SUN HEALTHCARE GROUP INC
8-K, 1999-04-15
SKILLED NURSING CARE FACILITIES
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                       SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
                             Washington, D.C. 20549


                                    FORM 8-K


                                 CURRENT REPORT


     Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


  Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):            March 31, 1999
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                           SUN HEALTHCARE GROUP, INC.
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             (Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware                          1-12040                       85-0410612
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(State or other jurisdiction   (Commission                 (I.R.S. Employer
 of incorporation               File Number)                Identification No.)


               101 SUN AVENUE, N.E., ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO        87109
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(Address of principal executive offices)                         (Zip Code)


Registrant's telephone number, including area code:            (505) 821-3355
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                                 NOT APPLICABLE
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         (Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)

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Item 5. Other Events

     On March 31, 1999, Sun Healthcare  Group,  Inc. ("Sun") filed its Form 10-K
for the year ending December 31, 1998 with certain sections thereof omitted. Sun
obtained  an  extension  from  the  Securities  and  Exchange   Commission  (the
"Commission")  to file an amended Form 10-K,  including such previously  omitted
sections, on or before April 15, 1999. As a result of management's determination
(in light of recent  discussions  with the Commission  and Sun's  auditors) that
Sun's June 30, 1998 acquisition of Retirement Care Associates, Inc. will need to
be  recorded  as a purchase  rather than a pooling of  interests  as  originally
recorded, Sun did not file the amended Form 10-K by April 15,  1999. Sun expects
to file the amended Form 10-K, including the previously omitted sections,  on or
about April 23,  1999.

     Statements  contained  in this  Current  Report  on Form  8-K  that are not
historical  statements,  including but not limited to statements  containing the
words   "anticipates,"   "expects,"  "may,"  "plan,"  and  "believe"  constitute
forward-looking  statements  within the  meaning of federal  law.  Sun  cautions
investors  that   forward-looking   statements  are  not  guarantees  of  future
performance, and they are subject to numerous uncertainties and risks that could
cause Sun's actual results or performance to materially differ from management's
current expectations.






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                                    SIGNATURE

     Pursuant to the  requirements  of the Securities  Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant  has duly  caused  this  report  to be  signed  on its  behalf by the
undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

                                    SUN HEALTHCARE GROUP, INC.


                                    By:     /s/ William C. Warrick             
                                            Name: William C. Warrick
                                            Title: Vice President, Corporate
                                                   Controller



Dated:  April 15, 1999







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