Integrating housing and care can improve outcomes, save money, Juniper finds

Integrating housing and care can improve outcomes, save money, Juniper finds

A model that integrates onsite ancillary services with social supports and residential care may make senior living communities more attractive to payers and investors because it improves outcomes and saves money, according to new research presented Wednesday at the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care's Spring Investment Forum.

Opioids threaten seniors' retirement savings, health

Opioids threaten seniors' retirement savings, health

The opioid epidemic, which finds an increasing number of older Americans raising their grandchildren, could increase older adults' need for seniors housing and care while decreasing their ability to pay for it, suggested speakers at a recent Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing.

Assisted living worker convicted of raping resident

A former caregiver at a California assisted living community has been convicted of raping an 83-year-old resident with dementia, according to a media report.

Here's what keeps senior living operators up at night

Here's what keeps senior living operators up at night

Finding and keeping the right workers was rated the top concern among nearly 200 senior living leaders who contributed to a new Perkins Eastman survey.

M&A deals turn down the volume, report finds

Although the number of healthcare-related transactions held serve in 2016, the dollar-volume dropped by almost half, according to the 2017 Health Care Services Acquisition Report.

Depression risk spikes when residents become more frail, study finds

Depression risk spikes when residents become more frail, study finds

Increased frailty nearly doubles the likelihood of depression in a resident, a new study finds. The trend holds regardless of the resident's initial impairment level.

More News for Wednesday, March 22

Congress may ease rules for safety records ... Bill would boost small-business insurance ... Republicans add sweeteners to sell Obamacare repeal ... New FLSA overtime rules coming? ... Kentucky property tax may apply to residents' units

Kentucky to establish review panels for malpractice cases

Kentucky to establish review panels for malpractice cases

Three-member medical review panels will examine the merits of malpractice and neglect claims against assisted living communities and other healthcare settings before the claims go to court under a new law signed by Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin on March 16.

Proposed border wall would affect senior community

A senior community in southern Texas has put a $1 million expansion plan on hold as it waits to learn more about the federal government's plans for a border wall between the United States and Mexico.

Assisted living resident won't be tried in death of fellow resident

A former resident of a Virginia senior living community will not stand trial in the death of a fellow resident because he has been found to be mentally incompetent, according to a media report.

More news for Tuesday, March 21

Ryan: Healthcare bill must do more for older people ... Here's the prescription that Ben Carson needs to write for HUD ... End-of-life planning talks often fail to communicate goals ... Vitamin E, selenium supplements did not prevent dementia

CCRCs 'ideal candidates' for ACOs, AMDA says

CCRCs 'ideal candidates' for ACOs, AMDA says

Following the passage of resolutions at its annual conference, AMDA will advocate for continuing care retirement community participation in an accountable care organization initiative and for an integrated care model in assisted living.

Virtual reality system for assisted living, memory care wins prize

Virtual reality system for assisted living, memory care wins prize

A startup aimed at using virtual reality systems to benefit assisted living and memory care residents recently won the $25,000 grand prize at a pitch competition at MIT. Two senior living organizations already are involved in testing the technology.

South Dakota NPs now have full practice authority

South Dakota NPs now have full practice authority

South Dakota has become the 22nd state to authorize nurse practitioners to provide a full scope of services — diagnosing, treating, managing care and prescribing medicines and therapies — independently. The change could affect staffing in senior living communities, according to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

More news for Monday, March 20

A response to a critique of the Urban Institute model of financing long-term services and supports ... Complaints to Arizona's Adult Protective Services rarely substantiated ... Meals on Wheels receives 35% of funding from federal government, organization says ... Poll reveals early public attitudes about ACA replacement

Proposed budget cuts HHS funding by 18%, HUD by 13%

Proposed budget cuts HHS funding by 18%, HUD by 13%

The Department of Health and Human Services would see its funding cut by $15.1 billion, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development would see its funding decreased by $6.2 billion under a fiscal year 2018 budget proposal released Thursday by President Donald Trump.

