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ASC CEO should get 12-year prison sentence for $19.4 million fraud scheme, government says

ASC CEO should get 12-year prison sentence for $19.4 million fraud scheme, government says

The former CEO of American Senior Communities should be imprisoned for more than 12 years for leading a $19.4 million fraud, kickback and money-laundering scheme, federal prosecutors said in a court filing Thursday. Attorneys for James Burkhart offered a different recommendation.

Apollo said to be buyer of $428 million Brookdale portfolio from HCP

Apollo said to be buyer of $428 million Brookdale portfolio from HCP

Global alternative investment manager Apollo Global Management is the previously unannounced buyer of 22 Brookdale Senior Living communities from real estate investment trust HCP for $428 million, according to Bloomberg, citing "a person with knowledge of the matter."

'Social frailty,' depression linked in study

'Social frailty,' depression linked in study

"Social frailty" has more of an impact on the onset of depression in older adults than does physical frailty or cognitive impairment, according to a study published in the June issue of JAMDA: the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

More news for Monday, June 25

Proposed rules for D.C. assisted living facilities spark outcry ... Attorney: California senior living community had no backup generator when wildfire broke out ... Companies need older workers: here is why

QCP sets July 25 vote on Welltower merger, 'golden parachute' payments

QCP sets July 25 vote on Welltower merger, 'golden parachute' payments

Quality Care Properties has announced a July 25 date for a special meeting where stockholders are expected to vote on a proposed merger with Welltower and multimillion dollar "golden parachute" payments for some executives.

Location, location, location — even in senior living

Location, location, location — even in senior living

Location matters, regardless of the type of housing that someone resides in, the AARP Public Policy Institute's director of livability thought leadership told McKnight's Senior Living on Thursday, the day that data analyzed from the newly updated AARP Livability Index were released. It marked the first full update of the index since its launch in 2015.

President proposes changes at Health and Labor departments

President proposes changes at Health and Labor departments

Renaming the Department of Health and Human Services and combining the departments of Labor and Education are two of the many proposals in a government reform plan released Thursday by President Donald Trump.

Also in the news for Friday, June 22

D.C. bill would bar assisted living communities from accepting new residents with dementia ... Ohio assisted living communities score an average of 85.2 (out of 100) on resident satisfaction survey

Florida, Maine, West Virginia have largest percentages of older adults, Census Bureau says

Florida, Maine, West Virginia have largest percentages of older adults, Census Bureau says

New population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau indicate the states with the largest percentages of adults aged 65 or more years as well as the states with the highest and lowest median age and the overall median age for the country's residents.

Dr. Atul Gawande, new healthcare company CEO, no stranger to senior living

Dr. Atul Gawande, new healthcare company CEO, no stranger to senior living

The name of the new CEO of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase's partnership on U.S. employee healthcare is easily recognizable by those in the senior living industry.

Actress advocates for public health measures to fight 'insidious, cowardly' Alzheimer's

Actress advocates for public health measures to fight 'insidious, cowardly' Alzheimer's

Public health measures related to Alzheimer's got a boost Tuesday from the testimony of actress Marcia Gay Harden at a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing focused on what she called "an insidious, cowardly disease."

LTSS financing proposal 'a promising start,' providers say

LTSS financing proposal 'a promising start,' providers say

Draft legislation to create a federal program within Medicare to support those with substantial long-term care costs when they need care "is a promising start toward effective solutions," LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan told Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), in technical comments submitted June 15. Other groups shared their thoughts as well.

Former med tech charged with 3 felonies for alleged theft of resident's painting, other property

Former med tech charged with 3 felonies for alleged theft of resident's painting, other property

A former worker at a California senior living community faces up to five years in prison if convicted of three felonies and a misdemeanor related to thefts of property belonging to his employer and residents, including a painting by a noted artist and Holocaust survivor.

Healthcare professionals key in financial abuse reporting system detailed in SEC white paper

Healthcare professionals key in financial abuse reporting system detailed in SEC white paper

Healthcare professionals caring for older adults would play a key role in a new communication system — described in a recently released white paper from the Securities and Exchange Commission — that would be designed to report and curtail suspected financial exploitation.

Second hospice employee pleads guilty in alleged $60 million kickback scheme involving assisted living communities

Second hospice employee pleads guilty in alleged $60 million kickback scheme involving assisted living communities

A second former employee of a now-defunct hospice company has pleaded guilty for her role in an alleged $60 million Medicare fraud scheme that, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas, paid assisted living communities and physicians in exchange for referring ineligible Medicare or Medicaid beneficiaries, some of whom then were given excessive dosages of medication that injured or killed them.

