Senior Care Centers Drags Down Sabra’s Q1, But Optimism Remains — With Addiction as Next Frontier

A sizable real estate impairment charge related to the bankrupt Senior Care Centers contributed to a $77.7 million first-quarter loss for Sabra Health Care REIT (Nasdaq: SBRA), but executives remain upbeat that the changes coming to skilled nursing this fall will boost fortunes industry-wide. The real estate investment trust (REIT) took a $103 million impairment […]

Senior Housing Properties Trust to Sell Off All Standalone Skilled Nursing Facilities

A month after announcing a $900 million disposition plan with a specific focus on standalone skilled nursing assets, the president of Senior Housing Properties Trust (Nasdaq: SNH) confirmed that the company intends to sell all remaining single-site SNFs in its portfolio. “We’re marketing and selling all of our standalone skilled nursing, and are very far […]

Omega: Increase in Medicaid Days Shows Demographic Wave’s Early Effects

Executives at Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE: OHI) on Wednesday expressed optimism about the skilled nursing industry in the long term — and even believe that there’s some near-term upside amid payment increases from the federal government and new models of reimbursement on the horizon. In addition, leaders at the real estate investment trust (REIT) even […]

ProMedica CEO, ManorCare President Reveal Details of $70M Capital Plan

Less than a year has passed since the ink dried on health system ProMedica’s acquisition of skilled nursing operator HCR ManorCare, but the deal has already brought $70 million into its capital-starved post-acute operations this year — with more cash influxes where that came from. That level of reinvestment, which ManorCare plans to repeat each […]

$15 Minimum Wage Creates Fault Lines Between SNFs, Employees in CT as Strike Threat Remains

A proposal to increase the minimum wage in Connecticut has employees hopeful for higher salaries — and operators worried about even tighter margins moving forward. Nursing care providers in the Constitution State, already facing the threat of a strike by about 2,500 employees at 20 facilities, have become increasingly concerned about the potential for a […]

Ensign Group to Spin Off Non-Skilled Nursing Assets into New Public Company

The Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG) on Monday announced a plan to spin off its non-skilled nursing assets into a separate publicly traded company. The Mission Viejo, Calif.-based operator will shift its home health, hospice, and senior living assets into a new firm known as The Pennant Group, Inc., with the deal tentatively set to close […]

Capital Funding Closes $18.5M Bridge Loan for Texas Portfolio; CCRC Plots New Skilled Nursing Development

Capital Funding Group announced its involvement in a $18.5 million bridge loan used to acquire a four-building skilled nursing portfolio in Texas. The deal, which closed in April, was intended as a step toward eventually refinancing the debt through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) 232(f) program. The portfolio, under the control of […]

OnPointe CEO: Skilled Nursing Providers That ‘Run to Risk’ Will Win

As both government and private payers increasingly move toward value-based reimbursements, skilled nursing providers in particular have struggled to keep up — and shift decades-old operational patterns to suit the new reality. For OnPointe CEO Eric Tanner, the only way forward is by running headlong into risk, primarily by showing payers and hospitals how his […]

Diversicare Looks to Texas Medicaid Boosts, Expense Cuts to Combat Losses

In an effort to turn around a string of shaky quarterly financial results and get back in the Nasdaq’s good graces, skilled nursing operator Diversicare (Nasdaq: DVCR) has its sights set on expense-structure changes and supplemental payment programs in Texas. The Brentwood, Tenn.-based operator recorded a net loss from continuing operations of $3.3 million, or […]

CareTrust Buys $10M SNF in Texas; Rehab Hospital Breaks Ground in Arizona

CareTrust REIT Inc. (Nasdaq: CTRE) acquired the 118-bed Lakewest Rehabilitation & Skilled Care skilled nursing facility in Dallas, for an initial investment of $10 million, inclusive of transaction costs. The San Clemente, Calif.-based real estate investment trust (REIT) leased the property to Texas SNF operator Next Gen P, LLC, with initial annual cash rent set […]

Ensign Stays Buying Course With Acquisitions in California and Arizona

The Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG) acquired four skilled nursing facilities in California and two post-acute retirement campuses that include skilled nursing units in Arizona, the provider announced Thursday. The move continues Ensign’s active push for expansion, which the company touched on in its fourth-quarter earnings call. Ensign has seen strong growth from its opportunistic acquisitions, […]

Bridgemoor Opens $20M Rehab Facility; Centre Care Breaks Ground on $45.3M SNF

Bridgemoor Transitional Care opened to the public a newly built short-term rehabilitation facility in Webster, Texas, with a final price tag of $20 million. Specifically targeting post-acute residents, the new Webster facility features 70 private suites equipped with bathrooms, an in-house pharmacy, and dialysis coordination, along with high-end food options and a salon. “Our Webster […]

Skyline Facilities in Massachusetts Placed in Receivership as Unpaid Bills Mount

Officials in Massachusetts successfully petitioned to have five skilled nursing facilities operated by the troubled Skyline Healthcare placed in temporary receivership. The receivership petition and order appointing the receiver, which the Massachusetts Office of Attorney General provided to Skilled Nursing News, was approved Monday by a Suffolk County Superior Court judge. KCP Advisory Group LLC […]

ManorCare Sees Occupancy Boost as Welltower Plots 45-Building Capital Improvement Plan

Executives from Welltower Inc. (NYSE: WELL) have been largely mum about the company’s ongoing integration of HCR ManorCare’s skilled nursing facilities into its overall portfolio, but when pressed Tuesday, leaders hinted that the metrics are moving in the right direction. Occupancy at ManorCare SNFs has increased by more than 100 basis points, Welltower chief investment […]

Blue Wolf, Peloton Bet on Inpatient Rehab with New Private Equity Venture

A pair of private equity firms on Monday announced a new partnership aimed at developing and buying inpatient rehabilitation facilities, with an eye toward underserved communities — and eventually filling gaps in the care continuum beyond the IRF. Blue Wolf Capital Partners and Peloton Equity, LLC have teamed up to form ClearSky Health, with veteran […]

$17.3M Refi for New Jersey SNF; $180M Redevelopment Includes 102 Skilled Units

Lancaster Pollard provided a $17.3 million loan insured by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to refinance Willow Springs, a skilled nursing facility in Brick, N.J. Tryko Partners was the borrower, having purchased the community from NuVision Management in 2013, REBusinessOnline reported. The facility had 148 skilled nursing beds and an assisted living (AL) […]

SNFs Only Admit About a Third of Referrals as Denials Loom Large

Patients referred to skilled nursing facilities only become residents about 37% of the time, a new set of survey results reveals — with nearly a quarter of those lost referrals going to a direct competitor. Of the potential residents referred to any given SNF, 44% are lost, according to data released last week by Enquire, […]

Ventas Inks Five-Year Extension on Genesis Lease

Ventas Inc. (NYSE: VTR) on Friday announced an extension of its lease arrangement with Genesis HealthCare (NYSE: GEN) — a move that intrigued analysts given other landlords’ moves away from the operator. The real estate investment trust (REIT) granted Genesis five more years under its existing rent and escalator terms, with a few landlord-friendly twists: […]