Strategy and Innovation

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

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

Employers cannot use past salary as reason to pay women less, court says

Employers cannot use past salary as reason to pay women less, court says

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Employers cannot use salary histories as justification for paying female employees less than male ones who perform the same work, a federal court ruled on Monday.

Proposed cuts to Medicare, Social Security could follow CBO report, senators say

Proposed cuts to Medicare, Social Security could follow CBO report, senators say

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At least two federal lawmakers are concerned that the 10-year projections on the budget and economy released Monday by the Congressional Budget Office will lead to GOP attempts to make cuts to programs such as Medicare and Social Security.

Workers successfully challenge pension funding based on 'church plan'

Workers successfully challenge pension funding based on 'church plan'

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In a case ripe with implications for religiously affiliated senior living organizations, employees at a Kentucky medical center earned a key victory in a lawsuit alleging inadequate pension funding.

Following delay, Kindred shareholders approve Humana deal

Following delay, Kindred shareholders approve Humana deal

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Kindred Healthcare shareholders have approved a sale to Humana and two private equity firms. The action will expedite Kindred's merger with a large insurer.

CCRC tests 8-hour pay for 6-hour day

CCRC tests 8-hour pay for 6-hour day

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A Virginia continuing care retirement community is launching a program it hopes will help attract and retain full- and part-time certified nursing assistants in a competitive market.

 What unique challenges do operators face this year?

What unique challenges do operators face this year?

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You've got questions. We've got answers. There are three big challenges.

Policy briefs

Medicaid payments and options for healthcare services.

Employers can avoid Wage and Hour penalties through pilot program

Employers can avoid Wage and Hour penalties through pilot program

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Employers who inadvertently violated the overtime and minimum wage provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act can avoid penalties through a new pilot program, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday in announcing the program.

IRS scams top complaint to Senate Aging Committee fraud hotline for third year in a row

IRS scams top complaint to Senate Aging Committee fraud hotline for third year in a row

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For the third consecutive year, in 2017, IRS impersonation scams were the top type of scams reported to the Senate Special Committee on Aging's fraud hotline, according to the committee, which released its 2018 "Fraud Book" and held a hearing on the topic on Wednesday.

Will 2018 be a year of opportunity or challenge?

Will 2018 be a year of opportunity or challenge?

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Two current issues can make a big difference in individual performance: minimum wage impacts and CNA turnover trends.

Top senior living concerns are recruiting, retaining, paying, survey says

Top senior living concerns are recruiting, retaining, paying, survey says

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Staffing and labor issues by far are the biggest concerns of senior living chief financial officers responding to a recent poll by specialty investment bank Ziegler.

Good Samaritan explores merger in era of 'unprecedented change'

Good Samaritan explores merger in era of 'unprecedented change'

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One of the country's largest senior living operators may be on the verge of getting even bigger in an effort to meet the challenges of an era of "unprecedented change" in healthcare.

Investors' top worries for seniors housing in 2018

Investors' top worries for seniors housing in 2018

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The changing regulatory environment may be top-of-mind for senior living owners and operators, but that is not the case for seniors housing investors, developers, lenders and brokers.

Labor Department increases monetary penalties for violations

Labor Department increases monetary penalties for violations

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The Department of Labor issued a final rule Tuesday that details increases in civil penalties due to inflation, as required by federal law.

Justice Department healthcare fraud recoveries top $2.4 billion in FY 2017

Justice Department healthcare fraud recoveries top $2.4 billion in FY 2017

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Settlements with Life Care Centers of America and eClinicalWorks marked two of the largest healthcare fraud-related recoveries by the federal government in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, the Justice Department recently announced.

CDC: More than 20% of 85+ adults need ADL assistance

CDC: More than 20% of 85+ adults need ADL assistance

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More than 20% (21.7%) of adults aged 85 or more years need help with activities of daily living, according to the latest data released Tuesday by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

NLRB reverses decisions on joint employers, micro unions

NLRB reverses decisions on joint employers, micro unions

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The National Labor Relations Board has reversed rulings related to joint employers and micro unions that some in senior living believed negatively affected management-employee relations and residents.

How to remain competitive

How to remain competitive

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Q: My community is 20 years old. Should I be concerned about remaining competitive?

New round of federal funding targets elder abuse

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The federal government will spend an additional $3.42 million to counter physical and fiscal crimes against the elderly, according to the Justice Department.

Tittle: No time for assumptions about assisted living regulation

Tittle: No time for assumptions about assisted living regulation

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Las Vegas — The state of affairs in the nation's capital puts assisted living in a strong position to maintain regulation at the state level, National Center for Assisted Living Executive Director Scott Tittle said Sunday to the more than 200 assisted living professionals attending NCAL Day. "But that doesn't mean we are without risk," he said.

Senior living association recommends overtime changes to Labor Department

Senior living association recommends overtime changes to Labor Department

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The Labor Department should base increases in the minimum salary threshold used to determine overtime pay on the 20th percentile for salaried employees in the lowest paid geographic region of the country, according to Argentum President and CEO James Balda.

