Principle LTC Expands Clinical Partnership to Include Alzheimer’s Study

North Carolina-based operator Principle LTC is bringing a new opportunity for Alzheimer’s research to its facilities, thanks to an expanded partnership with research organization Care Access. Principle LTC residents that meet criteria at North Carolina facilities, along with community members, will be able to participate in clinical trials, according to a news release announcing the […]

Former CMS Chief Verma: Focus on SNF Ownership a ‘Colossal Waste of Time,’ More Holistic Approach Needed to Drive Quality

As the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services moves ahead with efforts to increase transparency over nursing home ownership — and with private equity in particular taking heat — the former head of the government agency called some of the initiatives “a colossal waste of time.” Instead, former CMS Administrator Seema Verma believes a more […]

Post-Acute Workflow Automation Company Element5 Closes $30M Funding Round

Element5, a company focused on automating administrative duties in the nursing home, has raised $30 million in its latest Series B funding round — with plans to expand its technology use to more health organizations at a faster rate. The company also looks to expand into newer service lines within post-acute care and scale adoption […]

What Service Lines 5 Nursing Home Leaders Plan to Invest In For the Future

With data suggesting that more than 400 nursing homes could close in 2022 and pandemic-related federal funding coming to an end, SNFs are increasingly having to find ways to solidify their role in the post-acute care continuum moving forward. For nursing home leaders, this means identifying what types of investments will move the needle forward […]

Omega Looks to Continue to be Opportunistic With Tech Investments for its SNF Tenants

As skilled nursing facilities continue to face financial constraints brought on by the pandemic, Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE: OHI) wants to help support its operators’ technological improvements by investing in the space. Through a partnership with MyndVr, a leading virtual reality provider, the real estate investment trust (REIT) will bring virtual reality experiences to its […]

Curve Health Wraps $12M Funding Round

Curve Health raised $12 million in its latest Series A funding round, as the leaders behind the senior care technology platform have plans for significant growth in the next year. Curve Health’s platform includes telemedicine, health information exchange, data and predictive analytics and billing integrations, with the goal of avoiding unnecessary hospital trips and improving […]

How Guardian Healthcare Sparked 125% Growth in Referrals

Despite freezing admissions for a short time at the onset of the pandemic, Guardian Healthcare’s hospital referrals have bounced back since that time – which may be something of an anomaly in the skilled nursing space. The Brockway, Pa.-based provider with roughly 50 SNFs spread throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio has seen a significant […]

Telehealth Opening Doors For Smaller Operators To Join I-SNP Networks

As the I-SNP model continues to expand across the skilled nursing industry, some see it as one way to effectively push telehealth services into smaller, rural facilities that don’t have the infrastructure to support the services by themselves. “We’re seeing a lot of traction in the I-SNP model,” TapestryHealth Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer Mordy […]

Inadequate Tech Buckling Under Pandemic Strain for Nursing Home Staff

Facility systems and technology have not been able to keep up with additional strains of pandemic workloads, according to direct care participants in a recent survey. About 81% of health care workers, including nursing home staff, have had issues with systems and technology while caring for patients – 73% say these same systems have not […]

New TapestryHealth CEO Mark Hirschhorn Wants SNF Telehealth Adoption Addressed at National Level

Telemedicine provider and primary care practice TapestryHealth named Mark Hirschhorn CEO this week as the telehealth veteran plans to focus on seeing expanded use of the technology in the skilled nursing space. Hirschhorn wants to expand the use of Tapestry services, now operating in over three dozen states and hundreds of facilities, as it has […]

Nimble Nursing Homes Can Cash in on Shifting Referral Demographic, Interest from Big Tech

Health system interest, along with the ongoing pandemic, has continued to drive referrals away from skilled nursing facilities and toward home health programs in 2021. WellSky, a data analytics company focused on providers across the care continuum, has seen a 15% increase in discharges to home health programs that would normally be reserved for a […]

Dialyze Direct Acquires Renew Dialysis, Adding Virginia to Its SNF Footprint

Dialyze Direct, already the nation’s leading provider of hemodialysis services in skilled nursing facilities, shows no signs of slowing as it’s poised to enter states in 2022. The national provider now in 13 states and 130 SNFs across the country, announced this week that it acquired Renew Dialysis, a regional provider of on-site dialysis with […]

14% Uptick in Patients Being Discharged Home From Nursing Homes

An analysis of over 90,000 custodial patients from 517 skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) across the country found a 14% increase between 2019 and 2021 in the number of patients being discharged home, according to recent analysis by care coordination software provider CarePort. With new referrals still down 20% from their pre-COVID rates for SNFs as […]

Telehealth Not A ‘One-Size-Fits-All’ Solution For Nursing Homes, Study Finds

A sample of clinicians and administrators at 700 nursing homes nationwide revealed that while telehealth appears to be one COVID-19 trend that’s here to stay, integration of the technology can come at a cost. For some facilities, telehealth was found to cause less socialization opportunities for older adults, and for a patient population that includes […]

Higher Acuity Means More Specialists Needed in SNF Setting, NodMD Execs Say

Clinical specialists and telemedicine are key to caring for a higher-acuity population among skilled nursing facilities, with the likelihood of less readmissions. Ideally, specialists should be on a clinical team within a nursing home, led by a medical director, but sometimes facilities don’t have access to needed specialists because of location and the wider staffing […]

Sava, Signature Leaders Say Tech Investment is Crucial to Redesigning Long-Term Care

Post-acute care clinicians are looking to workflow technology to help with frontline burnout in an effort to redesign clinical care and erase redundancies along the care continuum. Tech investment and implementation is broken down by the “need of the hour,” as Signature HealthCARE chief medical officer Dr. Arif Nazir puts it, with infection control and […]