Gingrich, Summers Square Off in Debate Over Long-Term Care and Immigration

Investing in the professional development of immigrants who work as long-term caregivers, as well as helping them integrate into the American culture and its norms, is crucial to combatting the long-term care industry’s labor shortage. This is according two former national governmental figures who spoke Wednesday in a debate titled, “The Impact of the Trump […]

New York SNF Takes Academic Approach to Combating Workforce Shortage

As the skilled nursing industry continues to grapple with recruiting and retaining solid talent, leaders at a New York City-based SNF have taken the matter into their own hands by developing an academic approach to combating the shortage. The organization established its Geriatric Career Development (GCD) program in 2006 to not only keep its pool of […]

Employees at Small SNFs Take Away More from Training

Despite often having fewer resources, smaller skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) know how to help their staff make the most of the training they receive—more so than their larger SNF counterparts. Though larger facilities tend to have more sophisticated training technology, small facilities have strong methods for evaluating whether skills taught during training are being applied […]

Nursing Assistants in SNFs Struggle With Low Wages, Poverty

Nursing assistants who work in institutional care settings haven’t gotten a material raise over the last 10 years and largely work part-time — two statistics that may be contributing to an overall workforce shortage, according to a new report. More than half of nursing assistants in nursing homes work part time and take home one […]

Ohio-Based CommuniCare to Operate 16 Former Kindred SNFs

Large regional care provider CommuniCare has announced it will take over 16 of Kindred Healthcare’s (NYSE: KND) former skilled nursing facilities in Indiana. The SNFs will provide rehab and holistic healing services, according to a press release. Current staffers are expected to remain in place during the transition. With the latest acquisition, the Cincinnati, Ohio-based provider now operates […]

Preferred SNF Networks Reduce Readmissions, But Do They Prevent Choice?

Hospitals that develop preferred provider networks of skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are seeing lower readmission rates over time than those that don’t. However, establishing these networks does not come without roadblocks. In a recent study published by Health Affairs, a peer-reviewed health care journal, four hospitals with preferred SNF networks were monitored from 2009 to […]

Skilled Nursing Providers Help Spread ‘Old People Are Cool’ Message

A new campaign is trying to spark conversations about aging and senior care by spreading a simple message: old people are cool. These conversations are crucial to combating ageism and dispelling myths and fears about skilled nursing and other types of care, says Charles de Vilmorin, who started the project. He is CEO and co-founder […]

How Community Workers Can Coordinate SNF Care, Improve Outcomes

When a patient moves through the health care continuum, they can sometimes fall into certain gaps and miss out on services that would otherwise be beneficial. While the system continues to strive for better care coordination centered on the patient, there is one emerging role that can ease transitions and better serve patients — the […]

Skilled Nursing Must-Reads: SNFs in a Decade, Post-Acute Confusion

The last five days were dominated by a pair of major real estate investment trust (REIT) dramas — Sabra Healthcare REIT, Inc.’s (NASDAQ: SBRA) successful shareholder vote to acquire Care Capital Properties (NYSE: CCP), and Quality Care Properties’ (NYSE: QCP) decision to seek receivership for the struggling HCR ManorCare’s facilities. But much more happened in […]

America’s Best Places to Retire May Lure Seniors from SNFs

Retiring seniors may choose to relocate depending on the cost of living — and cost of care. Financial website WalletHub measured 40 key metrics in the 150 most populated U.S. cities across four dimensions — affordability, activities, quality of life and health care — to find which places were the best and worst for retirement. […]

How Certain Nurses Can Lower Hospital Readmission Rates at SNFs

For skilled nursing providers looking for ways to reduce unnecessary hospitalizations, taking on advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) could be the way forward. That’s according to Marilyn Rantz, professor of nursing for Missouri University’s Sinclair School of Nursing. In 2012, the nursing school received almost $15 million from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for an initiative aimed […]

Why One Skilled Nursing Operator is Paying for CNA Training

It’s an industry-wide notion that good workers — not to mention certified nursing assistants (CNAs) — can be hard to come by. That’s why a United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) location in Chelsea, Mich., is taking extra steps to snag a few good CNAs by paying for their training. Chelsea Retirement Community is now taking applications […]

Activity Directors, Nurse Aides See Biggest SNF Pay Bumps in 2017

Activity directors and non-certified nurse aides enjoyed the largest pay raises — on a percentage basis — of all skilled nursing employees between 2016 and 2017, according to the latest data set from the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service. Among salaried employees, activity directors took the crown with a bump of 3.44%, or a rise […]

Must-Read Stories: Trumpcare’s Death, ManorCare’s Potential Breakup

First things first: We here at Skilled Nursing News won’t say that Trumpcare has officially died — it’s been revived multiple times so far— but after months of hand-wringing and dire projections about Obamacare repeal’s effect on the skilled nursing industry, it finally looks as though the former president’s cornerstone legislative victory is here to […]

Fighting the Perception of SNFs as ‘Minor Leagues’ of Nursing

Skilled nursing operators know the cold facts: Finding and retaining quality employees has gotten a lot harder as the improving economy created a job-seeker’s market, especially among more specialized practitioners such as nurses. And that’s before considering SNFs’ reputation as a “farm system” where nurses go to pick up a year or two of experience […]

How Skilled Nursing Operators Can Let Employees Do the Hiring

Finding and retaining talented employees remains a top priority for skilled nursing operators, but the wide availability of job-search options online can often feel daunting. Instead of shouting into the void, some SNFs could find success attracting new employees by using the workers they already have, according to a panel discussion at the Senior Housing News Chicago […]

Finding a Structural Solution to Skilled Nursing Staffing Woes

Retaining a staff of talented, motivated employees has remained one of the most vexing problems for skilled nursing operators, as a recovering economy has drastically increased the competition for the best workers. One SNF provider has successfully turned to a clear organizational structure for an answer, while some other senior housing providers have taken even more novel approaches, according […]

Non-Doctor Specialists Provide More Care in Skilled Nursing

The number of doctors practicing in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) has dropped, while the number of non-doctor SNF specialists has nearly doubled, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine. Headed by Dr. Joan Teno of the Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence at the University of […]