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Skilled Nursing News covers the business and operations for Skilled Nursing owners, operators and developers.

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Skilled Nursing News covers the business and operations for Skilled Nursing owners, operators and developers.

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A must for SNF industry professionals

By GeoYeddy - Dec 31 2018
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This is such a great podcast. Great interviews on trends and deals happening in the nursing home business. Great work and can’t wait for more.

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A must for SNF industry professionals

By GeoYeddy - Dec 31 2018
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This is such a great podcast. Great interviews on trends and deals happening in the nursing home business. Great work and can’t wait for more.
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Skilled Nursing News

Latest release on Nov 13, 2020

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Skilled Nursing News covers the business and operations for Skilled Nursing owners, operators and developers.

Rank #1: LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan

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LeadingAge CEO Katie Smith Sloan has been outspoken in her calls for increased government support for nursing homes and other senior care providers amid the COVID-19 crisis.

As the case count continues to rise and operators face down a new normal with coronavirus at the center of every decision they make, Sloan has loudly and forcefully argued that the industry needs more funding and assistance.

Sloan joined SNN's "Rethink" podcast to discuss the feasibility of a federal plan to reopen nursing homes to visitors, as well as the top changes she thinks providers should fight for as lawmakers and advocates start to consider new rules and regulations around nursing homes in a post-COVID world.

Listen to this episode to learn:
-- Why reopening nursing homes is "virtually impossible" right now
-- Why Medicaid-focused relief has been so slow to arrive
-- What steps leaders and lawmakers should take to prevent future crises
-- And much more

May 20 2020

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Rank #2: Genesis Healthcare CEO George Hager

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Based on the last few years, Genesis Healthcare should be on the ropes — significant quarterly losses, lease restructurings, and public criticism from one of its primary landlords have weighed on the skilled nursing giant.

But the Kennett Square, Pa.-based operator closed out 2018 with cautious optimism, both from financial analysis firm Stifel and CEO George Hager, who predicts smoother sailing ahead in 2019. In his conversation with Rethink, Hager firmly pushed back on current industry wisdom that bigger isn’t necessarily better in skilled nursing, and laid out his vision for what the industry will look like under the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM).

Download this episode to hear Hager discuss:
-Why Genesis’s scale — around 400 buildings across 29 states — is actually an asset, and not a liability
-How Genesis keeps the pulse of local markets despite its size
-What PDPM will mean for third-party rehabilitation providers and skilled nursing operators alike

Feb 14 2019

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Rank #3: Randy Oostra, President and CEO of ProMedica Health System

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Randy Oostra, the president and CEO of ProMedica Health System, is well situated to see every angle of the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic in both the acute and pos-acute fields. The Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica acquired the operations of HCR ManorCare in 2018 – which puts ProMedica in a unique position during a pandemic that is attacking every part of the health care continuum and hitting skilled nursing facilities particularly hard.

Listen to this episode to learn:
-Why more hospital beds are not the solution to the current strain on the health care system
-Some of the ways the COVID-19 pandemic could change health care for the better
-How ProMedica has worked to give the SNFs the clinical resources they need

Apr 23 2020

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Rank #4: René Lerer, CEO of Longevity Health Plan

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Over the last few years, there's probably been no hotter topic in the skilled nursing space than I-SNPs — special Medicare Advantage plans that cover long-term residents of nursing homes and other institutional sites of care.

As CEO of Longevity Health Plan, René Lerer has had a front-row seat to the expansion of these plans, which the company currently offers in Illinois and New York.

Lerer joined "Rethink" to discuss trends in this specialized space, as well as how providers can launch their own plans — either on their own, or with strategic partners.

Listen to this episode to learn:
- How Longevity built its network, and how it plans to expand
- The different ways providers can create or join an I-SNP
- Why I-SNPs can open other opportunities beyond reimbursement control

Oct 22 2019

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Rank #5: Chris Bryson, CEO of Consulate Health Care

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With 140 facilities, Consulate Health Care is something of an outlier in the skilled nursing world, and has seen its share of ups and downs related to its size. But after a strategic shrinking – and an overhaul to improve quality and care at the bedside – the operator is ready to grow again.

