Nursing Home Providers Should Brace for Government Audits, Enforcement Actions Over Covid Relief Funding

Nursing home providers should expect more government scrutiny related to Covid-19 relief funding. This is one message from Matthew Murer, the health care, public policy and government investigations department chair for the national health care practice of law firm Polsinelli. “I think a lot of people are going to be surprised by audits of CARES […]

Nursing Home Construction, Transactions Up Against Procedural Backlogs

The future of skilled nursing facility construction and transactions is tied up in state licensing procedures like certificate of need (CON) approvals, with some operators at a standstill due to application backlog during the early months of the pandemic. A backup of applications, which are required in several states to build any health care building […]

Nursing Home Infection Control Surveys on the Decline

Focused infection control (FIC) surveys appear to be on the decline at a time when some in the skilled nursing industry still remain concerned over the nature of the relationship with surveyors throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. FIC surveys were conducted 756 times in June of this year compared to 8,896 times in June 2020 — […]

Skilled Nursing Distress Looms as CARES Funding Ebbs: ‘Bills Are Starting to Come Due’

Billions of federal stimulus dollars have kept the skilled nursing sector afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, but as the most recent distributions hit operators’ bank accounts, storm clouds are still gathering in the distance. While nursing home operators may have been spared the immediate financial woes that hit businesses in a variety of other sectors, […]

When Nursing Homes Hit Financial Trouble, Vendors Feel the Pinch — and Fight Back

When a skilled nursing provider enters receivership or bankruptcy, the safety and wellbeing of the residents is the top priority for all parties involved. The financial struggles raise questions about the continued provision of necessary care, and the safe transfer of operations becomes paramount. But in many recent SNF bankruptcies, or cases where a SNF […]

Could Trump’s Religious Objection Guidance Create SNF Turmoil?

On first glance, the Department of Health and Human Services’ new guidance on personal religious beliefs might not appear to affect the long-term care industry. Years from now, however, it could play an integral role in the way SNFs operate and staff facilities. When the government rolled out its two-pronged approach last week — establishing […]

Documentation Key for SNFs as CMS Targets Improper Discharges

Better record-keeping could help skilled nursing facilities protect themselves from litigation or penalties as regulators looks to cut down on improper discharges. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) last month announced a new initiative aimed at blunting the growing trend of illegal “dumping,” or eviction, of SNF residents. Common reasons for discharges often include payment […]

Florida SNF Deaths After Hurricane Irma Ruled as Homicides

The deaths of 12 residents at a Florida nursing home following a power failure in the wake of Hurricane Irma in September have been ruled as homicides. Eight residents of The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills died after the nursing home lost power on Sept. 13, the Sun-Sentinel reported. Though facility was quickly evacuated, six more residents died […]