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Regulatory Environment  |  Skilled Nursing

Summary of CMS and Policy Actions Taken for the Coronavirus Crisis

By: Bill Kauffman  |  March 27, 2020

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have taken numerous actions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Importantly, some are actions to assist with continued access to care and many to ensure the safety of residents and staff. Initial responses included restricting visitors to skilled nursing facilities and changing the rules for covered facility stays. Patients who remain in the hospital fewer than three days may now receive Medicare-reimbursed skilled nursing care. The following are the summaries and links to CMS for further details. 

Market Trends  |  Regulatory Environment  |  Seniors Housing  |  Skilled Nursing

NIC Skilled Nursing Data Report: Key Takeaways from the Fourth Quarter 2018

By: Bill Kauffman  |  March 20, 2019

Occupancy in Narrow Range Since April 2018  Managed Medicare Revenue Mix Now at 11%  NIC released its fourth quarter 2018 Skilled Nursing Data Report last week, which includes key monthly data points from January 2012 through December 2018.  The report also includes the latest urban vs. rural comparative data points as well as revenue mix trends. 

Economic Trends  |  Regulatory Environment  |  Seniors Housing  |  Skilled Nursing

The Implications of PDPM for Skilled Nursing

By: NIC  |  January 02, 2019

Medicare is changing the way skilled nursing operators are paid, effective October 2019. The new Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) system replaces Resource Utilization Groups (RUGs) and will dramatically shift predictors of financial success, while raising new compliance concerns as operators change their business strategies to adapt. Skilled nursing investors, as well as owners, operators, and care/service providers will not want to miss PointRight Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer Steven Littlehale’s upcoming NIC Spring Conference presentation on the subject. NIC recently discussed the session with Littlehale, which is recapped here: 

Economic Trends  |  Ideas and Discussion  |  Regulatory Environment

See You in San Francisco (at OPTIMIZE)

By: NIC  |  October 31, 2018

Helping the seniors housing and care industry provide America’s elders with a variety of appropriate options is part of NIC’s mission. In this era of innovation, in which technology is quickly advancing, payment models are shifting, and a new generation of consumers is driving change, NIC encourages industry decision-makers to stay aware of what’s new and upcoming as they develop plans for the future. As millions of baby boomers approach, they will demand options and will present a range of challenges, many of which should be anticipated today. To that end, we’d like to encourage you to consider attending Aging2.0’s OPTIMIZE Conference.