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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

PDPM: Here’s the rub

If it seems like a lot of skilled nursing facility therapists have been getting laid off, it’s no coincidence. Genesis Healthcare grabbed the early lead in the pink slip parade. The firm let go of about 600, or more than 5%, of its rehab workers. Many other operators have been considering similar moves. That is,…

Feds press emergency prep

Nursing homes are going to be held to a higher standard because under new federal rules they’ll retain a requirement to conduct annual reviews of their emergency programs, despite the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently easing requirements for other providers.  The agency will allow other  Medicare and Medicaid providers to review their emergency…

PDPM kick-off sparks layoffs

The Patient Driven Payment Model kicked in Oct. 1, spurring numerous layoffs and rearrangement of therapists around the country. Genesis Rehab said it had laid off 585 of about 10,000 employees, while various McKnight’s readers  noted other work reductions. “We expect to see an evolution over time as people understand how the new payment system…

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