Climate change poses heightened risks for elderly: report

Climate change poses heightened risks for elderly: report

Climate change is real and is harming people's health, according to a new report released Wednesday by the American Geriatrics Society and the 11 other organizations that are members of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health.

Senior living bond offerings spur second lawsuit against bank holding company

A second lawsuit has been filed against a bank holding company in relation to series of senior living-related bond offerings, some of which were later determined to be fraudulent and some of which have been alleged to be fraudulent, according to a media report.

More news for Friday, March 17

In next phase of health reform, long-term care cannot be overlooked ... Care received at end of life varies drastically by state ... Ibuprofen associated with increased risk of cardiac arrest ... Developers seeing older renters, 3-bedroom demand ... Administrator boots residents, opens new facility

CMS may extend deadline for state compliance with HCBS rule

CMS may extend deadline for state compliance with HCBS rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will work to provide states with additional time to comply with a final rule regarding the provision of home- and community-based services to Medicaid beneficiaries, new Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., and CMS Administrator Seema Verma, MPH, told governors in a March 14 letter.

How the interest rate hike could affect seniors housing

How the interest rate hike could affect seniors housing

The Federal Reserve's decision on Wednesday to increase its benchmark rate by 25 basis points for the second time in three months could affect seniors housing in several ways, according to NIC Chief Economist Beth Burnham Mace.

'Silver tsunami' presents opportunities, report suggests

'Silver tsunami' presents opportunities, report suggests

A new report from the Administration on Aging puts some numbers behind trends related to the increasing population of U.S. older adults and suggests opportunities for providers of seniors housing and care.

More news for Thursday, 3/16

Industry experts discuss how baby boomers will transform senior living ... Affordable housing operator uses 'active design' to keep residents engaged ... Former college football player finds meaningful career in assisted living ... Men face greater risk of death following osteoporosis-related fractures

Budget could cut $42 million for affordable senior housing, service coordinators

Budget could cut $42 million for affordable senior housing, service coordinators

Rental assistance for more than 23,000 older adult households and funding for 360 service coordinators in affordable senior housing would be eliminated if $42 million in budget cuts reportedly being considered by the Trump administration for fiscal year 2018 are enacted, according to LeadingAge.

Arthritis is at an all-time high, CDC says

Arthritis is at an all-time high, CDC says

Arthritis diagnoses are at an all-time high in the United States, affecting 54 million adults, Anne Schuchat, M.D., acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said at a recent press conference.

Best big and small cities for successful aging

Best big and small cities for successful aging

A newly released report and index rank 381 large and small metropolitan areas based on how well they serve the needs of the nation's growing population of older adults.

'Seniors have a lot to lose' under GOP healthcare plan, congresswoman says

'Seniors have a lot to lose' under GOP healthcare plan, congresswoman says

Reduced outlays for Medicaid, a shorter lifespan for the Medicare program, higher insurance premiums for those aged 50 to 64 and more uninsured older adults would be some of the effects of the American Health Care Act, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation. "Seniors have a lot to lose," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says.

Seema Verma confirmed as CMS administrator

Seema Verma confirmed as CMS administrator

Former health policy consultant Seema Verma was confirmed as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Monday by a 55-43 vote in the Senate.

National study of cognitive therapy begins at senior living communities

National study of cognitive therapy begins at senior living communities

Can a cognitive rehabilitation therapy from Japan alleviate symptoms such as apathy and depressed mood and improve quality of life and cognitive and physical functioning in older adults who have mild to moderate dementia? Nine senior living communities are helping researchers find out.

AL owner, 3 managers charged with defrauding Medicaid of $1M+

AL owner, 3 managers charged with defrauding Medicaid of $1M+

The owner and three managers of an Alaska assisted living home have been indicted after the home allegedly billed the state for more than $1 million in home- and community-based services that were not rendered as required under residents' plans of care.

