Assisted Living

Study: On balance, minimum wage increase could be good for operators

Study: On balance, minimum wage increase could be good for operators

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The effects of a minimum wage increase on assisted living and continuing care retirement communities, and their workers, are multifaceted. On balance, however, such an increase would have a relatively small negative financial effect on operators but generally positive effects on their workers, according to results of a study released Tuesday by RTI International and the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living.

EHRs, information exchange still lacking in assisted living, CDC says

EHRs, information exchange still lacking in assisted living, CDC says

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More than three-fourths of assisted living communities and similar residential settings for older adults do not use electronic health records, according to newly analyzed data collected as part of the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers. Electronic health information exchange capability is missing in many such communities, too, according to the data.

The real problem exposed by declining occupancy levels

The real problem exposed by declining occupancy levels

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It's getting tougher to keep assisted living buildings filled, but some explanations as to why seem to be ill-fitting.

Nine characteristics of affordable assisted living

Nine characteristics of affordable assisted living

For the seniors housing and care industry, now is the time to invest in and develop more affordable assisted living options.

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Florida's Department of Elder Affairs has withdrawn a proposed rule that was challenged by Florida Argentum, which said the changes would have financially burdened assisted living operators and would have had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.

More news for Tuesday, Aug. 22

Lifetime costs for someone with dementia are $321,780 ... Only 18% of Hispanics over 40 confident that assisted living can meet their cultural needs ... Sedentary behavior increases risk of death for frail, inactive adults ... Assisted living is preferred choice of aging adults in Minnesota ... Guy Fieri to open Flavortown restaurant in The Villages

Assisted living community rating site is unique in country, group says

Assisted living community rating site is unique in country, group says

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A new website is rating assisted living communities in San Diego County in what a consumer group says is unique effort in California and the entire country.

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.

Study suggests higher Medicaid payments for assisted living operators

Study suggests higher Medicaid payments for assisted living operators

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States should make certain that Medicaid payments to assisted living community operators are high enough to encourage them to serve Medicaid beneficiaries and to increase beneficiaries' access to home- and community-based services, according to the authors of a newly published study.

PharMerica to go private in $1.4 billion deal as it looks to 'aggressively compete' for assisted living business

PharMerica to go private in $1.4 billion deal as it looks to 'aggressively compete' for assisted living business

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PharMerica Corp. says that its $1.4 billion acquisition by a newly formed company controlled by global investment firm KKR, with Walgreens Boots Alliance as a minority investor, will provide additional resources to expand its business. Some of that future growth is expected to come from assisted living.

More news for Thursday, Aug. 3

New website rates assisted living communities in California ... Former LPN charged with sex offenses against residents, having child porn on phone ... Report details dementia care efforts across Massachusetts

State employee allegedly accepted bribes from ALFs in $1 billion fraud scheme

State employee allegedly accepted bribes from ALFs in $1 billion fraud scheme

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An employee of the agency that oversees the licensure of assisted living and skilled nursing facilities in Florida accepted bribes from facility owners, including one charged in a historic $1 billion healthcare fraud case, in exchange for providing information that helped them keep their licenses and submit fraudulent bills for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, the Department of Justice alleges.

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.

REIT investments suggest a healthy future for senior living

REIT investments suggest a healthy future for senior living

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Back-to-back earnings calls Friday morning suggested a healthy future for senior living operators, as two large public healthcare real estate investment trusts relayed the growing place that senior living has in their portfolios.

Partnership creates integrated pharmacy solution

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Medication Management Partners will integrate its assisted living pharmacy with PointClickCare's senior care software platform through a new partnership.

Walkable location a surprising draw for assisted living prospects

Walkable location a surprising draw for assisted living prospects

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An assisted living community's location in a walkable neighborhood holds stronger appeal than one might expect, according to newly released research from A Place for Mom. And that appeal is expected to grow.

40% underestimate assisted living costs

40% underestimate assisted living costs

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Almost 40% of families underestimate how much assisted living will cost, according to data from A Place For Mom.

NCAL announces 2017 award winners

NCAL announces 2017 award winners

The National Center for Assisted Living announced the recipients of its 2017 awards Thursday. Winners will be recognized at an Oct. 15 event.

False Claims Act lawsuit misinterprets Medicaid reimbursement, operator says

False Claims Act lawsuit misinterprets Medicaid reimbursement, operator says

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A $60 million lawsuit alleging understaffing and fraudulent billing at 45 senior living communities in North Carolina "is an erroneous interpretation of Medicaid reimbursement in the state," says the senior living operator at the center of the complaint.

How dining services can differentiate your assisted living community

How dining services can differentiate your assisted living community

Two steps can help you meet the demand for innovative dining services in assisted living.

Brookdale hit with class-action lawsuit claiming understaffing, ADA violations

Brookdale hit with class-action lawsuit claiming understaffing, ADA violations

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A set of disgruntled residents on Thursday filed what they believe could be the first class-action lawsuit against an assisted living operator to be brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Potential damages could exceed $45 million, according to one of the attorneys representing the plaintiffs.

Assisted living operator involved in record-breaking $1.3 billion healthcare fraud takedown

Assisted living operator involved in record-breaking $1.3 billion healthcare fraud takedown

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A Florida home health agency paid kickbacks to the owner of three assisted living communities and others in exchange for referrals that resulted in more than $3 million in fraudulent Medicare payments, the federal government alleged Thursday as part of a larger announcement of $1.3 billion in alleged false healthcare billings.

Senior living executive settles in $3.9 million SEC fraud case

Senior living executive settles in $3.9 million SEC fraud case

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A South Carolina businessman has settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission after being charged in January in a $3.9 million fraud case for allegedly diverting investor funds meant to buy or renovate senior living communities and using them for other purposes. Nine communities remain in receivership.

Inventory growth knocks assisted living occupancy to lowest point since 2009

Inventory growth knocks assisted living occupancy to lowest point since 2009

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Occupancy rates for assisted living communities reached their lowest point in eight years in the second quarter, driven down by inventory growth that outpaced healthy absorption rates, according to data released Wednesday by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care's MAP Data Service.

Assisted living director pay increases 3.27% in CCRCs

Assisted living director pay increases 3.27% in CCRCs

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Directors of assisted living/personal care who work in continuing care retirement communities saw an average pay increase of 3.27% in 2017, according to a new report.

Assisted living units commanding record prices

Assisted living units commanding record prices

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The assisted living industry is seeing record sale prices for units overall, according to a new report.

States must improve residential care options, HCBS funding, AARP says

States must improve residential care options, HCBS funding, AARP says

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States will need to accelerate the rate of improving long-term services and supports in several areas to meet the upcoming needs of aging baby boomers, according to a report released today by the AARP.

Assisted living communities target lower-income residents

Assisted living communities target lower-income residents

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A Phoenix-area developer is building assisted living options for an often-overlooked population: those with few financial resources.

NCAL hits Washington to educate members of Congress

NCAL hits Washington to educate members of Congress

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National Center for Assisted Living members will converge on the nation's capital Monday and Tuesday with four themes in mind for legislators and their staffs, NCAL Executive Director Scott Tittle told McKnight's Senior Living.

Report calls for regulatory changes to address acuity, staffing challenges

Report calls for regulatory changes to address acuity, staffing challenges

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Many challenges faced by assisted living communities in a populous state can be attributed to staffing requirements that have not kept pace with resident needs that are increasing in acuity, according to a new report.

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In Focus

Sept. 20

Saluting 70 years

Washington, D.C.

The Armed Forces Retirement Home was the setting for a recent celebration of the Air Force's 70th birthday by Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, members and veterans, including a 96-year-old resident.