Skilled Nursing Vs. Home Health: Referral Trends Shift Due to Acuity, Staffing Shortages, Regulation

After years in which Medicare policy and Covid-19 drove more hospital referrals to home health, skilled nursing facilities recently have seen referrals surge, thanks to a variety of factors. Referral trends through January 2023 showed a jump in patients sent to the nursing home while at the same time rejection rates for home health agency […]

CMS Proposal Marks Shift After Years of Skilled Nursing Frustration with Medicare Advantage Diversions

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has decided to take action on transitions in care – specifically Medicare Advantage (MA) plans diverting care to home health instead of skilled nursing – after years of skilled nursing industry and consumer feedback. CMS last month took steps to address the trend with a proposed rule […]

Skilled Nursing Providers Struggle to Meet Referral Demand Amid Staffing Crunch

After months of wondering if hospital referrals would ever rebound during the height of the pandemic, skilled nursing operators now face a new problem. Worsening staffing shortages have left many operators unable to meet current patient demand. That’s according to a new report from CarePort, a WellSky company. The report examines data from more than […]

Why Referral Rejection Rates Hit A Two-Year High For SNF Operators

While building back hospital referrals is one way skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) have looked to recover census loss over the course of COVID-19, new data shows that referral rejection rates are at an all-time high as staffing shortages continue to cripple the sector. That’s according to an analysis by Careport, a WellSky company, which shows […]

Meadowbrook CEO Focusing on More Complex Patients and Building Back Hospital Referrals in 2022

Heading to 2022, Meadowbrook Post-Acute CEO Mario Marasigan’s top priority is to build back hospital referrals lost over the course of COVID. New referrals are still down 20% for the skilled nursing sector compared to pre-COVID rates and with home health playing a larger role in discharge patterns than ever before, facilities like Meadowbrook have […]

Most Read Skilled Nursing Stories for 2021

Several recurring topics crept up while chronicling Skilled Nursing News’ most-read stories of the year – occupancy, staffing, acquisitions and the industry’s place in value-based care – among others. Of course, the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and subsequent mandate were top-of-mind the entire year as well. The Biden administration sought to boost lagging staff vaccine rates […]

14% Uptick in Patients Being Discharged Home From Nursing Homes

An analysis of over 90,000 custodial patients from 517 skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) across the country found a 14% increase between 2019 and 2021 in the number of patients being discharged home, according to recent analysis by care coordination software provider CarePort. With new referrals still down 20% from their pre-COVID rates for SNFs as […]

More Discharges Diverted to The Home, Analyst Wonders If ‘We’ve Moved the Needle Too Far’

Sicker patients, after less time spent in a hospital, are being diverted from a skilled nursing facility in favor of home care and hospice, according to recent analysis by care coordination software provider CarePort. Discharge trends have resulted in a struggling occupancy rebound for SNFs, Martin said, with referred patients reportedly between 60 and 75% […]

36% of Skilled Nursing Facilities See Star-Rating Declines After CMS Changes Take Effect

Roughly 36% of skilled nursing facilities saw a drop in their overall star ratings after planned changes to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Nursing Home Compare system took effect on Wednesday. That’s according to a pair of analyses from the American Health Care Association (AHCA), a trade group representing nursing homes, and […]