Voices: Steve Morgan, President and Chief Operating Officer, WellSky

This article is sponsored by WellSky. In this interview, Skilled Nursing News sits down with Steve Morgan, President and Chief Operating Officer, WellSky, to talk about how providers can leverage technology partnerships to gain greater visibility into the patient journey and improve care outcomes. He explains why partnering with an EHR vendor that supports and […]

How WellSky, Google Cloud Aim to Start Delivering on AI’s Promise for Nursing Homes

Generative AI may become a more prominent part of caregiving for skilled nursing operators who need to save time due to staffing shortages. WellSky, a software analytics company that services healthcare providers, unveiled a collaboration with Google Cloud late last week to develop advanced data analytics tools, machine learning capabilities, and artificial intelligence in healthcare […]

Hospital Referrals to Nursing Homes ‘Doubled’ in 2023, But Placements Down Due to Staffing

Hospital referrals to nursing homes have doubled in early 2023 compared to last year, but rejection of admissions also increased – one reason being labor shortages. This is according to WellSky, a leading health and community care technology company, which released its second annual Evolution of Care report this week. With higher demand for post-acute […]

Skilled Nursing Vs. Home Health: Referral Trends Shift Due to Acuity, Staffing Shortages, Regulation

After years in which Medicare policy and Covid-19 drove more hospital referrals to home health, skilled nursing facilities recently have seen referrals surge, thanks to a variety of factors. Referral trends through January 2023 showed a jump in patients sent to the nursing home while at the same time rejection rates for home health agency […]

CMS Proposal Marks Shift After Years of Skilled Nursing Frustration with Medicare Advantage Diversions

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has decided to take action on transitions in care – specifically Medicare Advantage (MA) plans diverting care to home health instead of skilled nursing – after years of skilled nursing industry and consumer feedback. CMS last month took steps to address the trend with a proposed rule […]

Maryland Nursing Homes, Hospitals to Receive $50M in Funding

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has earmarked $50 million in funding for the state’s nursing homes and hospitals to ease workforce challenges and other Covid-related obstacles. “This additional funding will help further ease some of the burdens the COVID-19 pandemic has caused our hospitals and skilled nursing facilities across the state,” Maryland Department of Health Secretary […]

As Labor Crisis Complicates Care Transitions, Hospitals Work to Alleviate SNF Referral Backlog

In yet another example of the wide-ranging effects of the ongoing post-acute staffing shortage, hospital systems are reporting months of discharge delays as skilled nursing facilities are unable to accept new residents. Desperate acute care health systems have begun providing nursing homes additional payments to take on residents, and in some cases offering their clinical […]

Why Referral Rejection Rates Hit A Two-Year High For SNF Operators

While building back hospital referrals is one way skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) have looked to recover census loss over the course of COVID-19, new data shows that referral rejection rates are at an all-time high as staffing shortages continue to cripple the sector. That’s according to an analysis by Careport, a WellSky company, which shows […]

Nimble Nursing Homes Can Cash in on Shifting Referral Demographic, Interest from Big Tech

Health system interest, along with the ongoing pandemic, has continued to drive referrals away from skilled nursing facilities and toward home health programs in 2021. WellSky, a data analytics company focused on providers across the care continuum, has seen a 15% increase in discharges to home health programs that would normally be reserved for a […]

‘Not a Threat’ to Operators, UnityPoint Expands Its SNF-at-Home Program

After the success of its hospital-at-home program, UnityPoint Health is looking to expand its skilled nursing at-home offerings and is partnering with care coordination platform WellSky to do so.  One of six national health systems approved to pilot the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acute Hospital Care At Home program in 2018, the […]

More Discharges Diverted to The Home, Analyst Wonders If ‘We’ve Moved the Needle Too Far’

Sicker patients, after less time spent in a hospital, are being diverted from a skilled nursing facility in favor of home care and hospice, according to recent analysis by care coordination software provider CarePort. Discharge trends have resulted in a struggling occupancy rebound for SNFs, Martin said, with referred patients reportedly between 60 and 75% […]