April 01, 2018 - McKnight's Long Term Care News

Print Issue: April 01, 2018

NQF gives guidance for opioid use.

New LTC opioid ‘Playbook’ out

The National Quality Forum has released a comprehensive guide to help support safe opioid prescribing and pain management. The “National Quality Partners Playbook: Opioid Stewardship” provides strategies for skilled nursing as part of a series of solutions to address the epidemic across healthcare settings. Almost 50 Americans die each day from a prescription opioid-related overdose,…

Night shift may hike Type 2 diabetes risk

Night-shift work is linked to an increased risk for Type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in Diabetes Care. British and American researchers compared diabetes prevalence among 47,000 night-shift workers against that of 225,000 day workers. They used the UK Biobank, which includes information on diabetes diagnoses, age, sex, race, family history of diabetes,…

Multi-facility execs’ pay rises

Executives with multi-site organizations in the nonprofit aging services sector received average raises of 4.7% in 2017, the same as the previous year, according to a LeadingAge-commissioned survey. Chief executives in these organizations enjoyed average raises of 4.98% in base compensation, bringing their national median base salary to $332,000. Meanwhile, the top financial executive/CFO position…

CommuniCare buys 13 SNFs

Cincinnati-based CommuniCare Health Services has purchased 13 long-term care facilities previously managed by Atrium Centers. With the acquisition, the privately held company expands its holding to more than 80 facilities in seven Mideast and Atlantic states and employs more than 10,000. “It’s fufilling to be able to extend our reach,” said CommuniCare Executive Vice President…

Problems on multiple fronts contributed to the price drop.

SNF bed prices drop by 18%, as industry challenges mount

After setting records for five straight years, the average price per-bed for skilled nursing facilities plunged 18% in 2017, according to acquisition data published by Irving Levin Associates. The media company blamed the drop (to $81,350 per bed) on Medicare reimbursement cuts, reduced lengths of stay, rising labor costs and declines in occupancy. “Given the…

Report forecasts ‘bright future’ for SNFs

Despite falling occupancy and mounting Medicare payment pressures, a national consulting firm says providers are poised to benefit from the changing industry. “The Silver Tsunami and the increasing capabilities of SNFs suggest that the future will be bright for facilities that can provide high-quality, cost-efficient care,” Plante Moran said in its first “Make the Mark”…

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