Nursing Homes Should Focus on Dining To Boost Resident Experience

A skilled nursing facility can bolster resident quality of life by focusing on its dining, a study from the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston suggests. That’s according to Natasha Bryant, senior research associate at the LTSS Center, who worked on a study that examined the impact of a person-centered care approach and household model on resident life […]

Providers Strike Back at Lawmakers’ Call for Tighter Regulations

The skilled nursing industry pushed back strongly against the idea that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has reduced federal oversight of nursing homes, as argued recently by 17 state attorneys general. “There was no rollback of anything,” Dr. David Gifford, senior vice president of quality and regulatory affairs at the American Health […]

Nobody Applies to More than Half of Long-Term Care Jobs in Wisconsin

Long-term care operators around the country have dealt with a lack of qualified workers for some time now, and leaders in one Midwestern state say it’s escalated to a full-blown crisis. Nearly 20% of caregiver positions in Wisconsin are currently unfilled, as compared to about 14.5% just two years ago, according to a report released […]

Providers Push Back Against MedPAC’s ‘Blunt’ Proposed Cuts

The most recent report from the Medicare Payment Advisory commission (MedPAC) claims that skilled nursing reimbursements are too high, but one leading trade group says MedPAC’s own numbers paint a much bleaker picture. Data in the report showed that the total margins for freestanding skilled nursing facilities were 0.7% in 2016, down from 1.6% in 2015. […]

Provider Organizations Express Concerns With Bundled Payments Program

Not allowing post-acute care (PAC) providers to take the lead in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced) program will hamstring the government’s ability to improve savings and care, several associations argued in a letter to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). LeadingAge and other prominent long-term care associations raised concerns about […]

Industry Responds to Democrats’ Call for Skilled Nursing Scrutiny

In a Valentine’s Day letter to top health officials, a group of influential Senate Democrats asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to reconsider certain rollbacks of nursing home regulations. In response, a leading industry group on Wednesday wrote back to the senators to clarify and rebut some of their points. “We think […]

HHS Proposes New Payment System for Skilled Nursing Providers

The new proposed Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) budget was released on Monday, and it’s a mixed bag for skilled nursing providers. President Trump’s spending blueprint would make changes to Medicaid by creating a “market-based health-care grant” that could fund programs in addition to the traditional Medicaid program — a change that would […]

Senate Budget Plan Cuts $2 Billion from Skilled Nursing Facilities

UPDATE: The Senate’s spending bill has passed both houses of Congress, and President Trump signed it into law Friday morning. Should the Senate’s attempt at passing a two-year budget succeed, skilled nursing operators could be in for another serious financial hit. “We are disappointed that the Senate budget proposal includes a $2 billion cut to […]

Non-Profit Texas SNFs Forced to Close Amid Low Medicaid Rates

Morningside Ministries, a not-for-profit organization in San Antonio, Texas, that provides senior housing and care services, closed its Chandler Estate nursing home rather than risk lowering the quality of care under pressure from the state’s Medicaid system. The nursing home is slated to lock its doors this month, according to the San Antonio Express-News. And Morningside […]

Nursing Home Wages Trend Lower Than in Senior Living

Hourly wages for nursing home employees who provide direct care and services tend to be lower than wages for the same job titles in assisted living facilities and continuing care retirement communities, recent survey findings show. But salaries for leadership titles and director positions did not follow the same trend. A staff nurse (RN) in […]

Could Trump’s Religious Objection Guidance Create SNF Turmoil?

On first glance, the Department of Health and Human Services’ new guidance on personal religious beliefs might not appear to affect the long-term care industry. Years from now, however, it could play an integral role in the way SNFs operate and staff facilities. When the government rolled out its two-pronged approach last week — establishing […]

Florida Nursing Homes Agree to Softened Rules on Backup Power

The Florida skilled nursing industry has collectively agreed to a modified rule that requires operators in the state to have access to backup electricity sources in the event of a power outage. The decision concludes months of discussion among skilled nursing providers and the state legislature regarding a rule proposed by Gov. Rick Scott following […]

Movers & Shakers: LeadingAge, Allied Skilled Nursing

Fleming Steps Up to Chairman Role at LeadingAge Washington, D.C.-based LeadingAge has appointed Stephen P. Fleming as chairman of the board. LeadingAge is a national senior care industry association, which represents more than 6,000 non-profit senior care providers. As board chairman, Fleming — president and CEO of Greensboro, N.C.-based The Well•Spring Group — will oversee […]

Bomb Cyclone Tests SNF Emergency Preparedness in Northeast

Long before a major winter storm hit the East Coast early Thursday, skilled nursing providers across the region had a plan — with an assist from solid teamwork. The so-called “bomb cyclone” hit close to home for Dan Reingold, president and CEO of New York City-based skilled nursing and rehabilitation provider RiverSpring Health, who spent […]

Partial Win for REITs, Non-Profit Operators in Final GOP Tax Plan

Congressional Republicans on Wednesday passed their long-planned tax reform package, and while President Trump has classified the deal as a Christmas gift to American taxpayers, the effects for skilled nursing operators and investors remains less than clear-cut. For instance, non-profit developers of continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) received mixed holiday blessings: The compromise tax bill saving […]

How LeadingAge Plans to Disrupt the Senior Care Delivery System

It’s time to wholly disrupt the current system for delivering long-term services and supports (LTSS) to older adults across the country, according to LeadingAge. The industry association, which represents more than 6,000 not-for-profit senior care providers, believes that its members in particular are “well positioned to play a central role in [its proposed] new system,” which […]

SNFs Could Emerge as ‘Net Losers’ Under GOP Tax Plan

Senate Republicans passed their version of comprehensive tax reform in the early hours of Saturday morning, and while lawmakers in both houses still need to weigh in on a compromise bill, fears about the legislation’s impact are coursing through the long-term care industry. Skilled nursing operators could be the “net losers” under the GOP-led tax […]