Assisted Living

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.

GAO's assisted living report part of testimony at House hearing on Medicaid

GAO's assisted living report part of testimony at House hearing on Medicaid

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Assisted living made an appearance Thursday at a House of Representatives committee hearing on the Medicaid program when a Government Accountability Office report related to the industry was referenced in the written testimony of a witness.

Federal fraud, abuse monetary recoveries in assisted living up more than 600% over last year

Federal fraud, abuse monetary recoveries in assisted living up more than 600% over last year

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Total monetary recoveries by state Medicaid Fraud Control Units in assisted living-related fraud, abuse and neglect criminal and civil cases increased by more than 600% from fiscal year 2016 to FY 2017, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.

Assisted living sees double-digit decline in interest among investors and developers: survey

Assisted living sees double-digit decline in interest among investors and developers: survey

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Assisted living saw the largest drop of all healthcare real estate property types in the CBRE U.S. Healthcare Capital Markets Group's ninth annual "Healthcare Real Estate Investor and Developer Survey."

Argentum works on Plan B as weather thwarts fly-in

Argentum works on Plan B as weather thwarts fly-in

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Argentum is planning to find additional ways to discuss the Government Accountability Office's assisted living-related report, home- and community-based services and other issues after the second day of its Public Policy Institute & Fly-In was canceled due to inclement weather.

55% expect no change in value of seniors housing this year

55% expect no change in value of seniors housing this year

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Almost 55% of respondents to a survey by professional services firm JLL said they believe that no change will occur in the value of seniors housing over the next year.

Assisted living licensing requirements would increase under $14.9 million plan in Minnesota

Assisted living licensing requirements would increase under $14.9 million plan in Minnesota

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Minnesota officials have unveiled a $14.9 million plan that would result in increased assisted living and memory care community licensing requirements and other changes that affect residential care facilities in the state.

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.

5 keys to integrated care delivery in senior living

5 keys to integrated care delivery in senior living

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Maria Nadelstumph of Brandywine Living shared with attendees at the NIC Spring Investment Forum what her company had learned when seeking partners to help integrate care delivery into service offerings for residents.

Assisted living sets record for price per unit

Assisted living sets record for price per unit

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The average price per unit in assisted living increased by 14% to set a record of $221,250 per unit in 2017, according to new data. Separately, the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care said its Actual Rates Initiative aims to move the seniors housing industry toward a level of price transparency comparable to that of other real estate property types.

New assisted living database designed to enable operators, lenders to compare communities nationwide

New assisted living database designed to enable operators, lenders to compare communities nationwide

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A new assisted living and memory care quality database by Formation Healthcare Group and Vision LTC has completed beta testing and has been launched publicly to a limited number of organizations, the companies have announced. Attendees of this week's NIC Spring Investment Forum will have the opportunity to view it firsthand.

Senior living operators may be worried about the wrong enforcer

Senior living operators may be worried about the wrong enforcer

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Nobody in the senior living industry wants federal standards and regulations, but signs increasingly suggest that states eventually might have to hand over the keys.

It's time for national standards in assisted living, authors argue

It's time for national standards in assisted living, authors argue

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The assisted living industry should look to the skilled nursing industry for standards that could be implemented to help improve resident care and operators' bottom lines, said the authors of an editorial published in JAMDA, the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

100 more professionals earn CDAL credential

100 more professionals earn CDAL credential

A new class of 100 senior living professionals has earned the Senior Living Certification Commission's certified director of assisted living credential, the group has announced.

Investors prefer communities that offer both independent and assisted living, survey finds

Investors prefer communities that offer both independent and assisted living, survey finds

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Senior housing investors are shifting to prefer communities that offer both independent living and assisted living (with or without memory care) on one campus, according to newly released results of a survey by professional services firm JLL.

Families prefer assisted living over nursing homes for hospice care: survey

Families prefer assisted living over nursing homes for hospice care: survey

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Families perceive hospice care in assisted living as being better than hospice care in a nursing home, according to new research.

Why skilled care's pain could be senior living's gain

Why skilled care's pain could be senior living's gain

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If you can deliver post-acute care at a lower cost than the skilled care joint down the street, you just might find yourself swimming in a very nice new revenue stream.

Memory care will be big growth area in 2018, senior living leaders predict

Memory care will be big growth area in 2018, senior living leaders predict

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Memory care will be the biggest growth area in senior living and long-term care in 2018, predict executives participating in Lancaster Pollard's "2018 Seniors Housing and Care Survey," the results of which were released Tuesday.

Sunrise, Holiday, Capital come out on top in new J.D. Power senior living study

Sunrise, Holiday, Capital come out on top in new J.D. Power senior living study

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Sunrise Senior Living, Holiday Retirement and Capital Senior Living had the highest scores in the inaugural study of senior living conducted by J.D. Power, the consumer research company announced Monday.

Why the GAO report ultimately could be good news for assisted living

Why the GAO report ultimately could be good news for assisted living

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The increased attention brought by a recent GAO report may be uncomfortable for those in the assisted living industry in the short term, but the health policy experts with whom I spoke suggest that the report ultimately could be good news for operators.

Assisted, independent living 'critical part' of Ensign's success in fourth quarter, CEO says

Assisted, independent living 'critical part' of Ensign's success in fourth quarter, CEO says

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The Ensign Group saw the highest adjusted earnings per share in its history in the fourth quarter of 2017, and assisted living and independent living had much to do with it, Ensign President, CEO and Director Christopher Christensen said Friday during an earnings call.

Feds promise to enhance industry oversight in wake of GAO report

Feds promise to enhance industry oversight in wake of GAO report

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Responding to a report that cites lax state oversight, federal officials said they will begin to monitor potentially dangerous incidents at senior living communities more closely.

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$3 million milestone

Parkville, FL 

Oak Crest recently passed the $3 million mark in the amount of scholarship funds the community has awarded to employees over the past 22 years.