From Institutional to Homelike: Inside Nursing Home Renovations That Impact Recruiting, Retention, Resident Wellbeing

Renovating nursing homes to uplift the resident experience can improve not only property value and overall quality of care, but also regulatory compliance. Staffing and retention are ever-present roadblocks at nursing facilities, and upgrading the overall atmosphere can actually help alleviate some of these roadblocks, with caregivers wanting to be in a building that’s easier […]

Legislative Measure to Overturn Nursing Home Staffing Rule May Have Enough Votes and Bipartisan Support to Pass

The joint resolutions introduced under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn the minimum staffing rule have enough votes in both the Senate and the House, and could pass. This is according to at least two news outlets, including The Hill and Axios. “The Senate measure, led by Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), James Lankford (R-Okla.) […]

Nursing Homes Must Reevaluate their Emergency Preparedness Plans – Adding Planned Power Outages to the List

Planned power outages in response to wildfire threats are leaving some nursing homes in the dark – one facility in Boulder, Colorado was left without power for 28 hours. Generators kept running the facility’s oxygen machines, most refrigerators and freezers, hallway lights and Wi-Fi for phones and computers, according to a report originally from KFF. […]

Next Step Healthcare to Pay $4M in Largest Nursing Home Settlement in Massachusetts

Nursing home operator Next Step Healthcare reached a $4 million settlement with the Massachusetts Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell, in what is the largest nursing home settlement ever reached in the state. As part of the settlement, Next Step will pay $4 million to resolve allegations, improve staffing levels and agree to independent compliance monitors. […]

‘Custodial Care Rates’: Avamere, FPACP, LeadingAge Execs on Mitigating Headaches Tied to Medicare Advantage Plans

Managed care’s growth across all health care settings, including nursing homes, has pushed reimbursement rates lower, and operators are implementing strategies to counter the situation.  For starters, operators expressed the need to be well equipped for negotiating better rates with managed care organizations (MAOs). And, coming armed with cost of care data to the negotiating […]

‘Stop the Mandate’: Following Congressional Briefing, Nursing Home Leaders Unite to Defeat Staffing Rule

Nursing home leaders convened in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday to present a unified stance against the federal staffing mandate, which they argue could exacerbate existing challenges in long-term care facilities.  The gathering follows a Congressional Briefing by American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) at the week’s start, and saw key figures from […]

‘A Troubling Trend’: Sudden Closures, Bankruptcies, Displaced Residents in State Put Extra Pressures on Nursing Homes

Nursing home closures and bankruptcies continue among many states, putting pressure on existing nursing homes to take on extra residents even as the workforce shortage persists and challenging staffing requirements are on the horizon. The latest closure in Pennsylvania led to the evacuation of Mountain View Care and Rehabilitation Center residents on Friday, relocated to […]

State’s Workforce Funding Boost Yields Limited Results as Labor Pool Shrinks Due to Licensing, Training Issues

Many states have ramped up funding for nursing home staffing in recent years, and while the resulting increased wages and incentives have worked towards better retention, labor supply continues to be a problem.  For example, Illinois passed legislation to support staffing at nursing homes, including through provision of more than $700 million in funds annually […]

Sen. Casey’s Workforce Bill Aims To Provide $320B, Seen as Funding Mechanism for Nursing Home Staffing Rule

As part of already proposed legislation, U.S. Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania is pushing for an injection of billions of dollars to increase the direct care workforce and improve pay. Casey’s Long-Term Care Workforce Support Act could be viewed as a funding mechanism for the Biden administration’s federal nursing home staffing mandate, which would […]

‘Fast-Tracked’: AHCA Lawsuit Opposing Nursing Home Staffing Mandate Has Strong Legs, With Injunction Expected Soon

Lawyers and other leaders in the nursing home sector believe the American Health Care Association’s (AHCA) lawsuit is strong, framed well and likely to succeed, with a decision possible by early 2025. An injunction from the plaintiffs – all 5-Star facilities located in Texas along with AHCA – regarding staffing rule’s implementation should follow in […]

‘Introduces Chaos’: Nursing Homes Oppose Expansion of Penalties as Comment Period Ends for Proposed Payment Rule 

As the comment period ended Tuesday for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed rule that updates Medicare payment policies and rates for skilled nursing facilities for fiscal year 2025, a majority of the feedback centered on the possible expansion of the agency’s authority to enforce civil monetary penalties (CMPs) for noncompliance. In […]

Nursing Home Leaders Using ‘All the Tools Available’ in Aggressive Push to Halt CMS Staffing Mandate

LeadingAge joins a slew of other nursing home industry voices in urging a multi-faceted strategy following the finalization of the federal minimum staffing rule a month ago. The advocacy group is pursuing legislative, legal and regulatory avenues to stop the mandate and build the workforce. Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge, said, “We […]

Nursing Home Leaders from Genesis, Ignite, Diakonos, Avamere On Why ‘Super SNF’ May Replace Hospital-Based Recovery Care

The “super SNF,” an insider term used for nursing homes that serve mostly high acuity patients, is evolving to enhance its specialized function, and leaders in the space believe it will be a replacement – or at least a supplement – for long-term acute care hospitals (LTACHs) and inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs). The latest changes […]

Petersen Health Mulling Offers To Sell Nursing Homes as Dispute With Lender Settled Amid Bankruptcy

The sale of Petersen Health Care’s properties will now proceed after a deal was reached with one of its lenders to allow a court-appointed receiver to maintain operations of the nursing home giant’s eight Illinois facilities. Among the largest nursing home operators in the nation, Petersen filed for bankruptcy in March. The sale of these […]

PACS CEO: In Tough Landscape for Nursing Homes, Empowering Local Leaders, Serving Higher Acuity, Avoiding ‘Wrong Capital’ Is Crucial

Scaling up by empowering regional operators has long been a successful strategy for nursing home giant PACS Group (NYSE: PACS), but this growth hasn’t come at the expense of losing its identity nor by over-leveraging itself using high-interest debt, according to CEO Jason Murray. For PACS, which debuted on Wall Street in April, its steady […]

HMG Healthcare CEO: Education Pipelines and Funding, Not Mandates, Will Improve Nursing Home Quality

The federal government’s solution to resolving quality concerns at nursing homes through minimum staffing standards is weakened by this reality: It’s currently near impossible to bolster the nursing home workforce. In the weeks since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized its staffing rule, the industry has come out swinging with this particular […]

Nursing Home Challenges To Stir Upcoming Elections as Pennsylvania’s Contentious Senate Race Shows

Nursing home challenges are becoming a hot topic in election debates, most recently with a race in Pennsylvania between incumbent Sen. Bob Casey and his Republican challenger David McCormick. Industry experts have predicted that nursing homes, along with other settings in long-term care, will be central for future presidential candidates as well. The growth of […]