Fighting the Perception of SNFs as ‘Minor Leagues’ of Nursing

Skilled nursing operators know the cold facts: Finding and retaining quality employees has gotten a lot harder as the improving economy created a job-seeker’s market, especially among more specialized practitioners such as nurses. And that’s before considering SNFs’ reputation as a “farm system” where nurses go to pick up a year or two of experience […]

Senate Revives Push to Reform Health Care, Dismaying Skilled Nursing Groups

A Republican push to kill Obamacare has seemingly returned from the dead after winning narrow Senate approval during a procedural vote Tuesday afternoon, prompting some industry groups to express frustration and alarm. The Senate voted 51-50 to begin debating legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, former U.S. President Barack Obama’s legacy healthcare […]

Senate Scraps Health Care Bill, Skilled Nursing Operators Exhale

Senate Republicans scuttled their most recent attempt to pass health care reform legislation after several members announced their opposition to the bill, putting proposed Obamacare replacement on hold — and prompting skilled nursing operators and advocates to breathe a temporary sigh of relief. “We appreciate the Senators that hit the pause button on this debate,” […]

SNFs Get More Time to Meet Sweeping Medicare Regulations

Last year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its first comprehensive overhaul of skilled nursing rules since 1991. But faced with objections from operators in the industry about the scope and timing of the new requirements, CMS decided to delay their enforcement of the regulations. The Phase 2 stipulations of the revised Requirements […]

New Center is ‘One-Stop Shop’ for Senior Care Workforce Solutions

With skilled nursing facing a labor crunch that could explode into a full-scale crisis, one major provider association has launched a Center for Workforce Solutions. Washington, D.C.-based LeadingAge — an organization with more than 6,000 members, mostly consisting of non-profit senior care providers — officially announced the Center for Workforce Solutions last week. It will […]

Why Trumpcare Could Shift Cash Away From Skilled Nursing Facilities

While the exact effects of the Senate’s version American Health Care Act remain to be seen, one leading home health care company says the legislation could shift dollars away from institutional care — directly contradicting an earlier report that indicated skilled nursing would represent a vital care option that states would be loath to take […]

Senate’s Medicaid Plan Could Cut Deeper Than House Bill

The Senate’s version of the American Health Care Act may include an even more austere future for Medicaid spending than the House’s vision of $800 billion in cuts over the next decade. Medicaid is the largest payer for long-term care nationally, and skilled nursing providers are watching the evolving legislation closely — though it remains unclear what […]

Trumpcare Would Kill Jobs, Swing Funding to Skilled Nursing Care

The American Health Care Act (AHCA)—the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare—would alter the way Medicaid is funded, and could influence more states to shift care back to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), according to a recent report. By switching Medicaid financing to per capita caps, which provides states with an aggregate amount of funding […]

LeadingAge Aims for Real-World Impact with UMass Research Center

Seeking real-world connections for its research into long-term services and supports (LTSS), LeadingAge looked past private colleges and recently partnered with the public University of Massachusetts Boston to create a center dedicated to exploring the future of LTSS programs. The new LeadingAge LTSS Center at UMass Boston will use the university’s graduate students and deep […]