Evolving Nursing Home Business Model Sees Rise of Third-Party Docs, Therapists, Back Office Staff

As rising acuity and reimbursement challenges stymy nursing home workforce growth, third party contracts have been increasingly responsible for providing daily services. Whether its providing resident-facing clinical work, including use of third party doctors, supplying medical equipment or rendering back office services that focus more on ensuring proper documentation for reimbursement, third parties are increasingly […]

Stemming the Rise of Psychotropics in Nursing Homes: Educational Outreach, Collaboration, Medication Management Are Key

The efforts of the federal government and nursing homes to reduce the use of psychotropics have been significant, and seem to have paid off until recently when the numbers painted a more grim picture. Some operators believe that the alarming rise in the prescriptions of psychotropics is partly due to a lack of communication between […]

Nursing Homes Beat Siloed Care, Reduce Hospitalizations with New Clinical Teamwork Models

Research suggests that collaboration between various departments leads to better health outcomes at nursing homes, but that has been a difficult principle to follow, often because of time and regulatory constraints placed on staff already stretched thin. However, team-based care is the name of the game and sticking to it is important for the future […]

How Nursing Homes Can Adapt to Intensified CMS Psychotropic Drug Oversight

The nursing home industry will be feeling the pain of “another stick” with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) plan to tighten antipsychotic oversight and penalties. At least, that’s what GAPS Health CEO Dr. Jerome Wilborn thinks. GAPS Health is a medical directorship group that aims to optimize SNF efficiency and eliminate unnecessary […]

Remaining ‘High and Unchanged’ For A Decade, OIG Report Slams Nursing Home Psychotropic Use 

Despite federal efforts to curb inappropriate medication use in the nursing home setting, national entities say the overall use of psychotropic drugs in the space remained “high and unchanged” since 2011. A report released Thursday by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) delved into the continued use […]

A Natural Fit: New CMS Requirements Elevate Nursing Homes’ Behavioral Health Role

In recently announced rules of participation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) included several updates related to behavioral health in nursing homes. The agency aims to further address the rights and available services for residents with mental health needs, including a focus on situations where practitioners or facilities may have inaccurately diagnosed or […]

Diabetes Overtreatment Common in Nursing Homes as White House Focuses Efforts on Unnecessary Meds

While the Biden administration’s overprescription reform in nursing homes focuses mostly on antipsychotics, research has found that other disease treatments – including medication for type 2 diabetes – are overprescribed as well. About 40% of nursing home residents with type 2 diabetes were either overtreated or potentially overtreated, according to results published in the Journal […]

CMS Works to Further Reduce Inappropriate Medication Use in Nursing Homes as Part of Biden Reforms

The Biden administration’s recent efforts to further reduce inappropriate medications in nursing homes has been a multi-year endeavor for industry leaders, but many in the space believe there is still a long way to go. As part of the administration’s nursing home reforms, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will launch a new […]

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 […]

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. […]

Collaboration Between Physicians, Nursing Home Staff Should Not End With the COVID-19 Emergency

The COVID-19 emergency overturned nursing home operations overnight in almost every respect, notably with regard to the provision of clinical care. And according to a panel of physicians who work in the nursing home setting, some of those changes should stick around, even after the public health emergency finally comes to a close. Namely, they […]

SavaSeniorCare Takes Regional Approach to Nursing Home Clinical Challenges with New Chief Medical Director

In the investment and finance side of skilled nursing, “regional” is commonly cited as a strength for an operator; the idea is that a strong presence in a concentrated geography allows for better relationships with hospitals and referral partners, physicians, and the community generally. But thinking regionally goes beyond the financial well-being of a facility, […]

North Shore Looks to Bolster Nursing Home Quality, Fix a ‘Missed Opportunity’ with Sweeping Physician Partnership

Skilled nursing operator North Shore Healthcare recently announced an expansion of its work with a Dallas-based physician-led organization to its entire portfolio, with the goal of enhancing and standardizing the clinical care in North Shore’s 71 SNFs and assisted living facilities. It’s work that North Shore CEO David Mills is particularly important because of the […]