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New overtime rule could bring 'devastating realities,' operator says

New overtime rule could bring 'devastating realities,' operator says

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One assisted living operator predicts the loss of jobs for workers and fewer housing options for Medicaid beneficiaries if the federal government implements the salary threshold of the overtime rule finalized under the Obama administration. All comments to the Labor Department as it ponders a new rule are due Monday.

State Medicaid directors urge caution on Graham-Cassidy reforms

State Medicaid directors urge caution on Graham-Cassidy reforms

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The Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act contains "significant challenges" that deserve "thorough discussion, examination and analysis," the National Association of Medicaid Directors said Thursday, urging senators not to rush complex Medicaid reform.

Senate bill would create advisory committee on protecting seniors during emergencies

Senate bill would create advisory committee on protecting seniors during emergencies

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A 15-member panel would advise local, state and government officials on how to prepare and care for older adults during emergency situations under a bill introduced Tuesday by four senators and discussed Wednesday at a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing.

Former senior living executive's bankruptcy might jeopardize $86 million investor repayment plan

Former senior living executive's bankruptcy might jeopardize $86 million investor repayment plan

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An Atlanta-based businessman accused by the SEC of misusing investor funds raised to purchase and renovate senior living facilities has filed for bankruptcy, calling into question his ability to fulfill an agreement to repay investors more than $86 million.

Provider groups oppose Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal ACA

Provider groups oppose Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal ACA

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Two national organizations representing senior living operators came out against the Graham-Cassidy bill Tuesday. The legislation, which is expected to be voted on next week in the Senate, would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, in the process changing open-ended Medicaid funding to block grants for states.

Two more plaintiffs join ADA lawsuit against Brookdale

Two more plaintiffs join ADA lawsuit against Brookdale

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Two additional plaintiffs have joined a lawsuit claiming that Brookdale Senior Living did not accommodate California residents' disabilities and that understaffing led to their activities of daily living needs not being met. Brookdale says the lawsuit is without merit.

Senators push for Graham-Cassidy bill vote to repeal ACA next week

Senators push for Graham-Cassidy bill vote to repeal ACA next week

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Four Republican senators who introduced a bill on Sept. 13 to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act are pushing for a Senate vote on it before Sept. 30. As with bills under consideration in the Senate and House earlier this year, the Graham-Cassidy bill would cap Medicaid funding for each state.

Senior living on the big and little screen

Senior living on the big and little screen

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Retirement communities are becoming a popular setting for films and television shows, according to recently announced plans of studios and networks.

Florida governor gives assisted living communities 60 days to get generators

Florida governor gives assisted living communities 60 days to get generators

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Following the death of eight residents of a facility that lost air conditioning as a result of Hurricane Irma, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Saturday gave all assisted living communities and nursing homes in the state 60 days to obtain generators.

Ventas CEO: Hurricanes reveal the value of senior living

Ventas CEO: Hurricanes reveal the value of senior living

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Though challenging to operators — and everyone — as they are occurring, natural disasters such as hurricanes get older adults and their families thinking about the benefits of living in a senior living community, Debra Cafaro, chairman and CEO of real estate investment trust Ventas, said Wednesday afternoon to those attending the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Real Estate Conference in New York City.

Kindred relationship offers insights into Brookdale changes, Cafaro says

Kindred relationship offers insights into Brookdale changes, Cafaro says

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Ventas' focus when it comes to improving the return on its investment in Brookdale Senior Living is reminiscent of the real estate investment trust's relationship with Kindred Healthcare, Ventas Chairman and CEO Debra Cafaro said Wednesday to those attending the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Real Estate Conference in New York City.

National trade association formed for senior living referral agents

National trade association formed for senior living referral agents

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A new national trade association for organizations that provide referrals and placements to senior living communities hopes to advance the profession, educate others about it and increase professional responsibility, aiding operators in the process, according to its leader.

Atria in spotlight as staff members carry out Irma response plan

Atria in spotlight as staff members carry out Irma response plan

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Atria Senior Living was in the public eye Monday night as TV talk show host Jimmy Kimmel interviewed actress Kristen Bell against a backdrop of residents who had been evacuated to the hotel where she was staying, due to Hurricane Irma. Behind the scenes, however, Atria staff members were putting the company's natural disaster response plan into action.

