Adult Day Centers Provide Middle Path in Shift to Home — and More Competition for Skilled Nursing

Amid the macro-level shift of care from institutions to the home, adult day providers are positioning themselves as an in-between option for caregivers and their families — as well as direct competitors to skilled nursing facilities. In the last six years alone, the number of adult day providers in the United States has doubled, according […]

New York Offers $27M for Program That Shifts Skilled Nursing Residents to the Home

Officials in New York State have offered a $27 million grant to a non-profit that can help transition nursing home residents into home- and community-based settings. The state’s Department of Health invited qualifying non-profits to submit their ideas for administering a Transition Center program, according to the official request for proposals (RFP). Crain’s New York […]

Even as Demand Rises, Nursing Homes Face Major Behavioral Health Hurdles

Adding behavioral health services has frequently been floated as a way that nursing homes can diversify their offerings and attract new residents — particularly as demand for the treatment of depression and other mental health issues continues to grow among older Americans. But a significant swath of operators report persistent challenges in caring for residents […]

Illinois Nursing Homes Receive $240M Funding Increase

Nursing home operators in one of the toughest states for Medicaid reimbursements will receive a $240 million reprieve in the next fiscal year. Illinois lawmakers approved the funding boost as part of the state’s most recent budget, which Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law Wednesday; Capitol News Illinois initially reported the nursing home windfall […]

Receiver to Close Another Former Skyline Skilled Nursing Facility

The receiver in charge of the Covington Care and Rehabilitation skilled nursing facility — formerly operated by the troubled Skyline Healthcare chain — in Sioux Falls, S.D., will pursue plans to close the property. “After careful assessment and evaluation, the receiver has made the very difficult decision to propose a plan to close Covington,” Black […]

Bill to Boost Medicaid Rates for Texas Nursing Homes Dies Before a Vote

The Texas Legislature failed to pass two bills that would have provided Medicaid reimbursement relief for skilled nursing providers before the end of its most recent session. That could spell trouble for providers in the Lone Star State, which already has a notably low Medicaid reimbursement rate, according to Kevin Warren, president and CEO of […]

Amid Medicaid Shortfalls, Nursing Home Demand Could Soon Exceed Supply

Skilled nursing utilization and occupancy have been on the decline in recent years, as both payers and consumers migrate to home health and other community care options for cost and preference reasons. But as low Medicaid reimbursements force operators to scale back their long-term services or shut their doors entirely, available beds for residents who […]

CMS Chief Verma ‘Spending a Lot of Time on Nursing Homes’

The administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) placed nursing homes among her top areas of focus for the months to come, though she provided scant few other details during a wide-ranging press conference this week. “I’m spending a lot of time on nursing homes,” Seema Verma said in a Wednesday afternoon […]

Nursing Home Strike Threat Drives Momentum for Medicaid Rate Boosts

The looming specter of a strike at nursing homes in Connecticut has prompted leaders in the state to support increases to daily Medicaid rates for institutional care. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont this week expressed support for three Medicaid rate boosts through 2021, a move that the CT Mirror — which first reported the news — […]

Florida’s New Medicaid Math Creates Nursing Home Winners, Losers

Florida’s new Medicaid prospective payment system for nursing homes, which took effect in October of last year, has created winners and losers among properties across the state, according to a new analysis by the USA Today Network — Florida. The PPS is designed to incentivize and reward skilled nursing facilities that make improvements in care […]

Providers Turn to Behavioral Health to Boost Sagging Skilled Nursing Revenue

Depending on the state they’re in, skilled nursing facilities could jolt flagging finances by adding a behavioral health component to their lineup of services. But they have to proceed carefully. Such services can bolster reimbursement significantly, while also creating additional pressure on hiring, staffing, and programming, according to providers presenting at the LTC 100 conference […]

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 […]

Rise of Managed Medicaid Could Deepen Skilled Nursing Financial Woes

Increasing numbers of states have begun exploring managed Medicaid programs as a means of achieving savings as their populations age. But unless officials provide crucial oversight, skilled nursing facilities could find themselves under even worse financial pressures. It’s something that states and their legislators need to keep in mind as they weigh options for managing […]