Data is Essential for Skilled Nursing Facilities to Thrive in New World

In the face of the changing payment landscape, skilled nursing providers can’t afford to put off data collection. In fact, there’s a lot of information gathering they must be doing now to adapt to value-based payments, Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI), the rise of Medicare Advantage (MA), and a host of other changes, Leah […]

Providers, Residents Must Be Partners with Technology — Not Just Users

With the aging population and the expansion of all kinds of senior living settings, smart technology has frequently been identified as a way to make residents’ and providers’ lives easier. But all too often, commercially available tech isn’t designed with seniors’ needs in mind, one researcher noted — and it’s high time that both residents […]

Unlike in Other Settings, Telehealth Could Spur Skilled Nursing Savings

The use of telehealth services is commonly floated as a way to improve care and reduce health care spending at skilled nursing facilities, particularly rural ones. But there are several factors that drive the effect of telehealth on medical spending, and in practice, spending will drop only in specific situations, according to an opinion piece […]

Data-Driven Partnership Targets Hospital Admissions from Nursing Homes

A new partnership aims to give skilled nursing facilities a leg up in preventing readmissions by facilitating the transmission of patient data in as close to real time as possible. If successful, it could boost resident quality of life — and help SNFs win back some of the 2% of Medicare reimbursements that the Centers […]

Most Long-Term Care Companies Say They Don’t Invest Enough in Tech

A long-term care (LTC) community plays host to residents, clinicians and, at times, family members, and with that variety comes a potentially dizzying array of technological considerations ranging from nurse call systems to video surveillance. But there are some distinctive trends in the LTC space for tech and devices, according to a Tuesday webinar from […]

New Company Sees Potential in Hosting Bed-License Auctions

A new company from HealthSwap Advisors is looking to bring transparency and efficiencies to the buying and selling of health care bed licenses. Launched last year, the Bed License Exchange is a marketplace that allows investors and operators to buy and sell these licenses in a confidential, auction-style platform. “Up until this point, bed license availability […]

Skilled Nursing Provider Bets on Remote Monitoring

A recent vendor-funded study showed that passive monitoring technology could bring savings to skilled nursing operators — and at least one operator agrees. The Allure Group, which owns six skilled nursing facilities in New York, is in the process of implementing contact-free continuous monitoring (CFCM) from EarlySense in all of its facilities. “Remote monitoring is […]

Modern Skilled Nursing Must Have Tech Foundation

When picturing the best setting for a thriving, well-lived life, most people won’t imagine a nursing home. The skilled nursing facility of the future can change that, however, with a strong technological base that facilitates connectivity for both residents and medical personnel. “A building requires a foundation,” Michael Skaff, chief information officer at Jewish Senior […]

Monitoring Tech Could Boost Per-SNF Revenues by $3.6 Million

The average post-acute care (PAC) facility in the U.S. could increase its profits by 13% and its revenue by 22% by installing contact-free continuous monitoring (CFCM) in just some of its existing beds, according to a white paper from consulting firm Frost & Sullivan (F&S) The Israel-based medical device company EarlySense, which provides contact-free and continuous […]

How OpenTable Inspired One Skilled Nursing Software Provider

Skilled nursing operators are facing increased incentives to collaborate with providers across the care continuum, and electronic health record (EHR) software is often identified as a potential solution. But such a strategy can only work if every provider in a given chain of care uses the same software, which can create barriers both for SNFs […]

New Data and Operational Models Drive SNF-Hospital Partnerships

For years, skilled nursing providers have been jockeying to participate in narrowing health care networks, as hospitals and other referral sources have raised the bar on what they need from post-acute partners. In this competitive environment, some of the nation’s largest SNF providers continue to up their game. A case in point can be found […]

Top Skilled Nursing Trends of 2018

Now that we’ve broken down the top 10 stories of the last year, it’s time for us to dive into our predictions for the top skilled nursing trends of the coming 12 months. Some key headwinds, such as questions over Medicaid reimbursements, declining occupancy, and new regulations — including the final round of the requirements […]

Care Collaboration-Focused Tech Company Raises $47.5M

Care collaboration between providers on the continuum remains a top priority for skilled nursing facilities and other providers, especially as new payment models such as bundled payments require operators to work together. One Utah-based firm sees potential in capturing emergency-room data that follows a patient outside the hospital — and investors have given the idea a $47.5 […]

Tech Investment, Integration Still Woefully Lacking in Post-Acute Care

Coordination between a skilled nursing facility (SNF) and other care providers is crucial for patients receiving post-acute care (PAC). However, many providers are still not leveraging the power of data analytics and the use of electronic health records (EHR) in this equation, according to a recent survey published by Tampa-based market research firm Black Book. […]

Can Music Therapy Help Improve Outcomes in Nursing Homes?

Three years ago, filmgoers were charmed by the story of a non-profit that helped nursing home residents relive their youths and improve their moods through music. Now, a team of Brown University researchers is setting out to discover whether the program could have concrete medical benefits for seniors — and operational opportunities for skilled nursing […]

From Buses to Putting Greens, SNFs Align Rehab with Everyday Life

As operators in the skilled nursing industry seek to offer higher-end services, some providers have turned to outside-the-box rehabilitation equipment geared toward residents’ lifestyles — from putting greens to throat-controlled video games to a decommissioned city bus. For Legacy Healthcare, that means branding one of its rehab units as a “penthouse.” The Lincolnwood, Ill.-based firm provides transitional, […]

New Jersey’s Care Cams Come to Skilled Nursing, With Restrictions

Last December, the state of New Jersey made waves in the elder care industry by announcing its “Safe Care Cam” program, allowing relatives to rent surveillance cameras from the state. Initially intended for use in private houses to monitor home health and care aides, the program abruptly expanded this spring to include skilled nursing facilities, […]

How On-Site Dialysis in SNFs Could Improve Patient Outcomes

Improving patient outcomes remains a top priority for skilled nursing providers, and some have begun to see the potential benefits of offering specialized on-site services such as dialysis. Shelley Matthes, director of quality improvement at Ecumen, believes delivering hemodialysis treatments on site eases the overall process for the patient who would otherwise be required to travel […]

How Skilled Nursing Facilities Can Boost Rehab with Virtual Avatars

The senior care market has been invaded by robots aiming to assist patients at every level of care. And now one technology company is seeking to create avatars for seniors to recover after surgery at skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) or at home. Reflexion Health, a San Diego-based technology startup, aims to improve the health of […]