Broken Alignment Between Physicians, Nursing Homes Must Improve for Value-Based Care Era

The way physicians and nursing home organizations work together must improve, especially with value-based care continuing to grow in prominence among all care settings. More specifically, C-suite executives, nursing staff and other leaders – from both the physician group side and nursing home operator end – must have a close partnership and aligned business strategies […]

Skilled Nursing Operators Put ‘Pedal to the Metal’ to Increase RN Staffing in Light of Federal Mandate

The recently proposed federal nursing home staffing mandate includes the requirement that all facilities have a registered nurse on staff around the clock, every day of the week. Operators are taking some early steps to prepare for this requirement even as they rally against this aspect of the mandate, arguing that 24/7 RN staffing will […]

Nursing Home Leaders Support House Bill To Defeat CMS’ ‘Cookie-Cutter’ Minimum Staffing Proposal

A Congressional bill that aims to defeat the Biden Administration’s minimum staffing proposal began making rounds last week, and nursing home executives, including clinical team members attending the industry’s largest annual gathering in Denver, hailed it as a welcome development. If passed, the bill could keep the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from […]

Sabra CEO: Reimbursement Hikes May Be Even Bigger Next Year to Account for Inflation 

Nursing home occupancy continues to slowly improve, a trend that along with higher reimbursement rates going forward, will improve the bottom line for Sabra Healthcare REIT (Nasdaq: SBRA), according to executives. Rick Matros, CEO of Sabra, said during the company’s second quarter earnings call on Tuesday that he expects a large increase to next year’s […]

Stemming the Rise of Psychotropics in Nursing Homes: Educational Outreach, Collaboration, Medication Management Are Key

The efforts of the federal government and nursing homes to reduce the use of psychotropics have been significant, and seem to have paid off until recently when the numbers painted a more grim picture. Some operators believe that the alarming rise in the prescriptions of psychotropics is partly due to a lack of communication between […]

‘A Model’: In New State Law, Nursing Homes Get to Influence Survey Process to Ease Punitive Aspects

Industry stakeholders in Kentucky are celebrating the passage of new legislation that will require the state government to involve skilled nursing trade organizations to weigh in on how state surveyors are trained, and participate in the training process. Providers and advocates hail the law as a model for the nation, and welcome the ability to […]

Sabra CEO: Signature Posts Solid Q1 After Tough 2022, SNFs on Upswing with ‘Worst Behind Us’

Ongoing portfolio restructuring suppressed first quarter earnings for Sabra Health Care REIT (Nasdaq: SBRA), but executives are bullish on improving market conditions and metrics for skilled nursing. “It feels good to at least believe that we’ve gotten the worst behind us, and I really do feel pretty good about things going forward,” CEO Rick Matros […]

Diversicare Announces Steve Nee as New CEO

Diversicare announced Steve Nee as its new CEO after conducting a long search following the departure of the company’s previous chief executive last August. Nee joins Diversicare with more than a decade of experience in long-term care delivery and administration in positions of increasing responsibility, including administrator, vice president of operations, chief operating officer, and […]

Nursing Homes Beat Siloed Care, Reduce Hospitalizations with New Clinical Teamwork Models

Research suggests that collaboration between various departments leads to better health outcomes at nursing homes, but that has been a difficult principle to follow, often because of time and regulatory constraints placed on staff already stretched thin. However, team-based care is the name of the game and sticking to it is important for the future […]

Executive Outlook 2023: A New Playbook for Skilled Nursing

Over the last two years, skilled nursing providers have faced a pandemic and a labor crisis. As 2023 dawns, leaders across the industry are taking stock of their changed organizations and a reshaped business environment, and are preparing to execute strategies formulated in the COVID crucible. As Signature HealthCARE CEO Joe Steier puts it: “Every […]

The Quotes That Defined Skilled Nursing in 2022 — and Hint at What’s Ahead

The top quotes of 2022 memorably captured some of the biggest skilled nursing issues of the year, from “shocking” payment policies to “colossal” regulatory issues to “transformative” changes. The quotes below not only serve as reminders about what transpired over the last 12 months, but touch on many issues that are still pressing as 2023 […]

HMP Senior Solutions Names Former Signature Exec O’Conner as CEO

Nashville-based HMP Senior Solutions has named Shawn O’Conner to the position of president and CEO. He will be replacing Scott Phillips, who will be transitioning into the newly created role of chairman of the company.  HMP Senior Solutions manages a portfolio of 39 properties, with 28 assisted living, 10 skilled nursing and one independent living […]

Dialyze Direct Acquires Renew Dialysis, Adding Virginia to Its SNF Footprint

Dialyze Direct, already the nation’s leading provider of hemodialysis services in skilled nursing facilities, shows no signs of slowing as it’s poised to enter states in 2022. The national provider now in 13 states and 130 SNFs across the country, announced this week that it acquired Renew Dialysis, a regional provider of on-site dialysis with […]

Signature, Genesis Collaborate During COVID-19 Pandemic, Develop Framework for Future Partnership

Recent collaboration between Signature HealthCARE and Genesis HealthCare during the COVID-19 pandemic revealed that industry leaders should look to establish formal networks and build on pre-existing programs to facilitate and encourage collaboration across organizations. The need for interprofessional collaborations across organizations is not new but has only intensified since the pandemic and the collaboration between […]

Liquidity Issues Persist, But Federal and State Funding May Help, Omega Says

Operators continue to face liquidity and workforce shortage issues at this point in the pandemic, Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE: OHI) told shareholders during its third quarter earnings call on Friday, but anticipated Provider Relief Funds (PRF) and state initiatives will offset costs when they arrive. Florida’s nearly $100 million funding initiative for nursing homes, along […]

Sava, Signature Leaders Say Tech Investment is Crucial to Redesigning Long-Term Care

Post-acute care clinicians are looking to workflow technology to help with frontline burnout in an effort to redesign clinical care and erase redundancies along the care continuum. Tech investment and implementation is broken down by the “need of the hour,” as Signature HealthCARE chief medical officer Dr. Arif Nazir puts it, with infection control and […]

CMS Fines ‘Point Fingers’ at Nursing Homes, Colorado Operator Says

After fighting COVID-19 in their facilities for 18 months, many nursing home operators were frustrated when they were informed in mid-August that a vaccine mandate would be coming into effect only for nursing home workers in the health care space. While that mandate has since been expanded to include all health care workers, the feeling […]

COVID-19 Has ‘Catapulted’ More Collaborative Relationships Between Nursing Homes, Hospital Systems

The relationship between hospital systems and skilled nursing facilities was shaken by a reactionary attitude at the beginning of the pandemic, where a lot of “missteps” were taken out of a need to protect one’s own patients, Signature HealthCARE chief medical officer Dr. Arif Nazir said. Now that relationship is a whole lot more collaborative, […]