Marquis Adds New Layer to SNF Service Model With Direct Admission Option

In an effort to meet the evolving needs and growing demands of a patient population that’s become sicker and more complex over the course of Covid, Marquis Health Consulting Services will be enhancing its direct admission options for skilled nursing patients that will serve as an alternative to care in the home. The SNF service […]

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 […]

‘We’re Hurting Big Time’: Medicare Therapy Cut Worsens SNF Staffing Crisis, Care Access

Nursing home residents, staff and company leadership in the physical therapy space are already seeing a bottleneck in access to care, driven by cuts to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) that went into effect three months ago. One significant cut among Medicare Part B physical and occupational therapy […]

Arcadia Care Uses Local Expertise, Expense Cuts to Turnaround Facility in Their ‘Backyard’

Arcadia Care expanded its footprint in central Illinois after taking over a skilled nursing facility in need of a more “present” operator. Within the first month, CEO Dovid Seitler said Arcadia Care increased the facility’s acuity level, stabilized occupancy and improved financials through necessary expense cuts. Seitler attributed almost doubling the facility’s skilled mix and […]

Florida Medical Clinic Forms Post Acute Care Network with 10 Skilled Nursing Facilities

Florida Medical Clinic on Monday announced it has formed its own post-acute care network to serve Tampa Bay residents – including 10 skilled nursing facilities. The new network is designed for patients that need extended therapy or rehabilitation after discharge from the hospital, the Florida Medical Clinic said in a statement. Joe Delatorre, Florida Medical […]

Marquis’ Chronic Illness Initiative Creates ‘Mini Hospital Environment’ to Address LTC Gaps

Marquis Health Services in early 2022 plans to launch a chronic illness initiative focused on nephrology, pulmonology, cardiology, pastoral, palliative and infectious disease services, in an effort to address what the operator considers gaps in post-acute and long-term care. Brick, N.J.-based Marquis is currently evaluating and qualifying facilities to participate in the initiative, according to […]

Strongest Hospital-SNF Partnerships Start With Most Clinically Complex Patients For Novant Health

For Winston-Salem, N.C.-based health system, Novant Health, which includes 15 hospitals, 800 clinics and hundreds of outpatient facilities, admissions have started to return to pre-COVID-19 numbers but referrals to SNFs are still down. While some of that has been lost to home-based care, Andrea Areskog, senior director of value-based care operations at Novant Health says […]

Interface Rehab to Pay $2M in False Claims Act Settlement

Interface Rehab will pay $2 million to settle federal allegations of rehabilitation billing fraud, the Department of Justice announced on Friday. This announcement comes one year after the DOJ announced a $16.7 million False Claims Act settlement with Longwood Management Corporation and 27 individual affiliated skilled nursing facilities over its rehabilitation services. The $2 million […]

Respiratory Vendors See Surge in Business, But SNFs Must Pay (Mostly) Out-of-Pocket

Respiratory service vendors have seen a boom in business due to the pandemic, with respiratory therapists sometimes filling in when COVID unit staff on a nursing home campus became scarce. RTs became indispensable when facilities were experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases, and continue to be needed to treat virus “long-haulers,” administering high-flow oxygen without […]

Some SNF Operators Specialize to Take on High-Acuity Patients

With fewer hospital referrals coming in, and a sicker patient population post-COVID, some operators are finding ways to stand out by specializing in specific areas of medicine to help bring in higher acuity patients. As Martin Siefering, principal at architecture firm Perkins Eastman, put it, nursing homes have more beds than they need right now […]

Symphony Rolls Out New Mental Health Service, Plans to Expand Across Portfolio

Symphony Care Network, a Midwest operator with more than 30 properties throughout Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan, is expanding its mental health services to better address a patient population that is more complex and sicker post-COVID. The Chicago-based company formed a new geriatric mental health service — Serenata Geropsychiatric Care program — that helps identify […]

CMS’ Proposed 2% Medicare Rate Cut Keeps Therapy Providers in ‘Pretty Dire’ Straits

The federal government has again proposed reductions to Medicare reimbursement for various Part B therapy services as part of its 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule. And while the suggested roughly 2% in cuts are measurably lower than reductions floated this time last year, Cynthia Morton, the executive vice president for the National Association […]

North Shore Healthcare, LifeSource Team Up to Address Mental Health in SNFs

The long-term care industry has dramatically shifted how it treats behavioral health needs in the 11 years since LifeSource Inc. was first founded, according to President Peggy Baddour. Coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, those needs have only become more clear for the long-term care facilities, independent living communities and behavioral health agencies LifeSource serves. […]

Therapy Intensity Linked to Lower Readmission Rates, Better Outcomes for Nursing Home Residents, Study Finds

Increased intensity of therapy services may directly lead to better outcomes for residents in nursing homes and other post-acute care settings, according to a new study backed by a pair of trade groups that represent physical and occupational therapists. Skilled nursing facility residents who received high-intensity therapy — defined as about 90 to 219 hours […]

Nursing Homes Proceed Cautiously on Group Therapy — But Vaccinations Allow Small Steps Forward

When the Medicare payment system for skilled nursing facilities was overhauled in 2019, one of the most anticipated provisions was the option to provide therapy to residents in group or concurrent settings — allowing for more socialization and cost savings. That provision got about four months of practice before the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world […]