Task Force: To Save Top Nursing Homes, Government Should Encourage Lower-Performing SNFs to Exit

As nursing homes’ operating margins dwindle due to insufficient Medicaid reimbursements, one state task force is encouraging lower performing facilities to simply shut down — and make more room for the remaining properties to grab a piece of a shrinking pie. The Nursing Facility Task Force of Massachusetts released a report declaring that the state […]

Skilled Nursing Provider Athena Settles DOJ Probe Over Opioid Denials as Feds Promise More Crackdowns

The federal government this week announced a settlement with a regional skilled nursing chain that officials accused of discriminating against residents with opioid use disorder. Athena Health Care Systems will adopt a non-discrimination policy regarding patients dealing with opioid addiction, develop training programs, and pay a $10,000 civil penalty to the government as part of […]

Wave of Skilled Nursing Closures in Mass. Could Grow by 35 Without Medicaid Reform

Massachusetts, which has already endured a wave of skilled nursing closures amid tight Medicaid reimbursements, could see 35 more buildings shut their doors without timely intervention from lawmakers, according to a leading trade group in the state. The Bay State has already lost 20 nursing facilities in the last year, according to the Massachusetts Senior […]

As Medicaid Rates Lag Behind Costs, Unpaid Nursing Home Bills Pile Up

Across the U.S., Medicaid rates tend to fall short of the cost of nursing home care for beneficiaries. In the state of Massachusetts, the financial pressures have rendered many skilled nursing facilities unstable — and forced many of them to close. The trend has also forced many of them to leave bills unpaid, which spreads […]