Argentum seeks data for list of largest providers

Argentum seeks data for list of largest providers

This week, Argentum will begin distributing the survey used to compile its list of largest senior living providers. The organization wants to ensure that no provider is excluded.

Long-term care dominates May real estate deals

Long-term care dominates May real estate deals

Senior living and skilled nursing accounted for almost one-third of the healthcare-related real estate deals announced or closed in May, according to a new list compiled for Bloomberg Law.

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

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

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.

Judge rules for Montana providers, but health department doesn't take action

Judge rules for Montana providers, but health department doesn't take action

Montana health officials on Friday remained unsure what course of action they would take, two days after a judge ordered them to reinstate last year's Medicaid reimbursement rates for assisted living and skilled nursing operators while a lawsuit proceeds.

Wages complicate housing for senior living workers: report

Wages complicate housing for senior living workers: report

Senior living communities and long-term care facilities employ workers in job categories that are expected to be among the fastest-growing types over the next 10 years, according to projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics — and workers in those categories earn less than what it takes to be able to comfortably afford one- or two-bedroom housing, according to a new report.

CCRC didn't enforce no-smoking policy, so four died in fire, lawsuit says

CCRC didn't enforce no-smoking policy, so four died in fire, lawsuit says

The daughter of a husband and wife who died in the five-alarm fire at Barclay Friends in November filed a civil lawsuit against the West Chester, PA, continuing care retirement community on Tuesday, claiming that her parents might still be alive if the facility's no-smoking policy had been enforced.

AMA supports incentives to expand home- and community-based services

AMA supports incentives to expand home- and community-based services

States should be incentivized to expand the availability of and access to home- and community-based services, the American Medical Association House of Delegates said in a policy it adopted at its recent annual meeting.

McKnight's Tech Awards deadline approaches

McKnight's Tech Awards deadline approaches

Just a little more than a month remains for senior living and skilled nursing operators to submit entries for the 2018 McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards competition.

Two paths to higher occupancy, per NIC

Two paths to higher occupancy, per NIC

Two paths can help senior living operators prevent occupancy from dropping any further, according to the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.

Former senior living employee could face decades in prison for stealing resident IDs

Former senior living employee could face decades in prison for stealing resident IDs

A former employee of a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community in Illinois is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 18 after pleading guilty to using residents' personal information to obtain and pay for utilities and television service at his home.

McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo starts this morning!

McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo starts this morning!

The free event, with its first session at 11 a.m. EDT, features three continuing education sessions as well as a virtual exhibition hall featuring products and services from leading companies serving the senior living profession.

Welltower merger safe — for now — QCP says, as competitor surfaces

Welltower merger safe — for now — QCP says, as competitor surfaces

Quality Care Properties said Tuesday that its board continues to recommend that stockholders approve the merger agreement with real estate investment trust Welltower that was announced in April, although it also announced that it is investigating an acquisition proposal from a third party that "could reasonably be expected to lead to a 'superior offer' as defined in the merger agreement."

Assisted living owner will pay $213,461 for wage and hour violations

Assisted living owner will pay $213,461 for wage and hour violations

The owner of three assisted living facilities in Washington state will pay $213,461 to 26 employees after an investigation found overtime and recordkeeping violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Labor Department said.

Assisted living and nursing facilities sue government over Medicaid reimbursement cuts

Assisted living and nursing facilities sue government over Medicaid reimbursement cuts

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.

BREAKING NEWS: Quality Care Properties has new suitor, puts Welltower merger in question

Quality Care Properties said Tuesday that it is investigating an acquisition proposal that "could reasonably be expected to lead to a 'superior offer' " to the one announced in April with real estate investment trust Welltower.

McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo is tomorrow!

McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo is tomorrow!

The virtual doors to the second annual McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo will open at 10:30 EDT tomorrow, Wednesday, June 13.

Court revives $35 million False Claims Act lawsuit against Brookdale

Court revives $35 million False Claims Act lawsuit against Brookdale

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday reversed a federal court's dismissal of a "whistleblower" lawsuit brought by a former Brookdale Senior Living employee who accused the company and subsidiaries of submitting approximately $35 million in fraudulent Medicare claims for reimbursement.

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

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.

