ED) drastically cut hospitalizations and ED use — albeit with a very small sample size. Three SNFs made use of the Reducing Avoidable Facility Transfers (RAFT) model from January 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017, as detailed in a study […]

LTC Properties Inks $38M Deal for Two Ignite Transitional Skilled Nursing Facilities

LTC Properties (NYSE: LTC) on Friday announced a $38 million pair of transactions that will see the real estate investment trust (REIT) strike up a new relationship with transitional-care operator Ignite Medical Resorts. The two separate agreements consist of a $19.5 million deal to purchase a recently constructed 90-bed skilled nursing facility in the Kansas […]

Genesis Targets Increased Real Estate Ownership as CEO Touts Strength of its ACO

Genesis HealthCare (NYSE: GEN) reported improvement in its 2019 second-quarter financial results, and CEO George Hager is optimistic about the second half of the year — in part because of the skilled nursing operator’s participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) as an accountable care organization (ACO). The skilled nursing giant, which operates about […]

Sabra Eyes Repurposing Skilled Nursing Facilities as Part of Addiction, Behavioral Expansion

Sabra Health Care REIT (Nasdaq: SBRA) on Thursday announced its impending entrance into the growing addiction treatment and behavioral health marketplace, with a specific eye toward potentially repurposing skilled nursing facilities for the task. “There aren’t very many other uses for skilled nursing facilities,” Sabra CEO Rick Matros said on his company’s second-quarter 2019 earnings […]

LTC’s Simpson: Senior Care Centers Bankruptcy Has Dragged, but REITs Aren’t to Blame for Distress

When the Dallas-based skilled nursing operator Senior Care Centers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last December, management placed the blame firmly on its leases with its real estate investment trust (REIT) and other landlords, specifically calling them “expensive.” But Wendy Simpson, president and CEO of SCC landlord LTC Properties, Inc. (NYSE: LTC), says the […]

CareTrust: Lack of Regional Knowledge Undid Trillium’s Skilled Nursing Operation in Ohio

CareTrust REIT (Nasdaq: CTRE) emphasized the importance of local knowledge for skilled nursing operators in its second-quarter earnings call held on Wednesday, both in the case of a planned operator switch in Ohio and in the skilled nursing market more broadly. Specifically, the San Clemente, Calif.-based real estate investment trust (REIT) is looking to sell […]

Omega Offers Details on $735M Skilled Nursing Pickup, Ongoing Daybreak Woes

Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE: OHI) made a major splash this week with the announcement of a planned $735 million skilled nursing acquisition, though executives also reported that a troubled tenant in Texas hasn’t generated any revenue for the real estate investment trust (REIT) yet this quarter. Daybreak Venture met its rent obligations under a deferral […]

CareTrust Terminates Lease with Trillium Healthcare Group, Cutting Total from 18 to 11

CareTrust REIT (Nasdaq: CTRE) on Tuesday announced plans to terminate its existing master lease with skilled nursing operator Trillium Healthcare Group in a move that will see the real estate investment trust (REIT) reduce its exposure to the provider from 18 to 11 properties. The Bradenton, Fla.-based Trillium currently operates 10 CareTrust-owned buildings in Iowa, […]

Omega to Buy 58 Skilled Nursing Facilities in $735 Million Deal

Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE: OHI) on Tuesday announced plans to pick up 58 skilled nursing facilities in a 60-building deal valued at $735 million. The Hunt Valley, Md.-based real estate investment trust (REIT) agreed to the deal on July 26, Omega reported this week, though it remains subject to approval by the Department of Housing […]

Diversicare Reaches Tentative $9.5M Agreement to Settle DOJ Investigation

Diversicare Healthcare Services (Nasdaq: DVCR) on Monday announced that it has reached a tentative agreement to settle an investigation into its therapy practices and other issues that had long served as a drag on its operations. “For six years, we’ve had this open investigation, but we’re now closer to having certainty on the matter,” CEO […]