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Law requiring dementia training for healthcare professionals is unprecedented, Alzheimer's Association says

Law requiring dementia training for healthcare professionals is unprecedented, Alzheimer's Association says

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Healthcare professionals who treat adults in Massachusetts will be required to undergo training related to Alzheimer's disease under a new law signed Thursday by Gov. Charlie Baker.

AARP report on assisted living response to Hurricane Harvey is 'misleading and unfair,' groups say

AARP report on assisted living response to Hurricane Harvey is 'misleading and unfair,' groups say

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A new report that is critical of Texas assisted living operators' preparedness and response to Hurricane Harvey in 2017 is misleading to the public and insulting to industry workers, according to associations representing assisted living operators in the Lone Star State.

Ohio task force recommends new dementia training requirements

Ohio task force recommends new dementia training requirements

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Memory care communities in Ohio would face new employee training requirements, and "respite care" would get a new definition, if a task force's recommendations become law.

New law requires training to prevent LGBT discrimination in assisted living

New law requires training to prevent LGBT discrimination in assisted living

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Workers at assisted living communities in Massachusetts will be required to undergo training on the prevention and elimination of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity under a new law.

12 weeks of bereavement leave may be on tap for New York workers

12 weeks of bereavement leave may be on tap for New York workers

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New York employers would be required to give all employees 12 weeks of paid time off if a close relative dies, under a bipartisan bill awaiting Gov. Andrew Cuomo's signature.

Assisted living communities not prioritized for power restoration as hurricane season underway

Assisted living communities not prioritized for power restoration as hurricane season underway

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Assisted living communities in Florida counties often targeted by hurricanes have not been added to utility company lists that prioritize power restoration in emergencies. Meanwhile, 40% of Florida assisted living facilities have not complied with a state generator law.

New assisted living trade association launches in Kentucky

New assisted living trade association launches in Kentucky

The 64-year-old Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities has launched the Kentucky Center for Assisted Living, a state affiliate of the National Center for Assisted Living.

Bill capping punitive damages against facilities fails in Pennsylvania

Bill capping punitive damages against facilities fails in Pennsylvania

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A bill to cap punitive damages awarded in lawsuits against assisted living communities, personal care homes and nursing homes was defeated 103-91 Monday in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

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

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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

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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.

Assisted living and nursing facilities sue government over Medicaid reimbursement cuts

Assisted living and nursing facilities sue government over Medicaid reimbursement cuts

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

Assisted living, memory care licensure efforts on hold in Minnesota

Assisted living, memory care licensure efforts on hold in Minnesota

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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.

LTSS providers to receive 3% rate increase in Maryland

LTSS providers to receive 3% rate increase in Maryland

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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.

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

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Governor expected to sign bill requiring tougher long-term care worker background checks

Governor expected to sign bill requiring tougher long-term care worker background checks

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A bill requiring tougher background checks for long-term care workers is on the way to the desk of Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal after unanimously passing the state senate on Thursday. Deal is expected to sign the measure, which then would become effective Oct. 1, 2019.

More news for Monday, April 2

'Aggressive' advance directive would allow patients to decline food, water at end of dementia battle ... Virtual rides allow older adults to 'visit' places from the past and present ... Baseball game scents help unlock memories for elderly ... Generators will be in place in Florida, but when will they be inspected?

Florida governor signs generator bills into law; is Oklahoma next?

Florida governor signs generator bills into law; is Oklahoma next?

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed bills into law Monday requiring assisted living communities and nursing homes in the state to have emergency generators. Legislators in Oklahoma are considering similar requirements for assisted living.

Company's 10 assisted living communities go into receivership in Nebraska

Company's 10 assisted living communities go into receivership in Nebraska

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Ten assisted living communities and 21 nursing homes across 19 counties in Nebraska were put into receivership Friday after the state Department of Health and Human Services learned that their owner did not have enough funds to pay employees and ensure the future well-being of residents.

In Focus

Aug. 15 

Senior 'stay-cation'

State College, PA 

Residents and friends of Juniper Village at Brookline's Wellspring Memory Care in State College, PA, recently took a virtual trip to the beach.

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