CCRC bill would cause unintended consequences: advocacy group

CCRC bill would cause unintended consequences: advocacy group

A Florida senator has introduced legislation he says is intended to protect residents from fraud perpetrated by continuing care retirement communities operating in the state, but a Sunshine State advocacy group maintains that the bill will have unintended consequences if passed as written.

AMDA delegates to ponder integrated care model for assisted living

AMDA delegates to ponder integrated care model for assisted living

A resolution calling for AMDA - The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine to promote and advocate for an integrated care model in assisted living will be one of nine under consideration by the organization's delegates in Phoenix next week during AMDA's annual conference.

HUD faces $6 billion in cuts in proposed budget

HUD faces $6 billion in cuts in proposed budget

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development could face a budget cut of as much as $6 billion, affecting low-income seniors, developers of affordable housing and others, under the fiscal year 2018 budget proposal that President Donald Trump is expected to send to Congress next week, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

More news for Friday, March 10

Senate advances Trump's Medicaid, Medicare pick ... Opinion: How the Republicans' Obamacare replacement puts Medicaid in jeopardy ... American Health Care Act passes through another House committee ... Appeals court wrestles with new joint-employer definition ... Medicaid block grants and federalism: Lessons from Canada ... Tooth loss linked to an increased risk of dementia

'Joint employer' ruling appeal case arguments to begin Thursday

'Joint employer' ruling appeal case arguments to begin Thursday

Oral arguments are set to begin Thursday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit as Browning-Ferris Industries looks to overturn a 2015 decision by the National Labor Relations Board that changed the standard for determining joint employer status. The outcome could affect senior living operators that use temporary or contract workers or have franchises.

Operator to pay $325,000 to settle EEOC case

A California operator of assisted living, memory care, post-acute care and rehabilitation facilities will pay $325,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency announced Wednesday.

Bank exec overseeing senior living-related bond offerings fined $55,000

A former bank executive responsible for a department overseeing what later was determined to be a series of fraudulent bond offerings by Christopher Brogdon will pay a $55,000 fine and will never work in corporate trust work related to municipal securities again under the terms of a judgment announced Tuesday by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors had given money to Brogdon to purchase and renovate senior living facilities.

More news for Thursday, March 9

Medicaid exec voices opposition to GOP's healthcare plan ... After Legionnaires' case, senior living community gets clean bill of health ... Study: Waterfall sounds enhance deep sleep, memory in older adults ... Blueberry concentrate improves brain function in older people

ACA replacement would harm providers, caregivers, elderly, groups say

ACA replacement would harm providers, caregivers, elderly, groups say

Long-term services and supports providers, Medicaid beneficiaries and professional caregivers would suffer if the bill that Republicans in the House of Representatives proposed Monday to replace the Affordable Care Act becomes law as written, according to organizations advocating for senior living operators and workers.

Assisted living caregiver arrested for allegedly abusing resident

Assisted living caregiver arrested for allegedly abusing resident

A former resident care aide at a Florida assisted living community has been arrested for allegedly abusing a resident in her care.

Imposter scams move up on FTC list of top consumer complaints

Imposter scams move up on FTC list of top consumer complaints

The Federal Trade Commission's list of top consumer complaints has a new No. 2: imposter scams, according to a new report from the agency.

More news for Wednesday, 3/8

AHCA/NCAL says Seema Verma 'pragmatic leader we need at CMS' ... Alzheimer's $259 billion cost could break Medicare ... Head injuries can lead to Alzheimer's, Parkinson's ... Parkinson's decline slowed with extended MAO-B inhibitors ... Resident reportedly falls out window of assisted living community ... What Van Halen can teach us about the care of older adults

Government expects to recover $1.9 billion for 2016 Medicaid fraud cases

Government expects to recover $1.9 billion for 2016 Medicaid fraud cases

The federal government expects to recover almost $1.9 billion from Medicaid fraud, abuse and neglect cases that were settled or for which judgments were issued in 2016, according to new data released Monday.

