New Medicare Advantage Telehealth Rules Signal Growing Skilled Nursing Opportunity

New guidelines that could open up telehealth coverage under Medicare Advantage represent a serious opportunity for the industry, according to multiple technology providers — especially as the moves signal growing support for remote care from key federal officials. Under a proposed rule released late last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would […]

IntelyCare Raises $10.8M to Expand Skilled Nursing Staffing Platform

A staffing software provider aimed at long-term care operators on Thursday announced an injection of $10.8 million in additional funding as it attempts to expand beyond its current four-state footprint. The Quincy, Mass.-based IntelyCare raised the funds in a Series A round led by Leerink Revelation Partners, along with Longmeadow Capital, LRV Health, and former […]

Signature CEO Steier on the Skilled Nursing Chain’s Rebuild, PDPM, and Industry’s Integrated Future

Skilled nursing provider Signature HealthCARE faced a a series of financial headwinds over the past two years. The provider’s problems ranged from issues paying the rent to major landlords Sabra Health Care REIT (Nasdaq: SBRA) and Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. (NYSE: OHI) to a government investigation related to the False Claims Act (FCA). The Louisville, Ky.-based operator, […]

Providers Struggle to Add New Tech as Payment Models Can’t Keep Up

Go to any skilled nursing or senior living conference, and you’ll be greeted with a wide array of exciting new technologies with the potential for making residents’ and workers’ lives better. On the flashier end, there’s full-size exoskeletons that can help seniors walk again, or virtual-reality games that help users re-learn how to swallow and […]

Voice Tech Has ‘A Long Way to Go’ to Meet the Hype in Skilled Nursing

Voice technology has promise in senior care, but skilled nursing providers and residents need to keep their expectations tempered, one expert says. When it comes to Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant, Elizabeth Mynatt, the executive director of Georgia Tech’s Institute for People and Technology, has a note of caution. “I think the Alexa is unproven,” Mynatt […]

Skilled Nursing Facilities Have Strong Showing in Great Place to Work Data

When Fortune magazine publishes its first “Best Workplaces in Aging Services” list on Sept. 27, it might include some skilled nursing facilities. That wasn’t what Jacquelyn Kung, CEO of Activated Insights, expected when her firm began leading the effort to compile the “Best Workplaces in Aging Services.” Activated Insights is based on the San Francisco corporate […]

Ripples of CVS, Amazon Deals Could Eventually Reach Skilled Nursing

The recent megadeals involving popular consumer brands and health care giants haven’t touched skilled nursing yet, but the moves are sending ripple effects through the industry as a whole — and SNF providers would be wise to listen up. When CVS acquired insurance giant Aetna and Amazon teamed up to form a health care company with […]

Having an In-House Insurance Plan Could Signal PDPM Success

Some skilled nursing providers have turned to in-house insurance plans to take more control of the care process, and the move could pay off if the government’s new proposed reimbursement model is finalized. The Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed in April, would overhaul skilled nursing reimbursements […]

NYC Skilled Nursing Provider Sees Savings with In-House Emergency Staff

As skilled nursing facilities face pressures to improve care in an increasingly value-focused world, one provider has been able to lower its rehospitalization rate into the single digits by adding in-house emergency care. Call9, which is based in Brooklyn, N.Y., and embeds paramedics on-site at skilled nursing facilities, partnered with the Archdiocese of New York’s long-term care […]

Skilled Nursing Operators Demand Rehab Renovations as PDPM Looms

With the advent of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) new Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), rehabilitation and therapy in the skilled nursing space has come under intense scrutiny. When CMS introduced PDPM in late April, it touted incentives to treat the needs of the whole patient. One side effect of that focus, however, is […]

Skilled Nursing Providers Need Steady Vision to Survive Value-Based Struggles

While skilled nursing operators have increasingly faced stresses related to the ongoing shift to value-based care — primarily the threat of decreased reimbursements — at least one observer says the industry hasn’t seen anything yet. “You’re just entering the value-based dynamic right now,” Mountasser Kadrie, a health care management consultant, said during a presentation at […]

Ohio Operator Uses Clean Energy Financing For SNF Upgrades

In an era of tight financial constraints for skilled nursing facilities, one owner-operator turned to a unique funding source to offset construction costs — and set up savings for the future. Premier Health Care Management, which owns and operates nine skilled nursing facilities with 961 beds in southwestern Ohio, is using the state’s Commercial Property […]

As Managed Care Grows, Skilled Nursing Providers Have Leverage

Skilled nursing providers are adding value for managed care payors, and they need to be willing to tout it in contract negotiations, according to one executive. “[Managed care] is coming your way,” Anthony Laflen, director of data analytics at Consonus Healthcare, told a room full of nursing home operators at LeadingAge Illinois’ annual conference in Schaumburg, Ill. […]

Providers Must Lay Groundwork Now for Coming Payment ‘Game Changer’

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hasn’t yet announced complete details about upcoming changes to therapy reimbursements, but that doesn’t mean skilled nursing facilities should wait for word on the sidelines. “In general, we really need to consider redesign — care redesign — because what you’re doing today, and I say that obviously […]

Using Medicare to Pay Care Coordinators — And Reduce Readmissions

The role of the care coordinator has frequently been floated as a way skilled nursing providers can navigate the new value-based care landscape. By creating a position that’s solely focused on guiding residents through the transitions that occur on the long-term care continuum, the logic goes, providers can prevent costly hospital readmissions and improve the quality […]

Former Long-Term Care CEO to Lead CMS Innovation Center

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) has a new director. Adam Boehler, founder and former chief executive officer of home health provider Landmark Health, was named CMMI director — a position that also comes with the title of deputy administrator — by Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar. Azar has […]

When Considering a Specialty, Providers Need to Think Big and Small

As the incentive for operators to take on residents with more complex health issues grows, major skilled nursing players see a path forward in boosting their clinical capabilities. Custodial long-term care is on the way out, Sabra Health Care REIT (Nasdaq: SBRA) CEO Rick Matros said last year at a major industry conference. Meanwhile, skilled nursing provider […]

AI in Skilled Nursing Facilities Isn’t Just About Robots

Ask any forward-looking senior care expert about what the industry will look like in 30 years, and robots will likely emerge as an answer. Once artificial intelligence (AI) technology advances far enough, the logic goes, the skilled nursing industry could hypothetically solve its persistent staffing problems with cyborg assistants — a solution that’s already gained […]