With Covid Cases on the Rise in Nursing Homes, Related Deaths Up 80% in August

Covid cases and deaths saw a dramatic jump in August, following a pattern of consistent increases over the summer. This is according to the latest data issued Thursday by the AARP Nursing Home Covid-19 Dashboard, which tracks monthly data on the number of Covid cases, Covid-related deaths and vaccination records. “After months of decline from […]

Gallup Poll Shows Public’s Deep Aversion to Nursing Homes, 42% of Americans Give ‘D’ or ‘F’

Nursing homes may be suffering from an image problem. The Covid-19 pandemic worsened Americans’ view of quality of care at nursing homes, but their opinion hasn’t recovered. This is according to a recent survey conducted by West Health and Gallup on the perceptions and concerns of Americans regarding nursing homes. The survey, conducted online from […]

A ‘Painful Couple of Years’ Ahead For Operators as Nurses Say Workforce Crisis Hasn’t Improved

Nurses in the skilled nursing sector say their situation has not improved after two-and-a-half years into the pandemic – more than half have seen an increase in medical mistakes as a result of lower staffing. This is the “new normal” for the sector, according to a study released by IntelyCare on Wednesday. The Massachusetts-based health […]

AHCA Report Combats Biden’s Claims That SNFs Provided Poor Care During the Pandemic

Just a few weeks after the Biden administration unveiled its nursing home reform plans, which drew an association between, the American Health Care Association countered with its own evidence. A new report released from the industry’s largest trade group showed that 72% of the more than 110,000 infection control focused inspections of nursing homes conducted […]

221,000 Workers Have Left Nursing Homes Since March 2020

Though home health care services and hospitals have seen their employment nearly recover to pre-pandemic levels, the same cannot be said for nursing homes. The sector has lost 221,000 jobs during the pandemic, or 14%, since March 2020, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data through October released last week. Mark Parkinson, president and CEO […]

More Than 16,000 COVID-19 Deaths Went Unreported in Nursing Homes

Upwards of 68,000 COVID-19 cases and 16,000 deaths were not reported to the federal National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) during the first few months of the pandemic, a JAMA Network study found, as reporting such numbers was optional up until the end of May. Reporting was mandated on May 24 of last year, more than […]

25% of SNF Operators Permanently Reduced Beds in Last Two Years

Ziegler’s CFO Hotline report released on Aug. 18 indicates that about one quarter of skilled nursing operators in the country made permanent reductions in the number of beds in the last two years. The Chicago-based specialty investment bank surveyed nearly 270 skilled nursing providers in July for its report. Roughly 60% were single-site providers, while […]

Skilled Nursing Sector Sales Surge, Despite Occupancy Woes

While the skilled nursing sector will continue to experience occupancy recovery well beyond this year, the average sale price of facilities per bed has been the highest since 2016. Nursing care assets have traded with an average sale price of $90,700 per bed, according to an outlook report released by Calabasas, Calif.-based real estate brokerage […]

Care Integration Between SNFs and Hospitals Usually Starts At the Top

A new study measuring the prevalence of care integration between hospitals and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) found that most of those integrations are informal. The study looks at several types of care integration based on the relationships between the SNFs and hospitals and indicates that meetings between hospital and SNF leadership are the most common […]

Skilled Nursing Referrals Drop While Other Post Acute Settings Rise

Hospitals and other acute care facilities aren’t referring post-acute care to skilled nursing facilities as much as they have in the past four years, with a significant decline between 2019 and 2020, according to a report released by Trella Health. Data gathered by the Atlanta-based health analytics company shows a drop from 21.5% in facility […]

2019 Outlook Report — Download Now

The last year brought a wave of changes and challenges in the skilled nursing world, and 2019 is shaping up to be no different. Skilled Nursing News asked more than 400 professionals from all parts of the post-acute and long-term care industries for their predictions on the eventful year ahead, and their answers revealed both […]