Movers & Shakers: Life Care Center of Columbia, Wingate Healthcare

King Appointed Executive Director at Life Care Center of Columbia Life Care Center of Columbia, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility based in Columbia, Tenn., has welcomed Mark King as its new executive director. King brings more than 23 years of experience in senior health care, including roughly five years at a skilled nursing and […]

Top Skilled Nursing Trends of 2018

Now that we’ve broken down the top 10 stories of the last year, it’s time for us to dive into our predictions for the top skilled nursing trends of the coming 12 months. Some key headwinds, such as questions over Medicaid reimbursements, declining occupancy, and new regulations — including the final round of the requirements […]

New Year’s Catch-Up: ManorCare’s Rent Cut, Regulatory Rollbacks

In case you’ve been blissfully away from your e-mail since before Christmas, here’s a quick rundown of the skilled nursing headlines you missed. QCP Cuts ManorCare a Break Quality Care Properties, Inc. (NYSE: QCP) gave its troubled tenant HCR ManorCare a generous Boxing Day present, announcing a one-year rent cut in a December 26 filing […]

Geriatrician Numbers Slump in SNFs as Advanced Practitioners Take Over

As advanced practitioners become more prominent in the skilled nursing setting and elsewhere, geriatricians are on the decline, according to a new report from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). But what that means for the geriatrician role isn’t immediately clear. “Basically, there’s a growing shortage of geriatricians, and they’ve tried many things to […]

Physician Assistants Could Address Skilled Nursing, LTC Staffing Gaps

Though a significant proportion of jobs in long-term and elder care are designated solely for nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs) may be an overlooked resource for operators facing persistent staffing issues. That’s according to a new report from the University of California, San Francisco, which examined job postings for nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants […]

Sabra CEO Matros Talks Leadership, Skilled Nursing and Tattoos

Sabra Health Care REIT (Nasdaq: SBRA) turned in a busy 2017, completing a major merger with Care Capital Properties, snapping up an additional 24 SNFs, and announcing a long-term plan to completely dump its troubled Genesis assets (NYSE: GEN). At the helm through the process has been Rick Matros, known for his outspoken takes on the […]

Top 10 Skilled Nursing Stories of 2017

The skilled nursing industry faces an existential crisis over its future, and 2017 was a year filled with threats — financial and regulatory woes at top providers, plummeting occupancy, and continued reimbursement pressures. But it was also a year that saw promising research illustrating the utility of SNF care and successes in new payment models, […]

Movers and Shakers: Gurwin Jewish, TripleCare

Friedman Steps Down as CEO of Gurwin Jewish, Almer Named Successor Herbert H. Friedman, founder of Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, is resigning from his post as CEO, Newsday reports. The Commack, N.Y.-based community is a non-profit provider of skilled nursing, rehabilitation and assisted living services. Stuart B. Almer, administrator and chief operating officer, will […]

Advanced Practice Nurses Cut Hospitalizations from SNFs by Almost Half

If a nursing home wants fewer hospitalizations, it needs more nursing personnel. This was the takeaway from a report released in October on an initiative supported by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The initiative was meant to reduce avoidable hospitalizations among nursing facility residents, and was part of the Missouri Quality Initiative for Nursing […]

4 Million People to Need SNF-Level Alzheimer’s Care

The number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s dementia or mild cognitive impairment will more than double in the coming years, according to a study from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Fielding School of Public Health. The latest figures highlight the need for intensive, nursing home-level care. In more granular terms, approximately 15 million […]

Program Helps Curb Costly SNF Infections, But Improvements Still Needed

A collaborative program has shown promise in reducing a common type of costly infection in nursing homes, though researchers note that some structural barriers to success remain. An initiative from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) received high marks from participants across the country, according to […]

SNF Apprenticeship Program Will Take CNAs Beyond Book Learning

Apprenticeship programs are often associated with skilled laborers, such as carpenters or electricians. Now Marion County, Indiana, is going to test the concept in skilled nursing and other long-term care settings. The Indiana Health Care Association/Indiana Center for Assisted Living (IHCA/INCAL), a trade association representing the state’s long-term care facilities, and EmployIndy, a workforce development nonprofit in […]

CMS-Backed Clinical Program Drastically Lowers Avoidable Hospitalizations at SNFs

Potentially avoidable hospitalizations for long-stay nursing facility residents can be significantly reduced by embedding nurses and nurse practitioners, according to a new analysis. In turn, the strategy could substantially slash Medicare spending. That’s according to an independent evaluation of the OPTIMISTIC program prepared at the request of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). OPTIMISTIC was developed […]

More Doctors Specialize in Nursing Home Care, Study Shows

Increasing numbers of doctors and advanced practitioners in the U.S. are focusing on nursing home care, which could indicate a trend toward the specialty as the U.S. population ages. Of all the doctors and advance practitioners who do any work in nursing homes, 21% specialize in nursing home care, a new study published Tuesday in […]

Skilled Nursing Bulletins: Fire Safety Scrutiny, Anti-Psychs in Kansas

Fires Bring New Scrutiny to SNF Safety In a year that has already brought significant national attention to the way nursing homes handle natural disasters, concerns about fire risk are springing up across the country in the wake of a Pennsylvania fire that killed four long-term care residents. That blaze, at the Barclay Friends Senior […]

SNF Residency Gives Nurses ‘Ownership’ in Long-Term Care

Nurse residencies have long been associated with hospitals and the resources they provide, but long-term care facilities are starting to see their potential as they focus on hiring and retaining the best nurses. When the University of Wisconsin realized new nurses were also starting to expect, or at least ask about, residency programs in long-term […]

Nursing Home Residents Lack Palliative Care Access, Study Finds

Only a very small percentage of nursing home residents who would benefit from palliative care typically receive it, according to a new study released Monday by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The researchers, which included representatives from the University of California, San Francisco and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, analyzed […]

How SNFs Can Ace the Nurse Hiring Process

Skilled nursing providers are facing a workforce crisis, with facilities fiercely competing to attract top nursing talent. In fact, among wide-ranging labor challenges, attracting frontline nursing and aide workers is a particular pain point, according to survey findings released earlier this year from provider association LeadingAge. LeadingAge Kimberly Nolet, a research program manager at the […]

University-Based SNF to ‘Cross the Generations’

A new skilled nursing facility in Jacksonville, Florida seeks to expose students to the world of elder care — by bringing the residents right to their campus. Dolphin Pointe Landing, a skilled nursing facility that will be operated by Clear Choice Health Care, is under construction beside Jacksonville University (JU), with the goal of introducing students of […]

Nursing Shortage Worsens as Retirement Wave Begins

The nursing shortage has gotten worse over the past five years, according to almost half of the nurses surveyed in AMN Healthcare’s 2017 Survey of Registered Nurses (RNs). That’s much higher than those who said the same in 2015. It’s only likely to get worse, as the survey’s findings suggest retirement among baby boomer nurses […]