New Investigation Puts Skyline Healthcare Back in the Spotlight

A new investigation has put Skyline Healthcare back in the national spotlight. An investigative report by NBC News published Friday examined the rise and fall of Skyline Healthcare, the skilled nursing company that collapsed in dramatic fashion over several months. The Wood Ridge, N.J.-based Skyline at its height owned or operated more than 100 skilled […]

Parkinson: Releasing ‘Secret’ List Positive for Industry, But Nursing Homes Must Evolve — or Become a Commodity

The release of a so-called “secret” list of nursing homes considered for inclusion in a program for the nation’s worst properties sent shockwaves through the industry early last month — but the man in charge of the for-profit space’s primary trade group says the sunshine is ultimately a good thing for operators. As the skilled […]

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 […]

Mass. AG Slaps Skyline Owners with 15 Citations for Unpaid Wages, Missing Pay Stubs

A month after the last Skyline Healthcare-operated nursing homes in Massachusetts closed their doors, the state’s attorney general hit the company with multiple citations over unpaid wages and missing payroll documentation. Skyline leaders Joseph and Michael Schwartz failed to pay nearly $65,000 owed to 106 employees in a timely fashion, AG Maura Healey’s office alleged […]

Vendor Objects to Skyline Receivership Transfer Plan in South Dakota

A few weeks after a lender attempted to hold up the transfer of nursing homes formerly operated by Skyline Healthcare in South Dakota to a new permanent provider, a new report reveals that another party has jumped into the fray. Avera, a regional health system based in Sioux Falls, S.D., moved to stop a planned […]

Receiver to Close Another Former Skyline Skilled Nursing Facility

The receiver in charge of the Covington Care and Rehabilitation skilled nursing facility — formerly operated by the troubled Skyline Healthcare chain — in Sioux Falls, S.D., will pursue plans to close the property. “After careful assessment and evaluation, the receiver has made the very difficult decision to propose a plan to close Covington,” Black […]

Final Three Skyline Nursing Homes in Massachusetts Close Doors

The final three former Skyline Healthcare nursing homes placed in receivership in Massachusetts have closed. The properties in New Bedford, Fall River, and Dighton, Mass. formally closed Friday, according to a report from the Providence, R.I.-based CBS affiliate WPRI. All of the residents had found new places to receive care, Bedford Village nursing supervisor Grace […]

Transfer of Former Skyline Properties Faces Opposition from Lender

Several former Skyline Healthcare properties in South Dakota could soon be transferred from a court-appointed receiver to a new permanent operator, but one lender involved in the case is arguing that it won’t get paid if the deal happens. The Aberdeen News first reported the news late last week. Skyline fell apart financially in South […]

Skyline Facilities in Massachusetts Placed in Receivership as Unpaid Bills Mount

Officials in Massachusetts successfully petitioned to have five skilled nursing facilities operated by the troubled Skyline Healthcare placed in temporary receivership. The receivership petition and order appointing the receiver, which the Massachusetts Office of Attorney General provided to Skilled Nursing News, was approved Monday by a Suffolk County Superior Court judge. KCP Advisory Group LLC […]

Kansas Cracks Down on Nursing Home Owners’ Finances in Wake of Skyline Collapse

The state of Kansas is set to implement stricter vetting standards for nursing home owners and investors in the wake of several high-profile receivership cases over the past year. Passed with near-unanimous support from the Republican-controlled legislature and the approval of the Democratic governor, the new law will require potential nursing home owners to submit […]

NYT: Nursing Home Closures Hit Rural America Amid Financial Hardship

The New York Times covered the wave of rural nursing home closures, which come amid financial problems and aging Americans’ changing preferences, in a deep dive published Monday. The article zeroed in on the closure of a nursing home in Mobridge, S.D., which was taken over by Black Hills Receiver after former operator Skyline Healthcare […]

Questions Remain About Pennsylvania’s Vetting of Skyline Healthcare

Questions are swirling about Pennsylvania’s approval process for nursing home owners after Wood Ridge, N.J.-based Skyline Healthcare collapsed less than a year after the state Department of Health signed off on the company. That’s according to a deep dive from The Reading Eagle, published on Sunday. Four years before Joseph Schwartz, the owner of the […]

Focus on PDPM Could Distract Skilled Nursing Operators from Current Risks

With a new payment model just eight months away, the skilled nursing industry has trained a laser-guided focus on maximizing patient outcomes and reimbursements under the system. But smart providers would be wise not to let the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) distract them from the pressing issues facing them between now and October 1. “Any […]

Receiver to Close Four Former Skyline Skilled Nursing, Senior Care Facilities

Four more nursing and senior care facilities previously operated by troubled provider Skyline Healthcare in Nebraska are set to close. Klaasmeyer and Associates, the firm that state officials installed to run the properties during a receivership process, has asked for permission to shutter the four buildings, according to a report in the Lincoln Journal Star. […]

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 […]

Receiver of 19 Skyline SNFs Proposes Closing Two Facilities

Black Hills Receiver LLC, the court-appointed receiver for 19 skilled nursing facilities in South Dakota that were operated by Skyline Healthcare and its affiliates, on Wednesday proposed a plan to close two of the facilities due to lack of funds. The earliest date the facilities — the Madison Care and Rehabilitation Center in Madison, S.D., and […]

Legacy Buys $5M Building in Illinois; Former Skyline Facility to Sell Soon

Legacy Healthcare Buys Elgin, Ill., SNF for $5M, Plans Millions in Renovations Legacy Healthcare purchased the Advocate Sherman West Court skilled rehabilitation and nursing facility in Elgin, Ill., and plans to invest $2 million in renovations, The Daily Herald reported. Most or all of the 75 staff members are expected to keep their jobs. The renovations […]