Ventas says it is not in buyout talks with Brookdale

Real estate investment trust Ventas says it is not negotiating to purchase all or part of Brookdale Senior Living, contrary to a Wall Street Journal report.

Four die after assisted living facility fire

Four die after assisted living facility fire

Two people died Friday, and four were critically injured, after a fire at a Baltimore assisted living facility. (Update: Four now confirmed dead.)

More news for Tuesday, March 7

House Republicans release long-awaited plan to repeal and replace Obamacare ... Vaccine may reduce serious shingles complications in seniors ... Fed Chair Yellen hints at more aggressive rate path upon locking in March ... LTC pharmacy group likes Prescription Drug Price Transparency Act

New name, existing programs for Five Star, executives say

New name, existing programs for Five Star, executives say

A new name and established programs will carry Five Star Senior Living through 2017, executives told shareholders, analysts and others participating in an earnings call on Friday.

Proposed changes would put Medicaid recipients, providers at risk, advocates say

Congress should reject proposed "radical structural changes" to Medicaid funding that would lead to reduced services for beneficiaries and payments for providers, 100 advocacy organizations, including LeadingAge, told legislative branch leaders Friday.

More news for Monday, March 6

Mystery traders made millions illegally on Softbank-Fortress deal, SEC says ... Sensory room improves quality of life for those with dementia ... One man's quest to embrace his Alzheimer's disease ... Sens. Warren and Grassley: Over-the-counter hearing aids — the path forward

Mortgage interest deduction changes could help affordable housing: report

Mortgage interest deduction changes could help affordable housing: report

Changes to the mortgage interest deduction could generate billions in savings that could make housing more affordable for extremely low income households through programs such as Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly, according to a report released Thursday.

Hearing loss incidence will almost double by 2060: study

Hearing loss incidence will almost double by 2060: study

Hearing loss has been tied to accelerated cognitive decline, poorer physical functioning and higher healthcare costs, and now a new study concludes that the number of Americans who have hearing loss may almost double in the coming decades. Results of a separate new study may support widespread screening for adults, its authors say.

WA legislators consider increasing AL fines

WA legislators consider increasing AL fines

Assisted living community operators in the state of Washington would see increased civil penalties of up to $3,000 for violations of licensing statutes or rules, and fines would be increased to up to $10,000 for former or current providers that operate unlicensed facilities, under a bill being considered by the legislature.

More news for Friday, March 3

China's Cindat plans to buy $2 billion of U.S. senior care homes ... CMS nominee Verma moves toward confirmation ... Average salary increase for multi-facility long-term care CEOs is $25,000 ... Proposed Omaha development would be health-focused, multigenerational, walkable ... FDA, European Commission agree to mutually recognize inspections of medicine production sites ... High-dose vaccine better at preventing deaths in seniors in bad flu seasons

$60 million Medicare fraud scheme allegedly involved AL communities

Assisted living communities were provided remuneration, including certified nursing assistants to staff their facilities, for their participation in a $60 million Medicare fraud scheme for which 16 individuals were charged in an indictment unsealed Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas said.

Atria to test recipes, train workers in HQ cafeteria open to public

Atria to test recipes, train workers in HQ cafeteria open to public

Louisville, KY-based Atria Senior Living plans to test recipes and train employees when it opens the employee cafeteria at its downtown headquarters to the general public.

More acquisitions, conversions on tap for Capital Senior Living

Capital Senior Living in 2017 will be focused on acquiring new communities, increasing the number of properties it owns rather than leases, and converting some existing independent living units to assisted living and memory care units, executives told shareholders, analysts and others participating in an earnings call.

Senior living's 'Holy Grail' is bigger role in post-acute care continuum: Capital

Senior living's 'Holy Grail' is bigger role in post-acute care continuum: Capital

Finding a way to increase partnerships with health systems and payers to play a bigger part in the post-acute care continuum is the "Holy Grail" for the senior living industry, Capital Senior Living CEO Larry Cohen said in an earnings call on Tuesday.

