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Provider group concerns with House, Senate tax bills continue

Provider group concerns with House, Senate tax bills continue

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Provider groups continued to express concerns over provisions in the $1.5 trillion tax reform legislation that passed 227-205 Thursday in the House of Representatives and in the tax reform bill under consideration in the Senate.

Largest senior living providers in 2017 named by Argentum

Largest senior living providers in 2017 named by Argentum

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This year's list features 115 companies with a total of almost 550,000 independent living, assisted living and memory care units.

Provider win: Florida appeals court says generator rule remains invalid

Provider win: Florida appeals court says generator rule remains invalid

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Florida assisted living and nursing home operators say they will avoid potential $1,000-per-day fines and loss of licensure after an appeals court Tuesday handed down a decision that emergency rules requiring them to have generators and fuel in place by Nov. 15 did not remain in effect while Gov. Rick Scott appealed a previous court decision that the rules were "invalid exercises of delegated legislative authority" by state officials. The governor disagrees.

House tax bill foes decry potential effects on seniors' medical costs, housing

House tax bill foes decry potential effects on seniors' medical costs, housing

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Advocates for senior living and affordable housing have expressed opposition to H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, proposed by Republicans in the House of Representatives, because it eliminates the medical expense deduction and tax incentives for senior housing construction.

Florida provider groups go back to court over generator rules

Florida provider groups go back to court over generator rules

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LeadingAge Florida and Florida Argentum filed an emergency joint motion Tuesday asking an appeals court to prevent state agencies from enforcing generator rules that have a Nov. 15 compliance deadline. The action stems from disagreement over the ramifications of a state Division of Administrative Hearings decision Friday that the emergency rules "are invalid exercises of delegated legislative authority."

Florida provider groups cheer generator ruling as governor promises appeal

Florida provider groups cheer generator ruling as governor promises appeal

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Organizations representing Florida assisted living and nursing home operators cheered Friday's decision by the state's Division of Administrative Hearings that invalidated two emergency rules put in motion Sept. 16 by Gov. Rick Scott. The rules had given them 60 days to obtain generators and enough fuel to enable them "to sustain operations and maintain comfortable temperatures" for at least 96 hours following a power outage.

Florida Argentum petitions for temporary injunction on generator rule

Florida Argentum petitions for temporary injunction on generator rule

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Florida Argentum has asked the state's First District Court of Appeal to issue a temporary injunction against Gov. Rick Scott's emergency rule, which sets a Nov. 15 deadline for all assisted living communities and nursing homes in the Sunshine State to obtain generators and enough fuel to enable them "to sustain operations and maintain comfortable temperatures" for at least four days after a power outage.

2 more associations join Florida generator rule fight

2 more associations join Florida generator rule fight

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Two associations representing assisted living operators have joined LeadingAge Florida in challenging an emergency rule issued Sept. 16 that gave assisted living communities in the Sunshine State 60 days to obtain generators and enough fuel to enable them "to sustain operations and maintain comfortable temperatures" for at least four days after a power outage.

Senior living association recommends overtime changes to Labor Department

Senior living association recommends overtime changes to Labor Department

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The Labor Department should base increases in the minimum salary threshold used to determine overtime pay on the 20th percentile for salaried employees in the lowest paid geographic region of the country, according to Argentum President and CEO James Balda.

Senate bill would create advisory committee on protecting seniors during emergencies

Senate bill would create advisory committee on protecting seniors during emergencies

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A 15-member panel would advise local, state and government officials on how to prepare and care for older adults during emergency situations under a bill introduced Tuesday by four senators and discussed Wednesday at a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing.

Irma, Harvey show how senior living exemplifies 'family'

Irma, Harvey show how senior living exemplifies 'family'

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The appropriateness of this year's National Assisted Living Week theme, "Family is Forever," is evident as the senior living industry recovers from Hurricane Harvey and faces Hurricane Irma.

Policy, workforce issues focus of Argentum events this week

Policy, workforce issues focus of Argentum events this week

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Argentum members will be concentrating on governmental and staffing issues affecting senior living operators and residents this week as the organization holds a Public Policy Institute, Fly-in and Workforce Development Symposium in Washington, DC.

Senior living companies launch Harvey relief efforts as Irma looms

Senior living companies launch Harvey relief efforts as Irma looms

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As senior living providers in Florida brace for the possible effects of Hurricane Irma, operators with properties in Texas are beginning relief efforts to help those affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.

