News

Operators See Opening To Shape Managed Care Policy In States

April 9, 2018, Maggie Flynn, Skilled Nursing News - Managed care is on the rise in both Medicare and Medicaid, but skilled nursing and long-term care (LTC) providers don’t necessarily need…

GAO: Feds Not Doing Enough

April 9, 2018, Kimberly Marselas, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) needs to improve how it handles beneficiary data being shared with others, especially research organizations, according to a new report from the Government Accountability…

Gaps Remain In Post-Acute Performance Measures

April 8, 2018, Maggie Flynn, Skilled Nursing News - Gaps remain in performance measures for post-acute care (PAC) and long-term care (LTC), particularly with regard to care coordination and information exchanges, according to a…

Ohio SNF Sells For $11M

April 8, 2018, Maggie Flynn, Skilled Nursing News - StoneGate Announces Eight New Contracts in Oklahoma - StoneGate Senior Living, a senior care and housing company based in Lewisville, Texas, added eight new properties to its lineup in Oklahoma, contracted from…

Five-Star Ratings Don’t Tell The Whole Story

April 8, 2018, John Yedinak, Skilled Nursing News - Hospitals and referral sources have increasingly turned to the Five-Star Quality Rating System when vetting potential skilled nursing partners, but buyers often go even deeper — as these ratings don’t always tell the full story behind a…

Why Does The U.S. Spend So Much More On Healthcare?

April 7, 2018, Harris Meyer, Modern Healthcare - Dr. John Cullen's four-physician family medicine practice in Valdez, Alaska, employs three full-time staffers who work on insurance and patient billing.  A fourth full-timer focuses on obtaining…

Flexible Part-Time Staffers Could Be Future Of Skilled Nursing Workforce

April 5, 2018, Maggie Flynn, Skilled Nursing News - Implementing a flexible model of staffing could help skilled nursing providers deal with the lows — and potential highs…

How Skilled Nursing Can Fight Liability Insurance Pressures

March 26, 2018, Maggie Flynn, Skilled Nursing News - In a difficult liability environment like the state of Kentucky, skilled nursing and long-term care (LTC) providers need to…

Still No Word On Lifetime Medicaid Limits

March 26, 2018, Kimberly Marselas, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - Lawmakers and reporters alike have been unable to pin down Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma on her agency's view of states' requests to impose lifetime coverage limits on Medicaid…

Skilled Nursing Providers, Billing Consultants Pay $6 Million

March 26, 2018, Kimberly Marselas, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - Four skilled nursing facilities and the two financial consultants they used to bill for therapy services agreed last week to a $6 million settlement to resolve fraud allegations brought by the U.S. Attorney's Office…