CEO Chris Bryson has led the work in turning the company around. He joined Rethink to talk about how Consulate “doubled in size overnight” in 2012 and had to streamline in subsequent years, the work of improving care and retention, and why the operator is looking to the future.

Listen to this episode to learn more about:
-Why scale can still benefit skilled nursing facilities
-The importance of maintaining local autonomy
-Why regulators and providers need to collaborate for better care

Nov 11 2019

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Rank #6: CLA Managing Principal Cory Rutledge

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For the first time in 34 years, an annual report on nursing home finances found that the median operating margin for operators fell below zero. For CLA managing principal Cory Rutledge, a co-author of the report, the result wasn't exactly surprising, given the headwinds battering the skilled nursing space over the past decade.

But while he acknowledges that the number doesn't look great, Rutledge sees sunnier times ahead for operators in the space — specifically those that take bold action to adapt to a changing world.

Listen to this episode of "Rethink" to learn:
- Why the median margin fell below zero
- How operators with positive margins pulled off their success
- What operators should do to turn their fortunes around
- ...and more!

Nov 20 2019

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Rank #7: OnPointe CEO Eric Tanner

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Skilled nursing provider OnPointe and its CEO, Eric Tanner, are all in on care coordination, with a specific focus on determining what hospitals want to hear when looking for preferred post-acute partners.

Despite a recent setback with landlord MedEquities, Tanner remains upbeat about OnPointe's position in the marketplace, focusing on the ways his company's buildings can solve local hospitals' costliest problems — and in turn become their top choice for referrals as he builds a post-acute company that includes SNFs, home health, and hospice services.

Listen to the latest episode of Rethink to discover:
- How SNFs can learn to speak hospitals' language
- Ways providers can innovate despite tight budgets
- The future of the short-term rehabilitation model
- ...And much more!

Apr 30 2019

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Rank #8: Dr. Richard Feifer, Chief Medical Officer of Genesis HealthCare

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As the chief medical officer for skilled nursing giant Genesis HealthCare, Dr. Richard Feifer has a direct view into hundreds of individual nursing homes as they deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Feifer joined "Rethink" to make a direct appeal to leaders about the dire need for personal protective equipment (PPE) and access to COVID-19 testing, two vital weapons against the disease that have been far too hard to come by across the country. He also shared tips gleaned from his work on the front lines, while praising the tireless efforts of staffers on the ground.

Listen to this episode to learn:
1. The top lessons Genesis and Feifer have learned throughout the crisis so far
2. How nursing homes can safely separate COVID-19 cases from those without the disease
3. Why operators shouldn't fear overreacting when it comes to infection-control protocols
4. And more!

Apr 02 2020

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Rank #9: Integrated Care Solutions CEO Brian Fuller

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Skilled nursing providers can get chills at the thought of alternative payment models, which include Medicare arrangements such as bundled payments — one reimbursement shared by a range of providers for a single episode of care. After all, many bundled payment programs achieve their savings by cutting down on post-acute spending, adding pressure to already-squeezed skilled nursing facilities.

But Brian Fuller, the CEO of Integrated Care Solutions, thinks SNFs shouldn't despair. ICS is a care coordination company and bundled payments convener under the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement — Advanced program, and Fuller sees both sides of the acute and post-acute world. He joined Rethink to talk about how SNFs need to change their mindset and get creative to thrive in a value-based world.

Listen to this episode to learn:
- The disconnects between acute and post-acute care, and what they need to learn to come together
- Why post-acute is a savings target in alternative payment models, and how SNFs can take control of their own destiny within their market
- The tenets SNFs need to adopt as their "true north" for success in the evolving world of value-focused health care

Aug 22 2019

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Rank #10: CMS Chief Medical Officer Kate Goodrich

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As the Medicare program's top clinical official, Dr. Kate Goodrich has played a major role in the wave of nursing home regulatory scrutiny coming from Washington and Baltimore over the last few years.

