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John O'Connor

John O'Connor

John is the editorial director, vice president and associate publisher of McKnight's Senior Living and McKnight's Long-Term Care News. He joined McKnight's in 1990. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he was introduced to journalism, late-night bull sessions and many of his closest friends. Before McKnight's, John worked at a weekly newspaper in Chicago. An avid reader and sports fan, he has a weakness for magazines, biographies and almost anything containing chocolate. John lives in the Chicago area with his wife, Layne, and their two children.

Most recent articles by John O'Connor

The Big Picture: It’s time to rise up, LTC

The late author Joseph Heller provided words that many long-term care operators still live by: “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you.” Whether most operators are paranoid is a matter of conjecture. But it’s no secret that many feel they have a big ol’ target on their backs. Maybe that sentiment derives…

Medicare Advantage inflicting pain: CFOs

A majority of provider CFOs surveyed in August said their organizations are being hurt by Medicare Advantage plans. About 70% reported a moderate to significant negative impact, while just 6% reported a moderate to significant positive impact. About 24% said they felt little impact.  “Any Medicare Advantage billings that we have had have been terrible.…

Better Medicaid managed care oversight needed to protect providers serving high-risk populations: OI

CFOs: Feeling less viability

Fully 70% of skilled nursing chief financial officers said they were optimistic about their organizations’ ability to compete in their respective local markets — but that represents a slide from 78% the year before. More than a quarter (26%) said they were unsure about their facilities’ competitiveness, double the percentage of a year earlier, while…

The Big Picture: LTC’s angels and devils

Many things make long-term care unique. For one, you’d be hard pressed to find a sector where angels and devils intermingle so regularly. The angels in our midst are easy to spot, as their effervescence and glow gives them away. As for what unites them? That’s easy: They are all givers. In “The Second Mountain,”…

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