Data breach puts personal information of residents, workers at risk, Elmcroft Senior Living says

Data breach puts personal information of residents, workers at risk, Elmcroft Senior Living says

The personal information of Elmcroft Senior Living residents and their family members, employees and others could have been stolen in a data breach that occurred in mid-May, the Louisville, KY-based company said late Friday.

Earn up to three CEs this Wednesday at the McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo

Earn up to three CEs this Wednesday at the McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo

Attendees of the second annual McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo, set for this Wednesday, June 13, can earn up to three continuing education credits and interact with several companies serving the industry.

CDC data confirm: Flu season set records

CDC data confirm: Flu season set records

Newly released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirm what senior living operators have been reporting anecdotally: The 2017-2018 flu season was severe and, in some ways, record-setting.

4 disruptors facing senior living operators

4 disruptors facing senior living operators

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.

Lawmakers who own nursing homes trying to curtail assisted living, report says

Lawmakers who own nursing homes trying to curtail assisted living, report says

Louisiana legislators with ties to the nursing home industry are promoting legislation that would stymie the growth of the assisted living industry in the state, according to a new report.

Welltower CEO defends decision to keep HCR ManorCare leaders

Welltower CEO defends decision to keep HCR ManorCare leaders

Welltower CEO Tom DeRosa on Wednesday defended the decision to keep HCR ManorCare's leadership team in place as the real estate investment trust gains a stake in the operator through a deal with the ProMedica health system. His remarks came after an attendee at an investor conference called the company a "steaming pile of real estate."

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

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

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.

Employers can comment on 'joint employer' standard by summer, NLRB chairman says

Employers can comment on 'joint employer' standard by summer, NLRB chairman says

The National Labor Relations Board expects to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking no later than this summer regarding the standard for determining joint-employer status, the agency's chairman said Tuesday.

Brookdale CEO envisions a smaller company

Brookdale CEO envisions a smaller company

The country's largest senior living operator could reduce the number of communities in its portfolio by 20% over the next two or three years, Brookdale President and CEO Lucinda "Cindy" Baier said Tuesday.

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

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.

National Health Investors leaders explain the allure of 'B' markets

National Health Investors leaders explain the allure of 'B' markets

The real estate investment trust's CEO and chief investment officer talked Tuesday about why they find value outside of the top 30 metropolitan statistical areas.

More news for Wednesday, June 6

HCP provides update on transactions that reduce Brookdale exposure in portfolio ... Report: Most Florida assisted living communities still don't have generators ... Verma unveils state Medicaid scorecard but refuses to judge efforts

Senior living communities help develop age-friendly health systems

Senior living communities help develop age-friendly health systems

Senior living staff members, residents and families are helping develop an "Age-Friendly Health Systems" model to improve care and safety for older adults and optimize value for all involved in the system.

Just getting started

Just getting started

Senior living is a low-tech field no more. From the front door to the front office, technology is making its presence known — and there's a lot more to come.

Bowers recognized with three writing awards

Bowers recognized with three writing awards

McKnight's Senior Living Senior Editor Lois A. Bowers picked up three awards June 1 at the 40th annual Excellence in Journalism Awards ceremony.

Katzmann to speak on culture, communication during June 13 webinar

Katzmann to speak on culture, communication during June 13 webinar

Juniper Communities founder and President Lynne Katzmann, Ph.D., will speak about the importance of culture and communication in senior living during a June 13 webinar through which attendees can earn a continuing education credit. The presentation is part of the second annual McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo.

Operators head to Hill to brief Congress

Operators head to Hill to brief Congress

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.

Kansas becomes 50th state to work toward Alzheimer's plan

Kansas becomes 50th state to work toward Alzheimer's plan

Assisted living will have a seat at the table as, thanks to an executive order signed by the governor on Friday, Kansas becomes the 50th state to work toward establishing a plan to address the effects of Alzheimer's on those who have the disease as well as the organizations and family members who provide care and services for them.

Virtual assistant, virtual reality get real tests at Civitas Senior Living

Virtual assistant, virtual reality get real tests at Civitas Senior Living

Fort Worth, TX-based management company Civitas Senior Living is testing Alexa and virtual reality programming in the Lone Star State.

Older adults have mixed views of telehealth for consultations, chronic care, poll finds

Older adults have mixed views of telehealth for consultations, chronic care, poll finds

More than half of older adults in a recent poll said they would be comfortable using a live video service such as Skype for a medication consultation or for ongoing management of a chronic condition, although they had concerns related to use of the technology.