Goodrich and CMS administrator Seema Verma have placed skilled nursing facility compliance and oversight at the top of their to-do lists, with a litany of accomplishments already under their belts — from an overhaul of the five-star rating system to the public identification of properties under consideration for the Special Focus Facility program.

SNN sat down with Goodrich to learn more about what's been driving this enforcement push, as well as what additional moves the federal government may have in store for the future.

Listen to this episode to learn:
-The inner workings of CMS's enforcement strategies for nursing homes
-Why the agency is focusing on beefing up state-level survey efforts
-Goodrich's vision for the long-term future of value-based care

Sep 03 2019

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Rank #11: VP at Henry Ford Health System Sue Craft

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It's never been a more important time for skilled nursing facilities to get to know their hospital partners, especially as SNFs face penalties for patient readmissions and a constant battle to maintain census and provide the best quality of care. That makes open lines of communication and strong relationships essential for acute and post-acute care —and Sue Craft, the vice president of inpatient case management and post-acute care services at Henry Ford Health System is at the forefront of that work.

She oversees the Detroit-based hospital system's preferred SNF network, as well as the team that makes decisions about patient discharges. Skilled Nursing News sat down with her to discuss the financial pressure that hospitals are facing, and how Henry Ford has changed its approach to post-acute partnerships over the years.

Listen to this episode to learn:
-Why Henry Ford focused on developing a preferred network to combat readmission struggles
-The metrics SNFs should bring to hospitals in partnership discussions
-What hospitals want from their post-acute partners

Sep 27 2019

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Rank #12: Fred Stratmann JD, CHC, General Counsel at CommuniCare Health Services

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The opioid crisis has hit every part of the U.S. health care system – skilled nursing facilities included. But the state and federal regulations haven’t moved as fast as the crisis, even though more and more providers are seeing these patients come through their doors.

For the Communicare Family of Companies, which is based in Ohio and has 87 SNFs in some of the most opioid-affected states, there are ways that providers can help address the needs of patients struggling with addiction and other disorders. Fred Stratmann, Communicare’s general counsel, joined Rethink to talk about how SNFs could help and why the problem of caring for these patients goes back even further than the opioid epidemic.

Listen to this episode to learn about:

- Why nursing homes are filling the gaps in community resources
- The regulatory hurdles to changing paradigms of care
- The ways empty SNF beds could be repurposed for behavioral and substance use disorder treatment

Jan 06 2020

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Rank #13: Plante Moran Partner Betsy Rust

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Earlier this year, Betsy Rust and Plante Moran released a report with a fairly explosive thesis: Margins for skilled nursing facilities had actually been on the rise between 2016 and 2017. But the senior care advisory firm was quick to point out that the report only considered Medicare reimbursements — with Medicare Advantage and Medicaid strains working to wipe out the Medicare fee-for-service gains.

SNN invited Rust to expand on her findings on the latest episode of "Rethink: The Future of Skilled Nursing." In our conversation, Rust offered concrete tips for how providers can navigate the Medicare Advantage world despite a lack of public information on rates, as well as how the ongoing stressors in the SNF marketplace could inspire operators to make strange — but profitable — bedfellows.

Listen to this episode of Rethink to learn: 
- The metrics Plante Moran evaluates when advising buyers in today's market
- How partnering with competitors might bring mutual benefits
- The outlook for Medicare Advantage under PDPM
- ...And much more!

Apr 05 2019

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Rank #14: President and CEO of the American Health Care Association Mark Parkinson

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Between the release of a "secret" list of underperforming nursing homes and multiple hearings on Capitol Hill, the skilled nursing industry has found itself under the regulatory and media microscope for most of 2019.

And for the most part, Mark Parkinson thinks that's a good thing.

The president and CEO of the American Health Care Association sat down with Skilled Nursing News to discuss why transparency could ultimately help operators by raising awareness of other issues in the space — along with his vision of what the industry will look like a decade from now.

Listen to this episode to learn:
- Why operators should see opportunity in recent media attention on the industry
- What he thinks is the bigger challenge for the space: PDPM or Medicaid
- How SNFs can avoid becoming a mere commodity in the overall care landscape
- ...and more!