Holiday Retirement live-in community managers are moving out

Holiday Retirement live-in community managers are moving out

The live-in managers of Lake Oswego, OR-based Holiday Retirement senior living communities are moving out as the company changes its management model to a more traditional one.

HR director pleads guilty to embezzling more than $700,000

HR director pleads guilty to embezzling more than $700,000

The former director of human resources at an Illinois retirement community has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $700,000 from her employer by making unauthorized charges on two of the community's credit cards, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Illinois.

More news for Wednesday, 3/1

Hair dryers, electric drills can cause pacemakers to fail ... Staying active can help prevent chronic pain ... Why men have such a hard time with aging

Senior Housing Properties Trust to focus on existing assets

Senior Housing Properties Trust will focus its senior living efforts in 2017 on its existing portfolio rather than on acquisitions, President and Chief Operating Officer David Hegarty said Monday to those participating in an earnings call.

Life care contract most common type for Texas CCRCs: report

Life care contract most common type for Texas CCRCs: report

Ziegler and My LifeSite analyzed data from 32 providers in the Lone Star State to produce a new benchmarking report on the characteristics of continuing care retirement communities there.

Hand grenades found at assisted living community

Hand grenades found at assisted living community

Two hand grenades belonging to an assisted living resident in New York caused a scare Friday afternoon when they were discovered by staff members who reported them to the local police.

More news for Tuesday, Feb. 28

Sens. Collins, McCaskill urge Senate Banking Committee to consider Senior$afe Act of 2017 ... Alzheimer's drug prescribed "off-label" for mild cognitive impairment could pose risk for some ... Digital toolkit aims to prevent falls among the elderly ... Men with higher cognitive ability better at taking heart medication

PharMerica plans to 'get aggressive' about assisted living

PharMerica plans to 'get aggressive' about assisted living

Long-term care pharmacy company PharMerica Corp. intends to launch a new initiative focused on assisted living to increase its share of that market this year, CEO Greg Weishar said Friday during an earnings call.

EEOC lawsuit settled by seniors housing provider for $30,000

An Ohio-based seniors housing operator will pay $30,660 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency has announced.

More news for Monday, Feb. 27

Capping Medicaid funding could hurt millions of poor seniors ... Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's future likely in hands of court or legislature: CEO ... Trump orders agencies to reduce regulations ... Opinion: Silos deter collaboration in dementia care and research ... Why most Americans may face an ugly retirement ... Granddaughter pens obituary on behalf of sassy, 91-year-old Brookdale resident

Bright idea expected to save CCRC more than $144,000 annually

Bright idea expected to save CCRC more than $144,000 annually

Jefferson's Ferry, a not-for-profit continuing care retirement / life plan community in South Setauket, NY, expects to save more than $144,000 a year by making one change, initiated by a committee of residents.

LTC Properties eyes independent living

LTC Properties eyes independent living

LTC Properties is "very interested" in opportunities in independent living, the self-administered real estate investment trust's chairwoman, CEO and president, Wendy Simpson, told participants in an earnings call on Thursday.

Minnesota mulls online 'report card' for assisted living communities

Minnesota mulls online 'report card' for assisted living communities

The Minnesota Department of Human Services is considering creating an online "report card" for assisted living communities in the state, according to a media report. And operators may be required to help foot the bill.

More news for Friday, Feb. 24

Prolonged sleep may predict dementia risk ... Education does not protect against cognitive decline in later life ... Heart disease factors in middle age increase risk of dementia later in life ... For a longer life, eat 10 fruits and vegetables every day ... Benefits of cognitive training in people with dementia unclear

Health systems increasingly seeing value of senior living, Welltower says

Health systems increasingly seeing value of senior living, Welltower says

Hospitals increasingly are seeing senior living communities as part of a solution to lowering their risk associated with older adults, Welltower CEO Tom DeRosa told analysts participating in an earnings call on Wednesday. His remarks came as the REIT announced a new partnership with Johns Hopkins Medicine.

