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Association forms for small assisted living operators

Association forms for small assisted living operators

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You probably won't see any of the current or future members of the new Residential Assisted Living National Association on a "largest provider" list, and that's by design.

4 residents presumed dead after Pennsylvania CCRC fire as Idaho operator recovers from a blaze

4 residents presumed dead after Pennsylvania CCRC fire as Idaho operator recovers from a blaze

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Four residents of a Pennsylvania retirement community remained missing Monday and were presumed dead after a five-alarm fire at the community that began Thursday. Across the country in Idaho, another senior living operator was dealing with the aftermath of a weekend fire that completely destroyed one of its communities.

Are you ready for an Alzheimer's breakthrough?

Are you ready for an Alzheimer's breakthrough?

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Some treatments for Alzheimer's may be available by 2020. If so, the U.S. healthcare system may not be prepared, according to a new study.

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.

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.

Thanking veterans for their service

Thanking veterans for their service

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As senior living and care communities observe Veterans Day, members of the federal government took the opportunity to share related news.

Ensign banks on assisted living, home care for the future

Ensign banks on assisted living, home care for the future

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Independent and assisted living, along with home healthcare and hospice, are among the growing areas for the Ensign Group, President and CEO Christopher Christensen said Thursday on a third-quarter earnings call.

Regional Health Properties names interim CEO, CFO as legacy issues remain

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Regional Health Properties named an interim CEO and interim chief financial officer after the third quarter ended and created a Strategic Finance Committee that will advise both of them as the self-managed healthcare real estate investment company addresses legacy issues and plots a course for its future.

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.

Anthem making 'good progress' on challenges, LTC CEO says

Anthem making 'good progress' on challenges, LTC CEO says

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Anthem Memory Care is making "good progress" addressing financial, occupancy and staffing issues previously identified by LTC Properties, the healthcare real estate investment trust's chairman, president and CEO, Wendy Simpson, said Thursday during a third-quarter earnings call.

Five Star to sell 6 communities but keep managing them

Five Star to sell 6 communities but keep managing them

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Five Star Senior Living will sell six senior living communities to Senior Housing Properties Trust for $104 million, Five Star President and CEO Bruce Mackey told those participating in a Thursday third-quarter earnings call. But the company will continue to manage them.

Brookdale, Holiday on NHI CEO's 'worry list'

Brookdale, Holiday on NHI CEO's 'worry list'

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National Health Investors is watching the performance of Brookdale Senior Living and Holiday Retirement very closely, the real estate investment trust's president and CEO, Eric Mendelsohn, said Wednesday on a third-quarter earnings call. But he has a "bragging list," too.

Provider groups like Verma's new vision for Medicaid

Provider groups like Verma's new vision for Medicaid

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Organizations representing senior living operators told McKnight's Senior Living that they are encouraged by the Medicaid vision and policies outlined Tuesday by Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Welltower settlement delays start of former executive at HCP

Welltower settlement delays start of former executive at HCP

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Welltower has settled a lawsuit against a former employee, and the terms will push back his start date with a competitor about two months, executives said Tuesday. During an earnings call, they also discussed Brookdale Senior Living, natural disasters and transitioning one operator from a triple-net to RIDEA structure.

Size helps Brookdale in natural disasters, CEO says, but financial effects linger

Size helps Brookdale in natural disasters, CEO says, but financial effects linger

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Hurricanes, wildfires, generators, HCP and metrics of success were among the topics that executives of Brookdale Senior Living discussed with shareholders and analysts Tuesday on a third-quarter earnings call.

Effects of Holiday management transition lingered in third quarter, New Senior says

Effects of Holiday management transition lingered in third quarter, New Senior says

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Holiday Retirement's operating model change from live-in property managers to more traditional executive directors continued to affect occupancy in New Senior Investment Group's independent living portfolio in the third quarter. But things are looking up, executives said.

Sabra has $1 billion acquisition pipeline, but don't expect big news soon

Sabra has $1 billion acquisition pipeline, but don't expect big news soon

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Sabra Health Care REIT has a $1 billion acquisition pipeline, CEO Rick Matros told participants in a third-quarter earnings call on Thursday. But don't expect any big announcements from the real estate investment trust for the rest of this year, he added.