Irma, Harvey show how senior living exemplifies 'family'

Irma, Harvey show how senior living exemplifies 'family'

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The appropriateness of this year's National Assisted Living Week theme, "Family is Forever," is evident as the senior living industry recovers from Hurricane Harvey and faces Hurricane Irma.

Policy, workforce issues focus of Argentum events this week

Policy, workforce issues focus of Argentum events this week

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Argentum members will be concentrating on governmental and staffing issues affecting senior living operators and residents this week as the organization holds a Public Policy Institute, Fly-in and Workforce Development Symposium in Washington, DC.

Cohen: Hurricanes may reduce headwinds for senior living

Cohen: Hurricanes may reduce headwinds for senior living

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Capital Senior Living communities and others have been affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey and may be affected by Hurricane Irma as well. CEO Larry Cohen sees silver linings in the storm clouds for the senior living industry, however, he said Thursday in a presentation at the Wells Fargo Healthcare Conference in Boston.

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 hero next to us, the hero inside us

The hero next to us, the hero inside us

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The recent actions of a senior living worker remind us of the good people who work in the field and inspire us to bring our best selves to each day.

Senior living companies launch Harvey relief efforts as Irma looms

Senior living companies launch Harvey relief efforts as Irma looms

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As senior living providers in Florida brace for the possible effects of Hurricane Irma, operators with properties in Texas are beginning relief efforts to help those affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.

Obama-era overtime rule declared unlawful

Obama-era overtime rule declared unlawful

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A federal judge Thursday declared unlawful an Obama-era Labor Department rule that would have made 4.2 million more workers eligible for overtime pay by raising the salary threshold for eligibility from $23,660 to $47,476. Provider groups had opposed the rule.

Senior living continues to respond to Harvey

Senior living continues to respond to Harvey

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Senior living organizations in Texas and elsewhere continue to respond to the needs created by Tropical Storm Harvey.

White House nixes pay data submission

White House nixes pay data submission

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Employers no longer will be required to submit summary employee pay data to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission beginning in March. The White House on Tuesday nixed the rule containing the requirement, saying it would burden employers and that it had other problems.

Holiday, Brookdale among those battling Harvey

Holiday, Brookdale among those battling Harvey

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A photo from a Texas assisted living community became a social media sensation on Sunday, sending visual confirmation of the destruction that Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey brought to the Lone Star State across the country and around the world. Behind the scenes, both small and large senior living operators on the Gulf Coast were dealing with historic levels of rain and other effects through the weekend and on Monday.

A toast to creative marketing

A toast to creative marketing

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Much of the buzz last week was about the solar eclipse, and rightfully so. But another big event was taking place in cities and towns across the country.

Dominion counts on profit-sharing to woo, keep executive directors

Dominion counts on profit-sharing to woo, keep executive directors

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Dominion Senior Living is adapting Chick-fil-A's employment approach to senior living, banking on the belief that executive directors who "own" the experience at their communities will enjoy their work more and stay with the company. Those who succeed will enjoy another benefit: a share of the profits.

Court tells EEOC to reconsider workplace wellness plan incentives

Court tells EEOC to reconsider workplace wellness plan incentives

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The AARP is calling a federal court's decision Tuesday to have the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reconsider workplace wellness plan incentives "a tremendous victory for workers," although the final outcome in the matter remains to be seen.

Joint effort aims to educate senior living executive directors about financial fraud

Joint effort aims to educate senior living executive directors about financial fraud

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Four senior housing and care provider organizations have teamed up with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation to educate senior living executive directors about financial fraud and share resources that those leaders, in turn, can pass along to colleagues, residents and families.

HCR ManorCare says it will contest QCP's receivership request

HCR ManorCare says it will contest QCP's receivership request

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HCR ManorCare said it intends to "vigorously" contest the request that Quality Care Properties made to a California state court that an independent receiver be appointed to oversee ManorCare's assisted living and skilled nursing facilities.

Extraordinary events call for extraordinary events

Extraordinary events call for extraordinary events

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Senior living communities across the country are marking today's solar eclipse with events for residents.

Sabra looking forward to 'fun part' now that CCP merger is approved

Sabra looking forward to 'fun part' now that CCP merger is approved

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Sabra Health Care REIT will continue efforts to diversify its asset base now that its merger with skilled nursing-focused Care Capital Properties has been approved by the boards of both companies, the real estate investment trust's CEO and chairman, Richard Matros, told McKnight's Senior Living on Wednesday.

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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.