Jul 15 2019

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Rank #15: Founder and CEO of sb2 Inc. Chad Bogar

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Amid the revolution sweeping Medicare reimbursements for skilled nursing facilities — from PDPM to value-based purchasing — Medicaid has quietly emerged as a prime threat to operators across the country. Reimbursement rates in multiple states don't cover the daily cost of caring for Medicaid residents, forcing buildings to close or endure disruptive receiverships across the country.

As the CEO and founder of law firm sb2 Inc., Chad Bogar has dedicated his career to helping residents and operators solve their Medicaid problems through the courts and other mechanisms designed to protect them.

Listen to this episode of Rethink to learn:
1. How providers can apply Medicaid victories won in other states to their operators
2. Why federal law trumps state regulations on Medicaid rates
3. How Bogar and operators in fought the government over long-delayed Medicaid claims
4. And more strategies for Medicaid success

May 16 2019

25mins

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Tim Peck and Rob MacNaughton of Curve Health

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Nov 13 2020

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Tammy Tuminaro, CEO Century Rehabilitation Inc

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Third-party rehabilitation providers are a crucial part of clinical care in the skilled nursing setting, and neither the pandemic this year nor an overhaul of Medicare reimbursement last year has changed that fact. But it has changed how rehab providers are working with their SNF partners.

Tammy Tuminaro, the recently named CEO of Century Rehabilitation, joined Skilled Nursing News' Rethink podcast to talk about how third-party rehabilitation providers are navigating the pandemic and how Century sees the relationship between SNFs and third-party rehabilitation evolving.

Listen to this episode to learn more about:
-- The promises and pitfalls of telehealth for providing rehabilitation
-- How SNFs and third-party rehab can collaborate more closely – and why they need to
-- The importance of clinical pathways in getting residents to the best outcomes.

Oct 19 2020

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Dr. Rayvelle Stallings, SVP of PruittHealth Physician Services and CMO at PruittHealth

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The institutional special needs plan model was one of the hottest topics of conversation in the skilled nursing world – of course, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. But for PruittHealth, its role as a Medicare Advantage provider gave it a unique position in its role as a skilled nursing provider, according to the operator's new corporate medical officer, Dr. Rayvelle Stallings.

She believes that offering the I-SNP allows PruittHealth to ensure continuity of care in a way that helps navigate the new reality of the pandemic – while keeping residents and employees safe.

Listen to this episode to learn:

-Why the institutional needs plan model positions PruittHealth to provide the fullest continuity of care for its patients.
-The promises and pitfalls of greater telehealth use, and why it's here to stay.
-How infection control is shaping the new normal for PruittHealth's SNFs.

Aug 07 2020

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Susan Ryan of The Green House Project

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After a disheartening experience working in nursing homes, former director of nursing Susan Ryan spent years spearheading initiatives designed to keep the elderly out of institutional care settings at all costs.

But over time, she came to believe that there would always be a need for skilled nursing facilities to serve a specific portion of the aging population — just not the kind that have existed for decades.

As the senior director of the non-profit Green House Project, Ryan has traveled the country spreading the gospel of nursing campuses centered around small homes, with resident independence and autonomy at the heart of the care model.

It's an initiative that could gain steam as regulators, operators, and investors look to a post-COVID future. Listen to this podcast to learn:

-- How operators can work with regulators to implement unique, resident-centered designs
-- Why Green House can give operators a competitive advantage in their marketplaces
-- And more!

Aug 05 2020

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Jon Ferry of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings

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As nursing homes navigate COVID-19, the actions they take now could present legal minefields in the months and years to come. Those could stem from lawsuits brought by individuals – or by investigations from the state or federal government.

Jon Ferry, a partner at the law firm Bradley Arant Boult Cummings and a former assistant U.S. attorney, joins Rethink to talk about some of the considerations for skilled nursing providers.

