New Medicaid Feature Aims to Reduce Nursing Home Enrollments in Pa.

Pennsylvania has unveiled a new Medicaid feature designed to reduce the number of nursing home enrollees in years to come. Under the Community HealthChoices initiative, insurers will be paid to manage Medicaid’s long-term care services with a financial incentive meant to prioritize in-home care for enrollees. The state is rolling out the program in 14 southwestern counties […]

In the Pipeline: Two New SNFs Part of $201M Development in St. Louis

Construction: Planned St. Louis Senior Housing Expansions to Include More Skilled Nursing Friendship Village’s plans to spend $201 million on expansions at two St. Louis senior living communities could bring more skilled nursing care to the area. As outlined, the expansion would include a 90-bed skilled nursing facility (SNF) with a rehab clinic and gym in […]

4 Million People to Need SNF-Level Alzheimer’s Care

The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s dementia or mild cognitive impairment will more than double in the coming years, according to a study from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Fielding School of Public Health. The latest figures highlight the need for intensive, nursing home-level care. In more granular terms, approximately 15 million […]

Saber Healthcare Makes Major Telehealth Push at 88 Facilities

Saber Healthcare Group has implemented its first telemedicine program, in partnership with TeleCare Partners Group (TPG). The program will be rolled out to Saber’s 88 skilled nursing facilities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Indiana, North Carolina and Virginia. The program launch started in the first week of October, with a total of 28 facilities folded into the program so […]

More Doctors Specialize in Nursing Home Care, Study Shows

Increasing numbers of doctors and advanced practitioners in the U.S. are focusing on nursing home care, which could indicate a trend toward the specialty as the U.S. population ages. Of all the doctors and advance practitioners who do any work in nursing homes, 21% specialize in nursing home care, a new study published Tuesday in […]

SNF Residency Gives Nurses ‘Ownership’ in Long-Term Care

Nurse residencies have long been associated with hospitals and the resources they provide, but long-term care facilities are starting to see their potential as they focus on hiring and retaining the best nurses. When the University of Wisconsin realized new nurses were also starting to expect, or at least ask about, residency programs in long-term […]

Move Over, Florida: Pittsburgh Tops List of Best Places to Retire

Soon-to-be retirees setting their sights on the sunny beaches of Florida as their retirement destination might have to change their plans and move north to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as the city tops Bankrate’s “Best Places to Retire in America” list. To compile the list, the New York City-based consumer financial services company scored the 50 largest […]

Why Value-Based Care Could Improve SNF Care, Lower Costs

Value-based programs can lead to lower costs of care and better quality of care for seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, according to an internal study from Louisville, Kentucky-based health insurance provider Humana. The study found total health care costs for practices in Humana’s value-based arrangements were 15% lower than original fee-for-service Medicare. Compared with standard […]

Nursing Home Residents Lack Palliative Care Access, Study Finds

Only a very small percentage of nursing home residents who would benefit from palliative care typically receive it, according to a new study released Monday by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The researchers, which included representatives from the University of California, San Francisco and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, analyzed […]

Skilled Nursing Must-Reads: Industry Pressures, 33-SNF Bankruptcy

Welcome to Skilled Nursing News’s regular look at the biggest headlines from the week that was, your all-in-one place for the top stories you need to jumpstart your day and discover the things you may have missed. SNN brought you a peek into PointClickCare’s annual customer summit in Orlando, where executives declared that skilled nursing […]

Mainstreet Health Investments Makes $425M Acquisition, Announces Name Change

Mainstreet Health Investments (TSX: HLP.U) on Friday announced a $425 million acquisition of Care Investment Trust, LLC, giving the Toronto-based real estate investment firm 42 new senior housing and skilled nursing properties. Care Investment Trust had previously been a subsidiary of Tiptree, Inc. (Nasdaq: TIPT), which will become Mainstreet’s largest shareholder upon completion of the […]

In the Pipeline: South Dakota Gets First New SNF Since 1988

Construction: In progress Illinois Community to Offer Short-Term Rehab A forthcoming senior living and nursing facility in Huntley, Illinois, will offer short-term rehab when it opens in December. The 110-bed Alden Estates of Huntley is part of a $51 million project from Alden Realty Services, the Northwest Herald reported. The project will also have independent living, assisted living […]

Kindred Posts Solid Revenues Amid Ongoing SNF Sell-Off

Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: KND) turned in a better-than-expected third quarter, beating analysts’ estimates for revenue and announcing ongoing partnerships with its soon-to-be-sold portfolio of skilled nursing assets. The Louisville, Ky.-based operator has sold 68 of the 89 SNFs involved in its exit from the space, in a deal initially announced back in June, with […]

GOP Tax Plan Could Take Toll on SNF Residents, Operators

As Congressional Republicans attempt to pass their new tax plan before the holiday recess in December, one major group in the long-term care industry says the legislation would harm residents and providers. LeadingAge — a trade group that represents non-profit nursing homes and other elder-care providers — spoke out against H.R. 1, claiming that House […]

Skilled Nursing Provider Creates a Buzz with Cannabis Program

The Hebrew Home at Riverdale has a reputation for being a progressive skilled nursing facility, thanks to its stance and policies regarding sexual expression. Now, it’s taking a lead role on another controversial topic: medical marijuana. A non-profit organization, the Hebrew Home is part of the RiverSpring Health campus, which includes a variety of senior […]

LCS Promotes Joel Nelson to President, CEO

Life Care Services (LCS), one of the largest nursing and senior housing companies in the U.S., has promoted Joel Nelson to CEO and president. The leadership change is effective Jan. 1, 2018, the company announced Thursday. Longtime CEO Ed Kenny, pictured above, will remain chairman of the board of Life Care Companies and LCS Holdings. Based in Des Moines, […]

Advance Care Planning Study Seeks to Help SNFs Help Themselves

Academic studies abound in nursing homes, but once the grant money runs out and the researchers pack up their notebooks, the positive effects on localized care can disappear as well. That’s why a team from Indiana University—Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) elected to develop a study on the effects of advance care planning that seeks to […]

Despite Not Covering Personal Care, Medicare May Be Paying for it Anyway

Medicare spends roughly three times more on beneficiaries who need help with two or more activities of daily living (ADLs) due to physical or cognitive impairments than those that don’t, according to a new study from the Long-Term Quality Alliance (LTQA). The group, which represents more than two dozen industry and consumer organizations with the goal of improving outcomes, examined […]