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 […]