With CMS Nixing Mandatory Patient Satisfaction Measure, Nursing Homes Remain ‘Behind the Times’

The issue of formally requiring patient surveys for nursing homes, similar to surveys mandated in other segments of health care, has long been a source of debate – one getting stirred up again after federal policy makers decided to nix patient satisfaction measures from the recently issued final prospective payment rule for 2024. The Centers […]

‘Backed into a Corner’: Over 500 Nursing Home Providers Gather to Protest Looming Minimum Staffing Proposal

Nursing home industry leaders, more than 500 of whom gathered on Capitol Hill this week to influence workforce legislation, sounded alarms over the possibility of a minimum staffing rule at the conclusion of their meeting with policy makers Tuesday. At a time when the industry is still reeling from the effects of massive worker shortages […]

Nursing Home Industry Recovery Requires More Pain and Innovation

It’s hard to pin down how nursing home operators should be feeling as the end of the year approaches. The best way I could describe it, one week after attending the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) conference in Nashville, is a combination of optimism and pessimism that fluctuates depending on the […]

Good Samaritan CEO: ‘We’ve Still Got a Long Way to Go’ With Thousands of Open Positions

With roughly 2,000 job openings to fill, Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society CEO Nate Schema has had to attack the issue from all sides. Most recently Good Samaritan launched a director of nursing (DON) in training program in hopes of developing a “very defined pathway to grow high potential people.” The not-for-profit senior care giant […]

Why Immigration Falls Short as a Nursing Home Workforce Solution — And How to Fix It

Current immigration policies are creating unnecessary roadblocks that hinder the recovery and potential growth of the nursing home industry’s workforce by “leaps and bounds.” And the situation has only become increasingly more dire as the sector faces a labor shortage at levels not seen in the last three decades. The ability to bring over international […]

Non-Clinical Staffing Shortages Create Pipeline Issues for Critical Nursing Home Positions

Nursing home leaders expect non-clinical staffing shortages to have a crippling long-term impact on the talent pipeline and career interest in the space – both on a clinical and supervisory level – as many young people make the choice to enter the workforce via other industries. Infection prevention protocol and more broadly the tight regulatory […]

Nursing Home Closures Hit Smaller Markets as Financial, Staffing Crisis Deepens Across Industry

Skilled nursing facilities situated in small markets across the country have faced mounting pressure to sell or close after more than two years of a pandemic, an ongoing workforce crisis and federal reform on the horizon with no monetary support. If a closure does happen, that leaves residents and their families sometimes separated 40-plus miles […]

Nursing Homes Add 1,300 More Jobs in May as 26% of Operators Fear Closure

While the latest employment numbers show the health care sector grew by 28,000 jobs in May – including 1,300 nursing home jobs – staffing shortages continue to hold operators back, with many still limiting admissions and asking current staff to work overtime as a result. Employment in health care overall is still down 223,000 jobs […]

Up to 400,000 Residents Living in Nursing Homes Facing Financial Peril

Slow occupancy recovery and workforce shortages have created unprecedented challenges for the skilled nursing industry, with projected operating margins expected to stay in the negative for at least the next year. In fact, as many as 40% of nursing home residents could be “at risk” to be displaced as the sector’s median operating margin is […]

In the Pipeline: South Dakota Gets First New SNF Since 1988

Construction: In progress Illinois Community to Offer Short-Term Rehab A forthcoming senior living and nursing facility in Huntley, Illinois, will offer short-term rehab when it opens in December. The 110-bed Alden Estates of Huntley is part of a $51 million project from Alden Realty Services, the Northwest Herald reported. The project will also have independent living, assisted living […]