Listen to this episode to learn:
-The nuances of liability regulations in different states, especially those established for health care settings during COVID-19
-The ways the pandemic-induced changes might shape legal definitions and future lawsuits
-What the Department of Justice’s National Nursing Home Initiative – announced just before COVID-19 hit in full force – will be investigating with the backdrop of the pandemic
-And more!

Jul 09 2020

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Karen Hoffman, Clinical instructor, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

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Until scientists develop a vaccine or effective treatment for COVID-19, infection control — already so vital to resident safety — must be at the top of every nursing home operator's list of priorities.

For Karen Hoffman, that topic has been the subject of her career over the course of four decades. As a former CMS consultant, current clinical instructor at the University of North Carolina, and 2019 president of APIC, Hoffman has dedicated her professional life to improving infection control and preventing the spread of disease in nursing homes and other settings.

She joined "Rethink" to discuss why COVID-19 can be so difficult to contain, how operators should reframe their mindsets to fight it as a chronic menace, and what CMS should do when evaluating its enforcement strategies.

Listen to this episode to learn:
-- Simple investments with major preventative payoffs
-- Ways CMS can improve and enhance enforcement efforts moving forward
-- Key areas for operators to focus on
-- And more!

Jun 25 2020

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Dr. Paula Lester, NYU Winthrop Hospital

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As COVID-19 initially swept through nursing homes across the country in March and April, operators and staffers had a key advantage: Just about every state implemented stay-at-home orders that kept public spaces clear for the essential health care workers, reducing the risk of infection.

But as spring turns to summer, states around the country have implemented varying degrees of “reopening” plans, setting off increases in case counts — and underscoring the reality that the coronavirus will plague long-term care for an indefinite period of time.

Dr. Paula Lester, a an associate professor of medicine at the NYU Long Island School of Medicine and a geriatrician at NYU Winthrop Hospital, joins "Rethink" to discuss the top lessons learned from the peak of COVID-19 cases in New York, one of the nation's worst geographic hotspots.

Listen to this episode to learn:
-- Why operators can't assume they're in the clear, even after performing baseline tests
-- Top considerations for reopening safely
-- What providers should seek from reform efforts
-- And more!

Jun 17 2020

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LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan

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LeadingAge CEO Katie Smith Sloan has been outspoken in her calls for increased government support for nursing homes and other senior care providers amid the COVID-19 crisis.

As the case count continues to rise and operators face down a new normal with coronavirus at the center of every decision they make, Sloan has loudly and forcefully argued that the industry needs more funding and assistance.

Sloan joined SNN's "Rethink" podcast to discuss the feasibility of a federal plan to reopen nursing homes to visitors, as well as the top changes she thinks providers should fight for as lawmakers and advocates start to consider new rules and regulations around nursing homes in a post-COVID world.

Listen to this episode to learn:
-- Why reopening nursing homes is "virtually impossible" right now
-- Why Medicaid-focused relief has been so slow to arrive
-- What steps leaders and lawmakers should take to prevent future crises
-- And much more

May 20 2020

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Randy Oostra, President and CEO of ProMedica Health System

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Randy Oostra, the president and CEO of ProMedica Health System, is well situated to see every angle of the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic in both the acute and pos-acute fields. The Toledo, Ohio-based ProMedica acquired the operations of HCR ManorCare in 2018 – which puts ProMedica in a unique position during a pandemic that is attacking every part of the health care continuum and hitting skilled nursing facilities particularly hard.

Listen to this episode to learn:
-Why more hospital beds are not the solution to the current strain on the health care system
-Some of the ways the COVID-19 pandemic could change health care for the better
-How ProMedica has worked to give the SNFs the clinical resources they need

Apr 23 2020

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The Royal Health Group

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The Royal Health Group in Massachusetts had long-standing plans to change the location of its skilled nursing facility in the town of Falmuth; what they weren't expecting was that a global pandemic would hit as they planned the transition.

Instead of freezing in place, the operator accelerated the move to give the Cape Cod Healthcare system a location for recovering COVID-19 patients. Royal Health CEO James Mamary and vice president of operations Robyn Sloniecki joined Rethink to talk about how they made the change and worked with the state and the health system – and about what other operators can learn from their experience.

