Why Skilled Nursing Providers Could Embrace Shorter Lengths of Stay

As Medicare Advantage plans continue to pressure skilled nursing operators, one prominent leader in the space predicts that innovative providers can survive by leaning into the changes. By transforming their facilities into standalone medical-surgical facilities that can replace similar units in hospitals, SNFs can evolve into purely short-stay health care providers that thrive in the […]

Looking Ahead to the Top Skilled Nursing Trends of 2019

We’ve made it to the end of 2018, which will likely go down as one of the most eventful years in the history of the long-term and post-acute care industry. Between the first round of Value-Based Purchasing penalties taking effect and the rapid rollout of the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), it’s probably a safe bet […]

Reliant CEO Talks Strategy, Behavioral Health Potential After $88M Sale

Reliant Care Management Group, based in Maryland Heights, Mo., had a busy summer. The company, which has 20 skilled nursing facilities and five assisted living facilities in Missouri and Illinois, recently executed a deal to sell the real estate of eight SNFs to Griffin-American Healthcare REIT IV, Inc. for $88.2 million. Reliant is staying on as […]

Leaders Hint at Occupancy, Bed Price Mismatch in Skilled Nursing Amid Speculation

Over the last half-decade, there have been two consistent and opposing trends in the skilled nursing world: Occupancy keeps declining as seniors find other options for long-term care, but bed prices have kept steadily chugging upwards. And while there are solid reasons for those seemingly counterintuitive threads, there are questions in the operational and investment […]

Omega CEO: Skilled Nursing Headwinds Will Die Down in Three Years

Fresh off a major restructuring effort with key tenant Signature HealthCARE, the CEO of Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE: OHI) had a decidedly sunny outlook for the skilled nursing industry’s short-term future — as well as Signature’s. “We’ll look three years out,” Taylor Pickett said of his company’s restructuring strategy during a panel discussion at the […]

Skilled Nursing Occupancy Falls to New Low in Second Quarter

The skilled nursing industry set another record low in occupancy during the second quarter of 2018. Skilled nursing facilities were 81.7% full during the quarter, according to the most recent set of data from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC), down 79 basis points from the first quarter and 137 basis […]

Nursing Care Sees Weakest Inventory Growth Among Seniors Housing Segments

Over the last four years, nursing care had the weakest inventory growth out of several senior housing segments, according to a new data analysis from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care (NIC). The term “nursing care” can include units in facilities that don’t solely provide skilled nursing servicing, such as a continuing […]

Skilled Nursing Investors See Stark State-by-State Cost Differences

Long-term health care is an inherently local service, and in that context, it’s not surprising that the cost of investing in a skilled nursing facility — as measured on a per-bed price basis — varies wildly from state to state and region by region. But another factor is timing, according to Ben and Brandon Bohland, […]

Skilled Nursing Operators Fighting for Share of Shrinking Medicare Pool

The number of skilled nursing stays among Medicare recipients dropped 15% over the last several years — but not necessarily for the reason many in the industry might believe. Instead of lower-cost options like home health cutting into demand for nursing home services, the post-acute sector in general is seeing declines amid an overall drop in […]

How In-House Insurance Plans Can Boost Skilled Nursing’s Fortunes

In an era of record-low skilled nursing occupancy and rapidly shifting payment models, some operators have found a single solution to both problems: an in-house insurance plan. Skilled nursing providers can create their own institutional special needs plans (I-SNPs), a type of Medicare Advantage program specifically designed to cover beneficiaries who are confined to an institution […]

Finding Hidden Benefits of Scale in the Skilled Nursing Industry

The recent bankruptcies of the HCR ManorCare and Orianna skilled nursing chains seemed to validate an industry-wide opinion that the future belongs to the smaller, regional operator. But there are still advantages to scale in the skilled nursing industry — even if they remain under the radar. The Ensign Group (NASDAQ: ENSG) has a nationwide […]

What the Rise of Medicare Advantage Means for Skilled Nursing

About 33% of seniors enrolled in the Medicare program have elected to use managed Medicare Advantage plans, and that number is expected to grow — potentially faster than the government thinks. The Congressional Budget Office has predicted growth in MA plans by about 4% per year, but Dan Mendelson, president of Avalere Health, says his […]

When is the Skilled Nursing Wave Coming? Depends Who You Ask

Depending on whose earnings call you happened to catch this season, the predicted surge in demand for skilled nursing services is just around the corner — or it isn’t coming at all. At Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE: OHI), management enlisted the services of two consulting firms to crunch the numbers on demographic trends over the […]

Going to Dallas for NIC? Let’s Meet Up

This time next week, the Skilled Nursing News team will be down at the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) Spring Investment Forum in Dallas — and we’d like to meet up. We know time is at a premium, but if you have five minutes to spare to share your latest project, […]

Managed Care Payments Continue to Squeeze Skilled Nursing Providers

As the shift to value-based payments and managed care grows, data shows that skilled nursing providers are seeing revenue per patient under these agreements slide as the patient mix increases. The National Investment Center for Seniors Housing (NIC) found that managed Medicare patient mix at standalone skilled nursing facilities has been growing steadily. In the […]

Skilled Nursing Must-Reads: The $1 SNF, Occupancy Drops

Welcome to Skilled Nursing News’s weekly roundup of the top headlines you need to see to kick-start your morning — from a SNF with a curiously low asking price to more negative trends in occupancy to the long-term effects of a lawsuit over snacks in Pennsylvania. SNN readers flocked to the story of a former […]

SNFs Must Find Their Place in New Payment Models to Last

It’s no secret that the skilled nursing industry has been on the rocks in recent years. Large operators have sold off their SNF offerings, while mom-and-pop facilities struggle to stay afloat. Still, SNFs offer a vital service that is not largely found elsewhere — long-term and post-acute care, particularly for those that rely on Medicaid […]