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Growing Operator Sees New Hospital As ‘Beachfront’ Property

May 15, 2018, Alex Spanko, Skilled Nursing News - Seizing the opportunity to stake out a spot adjacent to a major hospital project, one skilled nursing provider in Maryland decided to build the first new standalone skilled nursing facility that a Washington, D.C. suburb had seen in more than…

Proposed staffing ratio cheered by CNAs

May 14, 2018, Kimberly Marselas, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - A bill in the statehouse would force many New Jersey nursing homes to increase staffing of certified nurse aides, a proposal that was literally cheered by those front-line workers but rejected as an unfunded mandate by local…

Specialties, Complex Patients Get Boost Under New CMS Payment Model

May 14, 2018, Maggie Flynn, Skilled Nursing NewsSkilled nursing facilities that can serve more medically complex patients will be rewarded under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), according to a new white paper from Integra…

Iowa Wanted To Funnel $1 Billion In Medicaid Money Into Private Nursing Homes

May 13, 2018, Clark Kauffman, Des Moines Register - The federal government has blocked Iowa’s attempts to implement a controversial, billion-dollar plan to funnel more Medicaid money into privately owned nursing homes.  As many as 410 Iowa nursing homes — some…

Amid Issues At Home, Genesis Sees Significant Potential In China

May 13, 2018, Alex Spanko, Skilled Nursing News - Facing headwinds at home, Genesis Healthcare (NYSE: GEN) has embarked on an ambitious plan to tap into the nascent post-acute care market in China — with an eye on capturing just a small fraction of the country’s favorable demographic profile…

Thousands Of Louisiana Eviction Warnings Sent

May 11, 2018, Kimberly Marselas, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - Louisiana officials on Thursday mailed notices of potential evictions to 37,000 Medicaid beneficiaries who could soon lose coverage, including at least 19,000 who might be forced out of nursing homes if the state's…

Skilled Nursing Jobs To Grow By 13% Through 2026

May 10, 2018, Kimberly Marselas, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - Skilled nursing facilities' share of the healthcare workforce will shrink by 2026 even as its employee numbers grow, according to new projections built on Bureau of Labor data.  Overall, job growth in the healthcare…

Sabra CEO: ‘Old Testament’ Almost Over As Genesis Exodus Wraps

May 10, 2018, Maggie Flynn, Skilled Nursing News - Sabra Health Care REIT (Nasdaq: SBRA) on Thursday expressed optimism about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) new skilled nursing payment model and stressed its focus on executing its divestiture programs — particularly its…

Genesis: Medicare Advantage Provides Blueprint For New Payment Model

May 10, 2018, Alex Spanko, Skilled Nursing News - As the skilled nursing industry continues to digest the effects of the new Medicare proposed payment system, one CEO says that Medicare Advantage can provide a path forward.  The new Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) isn’t all that different…

Fragile Seniors Need Shift Toward High-Value Care

May 9, 2018, Kimberly Marselas, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - More than 50 health system leaders and policymakers have called for an examination of issues important to chronically ill older adults and their caregivers in an an effort to compel payment and policy changes that…