‘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 […]

Greater Nurse Practitioner Presence Linked To Fewer Hospitalizations, Higher Hospice Use for Nursing Home Residents With Dementia

Nursing home residents with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) appear to benefit from greater nurse practitioner (NP) involvement, with fewer hospitalizations and higher hospice use at end of life. The number of differences in outcomes between extensive and minimal NP care was higher in states with a full scope of practice regulations than in […]

AHCA/NCAL: Nursing Home Staffing Rule Will Cost $6.5B Annually, Require 102,000 Extra Clinicians, Displace a Quarter of Residents

The nursing home minimum staffing rule is estimated to cost the industry a staggering $6.5 billion per year, and would require an additional 102,000 clinicians, according to a new analysis released Thursday by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL). To fulfill the rule’s requirements, more than 77,000 certified nurse […]

LTC100 Panelists Weigh in on CMS Staffing Rule’s ‘Bloodbath’, Growth Strategies, and Risk-Based Model Reimbursement

If there’s no additional funding for the minimum staffing rule, well over 5% of existing facilities will close, depending on how successfully operators can pivot to meet the standard. The rates of closure may even reach 10% to 15%, depending on the market, cautioned sector leaders attending the LTC100 conference this week. Steve Nee, CEO […]

‘It’s Not Reality’: Health Dimensions’ CEO on the Ripple Effects of the Nursing Home Staffing Rule

As staffing shortages continue to drive nursing home closures across the U.S, sector leaders such as Erin Hennessey, President and CEO of Health Dimensions Group, are expressing deep concerns about the minimum staffing rule that will only worsen the crisis of access, especially in rural counties where labor is in very short supply. “There’s no […]

CMS Officials Offer Glimpse Into Proposed Changes To Value-Based Purchasing for Nursing Homes

Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officials offered more clarity on the updates to the Value-Based Purchasing program for nursing homes, including insights into the usefulness of the facility-level early look reports and details on three new quality measures that will now be tied to incentive payments in fiscal 2025.   These proposed changes to […]

Legislators Question Corporate Profits at 3 Nursing Home Giants Amid Efforts ‘To Kill’ Staffing Rule

The corporate spending of three publicly traded nursing home companies are at the center of questioning by legislators, who sent letters to them Sunday demanding more information on executive compensation, stock buybacks and dividends. In the midst of the industry’s opposition to the federal government’s minimum staffing mandate, the letters signed by the Senators Elizabeth […]

Biden Criticized for ‘Inaccurate Framing’ of Sector By Nursing Home Groups as Staffing Rule Discussion Heats up in Mainstream Media

Nursing home advocacy groups criticized the Biden Administration for “misleading” the public with its negative rhetoric on nursing homes as reactions to the federal government’s minimum staffing rule continued to trickle in. Discussions of the finalized staffing rule were seen in recent policymaker committees, including the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, and […]

CareTrust Executives On Strong Balance Sheet, Historic Opportunities for ‘Chasing’ Larger Nursing Home Deals 

Despite high interest rates, CareTrust REIT (NYSE: CTRE) is well positioned to invest and gain from the steady flow of attractive investment deals prevalent in the skilled nursing sector today, with executives underlining the company’s access to capital to feed a historic robust phase of growth. “We conservatively established a fortressed balance sheet for times […]

Optum Layoffs Affect Teams in Medicare Advantage I-SNP, IE-SNP Business

Optum is paring back its workforce, including in the parts of the business related to Medicare Advantage plans for nursing home and assisted living residents. This is according to multiple industry sources who communicated with Skilled Nursing News, as well as anonymous posts on an online message board related to the layoffs at Optum, which […]

Ensign’s Port: CMS’ Nursing Home Staffing Rule May Be ‘Overturned or Significantly Altered’ 

Acquisitions and the federal nursing home staffing mandate were top of mind for leaders of Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG), with CEO Barry Port suggesting that the highly contested national staffing rule may be overturned in federal court or thrown out altogether. “We’re encouraged to see bipartisan support in the legislature that could result in this […]