Closing the Medicaid Gap Is Just the First Step, as Nursing Homes Fight for Predictable Reimbursement

Nursing homes and the state associations that represent them continue to put pressure on legislators to match Medicaid rates with rising costs, and change how often rebasing occurs to give operators a more even playing field. In a lot of cases, Medicaid increases helped lessen the gap between costs and stagnant rates. But, legislators still […]

‘Tougher Every Day’: Nursing Home Operators, CCRCs Weigh in on Future of Skilled Nursing

Operating a skilled nursing facility today is considered a difficult business with regulations and reimbursement woes making the space “tougher every day.” As a result, some operators say they regularly budget a loss for skilled nursing services, and if it weren’t for other lines of business, skilled nursing would be unsustainable. This dire view of […]

Repositioning Nursing Homes For Acuity, More Closures, Less Deal Making Expected in 2024

As the skilled nursing industry heads toward a new year with continued labor shortages and reimbursement gaps, service repositioning and closures among operators are expected trends for the space. And although there are signs of positivity in the form of increased Medicaid reimbursement in some states, extensive rural closures are creating “nursing home deserts” and […]

LeadingAge CEO Calls Out Political Inaction on ‘Dangerously Broken’ Nursing Home Funding System

Decades-long underfunding of nursing homes continues to create unnecessary hardships for aging Americans as access issues deepen. And yet, attempts to change the current financial system have fallen on deaf ears. In an effort to get the attention of lawmakers in Washington, LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan took aim with this view at […]

OIG’s Audit of Nursing Home Workers in Louisiana Finds Flaws in Background Check Process

A federally commissioned report released Wednesday found that nursing homes in Louisiana failed to complete background checks on a portion of their non-licensed employees. In conducting the audit to examine whether Louisiana nursing homes complied with federal requirements for backgrounds checks, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) chose a sample of 9 Louisiana nursing homes […]

Bipartisan Legislation Aims to Block CMS Staffing Proposal – Most Recently With Senate Bill

Legislation to block the nursing home minimum staffing proposal gained major traction this week, as a bill introduced on the Senate floor late Tuesday received more bipartisan support. Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) led the way with the Protecting Rural Seniors’ Access to Care Act, which aims to stop the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services […]

Nursing Homes Must Advocate for Medicaid Increases, as States Work En Masse to Rebase Rates

The past year or two have seen big wins in terms of increased Medicaid funding for nursing homes – a welcome relief as the sector faces staffing shortages amid a looming minimum staffing proposal, higher inflationary costs and rising acuity of resident needs. The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) […]

‘Operating Pressures Are Very Intense’: Ohio Living CEO on Skilled Nursing Strategy and Mega-Trends

Operational pressures continue to shape the landscape of the skilled nursing sector as many organizations with assets across the care continuum are divesting nursing homes in favor of other service lines. Responding to pressures from staffing and low reimbursements, Ohio Living decided to act “proactively” and downsize its skilling nursing segment while growing its services […]

Building off Its Annual Nursing Home List, Newsweek Unveils CCRC Rankings

As patient preference continues to shift away from nursing homes, public attention is increasingly on alternate modes of skilled nursing care as well, including continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs). Newsweek, for one, came out with a ranking of such communities in partnership with global market and consumer data firm Statista. The companies expect rankings to […]

Legislation to Block CMS’ Nursing Home Staffing Mandate Gaining Steam Among Senators

Companion legislation to block the nursing home minimum staffing proposal is due to be introduced next week by Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE) – more co-sponsors are anticipated, delaying the bill’s introduction to some time next week. That’s according to Sen. Fischer’s office. It’s a good delay to have, a spokesperson said in an email to […]

How Medicaid Waivers Have Affected Nursing Home Utilization – And Why the Staffing Proposal May Further This Trend

One of the unintended consequences of the minimum staffing proposal may mean less utilization of nursing homes as residents are shifted to other means of care – a trend spurred by an expanded use of Medicaid waivers. Policymakers may opt for these as a safety net for access issues among seniors, especially in rural settings, […]

Ignite CEO Focuses on Solutions, Growth Amid ‘Punitive, Vindictive’ Surveys, Managed Care Pressures

From managed care burdens and “punitive, vindictive surveys,” to threats posed by the potential federal staffing mandate and issues stemming from the “radically broken” Five Star rating system, Ignite Medical Resorts CEO Tim Fields is well aware of the many challenges facing skilled nursing providers. But as Ignite celebrates its fifth year as a company […]

Altarum: Funding, Staffing Level Fluctuations During Pandemic Should Be Part of Proposed Mandate

Covid era changes to census and staffing – as well as closures of nursing homes – should be more closely considered in assessing the right level of staffing being proposed by federal agencies, while a focus on funding can improve the chances of fulfilling the increased requirements. That’s the analysis of a report released by […]

U.S. News Ranking Exposes Critical Staffing Shortages at Nursing Homes, With Only 5% Meeting CMS Proposal’s Requirements

The U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 Best Nursing Homes ratings released Tuesday reveals that only fewer than 5% of nursing homes across the country will meet both the current federal staffing requirements and the newly proposed standards by the Biden administration. The report comes on the heels of the end of the comment period […]

‘Deeply Flawed’: LPNs Speak Out On Their Exclusion from Nursing Home Staffing Proposal

As advocacy efforts to oppose the federal government’s proposed staffing mandate continue, the National Association for Licensed Practical Nurses (NALPN) is lending its voice towards the withdrawal of the mandate by sharing a joint letter it sent to the federal agency. The role of licensed practical nurses (LPNs) has been chopped off from the proposal, […]

Majority of Nursing Home Workers Behind on Flu, Covid Vaccinations

With the country well into flu season, the majority of nursing home workers remain unvaccinated for the flu as well as Covid-19. Fewer than one in every four health care workers received up-to-date Covid vaccines, and less than half have gotten the latest flu shot, according to 2023 data collected by the Centers for Disease […]

Hope Isn’t a Strategy: Inside the Fight for Survival of One Rural Nursing Home

Earlier this year, the Boundary Waters Care Center was in danger of closing. Through a concerted push for funds, the center raised $60,000 in community donations and is still operating — but Executive Director Adam Masloski is fighting every day to overcome operational and financial challenges, and he is deeply concerned about the potential devastating […]

Bright Spots and Overhangs: NHI Execs Weigh in on Occupancy Gains, Cost of Capital, Nursing Home Staffing Mandate

Cost of capital, occupancy recovery across all assets and the minimum staffing proposal were top of mind for National Health Investors Inc. (NYSE: NHI) during its third quarter earnings call on Wednesday. NHI CEO Eric Mendelsohn said there was a bit of a fakeout in terms of occupancy recovery last December, with operators saying there […]