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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.

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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.

West Virginia launches new elder abuse litigation and prevention unit

West Virginia launches new elder abuse litigation and prevention unit

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A new elder abuse litigation and prevention unit within the West Virginia attorney general's office will include civil prosecutors pursuing cases against those who exploit, abuse or neglect older adults in the state, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced Thursday.

Argentum works on Plan B as weather thwarts fly-in

Argentum works on Plan B as weather thwarts fly-in

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Argentum is planning to find additional ways to discuss the Government Accountability Office's assisted living-related report, home- and community-based services and other issues after the second day of its Public Policy Institute & Fly-In was canceled due to inclement weather.

'Residents' Bill of Rights' pulled from constitutional consideration

'Residents' Bill of Rights' pulled from constitutional consideration

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The sponsor of a proposal that would have added a "Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facility Residents' Bill of Rights" to the Florida constitution withdrew it from consideration by the state Constitution Revision Commission on Tuesday.

Assisted living licensing requirements would increase under $14.9 million plan in Minnesota

Assisted living licensing requirements would increase under $14.9 million plan in Minnesota

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Minnesota officials have unveiled a $14.9 million plan that would result in increased assisted living and memory care community licensing requirements and other changes that affect residential care facilities in the state.

Assisted living generator bill headed to Florida governor's desk

Assisted living generator bill headed to Florida governor's desk

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A bill requiring assisted living communities in Florida to purchase backup generators and have fuel on site is on its way to Gov. Rick Scott's desk for signing after the Florida legislature approved it last week.

California operator pays $194,275 to resolve overtime, recordkeeping violations

California operator pays $194,275 to resolve overtime, recordkeeping violations

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An operator of three assisted living homes in California has paid $194,275 in back wages to 13 caregivers and cooks to resolve Fair Labor Standards Act violations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Assisted living generator rule stalls in Florida House

Assisted living generator rule stalls in Florida House

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A rule requiring assisted living communities in Florida to have backup generators has stalled in the state House of Representatives due to concerns about costs that operators could incur.

Georgia bill would require tougher long-term care worker background checks

Georgia bill would require tougher long-term care worker background checks

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More thorough background checks would be required of all Georgia assisted living community owners, workers with direct access to residents and applicants for jobs with duties that would put them in direct contact with residents under a bill now being considered by the state senate.

More news for Tuesday, Feb. 6

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Task force calls for big changes in assisted living, dementia care by 2020

Task force calls for big changes in assisted living, dementia care by 2020

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Minnesota will have a new assisted living license and new dementia care certification in less than two years if Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers follow the recommendations contained in a new report from a task force appointed by the governor to address concerns related to elder abuse.

Florida associations drop generator rule challenges

Florida associations drop generator rule challenges

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Associations representing assisted living operators in Florida have agreed to drop their legal challenges to a rule requiring them to install generators for resident safety during power outages. Instead, they will support a revised proposed rule issued Friday by the state Department of Elder Affairs, Gov. Rick Scott announced Tuesday.

Colorado law aims to simplify licensing process for nurses

Colorado law aims to simplify licensing process for nurses

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A new law in Colorado aims to help address the state's nursing shortage and make it easier for the state's almost 90,000 nurses to respond to emergencies in other states by simplifying licensing procedures.

Effort would add 'residents' bill of rights' to Florida constitution

Effort would add 'residents' bill of rights' to Florida constitution

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The man behind a proposal that would add a "Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facility Residents' Bill of Rights" to the Florida constitution says it is an effort to "establish a situation where the rights of residents of long-term care facilities are at least on par with the rights of everyone else." At least one organization representing care and service providers, however, describes the proposal as "nothing more than an avaricious ploy by trial lawyers to profit from increased lawsuits."

Virginia resolution could lead to regulation of independent living

Virginia resolution could lead to regulation of independent living

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The Virginia Department of Social Services would study independent living communities to see whether state regulation and oversight would "help to ensure that residents ... are adequately protected" if a joint resolution introduced in the state legislature passes.

CCRC sees suicides as state approach to mental healthcare changes

CCRC sees suicides as state approach to mental healthcare changes

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An Alabama senior living community that has become home to several people with mental health challenges under the state's changing approach to behavioral healthcare saw three deaths by suicide and at least two attempted deaths by suicide among residents in 2017.

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."

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