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 […]

Signature, Kindred CEOs Help Create Louisville Health Care Group

On the heels of opening the industry’s first-ever technology innovation hub in Louisville, Kentucky, some of the health care leaders involved with the project are banding together with CEOs from other Louisville-based health care companies—including Signature HealthCARE, Humana and Hosporus. The group’s mission: to transform the city’s health care economy by establishing the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council, […]

Remote Monitoring Could Reduce SNF Admission, Other Long-Term Health Costs

Passive remote patient monitoring (PRPM) has already been proven feasible and easy to use in the senior care industry through multiple studies. And now, evidence from a pilot study conducted in Massachusetts is quantifying the technology’s ability to cut skilled nursing admissions and costs. The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found that […]

Skilled Nursing Facilities Cut Hospitalizations in CMS Initiative

A multi-year initiative from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to lower hospitalizations in long-term care has its first set of finalized results, with data showing that the plan is working so far. CMS on Friday announced that all seven participating sites saw declines in hospitalizations. Six of the seven had statistically significant drops in […]

MIT Explores How Long-Term Care Could Transform as U.S. Ages

Age-related demographic shifts could one day drive a radical transformation of how some senior living and long-term care facilities are designed and operated, according to a recent report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Real Estate. The latest census data shows the number of Americans aged 65 or older is projected to total 83.7 million by 2050, according […]

Sabra CEO: Days are Numbered for Custodial Care in SNFs

If skilled nursing operators are planning to provide custodial long-term care for years to come, they might want to think again. “Custodial care has no place in skilled nursing, in my opinion,” Rick Matros, CEO of Sabra Health Care REIT (Nasdaq: SBRA), said Wednesday at the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) […]

Skilled Nursing Costs Rise Amid Labor Woes

The cost of nursing home stays has ticked up a notch thanks in part to ongoing labor issues, according to the latest Cost of Care Survey from insurer Genworth Financial (NYSE: GNW). National median rates for semi-private room nursing home care increased 4.44% and hit $7,148 per month; private-room nursing home care, meanwhile, reached $8,121 per month, a 5.50% […]

San Francisco SNF Fight Ends, Subacute Shortage Persists

As hospitals around the country decide to move away from skilled nursing and subacute services, a hotly contested proposed closure in San Francisco has highlighted a growing national issue. Sutter Health California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) had plans to close its St. Luke’s campus, including its skilled nursing and subacute care operations. Following intense pressure from patient advocates […]

Antibiotics Can Increase ‘Superbug’ Infection Risk in SNFs

Skilled nursing facilities provide a welcome home for a complex, interactive network of infectious “superbugs,” with antibiotics only fueling the fire, according to a new study from the University of Michigan. Of 234 nursing home residents who participated in the study, 40% had more than one multi-drug-resisant organisms (MDROs) on their bodies, the result of […]

Omega Acquires 15 Skilled Nursing Facilities for $200 Million

Omega Healthcare Investors, Inc. (NYSE: OHI) on Tuesday announced the purchase of 15 skilled nursing facilities in Indiana, adding 2,074 SNF beds to the real estate investment trust’s (REIT) portfolio. The Hunt Valley, Md.-based Omega paid $190 million for the facilities from a pair of unrelated sellers, then leased the properties to a single existing […]

Preferred SNF Networks Reduce Readmissions, But Do They Prevent Choice?

Hospitals that develop preferred provider networks of skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are seeing lower readmission rates over time than those that don’t. However, establishing these networks does not come without roadblocks. In a recent study published by Health Affairs, a peer-reviewed health care journal, four hospitals with preferred SNF networks were monitored from 2009 to […]

CMS Suspends Skilled Nursing Reporting Rules in Harvey’s Wake

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Thursday announced an emergency suspension of Medicare quality reporting requirements for skilled nursing and other health care facilities affected by Hurricane Harvey. Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) located in 32 Texas counties and five Louisiana parishes will be automatically granted exceptions for submitting Quality Reporting Program data […]

VA Proposes Incentives for Nursing Home Construction

The Department of Veterans Affairs took a step toward improving access to skilled nursing care in rural areas, announcing the development of new rules that would encourage the construction of State Veterans Homes in underserved regions. Under updated grant regulations, the VA would incorporate demand for long-term care in rural areas as part of its […]

How Community Workers Can Coordinate SNF Care, Improve Outcomes

When a patient moves through the health care continuum, they can sometimes fall into certain gaps and miss out on services that would otherwise be beneficial. While the system continues to strive for better care coordination centered on the patient, there is one emerging role that can ease transitions and better serve patients — the […]