Scrub-a-dub-dub

Scrub-a-dub-dub

Bathing can be a pleasing, even therapeutic activity for senior living residents. Private baths have become more prevalent, yet the centralized bathing area continues to serve an essential purpose.

Social connections, group living help preserve brain health, study suggests

Social connections, group living help preserve brain health, study suggests

Strong social connections could help preserve memory and improve quality of life for older adults, according to new research. The results suggest programming and marketing opportunities for senior living communities.

Startup tech companies use robots, web tools, artificial intelligence to address social isolation, diabetes

Startup tech companies use robots, web tools, artificial intelligence to address social isolation, diabetes

Social isolation, remote patient monitoring and diabetes management are the areas of focus for three healthcare start-up companies with which the AARP is working in its role as a "champion" in PULSE@MassChallenge, a digital health accelerator.

Combo platter

Combo platter

Prospective residents will turn to the competition if a community looks and feels dated, disjointed or otherwise uninviting. But operators need furniture that can withstand heavy use. Is it an impossible combination? Not any more.

Web portal usage still encounters resistance from seniors: poll

Web portal usage still encounters resistance from seniors: poll

Half of older adults don't use web portals designed to let them communicate with their healthcare providers, and even those who do use them are not taking advantage of all of the portal's features, according to a new study.

Assisted living, memory care licensure efforts on hold in Minnesota

Assisted living, memory care licensure efforts on hold in Minnesota

Assisted living and memory care community operators in Minnesota have at least a temporary reprieve from efforts by the governor and some state legislators to license their facilities.

Older adults increasingly remodeling homes to age in place

Older adults increasingly remodeling homes to age in place

A desire to age in place is increasing in popularity as a reason that older adults spend money to remodel their homes, according to new data.

Earn a CE credit June 13 while learning ways to improve quality of life for residents with dementia

Earn a CE credit June 13 while learning ways to improve quality of life for residents with dementia

Sue Kruse, RN, director of clinical education at Silverado, will offer advice on how to use exercise, brain-stimulating activities, meditation and other strategies to improve resident quality of life in a webinar during the McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo, set for Wednesday, June 13.

Step up efforts to combat Alzheimer's disease, experts urge

Step up efforts to combat Alzheimer's disease, experts urge

Expanded efforts to understand and treat Alzheimer's disease will be essential to unlocking its cure, according to experts at a national summit.

Appeals court upholds ruling against California's aid-in-dying law

Appeals court upholds ruling against California's aid-in-dying law

A California appellate court has upheld a lower court's ruling that rejects the state's aid-in-dying law.

Lifespace, SQLC affiliation would result in fifth-largest not-for-profit senior living organization

Lifespace, SQLC affiliation would result in fifth-largest not-for-profit senior living organization

Lifespace Communities and Senior Quality Lifestyles Corp. have signed a nonbinding letter of intent as they explore the possibility of affiliating. The combined company would be the fifth largest not-for-profit senior living organization in the country.

MBK to acquire WESTliving portfolio for $382 million

MBK to acquire WESTliving portfolio for $382 million

Irvine, CA-based MBK Real Estate will spend $382 million to buy nine senior living communities from Carlsbad, CA-based WESTliving. MBK's parent company, Tokyo-based Mitsui & Co., announced the news on Wednesday.

More CCRCs part of larger systems now, Ziegler says

More CCRCs part of larger systems now, Ziegler says

Life plan communities have become more likely to be part of larger systems and slightly less likely to be sponsored by a not-for-profit organization over the past several years, according to specialty investment bank Ziegler.

Where independent living inventory growth is strongest

Where independent living inventory growth is strongest

Seven metropolitan areas account for approximately one-third of the inventory growth in independent living over the past year, according to the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.

Senior Safe Act on the way to president's desk

Senior Safe Act on the way to president's desk

A bipartisan bill intended to help protect older adults from financial exploitation and fraud is on its way to the president's desk to be signed into law.

LTSS providers to receive 3% rate increase in Maryland

LTSS providers to receive 3% rate increase in Maryland

Providers of home- and community-based services and nursing home care to Medicaid beneficiaries in Maryland will receive a 3% rate increase for fiscal year 2019, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday.

Bipartisan bill calls for $50 million per year to address geriatric workforce issues

Bipartisan bill calls for $50 million per year to address geriatric workforce issues

Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate aims to increase the number of geriatric health professionals and direct service workers to support the aging population in the United States.

