‘An Extinction Event’: Industry Leaders Blast Finalized Nursing Home Staffing Mandate

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on Monday unveiled the finalized minimum staffing standards for nursing homes, drawing sharp – and deeply apprehensive – responses from leaders in the sector. CEOs of nursing home owners and operators and leaders of industry associations were all but unanimous in their reactions; among those who spoke […]

Eduro, Care Initiatives, HDG Execs: Punitive Regulatory Climate Hurts Nursing Home Providers as Staffing Mandate Looms

In light of the upcoming nursing home staffing mandate, industry leaders are concerned about how the measure will be enforced. And, they’re still trying to cope with what they describe as a punitive approach to surveys. On the plus side, labor pressures have started to ease, and workforce initiatives are bearing fruit. “It’s just hard […]

‘Sirens Going Off’: Providers Warn of Mass Closures, Vast Nursing Home Deserts Due to Staffing Mandate

As nursing homes closures continue across the country, “nursing home deserts” are expanding, and the proposed federal staffing mandate is expected to exacerbate the problem. This is despite attempts to make the potential policy change easier for providers in rural markets, which are especially vulnerable to access issues. Operators in these areas point to the […]

Nursing Home Survey Trends: Citation Frequency on the Rise, Coupled with Ongoing Regional Subjectivity

Nursing home operators are seeing government oversight surveyors collaborate at the state and federal level to issue more citations at a time when the nursing home industry is already grappling with a very tight regulatory environment. The survey process is fraught with problems – including lacking standardization – resulting in unnecessary citations and distractions, according […]

‘Still Losing Money:’ Care Initiatives CEO Warns of SNFs Forced to Sell or Close, Keeps Focus on Ancillary Growth

While many states have enacted long-anticipated Medicaid rebasing, some nursing home leaders say it’s too little too late. States like Iowa, with smaller facilities largely run by independent owners, are seeing closures despite receiving $15 million to increase Medicaid reimbursement rates beginning July 1. Reality has hit many such independent owners, according to Michael Beal, […]