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 […]

RNs Tops at Preventing Costly Medicine Problems in SNFs

Registered nurses (RNs) are better equipped than licensed practical nurses (LPNs) to identify medication order discrepancies that could lead to major problems, according to a new study from the University of Missouri. “If we’re not managing these medications appropriately and not identifying what the potential problems are, these residents may end up back in the hospital,” […]

Kindred Offering $10K Signing Bonus to Attract Registered Nurses

Louisville, Kentucky-based Kindred Healthcare is offering a $10,000 signing bonus for each of five registered nurse (RN) positions in the Louisville area listed on its job website. The high signing bonus, first reported by Louisville Business First on Friday, is also available to RNs in California, New Mexico, Missouri, Colorado and Georgia, Kindred’s job site indicates. […]

LCS Promotes Joel Nelson to President, CEO

Life Care Services (LCS), one of the largest nursing and senior housing companies in the U.S., has promoted Joel Nelson to CEO and president. The leadership change is effective Jan. 1, 2018, the company announced Thursday. Longtime CEO Ed Kenny, pictured above, will remain chairman of the board of Life Care Companies and LCS Holdings. Based in Des Moines, […]

Tips to Recruit and Retain the Best SNF Directors of Nursing

Leader. Lifelong learner. Top-notch clinician. All ideal qualities for a skilled nursing facility’s director of nursing (DON). Finding – and keeping – a person with all those qualities is a daunting challenge. “I can only tell you, DONs in the post-acute skilled nursing world are very rare and they’re a treasure,” said Nancy Schwalm, chief business development […]

The Steps SNFs Can Take to Reduce Inappropriate Medication Use

Skilled nursing facilities looking to lower the use of potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) could see success through implementing Multidisciplinary Multistep Medication Review (3MR) intervention, a study published Oct. 10 in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests. Hans Wouters of the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands, along with his colleagues, recruited 426 nursing home residents […]

Worker Sues SNF Employer Over ‘Invasive’ Fingerprint Scans

An employee of a skilled nursing and rehab center in Illinois is taking his employer to court over mandatory fingerprint scans he says violate a state privacy law. Martin Ragsdale filed suit in Illinois circuit court against Paramount of Oak Park Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, according to Law360. Ragsdale said […]

Skilled Nursing Facilities Cut Hospitalizations in CMS Initiative

A multi-year initiative from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to lower hospitalizations in long-term care has its first set of finalized results, with data showing that the plan is working so far. CMS on Friday announced that all seven participating sites saw declines in hospitalizations. Six of the seven had statistically significant drops in […]