Nursing Homes’ Need for ‘Another Layer of Expertise’ Drives Pipeline of Specialist Roles

Clinical speciality services are growing within nursing homes to address needs of a population with higher acuity – but there are some sizable side benefits to this trend. Operators and other community institutions are working to accommodate the need for certain types of care in the nursing home through partnerships. Not only are nursing home […]

‘We’re Onto Something’: Nursing Homes Focus on Speciality Programs to Meet Evolving Resident Needs

Rising acuity at nursing homes has meant a greater need for the presence of various clinical specialties at facilities. But navigating better interdisciplinary team care is a complicated matter, made more so with staffing shortages, tighter regulation and lower reimbursements. As the needs of the nursing home population continue to evolve, many providers believe it’s […]

Mission Health CEO: Medicaid Increases Open Door to Services ‘We Never Thought We Could Provide’

Increasing Medicaid rates are finally allowing skilled nursing providers to deliver the level of care their residents need, as acuity is only expected to increase. This is the perspective of Stuart Lindeman, president and CEO of Mission Health Communities. Because of this increasing recognition among states that Medicaid rates must increase, he believes it’s an […]

How 3 Nursing Home Operators Strengthened Workforce Pipelines Amid Labor Crisis

Nursing home operators are changing their approach to staffing and recruitment to be more proactive and flexible, helping address severe staffing shortages being felt across the sector. The pandemic forced Dwyer Workforce Development (DWD) to be more creative about attracting a pipeline of talented folks who might not have been their typical candidates in the […]

4 Skilled Nursing CEOs Share Early Look at Plans, Priorities For 2023

As nursing home operators continue to tackle the host of issues that have challenged them throughout 2022, many have set their sights on what’s in store for the year ahead. Industry-wide staffing shortages, an ever changing regulatory environment and record inflation will likely remain pain points for the sector heading into the new year, but […]

Rethink Podcast #46: Michelle Delker, CFO, Mission Health Communities

The 46th episode of our podcast, Rethink, is now available. There are a lot of things that keep Michelle Delker up at night. Ongoing workforce challenges are the obvious one, but the CFO of Mission Health Communities also thinks about state-level reimbursement and the ever changing regulatory requirement landscape. Despite the host of challenges facing […]

What Service Lines 5 Nursing Home Leaders Plan to Invest In For the Future

With data suggesting that more than 400 nursing homes could close in 2022 and pandemic-related federal funding coming to an end, SNFs are increasingly having to find ways to solidify their role in the post-acute care continuum moving forward. For nursing home leaders, this means identifying what types of investments will move the needle forward […]

Nursing Home Industry Loses 2,500 Jobs in March, Deepening Workforce Crisis

The nursing home industry has lost 2,500 jobs in March alone, further deepening the labor crisis for the sector to a level not seen since 2007 – other health care settings, meanwhile, are faring better than they did pre-pandemic. That’s according to a March report published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and highlighted […]

How Mission Health’s CNA Training Program Reduced Agency Use by 50%

Some operators and state-led initiatives have stepped beyond stopgap measures to help with staffing shortages, taking pauses in Covid surges to create long-term solutions to meet future needs in skilled nursing. Minnesota, for one, surpassed its goal of recruiting 1,000 certified nursing assistants (CNAs) to the state. The Next Generation of Nursing Assistant initiative was […]

Tying Staff Wages to Medicaid Rates May Help SNFs on the Brink, But CMS Blueprint Should be Flexible

While nursing home operators and industry trade groups appreciate the Biden administration’s proposal to use Medicaid as a tool to boost staff wages in the industry, some wonder if the federal government’s approach is too broad for an increasingly diverse industry. Facilities vary widely based on region and community demographics, company culture and size. Still, […]

Staffing and Growth: Mission Health Invests ‘Close to $1M’ on Retention Programs

Operators in the skilled nursing industry face unique challenges to company growth at this point in the pandemic, with buyers desperate to acquire facility licenses for understaffed buildings, while many continue to lag behind pre-pandemic occupancy levels. Mission Health Communities will continue to grow “where it makes sense,” CEO Stuart Lindeman told Skilled Nursing News, […]

Mission Health Formally Takes Over 15 Skyline Skilled Nursing Facilities, Ending Receivership in Kansas

The long-running Skyline Healthcare saga came to a close in Kansas last week after Mission Health Communities formally took control of 15 properties that it had operated throughout a more than 18-month receivership process. The Tampa, Fla.-based Mission officially became the new operators last Friday, according to an announcement from the Kansas Department for Aging […]

Kansas Takes Over Care Facilities Amid Reports of Insolvency

The state of Kansas took over management of a skilled nursing facility in Nortonville, Kan. after reports of insolvency, the Atchison Daily Globe reported. Tim Keck, secretary for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS), was granted a a temporary appointment of receivership for several care and residential locations operated by Pinnacle Management Company. The […]

Kansas Nursing Homes Navigate ‘Weird’ Issues Left in Skyline’s Wake

When Kansas placed 15 skilled nursing facilities operated by Wood Ridge, N.J.-based Skyline Healthcare into receivership in late March, it exposed some immediate problems for the new operator, Mission Health Communities. The Tampa, Fla.-based Mission agreed to oversee operations and took control of the buildings on March 26, though it’s not clear how long it […]