Gender pay gap less pronounced for caregivers than for some other jobs, Census Bureau says

Gender pay gap less pronounced for caregivers than for some other jobs, Census Bureau says

A gender pay gap exists in caregiver positions, but it is not as great as the gap between men's and women's wages in some other professions, according to recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

2020 opening planned for third Margaritaville community

2020 opening planned for third Margaritaville community

Developers are shooting for an early 2020 opening for Latitude Margaritaville Watersound, in the Florida Panhandle.

Supreme Court arbitration ruling allows employers to prohibit class action lawsuits by workers

Supreme Court arbitration ruling allows employers to prohibit class action lawsuits by workers

Private companies can include arbitration clauses in employment contracts to prohibit employees from filing class action lawsuits against them to fight perceived federal wage and hour and other labor law violations, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in a 5-4 decision.

Learn how to prepare for disasters June 13

Learn how to prepare for disasters June 13

Stan Szpytek, president of Fire and Life Safety and a retired deputy fire chief / fire marshal, will discuss how senior living communities can prepare for emergencies and disasters in the first webinar of the McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo, set for Wednesday, June 13.

New report identifies where seniors are most at risk of social isolation

New report identifies where seniors are most at risk of social isolation

The new edition of an annual report from the United Health Foundation for the first time includes an analysis of where older adults face the greatest and lowest risks of social isolation.

Also in the news for Tuesday, May 22

HC-One, Britain's biggest care home business, reportedly for sale ... Minnesota officials make progress investigating elder abuse reports ... CMS should continue prior authorization projects, GAO says

McKnight's Technology Awards now accepting entries

McKnight's Technology Awards now accepting entries

This year's competition has been expanded to include two tracks with a combined total of 20 categories. The deadline to enter is July 20.

Brookdale's new CEO a 'breath of fresh air' but 'still has much to prove,' shareholder says

Brookdale's new CEO a 'breath of fresh air' but 'still has much to prove,' shareholder says

Brookdale Senior Living's new CEO, Lucinda "Cindy" Baier is a "breath of fresh air," but "she still has much to prove to the investment community to gain trust and credibility," Jonathan Litt, founder and chief investment officer of shareholder Land & Buildings, said Friday.

Former CCRC resident accused of testing ricin on peers pleads guilty to possession

Former CCRC resident accused of testing ricin on peers pleads guilty to possession

A sentence of three years of supervised release in a secure mental health treatment facility has been recommended for a former continuing care retirement community resident who pleaded guilty Friday to possession of ricin.

Exercise may worsen cognitive impairment in those with dementia, study finds

Exercise may worsen cognitive impairment in those with dementia, study finds

Moderate to high-intensity exercise does not slow and in fact may hasten cognitive decline in older adults who have dementia, according to the results of a study published Wednesday in The BMJ. The findings contradict the results of some earlier studies.

New law requires disclosures of relationships between assisted living communities, referral agents

New law requires disclosures of relationships between assisted living communities, referral agents

New disclosures about relationships and fee arrangements between assisted living communities and referral agencies must be made to prospective residents or their representatives under a new law in Arizona.

New Argentum quality initiative includes web resources, plans for certifications

New Argentum quality initiative includes web resources, plans for certifications

Improved resident quality of life is the goal of a new initiative announced Wednesday by Argentum at the organization's Senior Living Executive Conference.

NIC: First quarter sees $1.7 billion in closed seniors housing deals; private buyers especially active

NIC: First quarter sees $1.7 billion in closed seniors housing deals; private buyers especially active

The first quarter of 2018 had $1.7 billion in seniors housing transactions closures, Bill Kauffman, senior principal at the National Center for Seniors Housing and Care said Wednesday.

Advocates say Appropriations Subcommittee bill has good news for seniors but more housing funding is needed

Advocates say Appropriations Subcommittee bill has good news for seniors but more housing funding is needed

Advocates for aging services and affordable housing said they are pleased that a House Appropriations subcommittee bill exceeds the administration's fiscal year 2019 request for Housing and Urban Development funding. More is needed, however, they say.

Argentum announces initiative to improve industry recruiting, retention

Argentum announces initiative to improve industry recruiting, retention

A new Argentum initiative unveiled Tuesday at the organization's Senior Living Executive Conference aims to solve the recruitment and retention challenges facing operators across the senior living industry. The organization also announced an expanded data-collection effort, new board officers and members, and Hero Award winners.

Five Star takes steps to mitigate effects of memory care occupancy challenges

Five Star takes steps to mitigate effects of memory care occupancy challenges

Five Star Senior Living is taking several steps to manage revenue in light of continuing occupancy challenges from new competitors on the private-pay side of its business, especially in memory care, executives said Tuesday on a first quarter earnings call.