CNN: 16,000+ cases of sexual abuse in LTC facilities reported since 2000

More than 16,000 cases of sexual abuse have been reported in nursing homes and assisted living communities since 2000, according to a report published by CNN on Wednesday.

Welltower not looking to expand 'solid' relationship with Brookdale

Welltower not looking to expand 'solid' relationship with Brookdale

Welltower has a "solid" relationship with Brookdale Senior Living but is not looking to increase its holdings in the company, the healthcare real estate investment trust's executives told analysts participating in an earnings call on Wednesday.

More than 17,000 could be affected by data breach at American Senior Communities

More than 17,000 could be affected by data breach at American Senior Communities

An email phishing scheme has compromised the personal information of American Senior Communities' current employees as well as some former employees, the company said. More than 17,000 people are thought to be affected.

Employee jailed after colleague reports 'lap dance' with 100-year-old resident

Employee jailed after colleague reports 'lap dance' with 100-year-old resident

An employee of an Ohio senior living community was jailed on Friday after a colleague reported that the woman had simulated a "lap dance" with a 100-year-old male resident with dementia. Cellphone video appears to corroborate the colleague's account, according to police.

$900,000 arbitration decision shines spotlight on independent living

$900,000 arbitration decision shines spotlight on independent living

Regulation of independent living and the elimination of mandatory arbitration agreements might prevent events like the one that led to an arbiter's decision that a Virginia operator pay $900,000 to the estate of a former resident, according to the resident's daughter.

GAO report highlights four high-risk healthcare areas

GAO report highlights four high-risk healthcare areas

Four healthcare-related areas are especially vulnerable to fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement, or need to be transformed, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

More news for Tuesday, Feb. 21

Students share cookies and conversation with retirement community residents ... UK's first LGBT retirement community set to open ... Merck halts late-stage trial of promising Alzheimer's drug ... Former CCRC administrator charged with identity theft ... Retirement community allows residents to stay during renovations, with a catch ... Senior living resident killed as he intervenes in robbery of fellow resident

Argentum asks government to address 'regulatory overreach' by NLRB

Argentum asks government to address 'regulatory overreach' by NLRB

Congress and the new administration should prioritize addressing the "regulatory overreach" that has occurred via the National Labor Relations Board for the past eight years, Argentum President and CEO James Balda wrote in a letter to the leaders of the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions.

Ventas reportedly in talks to buy all or part of Brookdale

Healthcare real estate investment trust Ventas is in talks to purchase all or part of Brookdale Senior Living, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

More news for Friday, Feb. 17

Price increases, aging to push healthcare to 20% of economy by 2025 ... Researcher questions Urban Institute LTSS financing model ... CPF Living CEO John Rijos on the intersection of senior living and hospitality (video) ... Jimmy Buffett partners with Minto Communities on 55+ community ... Study confirms vitamin D protects against colds and flu

Anti-fraud efforts must include senior living, hearing witness says

Anti-fraud efforts must include senior living, hearing witness says

Efforts to stop or prevent the financial exploitation of older adults should include assisted living and continuing care retirement communities, as well as personal care and nursing homes, because residents in such settings are targeted, a hearing witness told members of the Senate Special Committee on Aging on Wednesday during their first meeting of the 115th Congress.

Where assisted living is the most and least expensive: survey

Average monthly assisted living costs range from $3,051 for a studio apartment in Louisiana to $6,936 for a two-bedroom apartment in Delaware, according to the state results of Lincoln Financial Group's annual What Care Costs study, released Wednesday.

Assisted living sees record-setting unit prices

Average per-unit prices in the assisted living market reached $193,650 in 2016, topping the previous record set in 2015 by 2%, according to a new report.

