Collaboration Between Physicians, Nursing Home Staff Should Not End With the COVID-19 Emergency

The COVID-19 emergency overturned nursing home operations overnight in almost every respect, notably with regard to the provision of clinical care. And according to a panel of physicians who work in the nursing home setting, some of those changes should stick around, even after the public health emergency finally comes to a close. Namely, they […]

PruittHealth Rolls Out Joint Commission Accreditation at All 91 Southeast Nursing Facilities

PruittHealth last week announced that all 91 of its skilled nursing facilities in the Southeast region will be required to undergo Joint Commission Nursing Care Center Accreditation, with the facilities in Georgia slated to go first. The SNFs will be required to undergo accreditation to achieve the Gold Seal of Approval; accreditation from the Joint […]

Nursing Home Operator PruittHealth Reports $137M Revenue Drop in ’20 — But 22% Boost in Home Health Demand

PruittHealth, a major nursing home operator across the Southeast, took a $137.2 million revenue hit during the COVID-plagued year of 2020 — but saw a significant increase in demand for home health services. That income loss includes the operator’s skilled nursing, therapy, pharmacy, and hospice business lines, according to a new report released this week, […]

Ensign Grows Again in Texas; PruittHealth Plots New Skilled Nursing Construction

The Ensign Group (Nasdaq: ENSG) acquired the operations of the 150-bed San Pedro Manor, a skilled nursing facility in San Antonio, Texas. The acquisition was effective February 1, and will be part of a long-term, triple-net lease. The transaction brings Ensign’s portfolio to 232 health care operations, 24 of which also include assisted living, across […]

Pruitt: Funding for Private Rooms Top Challenge as Nursing Homes Look to ‘Learn from History’

The final report from the Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes contained plenty of ideas on how to keep residents and staff safer should COVID-19 resurge or if another pandemic hits the United States. While some of the onus falls on the federal government, nursing home operators must also raise the bar […]

Rethink Podcast #33: Dr. Rayvelle Stallings of PruittHealth

The 33rd episode of our podcast, Rethink, is now available! The institutional special needs plan model was one of the hottest topics of conversation in the skilled nursing world – of course, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. But for PruittHealth, its role as a Medicare Advantage provider gave it a unique position in its role […]

PruittHealth, CareRite, Signature Represented on Federal Nursing Home Commission

The 25 members of a federal commission tasked with analyzing nursing home safety in the wake of COVID-19 were announced Friday, with leaders from operators PruittHealth, Signature HealthCARE, and CareRite among the selected stakeholders. Initially announced by President Trump at the end of April, the Coronavirus Commission for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes will […]

Coronavirus Briefs: Cases at Ill. Nursing Home Double in a Day; Federal Medicaid Match Jumps 6.2%

A note to our readers: As the coronavirus crisis continues to unfold, SNN will bring you the information that you need in one easy-to-access place. The weeks ahead will bring challenges both macro and micro, with potentially sweeping federal action needed to “bend the curve” and maintain our health care system’s ability to function — […]

After 50 Years, PruittHealth Looks to the Future with I-SNP — and Staff Development Strategies from Disney

PruittHealth spent 2019 celebrating its 50th anniversary in the post-acute and long-term care space, but second-generation CEO Neil Pruitt, Jr. says his company — along with the rest of the industry — must focus on novel and creative strategies for surviving into the future. Pruitt sees potential in a variety of forward-thinking initiatives, from the […]

Genesis Opens Pennsylvania Rehab Location; PruittHealth to Develop in North Carolina

Genesis Opens Short-Term Rehab Center in Exton, Pennsylvania Genesis Healthcare (NYSE: GEN) opened its 12th PowerBack Rehabilitation location in Exton, Penn., The Daily Local News reported. The 85,000 square-foot Exton center includes a rehabilitation gym and 120 private suites. It is expected to employ approximately 300 people, according to the publication. The PowerBack Rehabilitation service […]

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 […]

For SNF Providers, Cost to Meet Emergency Prep Rule May Vary

As the floodwaters left by two major hurricanes recede in Texas and Florida, skilled nursing operators across the U.S. are battening down the hatches before the emergency preparedness rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hits in November. And although the end goal is clear, the total costs aren’t always so easy […]

Skilled Nursing Transactions: CareTrust REIT Expands in Four States

Capital One Provides $16.3 Million Loan to Refinance PruittHealth SNF Portfolio  Capital One announced that it provided a $16.3 million loan to PruittHealth to refinance a portfolio of three skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and an intermediate care facility for individuals with developmental disabilities (ICF-MR) in Georgia, as well as a SNF in North Carolina. Four […]

Skilled Nursing Industry Shores Up Plans Before Emergency Prep Rule Hits

A storm has been brewing on the horizon for some time now. As a new emergency preparedness rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approaches, skilled nursing providers are trying to make sure they’re protected from the flood of new regulations. Under the rule, which was first introduced in 2013 and finalized […]

How Offering Insurance Can Pay Off for Skilled Nursing Providers

Large skilled nursing providers across the country are increasingly selling private insurance plans to their residents, and it appears to be paying off for at least one of them. Among them are Erickson Living and Signature Healthcare, two of the country’s biggest providers of skilled nursing services. Both Erickson and Signature offer private Medicare Advantage […]