This episode was recorded on April 17th and reflects the COVID-19 situation at the time.

Listen to this episode to learn:
-How Royal Health kept its staff and residents updated during the move
-How it worked with Massachusetts on fast-tracking its former facility to become a COVID-19 building.
-What operators should think about as they find COVID-19 cases in their own SNFs

Apr 22 2020

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Dr. Richard Feifer, Chief Medical Officer of Genesis HealthCare

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As the chief medical officer for skilled nursing giant Genesis HealthCare, Dr. Richard Feifer has a direct view into hundreds of individual nursing homes as they deal with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Dr. Feifer joined "Rethink" to make a direct appeal to leaders about the dire need for personal protective equipment (PPE) and access to COVID-19 testing, two vital weapons against the disease that have been far too hard to come by across the country. He also shared tips gleaned from his work on the front lines, while praising the tireless efforts of staffers on the ground.

Listen to this episode to learn:
1. The top lessons Genesis and Feifer have learned throughout the crisis so far
2. How nursing homes can safely separate COVID-19 cases from those without the disease
3. Why operators shouldn't fear overreacting when it comes to infection-control protocols
4. And more!

Apr 02 2020

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Arif Nazir, Chief Medical Officer of Signature HealthCARE

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As both the chief medical officer for Signature HealthCARE and president of AMDA, the Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, Dr. Arif Nazir has a micro- and macro-level view on how skilled nursing facilities are fighting the novel coronavirus.

Dr. Nazir sat down with SNN to talk about what he's seeing on the front lines, as well as the viability of some of the sweeping proposals that governments have floated to help beat back the COVID-19 tide.

Listen to this episode of "Rethink" to learn:
-- Why the COVID-19 pandemic will permanently change the post-acute and long-term care landscape — potentially for the better
-- The roles geriatricians, nursing home operators, and other elder care experts need to play in the coronavirus response
-- How frontline caregivers are weathering the storm
-- And more!

Mar 23 2020

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Angie Roberson of American Case Management Association

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The novel coronavirus outbreak has put skilled nursing facilities on lockdown and disrupted daily life around the world. But health care needs continue apace, and the junction between SNF and hospital is crucial. Angie Roberson, the president of the American Case Management Association and the director of case management at the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, joins Rethink to talk about the importance of communication in the face of COVID-19 and the steps hospitals are taking as they work with SNFs.

Listen to this episode to learn:
-More about how hospitals are looking at the outbreak and what they're hearing from SNFs
-Why the flu season has lessons for dealing with the new virus
-What hospitals are assessing as they get patients ready for discharge

Mar 13 2020

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Kelli Luneborg-Stern of Trifecta Public Strategies

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In the senior housing and care spectrum, nursing homes typically have the worst reputation among the general public and the press — a negative image that can only worsen in cases of abuse, neglect, or high-profile accidents.

As the managing partner and co-founder of Trifecta Public Strategies, Kelli Luneborg-Stern has guided skilled nursing operators through a variety of difficult times, and despite the challenges, she has nothing but praise for the industry.

"They simply do not get the credit that they deserve for what they deal with on a day-to-day basis," Luneborg-Stern says.

Listen to this episode to learn:
-- How operators can more effectively communicate with the public and press
-- The ways misconceptions about the industry have changed over time — and what remains the same
-- Top challenges for operators in the year ahead
-- ...and more!

Feb 26 2020

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John Delossantos, CEO of JMD Healthcare Solutions

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As the CEO of JMD Healthcare Solutions, John Delossantos has had a front-row seat to the Medicare payment model change still roiling the skilled nursing space.

So far, Delossantos is upbeat about PDPM's potential to improve the health of both residents and the industry as a whole, but he's also identified some key areas where operators are still making mistakes that could lead to costly reimbursement losses — or, worse, scrutiny from the federal government.

