AHCA/NCAL

NCAL launches AL Cost Calculator to help operators demonstrate their value

The National Center for Assisted Living has launched the AL Cost Calculator, a web-based resident assessment tool that enables assisted living providers to assess how costs are allocated across residents.

Assisted living, but not skilled nursing, may benefit from tax law deduction

Assisted living, but not skilled nursing, may benefit from tax law deduction

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Assisted living communities may be able to take advantage of a 20% business income tax deduction in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that may elude skilled nursing facilities, according to AHCA/NCAL's interpretation of a proposed rule issued by the IRS.

First two assisted living communities earn AHCA/NCAL Gold Quality Awards

First two assisted living communities earn AHCA/NCAL Gold Quality Awards

Maine Veterans Home - Machias in Machias, ME, and Sunrise of Gurnee in Gurnee, IL, have become the first free-standing assisted living communities ever to attain the Gold - Excellence in Quality Award in the history of the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living National Quality Award program.

House workforce bill 'good step in right direction' to support care of older adults

House workforce bill 'good step in right direction' to support care of older adults

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Provider groups are cheering Monday's passage by the House of Representatives of a bill that would reauthorize federal health professions workforce programs, including education and training in geriatrics.

NCAL announces 2018 award winners

NCAL announces 2018 award winners

The National Center for Assisted Living has announced the recipients of the 2018 NCAL Awards Program, who will be honored in October at the 69th Annual AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention & Expo in San Diego.

Provider groups call for immediate implementation of RAISE Family Caregivers Act

Provider groups call for immediate implementation of RAISE Family Caregivers Act

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The American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living, LeadingAge and 72 other national organizations, in a June 28 letter, urged Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to begin "immediate and effective implementation" of the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act.

Upward trend continues for assisted living communities earning AHCA/NCAL Silver Quality Awards

Upward trend continues for assisted living communities earning AHCA/NCAL Silver Quality Awards

Forty-seven assisted living communities have earned the 2018 Silver - Achievement in Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living, AHCA/NCAL announced Thursday.

New assisted living trade association launches in Kentucky

New assisted living trade association launches in Kentucky

The 64-year-old Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities has launched the Kentucky Center for Assisted Living, a state affiliate of the National Center for Assisted Living.

Erickson Living, AHCA/NCAL among organizations on 2018 'Top Workplaces' list

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Erickson Living, the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living, Capital One, Cushman and Wakefield, and Walker and Dunlop are five of 150 companies and organizations named to the Washington Post's "Top Workplaces 2018" list, which recognizes Washington, D.C.-area employers, the media outlet has announced.

LTSS financing proposal 'a promising start,' providers say

LTSS financing proposal 'a promising start,' providers say

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Draft legislation to create a federal program within Medicare to support those with substantial long-term care costs when they need care "is a promising start toward effective solutions," LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan told Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), in technical comments submitted June 15. Other groups shared their thoughts as well.

Assisted living, post-acute providers have 'room for progress' in four key areas, HHS secretary says

Assisted living, post-acute providers have 'room for progress' in four key areas, HHS secretary says

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Assisted living and post-acute care providers "will play a key role in the healthcare system over the next several decades," HHS Secretary Alex M. Azar II said Tuesday. Both industries, however, have "a great deal of room for progress" in four areas, he said.

Operators head to Hill to brief Congress

Operators head to Hill to brief Congress

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Quality, regulation and Medicaid will be three of the big themes as assisted living operators gather Monday and Tuesday in the nation's capital to meet with legislators and their staffs as part of this year's American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living Congressional Briefing.

114 assisted living communities earn AHCA/NCAL Bronze Quality Awards

Assisted living communities totaling 114 were among the 521 long-term and post-acute care operators across 50 states and the District of Columbia that have earned 2018 Bronze - Commitment to Quality Awards from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living, it was announced Thursday.

Bipartisan bill calls for $50 million per year to address geriatric workforce issues

Bipartisan bill calls for $50 million per year to address geriatric workforce issues

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Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate aims to increase the number of geriatric health professionals and direct service workers to support the aging population in the United States.

Despite headlines, GAO report does not portend major changes for assisted living, industry leaders say

Despite headlines, GAO report does not portend major changes for assisted living, industry leaders say

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Some assisted living community operators understandably were concerned in February after the Government Accountability Office released a report about federal oversight of assisted living services offered to Medicaid beneficiaries. Those who look beyond the comments of lawmakers and senior advocates, however, will see that the industry is not the target of the report.

