Nursing Home Operators Targeted in Increasing Number of Litigation Tied to 1099 Misclassification

Litigation tied to the use of independent contractors in the nursing home space has increased ever since the Department of Labor (DOL) in January cracked down on the criteria used to classify workers in the sector. Operators are being targeted, rather than the agencies supplying such staff, and the changes are bound to affect recruitment. […]

Time with Patients, Wages, Company Culture Are Top Priorities for Nursing Home Staff, Survey Shows

As nursing home operators rethink workforce initiatives in the midst of recovering from the pandemic’s devastating labor losses and a looming federal minimum staffing proposal, it’s crucial to listen to what nurses need from their employer and what they hope to see from the sector in the future. Workforce success in 2024 may lie in […]

DOL’s Final Rule on Worker Classification To Increase Legal Woes, Administrative Burdens for Nursing Homes

Many skilled nursing operators will need to reclassify their existing relationships with independent contractors and rethink future ones in the wake of a final rule issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) on Tuesday. The DOL’s new rule revises guidance on how to determine who is an employee and who is an independent contractor under […]

SNF Staffing Agencies Urge DOL to Classify Temp Workers as Employees

Big names in the staffing agency world are urging the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to classify temporary staff in nursing homes, among other health care settings, to be classified as employees rather than independent contractors. The coalition of some 30 health care staffing companies sent a letter earlier this month to the DOL, calling […]

‘The Biggest Risk’: Inside the Litigation Pitfalls for SNF Operators Employing 1099 Workers

As nursing home staffing agencies popped up amid the pandemic’s exacerbated staffing crisis, so too have litigation pitfalls for operators eager to fill shifts as the staffing crisis continues. One such pitfall that is expected to become a huge issue for operators is related to bringing 1099 workers, or independent contractors, for clinical positions into […]

SNN RETHINK: How to Fire your Staffing Agency

This article is sponsored by IntelyCare. This article is based on a Skilled Nursing News presentation with Matthew McGinty, Chief Revenue Officer at IntelyCare. The presentation took place on September 1, 2022 during the Skilled Nursing News RETHINK Conference in Chicago. The article below has been edited for length and clarity. Matthew McGinty: Who wants […]

A ‘Painful Couple of Years’ Ahead For Operators as Nurses Say Workforce Crisis Hasn’t Improved

Nurses in the skilled nursing sector say their situation has not improved after two-and-a-half years into the pandemic – more than half have seen an increase in medical mistakes as a result of lower staffing. This is the “new normal” for the sector, according to a study released by IntelyCare on Wednesday. The Massachusetts-based health […]

Breaking the Staffing Cycle: How to Make Sure Your SNF is Ready

The pandemic — and the persistent staffing challenges that have come with it — have hit long-term care harder than most industries. As more than a half-million nurses have left long-term care since 2020, wage rates have skyrocketed in response to the constrained supply. Yet reimbursement has remained stagnant, leaving facilities desperate for full-time staff […]

How Staffing Agencies Can Be More Than a ‘Necessary Evil’ for Operators

The post-acute care market is in crisis. The average facility is losing anywhere from $2,300 to nearly $5,900 per day, depending on location, due to staffing challenges, a study conducted by global management consultant Oliver Wyman shows. There are simply not enough nurses and nursing assistants available to fully staff post-acute settings to the level […]

Skilled Nursing Staffing Platform IntelyCare Wraps $115M Funding Round

IntelyCare raised $115 million in its latest Series C funding round, with plans to expand its footprint in the long-term care space. The most recent funding values the software provider at $1.1 billion, according to a news release announcing the funding raise. IntelyCare’s announcement comes at a time when the skilled nursing industry, and the […]

Why Demonizing Staffing Agencies Is Not How Skilled Nursing Will Solve Labor Crisis

Of all aspects of the current workforce crisis in skilled nursing, the role of staffing agencies arguably evokes the most reaction. It’s an issue that has sparked interest not only from long-term care and senior living groups like the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) and LeadingAge, but members of Congress as […]

Staff Agency Use Up as Staff Burnout Spreads

The vast majority of skilled nursing and senior living operators, 84%, are currently tapping agency and temp staff to help with staffing shortages, according to the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care’s (NIC) most recent executive survey.  Now in its 31st iteration since the COVID-19 pandemic began, responses were collected from 70 small, […]

Nursing Home Staffing Strain Could Hit ‘High Point’ This Week as COVID-19 Crisis Rages

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep through the nation’s nursing homes, the industry’s already strained workforce could soon reach a new breaking point as caregivers become sick themselves — or fear spreading the virus to their loved ones. The staffing crisis hit the national media last week, when a nursing home in Riverside, Calif. […]

With Backing from Kaiser Permanente, Post-Acute Tech Firm IntelyCare Wraps $45M Funding Round

A software provider targeting the workforce shortage in the nursing field raised $45 million in a Series B funding round, building off earlier fundraising with the goal of continuing its expansion over the past 12 months. The Quincy, Mass.-based IntelyCare provides a platform via app for matching nurses and certified nursing assistants (CNAs) with shifts […]

IntelyCare Raises $10.8M to Expand Skilled Nursing Staffing Platform

A staffing software provider aimed at long-term care operators on Thursday announced an injection of $10.8 million in additional funding as it attempts to expand beyond its current four-state footprint. The Quincy, Mass.-based IntelyCare raised the funds in a Series A round led by Leerink Revelation Partners, along with Longmeadow Capital, LRV Health, and former […]