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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

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 Jersey mandates paid sick leave

New Jersey mandates paid sick leave

New Jersey has enacted what the state's governor says is one of the most expansive paid sick leave programs in the country.

Government oversteps authority in proposed rule that would increase costs, liabilities for assisted living facilities, associations say

Government oversteps authority in proposed rule that would increase costs, liabilities for assisted living facilities, associations say

A proposed rule that the Florida Department of Elder Affairs says addresses safety and quality issues in Sunshine State assisted living communities is being challenged by two associations representing operators there.

Caregiver recruiting and retention issues worsen in Wisconsin

Caregiver recruiting and retention issues worsen in Wisconsin

Seniors housing and care operators in Wisconsin increasingly are having difficulty filling caregiver positions, according to a new report from several state provider groups.

Administrator's license suspended after Social Security spending spree

Administrator's license suspended after Social Security spending spree

The Virginia Board of Long-Term Care Administrators has suspended the license of a woman to practice as an assisted living facility administrator, alleging that she used residents' Social Security funds to gamble and pay for vacations, dinners and credit card charges.

Bill would prevent licensing boards from using old nonviolent offenses against applicants

Bill would prevent licensing boards from using old nonviolent offenses against applicants

Licensing boards in California would not be able to use nonviolent offense conviction information that is more than five years old as a reason to deny an application, under a trio of bills announced Monday.

Assisted living star rating system may be altered or abandoned

Assisted living star rating system may be altered or abandoned

North Carolina's four-star rating system for assisted living communities may be altered, abandoned or kept as-is depending on the feedback that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services receives in a web-based survey.

Minnesota seeks to speed resolution of senior abuse claims

Minnesota seeks to speed resolution of senior abuse claims

The Minnesota Department of Health plans to implement a new electronic system to help it more quickly respond to and resolve reports of abuse in assisted living communities, nursing homes and other long-term care settings.

Committee to study, issue report on assisted living facilities

Committee to study, issue report on assisted living facilities

The Nebraska legislature voted 26-13 on Wednesday to create a special committee to study assisted living facilities where residents primarily have diagnoses of mental illness.

In Focus

May 16

Bringing in the outdoors

Hollidaysburg, PA 

Garvey Manor and Our Lady of the Alleghenies Residence continuing care retirement community recently hosted an outdoor show, "Marching into the Woods."