PACS Starts Next Chapter With New Leaders, 200-Plus Facility Footprint

Following significant leadership changes recently at PACS Group, new initiatives are afoot at the nursing home giant as it continues to expand its footprint. To discuss these endeavors, Skilled Nursing News sat down with the new leadership at PACS, whose affiliates operate more than 200 facilities in nine states – 58 of these acquired in […]

Nursing Home Care Prices Grow Faster Than Other Health Care Services Amid Job Growth Lag

Pricing for nursing home care continued to grow the fastest in the first month of 2024 compared to other major health care categories, jumping by 4.9% in January, as wages grew but job growth lagged. That’s according to Altarum’s Health Sector Economic Indicators (HSEI) Briefs published on Tuesday. Nursing home care was among service prices […]

AHCA CEO Parkinson to Retire in 2025, Search on for Successor

Mark Parkinson, CEO and president of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), on Tuesday announced plans for retirement after 13 years with the association, and leading its members through the pandemic. Parkinson plans to stay on until Jan. 15 of next year, as the association launches its search for […]

‘Elephant in the Room’: Medicare Advantage a Huge Factor in CCRC Decision Making Around Nursing Home Services

Soaring costs associated with skilled nursing – and problematic payer sources – are making it harder for continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) to provide such labor intensive post-acute care. CCRCs have to ask themselves some hard questions when it comes to what services they can reasonably offer, and if it’s worth it to keep open […]

States Where Nursing Homes Used the Most Agency Nursing Staff in 2022

Vermont, New York and Maryland led the nation in terms of the share of nursing homes utilizing agency nursing staff in 2022. That’s according to a Health Affairs report published Wednesday. The study authors compared free-standing nursing homes’ usage of agency staff in the years leading up to Covid-19 with usage of agency staff during […]

Marcum: Fines Cost Nursing Home Sector $560M as Volume Quadruples in Post-Pandemic Era

The volume of non-compliant fines quadrupled in the post-pandemic period between 2020 and 2022, with a staggering 36,370 such fines being issued to nursing homes, costing the industry a total of $560 million nationwide, according to the 2024 Marcum Three-Year Nursing Home Statistical Review. The high cost to the sector from fines was despite the […]

Burnout, Permanent Exit From Nursing Home Workforce Fed by Rigid Schedules

Over one-third of healthcare workers, including nursing home workers, have needed to take a break at some point. These pauses, often driven by burnout and overscheduling, exacerbate the already significant workforce shortages plaguing the industry because many workers leave the workforce permanently. According to a new report from ShiftKey released Tuesday, of particular concern is […]

Omega Exec: CMS Staffing Mandate Casts Shadow Over Improving Nursing Home Fundamentals

As Omega Healthcare Investors Inc. (NYSE: OHI) advanced on its restructuring efforts at 2023’s end, company executives said that they were finally able to have a better grasp on their outlook for 2024. And, while the company’s current fundamentals were looking strong, the looming federal staffing mandate might obscure the path forward for the sector […]

AHCA’s Clif Porter: Nursing Home Staffing Proposal May Be Finalized in Summer, Felt Like an Unpleasant ‘Bucket of Cold Water’

CMS isn’t expected to finalize the minimum staffing proposal until the summer at the earliest, with the agency having to wade through more than 40,000 comments before moving forward with the rule. The voices of skilled nursing providers, along with coalition partners like the American Hospital Association, will hopefully have been heard by CMS and […]

‘Really Hard Time’: NY Nursing Home Sector, Union Demand $810M in Medicaid Funds, Cite Payroll Shortfalls

Nursing home owners and advocates have long decried low Medicaid reimbursements to the sector across the U.S. And now leaders in New York state – home to one of the largest number of facilities – are uniting to forcefully demand change. Much like the rest of the country, closures, especially in Upstate New York, have […]

Time with Patients, Wages, Company Culture Are Top Priorities for Nursing Home Staff, Survey Shows

As nursing home operators rethink workforce initiatives in the midst of recovering from the pandemic’s devastating labor losses and a looming federal minimum staffing proposal, it’s crucial to listen to what nurses need from their employer and what they hope to see from the sector in the future. Workforce success in 2024 may lie in […]

New Fed Funds, Career Ladder Offer Remedy for CNAs in Nursing Homes Facing Severe Burnout

The Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) is undergoing changes that could help operators bolster their workforces with better trained direct care workers and improve the career ladder for certified nurse aides (CNAs). The Moving Forward Coalition, an organization engaged in enhancing the quality of care at nursing homes, held a presentation on the latest updates […]

[UPDATED] CMS Official Confirms Agency’s Intention to Finalize Nursing Home Minimum Staffing Rule in 2024

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officials are looking to finalize the nursing home minimum staffing proposal in 2024, an official at the federal agency confirmed at its national stakeholder call on Tuesday. Dr. Dora Hughes, acting chief medical officer and director of the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ), said, “The […]

South Dakota’s DHS Requests Extra Funds To Support Staffing, Census at Nursing Homes

Rural states like South Dakota are requesting more funds to address challenges to nursing homes from staffing shortages, which have accelerated shutdowns and suppressed occupancy levels. South Dakota’s Department of Human Services (DHS) requested its Legislature this week for $715.8 million in funds for fiscal 2025 in order to support nursing homes and long-term care […]

Nursing Home Leaders Aim to Harness AI, Data to Beat Staffing and Payment Challenges in 2024

For 2024, the nursing home industry’s focus must be on strategies that prioritize data accuracy, effective leadership, and innovative solutions as facilities evolve to meet changing demands and challenges from staffing. This is the view expressed during a webinar held Thursday based on a survey of our readers on their outlook for 2024 titled, “Skilled […]

‘Concerning’ Link Found Between Reduced Nursing Home Staffing Hours and Hospitalizations

There were more hospitalizations for residents in Florida nursing homes, following legislation which lowered the number of nursing hours per resident. That’s according to a report from AARP Florida, the third report the advocacy group for older adults has released since staffing hours were changed in 2022. Between 2019 to 2020 and 2022 to 2023, […]

Why Immigrant CNAs Are Crucial as the Nursing Home Space Faces A Staffing Mandate, Quality Measures

Given that nursing homes increased their reliance on immigrant certified nursing assistants (CNAs) with positive outcomes for care quality during the pandemic, researchers in the space are reiterating the need for a policy change to get more immigrant CNAs into skilled nursing.  The most effective policy solution that could help nursing homes get more immigrant […]

Another Nursing Home in State Receivership Stokes Fears of Growing Problems in Minnesota

Three facilities being placed under state control in two years in Minnesota reflects deep troubles for the sector, with many other facilities facing similar prospects and requiring immediate financial help. The latest to be pushed into state control is the Bay View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Red Wing, which serves higher acuity residents. The […]