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 […]

Highest Paid Chief Executives in Skilled Nursing

Though many of the chief executives behind some of the biggest public skilled nursing companies in the U.S. made millions of dollars last year, some earned more than others. Company leaders at Quality Care Properties (NYSE: QCP), Kindred Healthcare (NYSE: KND), and Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE: OHI) made the most in total compensation in 2016 — […]

New Center is ‘One-Stop Shop’ for Senior Care Workforce Solutions

With skilled nursing facing a labor crunch that could explode into a full-scale crisis, one major provider association has launched a Center for Workforce Solutions. Washington, D.C.-based LeadingAge — an organization with more than 6,000 members, mostly consisting of non-profit senior care providers — officially announced the Center for Workforce Solutions last week. It will […]

One-Star Skilled Nursing Facilities Could Hold Promise for Investors

A five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) can boost a skilled nursing facility’s profile in a community and perhaps attract increased attention — and dollars — from potential investors. But savvy buyers should consider the wider context of a particular SNF’s Nursing Home Compare stars, as buried beneath a supposedly “bad” […]

Trumpcare Would Kill Jobs, Swing Funding to Skilled Nursing Care

The American Health Care Act (AHCA)—the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare—would alter the way Medicaid is funded, and could influence more states to shift care back to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), according to a recent report. By switching Medicaid financing to per capita caps, which provides states with an aggregate amount of funding […]

Tips for Retaining SNF Caregivers from Millennials to Boomers

Younger certified nursing assistants (CNAs) tend to have different complaints about the skilled nursing workplace than older CNAs, and awareness of these generational differences could be the first step toward more effective retention efforts. That’s one key takeaway from a small study out of Armstrong State University in Savannah, Ga. Researchers surveyed 100 CNAs at […]

N.Y. Post: HCR ManorCare CEO Demands $100 Million Payout

HCR ManorCare CEO Paul Ormond has asked for the immediate payment of a $100 million deferred settlement package stemming from a private equity takeover of the company back in 2007, according to a report in the New York Post. The Carlyle Group, a Washington, D.C.-based private equity firm, bought the Toledo, Ohio-based HCR ManorCare a decade ago […]