Doctors, Software, Training: Preparing for ‘Non-Negotiable’ PDPM Coding Pressures

Starting October 1, skilled nursing facility operators will have no choice but to become proficient with a specific type of medical coding that previously had no bearing on reimbursements — and leading industry voices say there are multiple paths to getting there. ICD-10 codes, specific diagnosis identifications long used by hospitals, will play a key […]

CMS: Hundreds More Buildings Could Receive One-Star Staffing Ratings Under New Rules

The new, stricter skilled nursing staffing standards slated for implementation by the federal government next month weren’t entirely unexpected, but they raise questions about the broader problem of understaffed facilities — and hundreds of buildings could be in the crosshairs. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced March 5 that it would overhaul […]

Greystone Taps Senior Living Vet Handelson to Run Chain of 28 SNFs

Skilled nursing operator Greystone Healthcare Management announced the appointment of Stephanie Handelson, a longtime leader in the senior living industry, as CEO. Handelson formally assumed the top spot at the chain of 28 skilled nursing facilities on Monday, succeeding interim CEO Gerry Jenich. The Tampa, Fla.-based firm operates as the Greystone Health Network, with home […]

Medicaid Pressures, Worker Shortages Lead to SNF Closure Wave in Wisconsin

Nursing homes in Wisconsin are blaming the state’s low Medicaid reimbursements for a wave of nursing home closures and persistent financial struggles, Wisconsin Public Radio reported earlier this month. Nursing home advocates are asking lawmakers in the state to invest $83.5 million in the next two-year budget as a result, the media organization reported. The […]

Investing in Specialized Care Will Drive Skilled Nursing Occupancy in 2019

Adding specialized services could be a daunting task for skilled nursing providers coming off of a year of occupancy rate freefall, at least for most of 2018. But as they prepare for the new Medicare reimbursement system, the role of specialization in driving occupancy will only grow. That’s according to a webinar hosted Wednesday by […]

Hospital Staffs Don’t Always Know Why SNFs Make the ‘Preferred’ Cut

The staff members tasked with guiding residents from hospitals to post-acute care options frequently feel restricted during the process — and often don’t even know why certain SNFs are classified as preferred partners. Anti-steering rules, or regulations that prevent hospitals from recommending specific skilled nursing facilities, can sometimes serve as a general gag for discharge […]

IntelyCare Raises $10.8M to Expand Skilled Nursing Staffing Platform

A staffing software provider aimed at long-term care operators on Thursday announced an injection of $10.8 million in additional funding as it attempts to expand beyond its current four-state footprint. The Quincy, Mass.-based IntelyCare raised the funds in a Series A round led by Leerink Revelation Partners, along with Longmeadow Capital, LRV Health, and former […]

Employee Satisfaction Has Direct Impact on Bottom Line in Skilled Nursing

A recent survey found a strong correlation between employee satisfaction and resident engagement — which in turn boosts referrals. That means that engaging employees can be a path to better returns on investment. “The happier the employees, the happier the residents, the better the money,” Todd Schmiedeler of Trilogy Health Services said at a Wednesday […]

Skilled Nursing Leaders Share Winning Hiring, Retention Strategies

The workforce crisis in skilled nursing can often seem like a problem without an immediate solution: There are only so many qualified workers in any given area, and with unemployment at record lows, competition for competent candidates hasn’t been this fierce in a generation. Plus, with reimbursement and regulatory pressures, skilled nursing operators often don’t […]

Secrets to Success at the Top SNF in the Country for Rehospitalization Rate

A privately operated skilled nursing facility for veterans in Utah ranked number one in the country* for rehospitalization rates — a feat its administrator ascribes to both smart staffing and a prime location. The Southern Utah Veterans Home tied for the number-one spot in a recent ranking of all 15,421 nursing homes in the United […]

Starbucks Opens New Front in Staffing Wars: Senior Care Benefits

Skilled nursing and senior housing operators often point to wage gains at retail chains as a major reason behind the industry’s persistent staffing woes. This week, one of the country’s largest foodservice employers unveiled another attractive perk that could lure workers away from long-term care: heavily subsidized senior care services for employees who juggle work […]

Skilled Nursing Operators Top List of Best Places to Work in Aging

In a long-term health care era plagued by staffing concerns and tough headlines about nursing homes, a pair of skilled nursing facilities topped a new list of the best workplaces in aging services. Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Commack, N.Y. and Van Dyk Health Care in Hawthorne, N.J. came in first and second […]

15% of Skilled Nursing Assistants Live in Poverty Amid Stagnant Wages

Skilled nursing and seniors housing executives have blamed wage pressures in part for their struggles in recent years, but a new analysis finds that nursing assistants haven’t seen their wages increase in a decade. The median nursing assistant brought in $12.78 per hour in 2007, compared to an inflation-adjusted $12.84 a full 10 years later, […]

Skilled Nursing Must Look Past Schools, Government to Solve Workforce Shortage

Staffing shortages in skilled nursing facilities made national headlines last month, but the dearth of workers and registered nurses have been a headache for nursing homes for years now. Some of the fixes can range from bonuses for hard-to-staff shifts to higher-level partnerships with local businesses and governments. But one thing is clear: The problem […]

CMS Hits 1,400 Nursing Homes with One-Star Reviews Over Staffing Concerns

Less than a month after a New York Times story revealed concerns about insufficient nursing home staffing levels, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) handed out nearly 1,400 one-star reviews. Last week, when CMS updated its Five-Star Quality Rating System for nursing homes, 1,387 facilities received one-star ratings for staffing coverage, according to […]

RNs Top List of Most In-Demand Jobs Across All Sectors in 2018

A shortage of qualified workers continues to plague the skilled nursing sector, and recent data from job board Monster backs it up. According to a new report from the Weston, Mass.-based online classifieds company, job openings for registered nurses were the most popular type of position posted during the first half of 2018. The health care […]

Skilled Nursing Facilities Have Strong Showing in Great Place to Work Data

When Fortune magazine publishes its first “Best Workplaces in Aging Services” list on Sept. 27, it might include some skilled nursing facilities. That wasn’t what Jacquelyn Kung, CEO of Activated Insights, expected when her firm began leading the effort to compile the “Best Workplaces in Aging Services.” Activated Insights is based on the San Francisco corporate […]

NY Times Report Slams Staffing in Nursing Homes

Most U.S. nursing homes experience staffing fluctuations and have been overreporting their nursing and caretaking staff levels for years, according to data analyzed by Kaiser Health News for the New York Times. The new federal data comes from daily payroll records that Medicare began gathering and publishing from more than 14,000 nursing homes, as part […]

What Skilled Nursing Could Learn from the Manufacturing Sector

As skilled nursing occupancy continues to notch record low after record low, strategies to capitalize on the shrinking pool of residents remain top concerns for operators and investors. And at least one analyst says providers should look to the kind of operational improvements that have helped keep afloat another struggling industry: manufacturing. “It’s your labor […]