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 […]

90% of Skilled Nursing Pros Say Reimbursement Will Suffer Due to Labor Issues

As critical staffing shortages are leading some operators to rethink how and where their MDS documentation needs to be completed, turnover at the MDS coordinator role continues to hamper providers and their ability to capitalize on clinical reimbursement. In a survey of about 500 SNF professionals, as many as 60% of respondents said they had […]

Shorter Stays Bring Rewards Under PDPM — But Only to a Point

Skilled nursing providers might be able to reap financial gains under the new Medicare payment model taking effect in October of this year if they can cut their average patient length of stay (LOS). But the gains will only hold until a certain point, and providers that already have shorter LOS —- such as short-term […]

Providers Can’t Fall for Therapy Myths When Preparing for PDPM

As skilled nursing facilities and rehabilitation providers across the U.S. prepare for the changes to Medicare payments coming in October, they have to make sure they don’t get sidetracked by a slew of misconceptions about what’s coming. That’s according to a Tuesday webinar by clinical management software provider Optima Healthcare Solutions, held in conjunction with […]

HealthPRO Heritage Acquires LTC Therapy Provider Agility

HealthPRO Heritage, a portfolio company of the private equity firm Beecken Petty O’Keefe, announced on Thursday that it had purchased the long-term care division of Alliance Physical Therapy Management for an undisclosed sum. The division, Agility Health, provides services to more than 20 long-term care facilities, HealthPRO vice president of mergers and acquisitions Anton Kuznetsov […]

Providers Must Lay Groundwork Now for Coming Payment ‘Game Changer’

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hasn’t yet announced complete details about upcoming changes to therapy reimbursements, but that doesn’t mean skilled nursing facilities should wait for word on the sidelines. “In general, we really need to consider redesign — care redesign — because what you’re doing today, and I say that obviously […]