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 […]

Opinion: Nursing Homes Need to View Regulators as Partners — Or Perish

My job involves combing through Google Alerts in search of the latest filings and nuggets of news about the skilled nursing industry. Most are false positives — especially during the autumn, when my alert for “SNF” returns more information about the coming week’s Sunday Night Football matchup than skilled nursing facilities. But ever since I […]

How SNFs Can Ace the Nurse Hiring Process

Skilled nursing providers are facing a workforce crisis, with facilities fiercely competing to attract top nursing talent. In fact, among wide-ranging labor challenges, attracting frontline nursing and aide workers is a particular pain point, according to survey findings released earlier this year from provider association LeadingAge. LeadingAge Kimberly Nolet, a research program manager at the […]

GOP Tax Plan Could Take Toll on SNF Residents, Operators

As Congressional Republicans attempt to pass their new tax plan before the holiday recess in December, one major group in the long-term care industry says the legislation would harm residents and providers. LeadingAge — a trade group that represents non-profit nursing homes and other elder-care providers — spoke out against H.R. 1, claiming that House […]

Skilled Nursing Provider Creates a Buzz with Cannabis Program

The Hebrew Home at Riverdale has a reputation for being a progressive skilled nursing facility, thanks to its stance and policies regarding sexual expression. Now, it’s taking a lead role on another controversial topic: medical marijuana. A non-profit organization, the Hebrew Home is part of the RiverSpring Health campus, which includes a variety of senior […]

Person-Centered Care May Boost SNF Resident Satisfaction

Nursing homes that employed a person-centered care (PCC) philosophy saw higher resident satisfaction than those that didn’t, according to a new study conducted by Kansas State University and the LeadingAge LTSS Center at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) in Kansas that participated in a statewide program called Promoting Excellent Alternatives in Kansas (PEAK 2.0) saw higher […]

SNF Compliance Tips for Care Plan, Pharmacy, Smoking Requirements

Skilled nursing providers across the country continue to work hard as Nov. 28 approaches. That’s when the second phase of the new SNF Medicare and Medicaid requirements of participation take effect. The so-called “mega rule” is being implemented in three phases, and this second phase brings a host of new requirements. Here are a few […]

Amid Fires, California SNFs Face Tough Evacuation Decisions

With wildfires threatening multiple communities in Northern California, skilled nursing and other senior living operators are facing a dilemma all too familiar to those who work in the Gulf Coast states: to evacuate or not to evacuate? For some, the choice was clear: In Santa Rosa, Calif., officials at four Oakmont Senior Living communities evacuated 350 residents […]

Skilled Nursing Providers Have Mixed Feelings on Bundled Payments

Less than two-thirds of acute and long-term care providers have found that bundled payments both lower costs and improve care, according to a new survey, though the company behind the numbers says it’s a little more complicated than that. Archway Health, a Watertown, Mass.-based firm that advises health providers on bundled payment models, asked 70 […]

How to Bolster a Skilled Nursing Disaster Plan Today

With Hurricane Maria bearing down on Puerto Rico and Hurricane Jose perhaps set for a glancing blow of New England, skilled nursing operators in various parts of the country are facing more potential tests of their emergency plans. Plus, with new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rules about disaster prep set to take […]

‘Peggy’ Holds NJ Skilled Nursing Providers to Stronger Standard

The state of New Jersey took an added step to regulate elder care provided in institutional settings, recently implementing a new law that holds care providers to stricter reporting guidelines. Sponsored by Republican State Sen. James Holzapfel, “Peggy’s Law” requires any caretaker, social worker, physician, registered or licensed practical nurse, or other professional to immediately report suspected […]

How Providers Can Overcome Competition for SNF Employees

The demand for frontline caregivers is no secret in the skilled nursing industry, as many providers often report facing challenges in recruiting amidst the nation’s growing aging population—ultimately brewing a perfect storm of supply not meeting demand. In fact, by 2030, job openings in the long-term services and supports (LTSS) sector is slated to “grow substantially,” as […]

Must-Read Stories: Trumpcare’s Death, ManorCare’s Potential Breakup

First things first: We here at Skilled Nursing News won’t say that Trumpcare has officially died — it’s been revived multiple times so far— but after months of hand-wringing and dire projections about Obamacare repeal’s effect on the skilled nursing industry, it finally looks as though the former president’s cornerstone legislative victory is here to […]