The 2020 NIC Fall Conference, though held on a virtual platform, presented all the relevance, insight, and expert analysis that attendees have come to expect from the industry’s premier event. Always a staple, sessions focusing on valuations this year were, for some, of particular interest. Amidst a historic global pandemic, which has driven sharp declines in occupancy rates, increased costs, drawn unprecedented media attention, and hastened operational disruption, NIC hosted two discussions on how all of this is impacting valuations across both seniors housing and skilled nursing property types.
The Labor Department reported that nonfarm payrolls rose by 638,000 in October and that the unemployment rate fell to 6.9% from 7.9% in September. This suggests that the employment recovery from the COVID-related drop in March and April continues. Moreover, the increase is stronger than it seems on the surface because it includes a 147,000 decline in temporary Census workers. The consensus estimates for October had been for a gain of 580,000. Roughly 12.1 million jobs have been recovered during the May to October period. This is a little more than half the 22.2 million jobs lost since the pandemic began. The pace of improvement is slowing, however. In July, the economy added almost 1.8 million jobs and another 1.5 million in August. Gains slowed to 672,000 in September and 638,000 in October
Telehealth, telemedicine, virtual care, eConsult, store-and-forward…what does this all mean? More importantly, how do you better serve your resident populations — in a global pandemic and onward? Telehealth is a broad term that seems to get caught in a tangled web of policy, compliance, and reimbursement. However, telehealth brings incredible promise to our highest risk populations in this pandemic, and has transformational implications for the way healthcare will be delivered even once the pandemic is behind us.
Budgeting for capital expenditures has taken on a new complexity. Not only are investors changing their assumptions in the COVID-19 era, but the seniors housing stock is aging. A growing number of older properties need costly updates to stay competitive.