Listen to this episode of Rethink to learn:

1. The most common PDPM errors operators are making — and how to fix them
2. The top regulatory red flags that could lead to payment clawbacks
3. The biggest PDPM surprises so far
4. ...and more

Feb 12 2020

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Fred Bentley, Managing Director at Avalere Health

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The Patient-Driven Payment Model – and all the changes that came with it – arrived officially for skilled nursing providers in October 2019. The new Medicare reimbursement system for SNFs was top of mind throughout the year, but 2020 will bring a variety of new challenges, ranging from the entrenchment of accountable care organizations (ACOs) to the rise of managed care in the Medicaid program.

Fred Bentley, managing director at the consulting firm Avalere Health, joined Rethink to talk about what SNFs should think about going into 2020 and how they can position themselves for viability and success.

Listen to this episode to learn about:
-The need to examine therapy and documentation as PDPM takes hold
-Why some larger SNF chains are considering joining the ranks of ACOs
-Why managed long-term supports and services in Medicaid is 'an existential challenge' for SNFs

Jan 21 2020

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Fred Stratmann JD, CHC, General Counsel at CommuniCare Health Services

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The opioid crisis has hit every part of the U.S. health care system – skilled nursing facilities included. But the state and federal regulations haven’t moved as fast as the crisis, even though more and more providers are seeing these patients come through their doors.

For the Communicare Family of Companies, which is based in Ohio and has 87 SNFs in some of the most opioid-affected states, there are ways that providers can help address the needs of patients struggling with addiction and other disorders. Fred Stratmann, Communicare’s general counsel, joined Rethink to talk about how SNFs could help and why the problem of caring for these patients goes back even further than the opioid epidemic.

Listen to this episode to learn about:

- Why nursing homes are filling the gaps in community resources
- The regulatory hurdles to changing paradigms of care
- The ways empty SNF beds could be repurposed for behavioral and substance use disorder treatment

Jan 06 2020

27mins

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CLA Managing Principal Cory Rutledge

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For the first time in 34 years, an annual report on nursing home finances found that the median operating margin for operators fell below zero. For CLA managing principal Cory Rutledge, a co-author of the report, the result wasn't exactly surprising, given the headwinds battering the skilled nursing space over the past decade.

But while he acknowledges that the number doesn't look great, Rutledge sees sunnier times ahead for operators in the space — specifically those that take bold action to adapt to a changing world.

Listen to this episode of "Rethink" to learn:
- Why the median margin fell below zero
- How operators with positive margins pulled off their success
- What operators should do to turn their fortunes around
- ...and more!

Nov 20 2019

23mins

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Chris Bryson, CEO of Consulate Health Care

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With 140 facilities, Consulate Health Care is something of an outlier in the skilled nursing world, and has seen its share of ups and downs related to its size. But after a strategic shrinking – and an overhaul to improve quality and care at the bedside – the operator is ready to grow again.

CEO Chris Bryson has led the work in turning the company around. He joined Rethink to talk about how Consulate “doubled in size overnight” in 2012 and had to streamline in subsequent years, the work of improving care and retention, and why the operator is looking to the future.

Listen to this episode to learn more about:
-Why scale can still benefit skilled nursing facilities
-The importance of maintaining local autonomy
-Why regulators and providers need to collaborate for better care

Nov 11 2019

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René Lerer, CEO of Longevity Health Plan

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Over the last few years, there's probably been no hotter topic in the skilled nursing space than I-SNPs — special Medicare Advantage plans that cover long-term residents of nursing homes and other institutional sites of care.

As CEO of Longevity Health Plan, René Lerer has had a front-row seat to the expansion of these plans, which the company currently offers in Illinois and New York.

Lerer joined "Rethink" to discuss trends in this specialized space, as well as how providers can launch their own plans — either on their own, or with strategic partners.

Listen to this episode to learn:
- How Longevity built its network, and how it plans to expand
- The different ways providers can create or join an I-SNP
- Why I-SNPs can open other opportunities beyond reimbursement control

Oct 22 2019

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A must for SNF industry professionals

By GeoYeddy - Dec 31 2018
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This is such a great podcast. Great interviews on trends and deals happening in the nursing home business. Great work and can’t wait for more.