Skilled Nursing Occupancy Gains Expected, But Covid Will Cast Long Shadow

Nursing home occupancy recovery rates will be market and operator specific in 2022 and beyond, with COVID-19 still steering industry expectations and resident choices. Still, more than half of nursing home industry leaders believe occupancy levels will improve in the next 12 months for both long-term and short-term care – 53.6% and 52.8%, respectively, according […]

Voices: Chris Bird, CEO, Reliant Rehabilitation

This article is sponsored by Reliant Rehabilitation. In this Voices interview, Skilled Nursing News sits down with Chris Bird, CEO of Reliant Rehabilitation, to learn about how the rehab world is transforming with respect to SNF partnerships. He explains how Reliant ensures quality outcomes while minimizing avoidable therapy expenses. He also shares his outlook on […]

Mastering the Skilled Nursing Sales Cycle: 4 Key Elements

COVID-19 has shaken consumer and public trust in skilled nursing, forcing operators to rethink their growth strategies as they look toward a post-pandemic future. But knowing what to expect from the skilled nursing sales cycle can create a distinct advantage, says Shelley Horst, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Reliant Rehabilitation in a recent podcast interview […]

Rethink Podcast #40: Shelley Horst, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Reliant Rehabilitation

The 40th episode of our podcast, Rethink, is now available. This episode of Rethink is sponsored by Reliant Rehabilitation.  Shelley Horst has always been passionate about helping skilled nursing facilities better collaborate with their post-acute partners, and her role as director of strategic partnerships at Reliant Rehabilitation allows her to do just that. With an […]

RETHINK Talks: An Interview With Reliant Rehabilitation

This SNN Talks interview, sponsored by Reliant Rehabilitation, took place during a live Q&A session with Reliant Rehabilitation Director of Strategic Partnerships Shelley Horst at the SNN RETHINK event in Chicago held on September 1, 2021. The interview has been edited for clarity.  Skilled Nursing News: Shelley, tell us about your role as Strategic Director […]

Nursing Homes Proceed Cautiously on Group Therapy — But Vaccinations Allow Small Steps Forward

When the Medicare payment system for skilled nursing facilities was overhauled in 2019, one of the most anticipated provisions was the option to provide therapy to residents in group or concurrent settings — allowing for more socialization and cost savings. That provision got about four months of practice before the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world […]

Diversicare Inks Deal to Outsource All Therapy to Reliant Rehab, Expects Cost Savings

Nursing home operator Diversicare Healthcare Services (OTCQX: DVCR) this week announced a deal to shift all of its therapy services to a third-party provider, Reliant Rehabilitation. The Brentwood, Tenn.-based chain had previously offered rehab care under Diversicare Therapy Services, a wholly owned subsidiary. “We believe that this transition will equip us to continue to be […]

Vendors, Rehab Companies Adjust to Nursing Homes’ New Normal Under COVID

The ecosystem of a skilled nursing facility often involves many more entities than the operator itself, ranging from equipment suppliers to third-party rehabilitation. But in the COVID-19 crisis, the way third-party entities interact with operators has, in some cases, been drastically reset. For others, the services have evolved in ways previously unforeseen. And for SNF […]

Early PDPM Reactions: Therapy Companies’ Reimbursement Optimism, Continued Coding Challenges

With intense attention on therapy cuts and reimbursement changes during the transition to the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) on October 1, operators and lead clinicians have focused on continuing education and training to remain financially sustainable amid this historic shift. SNN spoke to four therapy companies to see how operators and clinicians are faring […]

PDPM Countdown: ‘We Are All Crossing Our Fingers and Knocking on Wood’

With the Medicare Part A reimbursement overhaul taking effect in just a few months, skilled nursing providers across the country are in countdown mode. But the clock is moving at different paces for different providers, several experts said. Some SNFs began their analysis and preparations months ago; others are barely getting started. That’s led to […]

Only 32% of Skilled Nursing Providers Feel Clinically Ready for PDPM

As they get ready for the Medicare Part A reimbursement system taking effect October 1, skilled nursing providers have a high degree of confidence in the preparedness of their interdisciplinary teams. But that confidence plummets when assessing the preparedness of their clinical teams, according to a new survey from the Plano, Texas-based Reliant Rehabilitation. The […]

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Skilled Nursing News is excited to host its first annual Summit taking place June 6, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Click here to learn more about this exclusive gathering of long-term care professionals will provide an intimate networking environment and dive into the topics driving the business of skilled nursing today. The event will cover areas […]

HIG Capital Acquires Therapy Provider Reliant Rehabilitation Holdings

An affiliate of the private equity firm H.I.G. Capital acquired Reliant Rehabilitation Holdings, Inc., which provides therapy services to more than 800 skilled nursing facilities in 40 states. “We’re excited to partner with H.I.G. for the next phase of Reliant’s growth,” Reliant CEO Chris Bird said in a press release announcing the acquisition. “H.I.G.’s healthcare knowledge […]

Reliant to Pay $6.1M to Settle FCA Claims of Kickbacks to Nursing Homes

Reliant Rehabilitation Holdings Inc. agreed to pay the U.S. $6.1 million to resolve claims that it paid kickbacks to doctors and skilled nursing facilities to promote its rehabilitation therapy business, the Department of Justice announced Thursday. Between April 1, 2013 and May 1, 2017, the Plano, Texas-based rehabilitation therapy provider allegedly employed nurse practitioners at […]

SNF Operator Inks Rehab Partnership to Drive ACO Success

Some skilled nursing providers have been wary of accountable care organizations (ACOs), payment and care delivery models that some fear will push more and more potential residents into home health care to save money. But one East Coast operator has found success under the ACO model, and entered into a partnership with a third-party rehabilitation […]