More news for Thursday, Feb. 16

Crash test dummies are being altered to match aging, heavier population ... Alzheimer's outlook far from bleak ... Seven couples renew vows at assisted living community for Valentine's Day

Competition, labor issues continue to challenge Brookdale

Competition, labor issues continue to challenge Brookdale

Wage pressure and community openings by competitors continued to challenge Brookdale Senior Living as 2016 came to a close and will continue to do so in 2017, company executives told analysts participating in an earnings call on Tuesday. Efforts to improve employee recruiting and retention, however, as well as changes to ancillary service offerings, should strengthen the company's financial outlook for the future, they said.

Construction, renovation plans outweigh buying, selling in 2017

Construction, renovation plans outweigh buying, selling in 2017

Senior living construction and renovation projects, especially in assisted living and memory care, are on the rise, whereas efforts to buy or sell existing properties have waned, according to the findings of a new survey by Lancaster Pollard released Tuesday.

February 2017 issue now online

February 2017 issue now online

The February issue of McKnight's Senior Living is online with exclusive news and features that you won't want to miss.

GAO: CMS needs better data to prevent HCBS overpayments, fraud

GAO: CMS needs better data to prevent HCBS overpayments, fraud

The Medicaid program needs better data to be able to ensure that it does not overpay for personal care services and to reduce the risk of fraud occurring, the Government Accountability Office said in a report made public on Monday.

HCP continues to reduce stake in Brookdale as losses mount

HCP Inc. continues to reduce the concentration of Brookdale Senior Living assets in its portfolio as Brookdale President and CEO Andy Smith cites "a difficult environment."

ALF owner in $1 billion fraud case now accused of bribery

Before an owner of dozens of Miami-area assisted living and skilled nursing facilities was accused in a $1 billion healthcare fraud scheme in July, he allegedly tried to bribe a state regulator to find out what Florida officials knew about his operations, according to the Miami Herald.

More news for Tuesday, Feb 14

AARP endorses Senior $afe Act ... Use of multiple brain-affecting drugs is rising among seniors, despite risks ... How eating less can slow the aging process ... Restrictions lifted after senior living case of Legionnaires' disease ... Poverty and high neighborhood murder rates increase depression in older adults

New administration means 'uncertainty' for businesses, Ventas CEO says

New administration means 'uncertainty' for businesses, Ventas CEO says

Changes in the federal government in the new year have brought with them "a period of significant macro volatility and uncertainty" for businesses, Ventas Chairwoman and CEO Debra Cafaro told analysts and others participating in a fourth-quarter 2016 earnings call Friday.

Price confirmed as HHS secretary

Price confirmed as HHS secretary

Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) was sworn in as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday hours after being confirmed by a party-line 52-47 vote in the Senate.

Argentum conference to feature 'Insights from the C-suite'

Argentum conference to feature 'Insights from the C-suite'

Multiple sessions featuring panels of senior living leaders and a change to the Hero Awards presentation will be among the noticeable differences at this year's Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference compared with previous years.

More news for Monday, Feb. 13

Older adults are embracing "living apart together" (video) ... Older adults who exercise regularly may lower their chances of severe mobility problems ... Medicare should consider social risk factors, experts say

Memory care workers recorded, shared 'humiliating' videos of residents: report

Employees of a Minnesota memory care community abused residents by taking "disparaging and humiliating" videos of them on their cellphones — capturing residents sitting on the toilet or making it appear as if they were using cocaine or alcohol — and then sharing the recordings via text messages and social media, according to an investigation by the Minnesota Department of Health.

55+ housing market ends 2016 on record high: NAHB

The 55+ housing market ended the fourth quarter of 2016 on a record high, according to the National Association of Home Builders.

Autumn's new program aims to help assisted living residents age in place

Autumn's new program aims to help assisted living residents age in place

When Florida-based Autumn Senior Living opens three new communities in early 2018, they will offer a new concept for the company, what it is calling I-Lite Assisted Living.

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