John O'Connor

John O'Connor

Editorial Director

John O'Connor has been with McKnight's for more than two decades. He oversees the editorial team and the content they produce. A University of Illinois graduate, John lives in the Chicago area with his wife and two children.

Most Recent Articles by John O'Connor

Stars aligned for shift

Stars aligned for shift

The Five Star rating system is about to get retooled, thanks to a scathing report in The New York Times. The only real question is how extensive the changes will be.

SNFs limited in disasters

Skilled care facilities officially tabbed "alternate care sites" may not be able to take on hospital patient overflow during disasters, according to a report that examines hospital disaster planning.

Genesis, Skilled Healthcare deal forms mega-company

Genesis, Skilled Healthcare deal forms mega-company

Genesis HealthCare and Skilled Healthcare Group will merge to create a single company with more than 500 facilities nationwide, the providers announced in late August.

Lawmakers demand answers about rating system quirks

Lawmakers demand answers about rating system quirks

After The New York Times noted that providers are apparently gaming the Five Star rating system by enhancing staffing and quality data, federal lawmakers quickly put an indignant pen to paper.

Reporting neglected, OIG says

Slightly more than half of the nation's nursing facilities reported abuse or neglect allegations as required in 2012, a new report from the Office of Inspector General alleges. Such relatively low compliance indicates that more guidance and oversight is warranted, the report concludes.

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