Stiffer Fines, CARES Act Audits: What Nursing Homes Can Expect from the Biden Administration

Newly inaugurated President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, Xavier Becerra, will likely bring an uptick in enforcement and an increased focus on compliance from the agency as political scrutiny turns to long-term care facilities, where an estimated 40% of COVID-19 deaths have so far occurred. Becerra, the current […]

One Nursing Home’s Fines Can Become Another Facility’s Technology — But With Strings Attached

With COVID-19 forcing skilled nursing facilities to drastically restrict visitation, technology and virtual communication have emerged as critical tools to maintain social ties between residents and their loved ones. And there are federal funds — collected from facilities deemed to have run afoul of various rules — available to help SNFs bolster their technological offerings. […]

Multiple States Take Steps to Shield Nursing Homes From Liability Amid COVID-19 — But Rules Vary

Health care providers across the continuum have grappled with major challenges in providing care for patients with COVID-19, and several states have taken steps to shield them from lawsuits related to care provided during the national emergency. Skilled nursing facilities are often included in those liability protections, but the extent to which the protections apply […]

$1.5B Medicare Cash Influx to Skilled Nursing Facilities Has Strings Attached — and Some May Not Keep It

Late last week, some operators of skilled nursing facilities — along with many other providers that perform Medicare-reimbursed health care services — woke up to a sudden influx of cash in their corporate bank accounts. But they may not necessarily be able to keep it. Without much fanfare, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services […]

PDPM Creates New Litigation Risk for Skilled Nursing, Rehab Providers

After years of facing governmental and legal scrutiny over providing too many rehabilitation hours, both skilled nursing and therapy providers will soon find themselves with the completely opposite risk. As the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) shifts incentives away from the volume of therapy hours, providers could find themselves accused of not providing enough rehabilitation time […]

Background Check Law for Nursing Home Owners Creates Questions

The state of Georgia this month implemented a new background check law for nursing home owners, who will now be subject to the same requirements as frontline caregivers and other employees who interact with residents. But the threshold for who qualifies as an owner remains unclear. Employees, owners, and administrators will be required to undergo fingerprint […]

Low-Profile Buyers Seize Moment in Skilled Nursing Sector

As larger chains and real estate investment trusts (REITs) downsize, smaller buyers have taken center stage in the skilled nursing acquisitions arena. In particular, there’s been an uptick in smaller buyers of skilled nursing facilities who keep a lower profile, at least as defined by their web presence. It’s not uncommon for these individuals or […]