Joint effort aims to educate senior living executive directors about financial fraud

Joint effort aims to educate senior living executive directors about financial fraud

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Four senior housing and care provider organizations have teamed up with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation to educate senior living executive directors about financial fraud and share resources that those leaders, in turn, can pass along to colleagues, residents and families.

Florida scraps proposed assisted living changes, to reboot effort

Florida scraps proposed assisted living changes, to reboot effort

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Florida's Department of Elder Affairs has withdrawn a proposed rule that was challenged by Florida Argentum, which said the changes would have financially burdened assisted living operators and would have had several negative effects on residents and their families while not recognizing differences between assisted living and skilled nursing.

Proposed rule burdens operators, hurts residents, Florida Argentum says

Proposed rule burdens operators, hurts residents, Florida Argentum says

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Officials with Florida Argentum have filed a legal challenge to a proposed rule that they say would financially burden assisted living operators in the Sunshine State and have several negative effects on residents and their families while not recognizing differences between assisted living and skilled nursing.

76 more assisted living directors obtain credential

76 more assisted living directors obtain credential

Seventy-six additional senior living professionals have earned the certified director of assisted living, or CDAL, credential, the Senior Living Certification Commission announced Monday.

Aug. 11 is deadline to comment on rescission of 'persuader' rule

Aug. 11 is deadline to comment on rescission of 'persuader' rule

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Aug. 11 is the deadline for interested parties to comment on a proposed rule that would rescind the Obama-era "persuader rule" that required employers to publicly report all union-related communication with attorneys.

Senate healthcare bill would 'ruin Medicaid as we know it'

Senate healthcare bill would 'ruin Medicaid as we know it'

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As Senate Republicans released a "discussion draft" of their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, advocacy organizations in senior living expressed concerns about the legislation's Medicaid-related components, and former President Barack Obama said the bill would "ruin Medicaid as we know it."

Name changes bloom in senior living

Name changes bloom in senior living

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For a variety of reasons, many senior living organizations are changing their names. A common idea underlies many of the moves, however.

Conference expo hall showcases variety of products and services

Conference expo hall showcases variety of products and services

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Companies introduced and showcased a variety of new products and services relevant to the senior living industry at the 2017 Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference and Expo.

Proposed budget's cuts to Medicaid, affordable housing elicit concerns

Proposed budget's cuts to Medicaid, affordable housing elicit concerns

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"Drastic" and "devastating" are two of the words used by advocacy organizations representing seniors housing or care providers and those they serve to describe President Trump's proposed budget for fiscal year 2018, released Tuesday.

Labor Department begins rescission of 'persuader rule'

Labor Department begins rescission of 'persuader rule'

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The Trump administration formally has indicated its intent to rescind the Obama-era "persuader rule" that would have required employers to publicly report all union-related communication with attorneys.

Camera-loaning program expansion concerns New Jersey provider groups

Camera-loaning program expansion concerns New Jersey provider groups

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The expansion of a camera-loaning program in New Jersey means that families of senior living residents now may be equipped to secretly record the care of their loved ones, but organizations representing operators are concerned that the families may not be equipped to address privacy and other concerns.

CMS gives states 3 more years to comply with HCBS final rule

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States will have until 2022 to comply with a final rule regarding the provision of home- and community-based services to Medicaid beneficiaries, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Tuesday.

9 tips for effective arbitration agreements

9 tips for effective arbitration agreements

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Attorneys working in senior living discuss the benefits of pre-dispute arbitration agreements and share tips for operators creating or reworking theirs.

Innovation, customer experience and the 'yuck factor'

Innovation, customer experience and the 'yuck factor'

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Two general session speakers at Argentum's Senior Living Executive Conference shared a message that creative thinking is necessary to address customer needs and realize long-term business success.

Institute named in memory of Granger Cobb

Institute named in memory of Granger Cobb

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Washington State University is creating the Granger Cobb Institute for Senior Living in honor of the late industry veteran, it was announced Wednesday at the Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference.

Dementia staffing challenges vary between care settings, study finds

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Assisted living care and nursing home care for people with dementia share similarities but also have differences, said a speaker at a Wednesday session at the Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference in Nashville, TN.

Time of uncertainty can be time of opportunity for operators, Argentum board chair says

Time of uncertainty can be time of opportunity for operators, Argentum board chair says

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Collaboration with organizations once thought of as competitors can help turn a time of healthcare policy uncertainty into a time of opportunity for senior living, Argentum Board of Directors Chairman Loren Shook said Tuesday in the opening session of organization's Senior Living Executive Conference.

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Nov. 22

Mailed merriment

Eden Prairie, MN

Some recipients of holiday cards from New Perspective Senior Living this year are in for a special treat.