Genesis Finalizes $53.6 Million Settlement Deal with DOJ

Genesis HealthCare (NYSE: GEN) on Friday announced the execution of a $53.6 million settlement with the United States Department of Justice over a variety of improper billing allegations. The Kennett Square, Pa.-based post-acute provider denied all of the government’s claims, which included four separate sets of allegations involving various Genesis subsidiaries. In its complaint, the DOJ […]

Skilled Nursing Occupancy Increased in Q1, But Trending Down

Occupancy at skilled nursing facilities rose 36 basis points from the fourth quarter of 2016 to the first quarter of 2017, but ended the quarter on a downward trend. SNFs had 82.6% occupancy in the first quarter of 2017, according to the latest Skilled Nursing Data Report from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing […]

CDC Puts Providers on Alert for Deadly, Costly Disease

Skilled nursing facilities are a prime breeding ground for Legionnaires’ disease, and an outbreak could prove costly for the operator — both in terms of care outcomes and additional expenses — according to a recent presentation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC analyzed 2015 data related to outbreaks of the potentially […]

HCR ManorCare Falls Behind on Rent as Troubles Mount

HCR ManorCare failed to completely pay its June rent to primary landlord Quality Care Properties (NYSE: QCP), citing pressure from its secured lenders and decreased profit projections. One of the largest skilled nursing providers in the country, the Toledo, Ohio-based HCR ManorCare paid just $15 million of the $32 million it owed QCP for June rent, […]

NPR: State Regulators Cracking Down on Involuntary SNF Discharges

The Administration for Community Living logged more than 9,000 complaints about involuntary discharges from long-term care facility residents across the country in 2015, and now lawmakers are taking notice. In particular, officials in Maryland and Illinois have begun investigating discharge rates in their states, according to a recent report from NPR. Maryland Attorney General Brian […]

3 Steps to Success in New Skilled Nursing Payment Models

by Laurie Thomas and Guy Cowart Historically, we as skilled nursing and therapy providers have been used to a level of industry stability. Within this familiar framework, we’ve trained our leaders with certainty and delivered care with a confident rhythm. Unfortunately, this model simply may not serve us well in the future, with our rapidly […]