Non-profit nursing homes sales draw focus from NY Charities Bureau

Smaller non-profit nursing home operators have found themselves even less able to weather the industry storms than their for-profit counterparts, with many exploring sales to larger, regional chains — a trend that has attracted the scrutiny of government officials in the state of New York.

The state’s Charities Bureau this month released new guidance governing the sale of non-profit nursing homes to for-profit entities, citing concerns that the deals often fail to benefit vulnerable nursing home residents, according to Skilled Nursing News.

“The charitable programs of many non-profit nursing homes do not continue after their sale. Most non-profit nursing home corporations are single purpose entities whose mission, as defined in their charter and demonstrated by their history, is to provide nursing home care,” the agency wrote in its report, first flagged by NYN Media. “Ensuring that the proceeds of the sale are used to further the mission of the sold nursing home is challenging.”

Officials on the bureau say they’ve seen an uptick in non-profits selling to for-profits in the state since 2014, with about 5% of all non-profit homes undergoing such transactions each year. Under New York law, buyers and sellers must prove that the non-profit received a fair and reasonable price for the property, and that the deal will serve the ends of the charity.

That that second part becomes tricky if the non-profit simply exists to operate a single nursing home; if the organization’s goal was to care for skilled and long-term care residents, and it no longer operates a nursing home, its mission won’t continue unless the new owners continue to provide nursing care.

Read the full story at Skilled Nursing News.

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