Indiana SNF Invests in School Partnerships, Culture to Bolster Staff Amid Fierce Wage Competition

Close relationships with local educational institutions – colleges and high schools included – and a reinvented company culture five years in the making have helped Indiana operator Providence Health Care at the Woods recruit and retain staff. Providence president and CEO Mandy Lynch and Jessica Zook, director of health information, shared details on these initiatives […]

CMS Hints at Value-Based Program Consolidation, Gives Nod to I-SNP Success

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure noted higher participation in value-based payment models like Institutional Special Needs Plans (I-SNPs) during a recent discussion with HealthAffairs, but also hinted that consolidation of such programs may be needed. “Too many models in too many places that aren’t coordinated with each other,” is how […]

Crackdown on Improper Medicare SNF Payments May Cost More Than It Saves

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made a splash last month when it claimed that skilled nursing facilities received $84 million in Medicare payments for treatments that didn’t qualify — but now a group of doctors claims that the proposed cures might be worse than the disease. Writing in a blog post for […]

Skilled Nursing Spending Growth Slowed in 2016

Overall spending on skilled nursing care slowed in 2016, according to the most recent report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In all, payers spent $162.7 billion on care at nursing homes and continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), an increase of 2.9% from 2015. That’s slower than the 3.7% growth between 2014 […]

Common Ownership of SNFs, Hospitals on the Rise Among Investors

Over the past decade, the behind-the-scenes relationship between hospitals and skilled nursing facilities has warmed through more common investors, and researchers from Harvard University are raising questions about competition and antitrust regulations. The percentage of acute care hospitals having common investor ties to the post-acute or hospice sectors increased from 24.6% in 2005 to 48.9% in […]

Hospitals Provide Too Little Guidance in SNF Selection

Getting on a preferred provider list with a hospital as a skilled nursing partner is no easy feat, as it can require proving high-quality clinical outcomes. However, information about provider quality often never makes it to a patient who is discharged from a hospital, according to a recent study. This leaves the patient with a list […]