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While skilled nursing facilities have struggled to remain profitable, they remain a part of healthcare’s universe say panelists at RealShare Healthcare.

SCOTTSDALE, AZ—“We have a long way to go.” So said Kathleen Collins Pagels, former executive director of Arizona Health Care Association & President of KC Pagels & Assoc., when talking about electronic health records and communication across post-acute settings. As a speaker at the recent RealShare Healthcare conference here last week, she said that over the last few years, there have been significant industry changes in long-term and behavioral healthcare, and skilled nursing facilities have struggled to remain profitable due to pressure on reimbursement rates, payment reform, and rising costs even motivating a number or REITs to sell off properties.

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