Nursing homes across Arkansas have been in the news in two reports released this month.In the first report, rankings compiled by Arkansas Business indicate 10 of the state's most profitable nursing homes are located in northern Arkansas. The rankings are based on net income, utilizing financial data from the Arkansas Department of Human Services for the year ending June 30, 2018. The report lists the state's top 95 nursing homes. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit organization focusing on national health issues, says the state had 231 certified nursing facilities in 2017.
Eaglecrest Nursing and Rehab Center in Ash Flat was the most profitable nursing home in northern Arkansas, according to the Arkansas Business report, at number 16. The 100-bed facility had a net income of over $743,000.
The second most profitable nursing home in northern Arkansas was Pioneer Nursing and Rehab Center of Melbourne. The 86-bed facility had a net income of over $477,000.
Gassville Therapy and Living Center was ranked 47th. The 105-bed facility had a net income of over $355,000.
Southfork River Therapy and Living Center of Salem was the 52nd most profitable nursing home in the report. The 84-bed facility had a net income of over $307,000.
Care Manor of Mountain Home was ranked 55th among the state's most profitable nursing homes. The 104-bed facility had a net income of over $277,000.
White River Healthcare of Calico Rock was ranked as the 66th most profitable nursing home. The 70-bed facility had a net income of over $208,000.
Coming in as the 74th most profitable nursing home in northern Arkansas was Good Samaritan Society of Mountain Home. The 70-bed facility had a net income of over $146,000.
Hillcrest Home of Harrison was ranked 78th in the report. The 90-bed facility had a net income of over $131,000.
Occupying the 80th most profitable nursing home position is Twin Lakes Therapy and Living Center of Flippin. With 80 beds, the facility had a net income of over $125,000.
Newton County Nursing Home in Jasper occupies the number 91 position in the report. The 70-bed facility had a net income of over $31,000.
Two Mountain Home facilities were not among the rankings for the year ending June 30, 2018.
In mid-2017, patients from Pine Lane Therapy and Living were moved to Hiram Shaddox. The move was made in preparation for the demolition of Pine Lane to make room for a new combined facility with Hiram Shaddox Geriatric Health and Rehabilitation.
In April 2018, a storm damaged the Hiram Shaddox facility, causing the roof to collapse, forcing the evacuation of the residents to other locations. It has not reopened.
A second report involving area nursing homes indicates six facilities in the state listed in a document of 400 Special Focus Facilities across the nation performing poorly are in Arkansas. Two of the six Arkansas facilities are located in the area.
The Special Focus Facilities list was given to U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey (D-Pa), a ranking member of the special committee on aging, by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Senator Casey had requested the list in March.
CFS defines a special focus facility as needing monitoring due to a poor inspection performance.
Community Compassion Center of Yellville was listed as a candidate for the SFF list, while Diamond Cove, LLC, of Horseshoe Bend is already in the program.
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