Proposal creating Medicare LTSS benefit gains senior living industry support

Proposal creating Medicare LTSS benefit gains senior living industry support

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Proposed legislation to create a federal program within Medicare to support those with substantial long-term care costs when they need care is drawing support from senior living industry groups.

Assisted living is area of fastest growth for AHCA/NCAL

Assisted living is area of fastest growth for AHCA/NCAL

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Assisted living continues to be the fastest-growing segment of membership for the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living, NCAL said Thursday in newly issued annual report for 2017.

'Capture the Moment' is theme for National Assisted Living Week

'Capture the Moment' is theme for National Assisted Living Week

"Capture the Moment" will be the theme of this year's National Assisted Living Week, Sept. 9 to 15, the National Center for Assisted Living announced Thursday.

Providers tell CMS to explore telehealth, care coordination, long-term care financing

Providers tell CMS to explore telehealth, care coordination, long-term care financing

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Chronic care management via telehealth and remote monitoring, service coordination in affordable housing, and long-term care financing are some of the new directions that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should explore through its Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, according to feedback from providers and associations.

Antipsychotic drug use increasing in assisted living, AARP says

Antipsychotic drug use increasing in assisted living, AARP says

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Although the off-label use of antipsychotic medications has decreased in nursing home residents who have dementia, it has increased in those with dementia who live in assisted living communities or at home, according to an analysis of insurance claims data released today by the AARP Public Policy Institute.

Provider group 'optimistic' about tax law benefits for senior housing and care operators

Provider group 'optimistic' about tax law benefits for senior housing and care operators

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A Friday meeting with officials from the Office of Management and Budget left AHCA / NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson "optimistic" that assisted living and skilled nursing operators will be able to see tax savings from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, he said.

NCAL updates member targets for turnover, antipsychotic use and more

NCAL updates member targets for turnover, antipsychotic use and more

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The National Center for Assisted Living has released updated targets for the four focus areas of its Quality Initiative.

New GAO report focuses on CMS but could have direct effects on assisted living

New GAO report focuses on CMS but could have direct effects on assisted living

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A report released Monday by the Government Accountability Office contains a to-do list for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services related to state reporting of deficiencies in care and services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries in assisted living communities. Some federal lawmakers and consumer advocates, however, say they will push for changes in assisted living because of the report's findings.

Assisted living communities top nursing homes for caregiver pay

Assisted living communities top nursing homes for caregiver pay

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Assisted living communities pay staff nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nurse aides more than do nursing homes, on average, according to the 20th annual "Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report," published by the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service.

Overall turnover in assisted living down

Overall turnover in assisted living down

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Overall turnover in assisted living is down from last year, but it is up for some positions compared with last year, according to the 20th annual "Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report," released Wednesday by the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service.

Assisted living CEOs see pay bumps of 2.77% in 2017

Assisted living CEOs see pay bumps of 2.77% in 2017

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Assisted living organization CEOs, on average, saw base pay increases of 2.77% in 2017, according the 20th annual "Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report," just published by the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service.

Relief, concern greet tax bill passage

Relief, concern greet tax bill passage

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Senior living provider groups Wednesday expressed a mixture of relief and concern at Congress' passage of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Schwartz will continue to lead Center for Excellence in Assisted Living board

Schwartz will continue to lead Center for Excellence in Assisted Living board

The Center for Excellence in Assisted Living has named its 2018-2019 board officers, and Lindsay B. Schwartz, Ph.D., of the National Center for Assisted Living will continue as chairwoman.

Private activity bonds likely to survive tax bill

Private activity bonds likely to survive tax bill

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Congressional Republicans have struck a deal reconciling House and Senate versions of the GOP tax overhaul. In a victory for nonprofit senior living operators, it appears the final measure will retain tax-exempt private activity bonds.

Tax bill update: Corporate tax tweak, reprieve for PABs?

Tax bill update: Corporate tax tweak, reprieve for PABs?

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It's looking like the new corporate tax rate designation will be 21% rather than 20%, as Republican House and Senate negotiators rushed to finalize a tax deal Wednesday.

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Aug. 15 

Senior 'stay-cation'

State College, PA 

Residents and friends of Juniper Village at Brookline's Wellspring Memory Care in State College, PA, recently took a virtual trip to the beach.

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