Capital Senior Living tries new operating model to boost performance

Capital Senior Living tries new operating model to boost performance

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Expressing disappointment in the company's recent operational and sales performance, Capital Senior Living executives outlined for shareholders and analysts the steps the company is taking to get back on track on Wednesday evening during a third-quarter earnings call.

Integrating assisted living, PACE generates good outcomes for residents, operators

Integrating assisted living, PACE generates good outcomes for residents, operators

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Integrating Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly into assisted living can increase attention to residents, reduce the length of hospitalizations and increase resident satisfaction, according to Peter DeGolia, M.D., CMD, medical director of McGregor PACE in Cleveland. As a result, residents who receive PACE care tend to stay in their assisted living communities longer, he added.

Residents' increasing acuity drives need for talks, education, data collection

Residents' increasing acuity drives need for talks, education, data collection

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As shifting demographics and changing consumer preferences contribute to residents' increasing acuity needs in assisted living communities, it's critical to clarify with staff members what your community and they are able to do and what you and they are willing to do, Liz Jensen, RN, MSN, RN-BC, told those attending an educational session Tuesday at the 2017 LeadingAge Annual Meeting & Expo.

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."

LeadingAge leaders share a plan for 'turbulent times'

LeadingAge leaders share a plan for 'turbulent times'

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The past year has been one of "natural disasters and political upheaval," LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan told those attending Monday's general session at the LeadingAge Annual Meeting & Expo. She and new Board Chairman Stephen Fleming shared a plan for the future.

Trump administration to appeal overtime rule decision

Trump administration to appeal overtime rule decision

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The Justice Department on Monday said it intends to appeal an Aug. 31 U.S. District Court summary judgment that a federal overtime rule finalized under President Obama was unlawful because it based overtime changes on a minimum salary level rather than job responsibilities.

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.

Administrator 'not shocked' that NY woman missing for 42 years was found at his MA facility

Administrator 'not shocked' that NY woman missing for 42 years was found at his MA facility

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The administrator of a Massachusetts long-term care facility tells McKnight's Senior Living that he is "not shocked at all" that a New York woman missing for more than 42 years was found living where he works. In fact, unbeknownst to authorities until last week, the woman had been living there since 2001.

70+ Elmcroft properties to see management, ownership changes, Ventas says

70+ Elmcroft properties to see management, ownership changes, Ventas says

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More than 70 Elmcroft Senior Living properties currently in Ventas' portfolio will be transitioned to a new management company led by a former Holiday Retirement and HCP executive early next year, Ventas Chairman and CEO Debra Cafaro said Friday. The communities will be owned by Ventas and an institutional investor in a joint venture, she added.

HUD accepting comments on $15 million supportive services pilot project

HUD accepting comments on $15 million supportive services pilot project

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A $15 million, three-year U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development project that will test the ability of an enhanced supportive services model to help elderly residents of affordable housing properties age in place and stay out of emergency departments, hospitals and nursing homes continues to move forward.

How to protect your community from inappropriate use of social media use by employees

How to protect your community from inappropriate use of social media use by employees

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Senior living operators can take steps to reduce risk related to social media use by employees, according to Kristi Eldredge, RN, JD, CPHRM, senior patient safety consultant at medical liability insurance company MMIC. She was a presenter on the topic Wednesday at AHCA/NCAL's 68th Annual Convention & Expo in Las Vegas.

How to increase move-ins via your website and social media

How to increase move-ins via your website and social media

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Las Vegas — With research showing that prospective senior living residents or their families already may have completed 60% of the decision-making process involved in a potential move before even contacting a community, website and social media efforts are crucial to operators' success, Nicole Wagner, internet marketing director at Stevens & Tate Marketing, said Tuesday in an educational session at the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living's 68th Annual Convention & Expo.

Parkinson: 4 reasons operators will survive tough times

Parkinson: 4 reasons operators will survive tough times

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Las Vegas — Despite the "tough" political and regulatory environment, assisted living and skilled nursing providers "will make it through this. And many of you will not only survive; you will prosper," American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living President and CEO Mark Parkinson told those attending the opening general session of the organization's 68th Annual Convention & Expo. He gave four reasons.

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