Keeping that country feeling

Keeping that country feeling

The Willows at Harrodsburg turned a former steakhouse owned by a country superstar into a senior living community that radiates comfort.

Retaining older workers is important, too, speaker says

Retaining older workers is important, too, speaker says

Many employers are focused on attracting and retaining millennials when they also should be concerned about older workers leaving their organizations, Bruce Tulgan, author and founder of management training company RainmakerThinking, said during a Monday afternoon session at the Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference.

How to get members of my sales and marketing team to sharpen their strategic focus

How to get members of my sales and marketing team to sharpen their strategic focus

The frequently asked questions concept is a very effective and credible marketing communication strategy.

Former social services director gets 10-year prison sentence for $390,000 theft from resident

Former social services director gets 10-year prison sentence for $390,000 theft from resident

The former social services director of a Louisiana senior living community has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $390,537 for stealing money from one of the community's residents.

Brent Weil is definitely up to the job

Brent Weil is definitely up to the job

The new vice president of workforce development at Argentum is tackling the field's biggest challenge. Read our exclusive interview with him.

McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo set for June 13

McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo set for June 13

Registration is now open for the second annual McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo, where attendees can earn up to three continuing education credits and interact with several companies serving the industry. The event will be held Wednesday, June 13.

McKnight's Senior Living earns national award for news coverage

McKnight's Senior Living earns national award for news coverage

The online news section of McKnight's Senior Living was recognized with a national journalism award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors on Thursday night.

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

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.

Design briefs, June 2018

c.c. hodgson, Legacy Living, Revel South Bay and independent living.

CMS needs to improve handling of beneficiary data, GAO says

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services needs to improve how it handles shared beneficiary data, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Death rate from falls increases 31% over 9 years

Death rate from falls increases 31% over 9 years

The death rate from falls among adults aged 65 or more years increased 31% from 2007 to 2016, according to newly published federal data. And it's growing the fastest among those aged 85 or more years.

New Senior moving 51 Holiday properties from leased to managed portfolio

New Senior moving 51 Holiday properties from leased to managed portfolio

New Senior Investment Group is moving a group of 51 Holiday Retirement communities that have "lagged expectations" from its triple-net lease portfolio to its portfolio of managed properties as part of an ongoing strategic review process, the REIT said Thursday.

Anthem making progress under LTC Properties' watchful eye

Anthem making progress under LTC Properties' watchful eye

Anthem Memory Care continues to make progress on community occupancy and leadership stability, LTC Properties' Chairman, President and CEO Wendy Simpson said Thursday during a first-quarter 2018 earnings call

NLRB to look at 'joint employer' standard again

NLRB to look at 'joint employer' standard again

The National Labor Relations Board said Wednesday that it is considering rulemaking to address the standard for determining joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act.

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Also in the news for Friday, June 22

D.C. bill would bar assisted living communities from accepting new residents with dementia ... Ohio assisted living communities score an average of 85.2 (out of 100) on resident satisfaction survey

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

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.

Judge rules for Montana providers, but health department doesn't take action

Montana health officials on Friday remained unsure what course of action they would take, two days after a judge ordered them to reinstate last year's Medicaid reimbursement rates for assisted living and skilled nursing operators while a lawsuit proceeds.

In Focus

107 years young

107 years young

Irene Rebok, a resident of Magnolias of Chambersburg, will celebrate her 107th birthday on June 23.

Survey says ... gameshow week is a hit

Survey says ... gameshow week is a hit

St. John's Home recently hosted 'Game Show Week 2.0' in recognition of Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month, which is June. Learn more, and find out how to submit your photos!

A 'litter' bit of fun

A 'litter' bit of fun

The memory care residents at Poet's Walk Round Rock in Round Rock, TX, are sharing their home with a litter of kittens. Learn more, and find out how to submit your photos!

Product News

JEA Senior Living rolls out Eversound system to 50 communities

JEA Senior Living has announced plans to make Eversound's patented wireless headphone system available to residents at all of its 50 senior living communities.

National HealthCare Corp. selects MatrixCare for enterprise technology solution

National HealthCare Corp. has selected MatrixCare as its enterprise electronic health record platform partner.

In Focus

June 20

107 years young

Chambersburg, PA 

Irene Rebok, a resident of Magnolias of Chambersburg, will celebrate her 107th birthday with a visit from a state representative and a "card shower."

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