Assisted Living

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.

CVS looks to assisted living for future Omnicare success after disappointing quarter

CVS looks to assisted living for future Omnicare success after disappointing quarter

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Assisted living figures prominently in the future plans that CVS Health executives shared Wednesday to improve performance in its Omnicare long-term care pharmacy business.

For assisted living communities, change is coming, but there still is time to adapt

For assisted living communities, change is coming, but there still is time to adapt

Assisted living operators that hope to compete for customers down the road need to change their business models and, in particular, ramp up offerings for more healthcare services.

Congress pushes CMS to publish PACE final rule by Dec. 31

Congress pushes CMS to publish PACE final rule by Dec. 31

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Bipartisan bills introduced in the Senate and House call for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to publish the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly final rule by Dec. 31. The rule could open up new opportunities for PACE enrollees to access care in senior living communities and additional settings.

Study confirms what many suspect: Assisted living's growth taking a toll on skilled care private pay

Study confirms what many suspect: Assisted living's growth taking a toll on skilled care private pay

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Many operators are convinced senior living is growing at skilled care's expense. A new study adds nuance to the numbers.

Assisted living may become 'more consequential' in health system, Welltower CEO predicts

Assisted living may become 'more consequential' in health system, Welltower CEO predicts

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Assisted living and memory care "may become more consequential" in the healthcare system, and the recent complex deal involving Welltower, ProMedica Health System and HCR ManorCare "is the best example that one can point to" of how that system is changing, Welltower CEO Tom DeRosa said Friday.

Survey reveals opportunities for cultural accommodation in assisted living

Survey reveals opportunities for cultural accommodation in assisted living

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Many Hispanic adults participating in a recent poll said they perceive issues related to language, food and religion at assisted living communities. Assisted living communities fared better than nursing homes and home health in some instances, but not in others.

Assisted living community makes a business case to add skilled nursing

Assisted living community makes a business case to add skilled nursing

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At a time when many senior living community owners and operators are reducing their number of skilled nursing beds and many investors are shying away from the property type, one Texas assisted living community recently expanded its offerings to include skilled nursing.

Reports make the case for HCBS over institutional care

Reports make the case for HCBS over institutional care

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Community-based long-term services and supports have the potential to increase Medicaid beneficiary satisfaction and save costs, and they're becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to institutional care, according to reports on the Tuesday agenda of a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Open Door Forum.

Assisted living occupancy drops to record low in second quarter

Assisted living occupancy drops to record low in second quarter

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The occupancy rate for assisted living continued its downward trend in the second quarter, falling lower than last quarter's record-low average of 85.7% to a low of 85.2%, according to data released Thursday by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.

Assisted living's image problem

Assisted living's image problem

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An Arizona sheriff's office is taking time for introspection after a 92-year-old woman reportedly shot and killed her 72-year-old son because he wanted her to move to an assisted living community. The incident is an opportunity for introspection for the senior living industry, too.

Assisted living director pay tops $73,000 in CCRCs, survey finds

Assisted living director pay tops $73,000 in CCRCs, survey finds

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Pay for directors of assisted living/personal care who work in continuing care retirement communities averaged $73,938 in 2018, according to the "Continuing Care Retirement Community Salary & Benefits Report 2018-2019" issued by the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service.

Survey: Older adults prefer assisted living over home health or nursing home care

Survey: Older adults prefer assisted living over home health or nursing home care

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Older adults' first choice for living arrangements as they age is to remain completely independent at home, according to a new poll. But moving to an assisted living community was a "close second," by far topping home health or nursing home care.

Assisted living is not 'community-integrated housing,' Justice Department says

Assisted living is not 'community-integrated housing,' Justice Department says

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Assisted living communities cannot be considered "community-integrated housing" for purposes of helping Louisiana comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act in serving people with serious mental illness, according to an agreement recently signed by the U.S. Justice Department and Louisiana Department of Health.

Assisted living and nursing facilities sue government over Medicaid reimbursement cuts

Assisted living and nursing facilities sue government over Medicaid reimbursement cuts

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The Montana Health Care Association and several assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities that are members sued the state of Montana on Monday afternoon, alleging that the state violated the law when it cut Medicaid reimbursement rates for the providers.

Best practices: Help make the move-in decision easy

Best practices: Help make the move-in decision easy

These processes can help potential residents and their families make better-informed decisions about when is the right time for assisted living for themselves or their loved ones.

More staffing, training could reduce deaths from dementia-related resident-on-resident violence, researcher says

More staffing, training could reduce deaths from dementia-related resident-on-resident violence, researcher says

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Addressing staffing and training issues could help reduce the number of deaths from resident-on-resident incidents involving assisted living and nursing home residents with dementia, says the author of a recently published study on such incidents.

4 disruptors facing senior living operators

4 disruptors facing senior living operators

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Some senior living operators risk being overwhelmed by the pace of change in the industry, meaning that there is "tremendous potential for disruption," according to the authors of a new white paper from CliftonLarsonAllen.

Assisted living, memory care have quickest lease-ups, NIC says

Assisted living, memory care have quickest lease-ups, NIC says

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Assisted living and memory care units have higher median occupancy rates than independent living and skilled nursing units both two and four years after opening, according to the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.

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.

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.

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.

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.

20% of long-term care insurance claims begin in assisted living, association says

20% of long-term care insurance claims begin in assisted living, association says

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The finding dispels myths that such insurance is used only for nursing home care, according to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance.

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.

Pay no attention to senior living's identity crisis

Pay no attention to senior living's identity crisis

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The latest occupancy numbers for assisted living point to absorption issues. But they may reveal another issue as well.

CMS revises guidance on penalty period start date for HCBS waiver participants

CMS revises guidance on penalty period start date for HCBS waiver participants

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CMS has issued revised guidance related to the penalty start date for asset transfers of Medicaid beneficiaries applying to receive home- and community-based services delivered through 1915(c) waivers, which includes some HCBS offered in assisted living communities.

Assisted living occupancy hits record low of 85.7%, NIC says

Assisted living occupancy hits record low of 85.7%, NIC says

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Assisted living occupancy reached a record low in the first quarter of 2018, according to data released Thursday by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.

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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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