How do I deal with emerging headwinds?

How do I deal with emerging headwinds?

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You've got questions? We've got answers.

New senior living operator sets sights on Southeast

New senior living operator sets sights on Southeast

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Josh Crisp says he felt an inner calling to provoke change and develop a new approach to senior living. On Monday, that calling revealed itself in the form of Solinity.

Study suggests higher Medicaid payments for assisted living operators

Study suggests higher Medicaid payments for assisted living operators

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States should make certain that Medicaid payments to assisted living community operators are high enough to encourage them to serve Medicaid beneficiaries and to increase beneficiaries' access to home- and community-based services, according to the authors of a newly published study.

7 hot markets for new seniors housing inventory

7 hot markets for new seniors housing inventory

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Almost one-third of the 35,000 units of seniors housing units added in primary and secondary markets over the past year have been built in seven metropolitan markets, according to National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care Chief Economist Beth Mace.

Labor Department seeks input for overtime rule

Labor Department seeks input for overtime rule

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The Department of Labor is accepting input as it prepares to propose a new rule related to circumstances under which certain workers would be entitled to overtime pay.

Falls prevention, housing with services for older adults among HUD priorities, Carson says

Falls prevention, housing with services for older adults among HUD priorities, Carson says

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Preventing falls, maintaining health and finding new ways to ensure the availability of affordable housing for older adults are three areas of focus for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD Secretary Ben Carson said during a luncheon keynote speech at LeadingAge Florida's annual meeting.

Trump administration will develop own overtime rule

Trump administration will develop own overtime rule

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The Department of Labor under President Trump plans to develop its own rule regarding overtime pay rather than continue a legal battle to enact a rule proposed under the Obama administration, government attorneys said in a brief filed Friday in federal appeals court.

New CBO analysis shows deeper Medicaid cuts under Senate healthcare bill

New CBO analysis shows deeper Medicaid cuts under Senate healthcare bill

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Medicaid spending under the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 would be approximately 35% lower in 2036 compared with spending expected under the current law, according to a new analysis of the legislation released Thursday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

3 ways to improve employee engagement

3 ways to improve employee engagement

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Supervisors in senior living are more engaged at work than are their peers in corporate America, but the industry will need to do better if it wants to reduce turnover in the field, according to one expert.

Brookdale unveils new pricing model

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The country's largest senior living operator is following in the footsteps of the country's largest independent living operator by rolling out a new pricing model that can tailor rent levels to individual communities and units within them.

I own one community. Should I be concerned?

I own one community. Should I be concerned?

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Answer: In a word, yes.

What should I focus on?

What should I focus on?

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Here are five key areas.

Congress nullifies OSHA recordkeeping rule

Congress nullifies OSHA recordkeeping rule

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The House and Senate have passed a joint resolution to nullify an OSHA rule that allowed the agency to cite employers that do not make and maintain accurate records of employee injuries and illnesses for up to six months after the five-year record-retention period expires.

Hospice care lengthier in assisted living compared with skilled nursing, homes

Hospice care lengthier in assisted living compared with skilled nursing, homes

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Median length of hospice care for assisted living residents is more than twice as long as it is for skilled nursing residents or people receiving care in traditional homes, according to a new study.

Proposed budget cuts HHS funding by 18%, HUD by 13%

Proposed budget cuts HHS funding by 18%, HUD by 13%

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The Department of Health and Human Services would see its funding cut by $15.1 billion, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development would see its funding decreased by $6.2 billion under a fiscal year 2018 budget proposal released Thursday by President Donald Trump.

Operator to pay $325,000 to settle EEOC case

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A California operator of assisted living, memory care, post-acute care and rehabilitation facilities will pay $325,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency announced Wednesday.

Government expects to recover $1.9 billion for 2016 Medicaid fraud cases

Government expects to recover $1.9 billion for 2016 Medicaid fraud cases

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The federal government expects to recover almost $1.9 billion from Medicaid fraud, abuse and neglect cases that were settled or for which judgments were issued in 2016, according to new data released Monday.

Health systems increasingly seeing value of senior living, Welltower says

Health systems increasingly seeing value of senior living, Welltower says

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Hospitals increasingly are seeing senior living communities as part of a solution to lowering their risk associated with older adults, Welltower CEO Tom DeRosa told analysts participating in an earnings call on Wednesday. His remarks came as the REIT announced a new partnership with Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Argentum asks government to address 'regulatory overreach' by NLRB

Argentum asks government to address 'regulatory overreach' by NLRB

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Congress and the new administration should prioritize addressing the "regulatory overreach" that has occurred via the National Labor Relations Board for the past eight years, Argentum President and CEO James Balda wrote in a letter to the leaders of the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions.

Anti-fraud efforts must include senior living, hearing witness says

Anti-fraud efforts must include senior living, hearing witness says

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Efforts to stop or prevent the financial exploitation of older adults should include assisted living and continuing care retirement communities, as well as personal care and nursing homes, because residents in such settings are targeted, a hearing witness told members of the Senate Special Committee on Aging on Wednesday during their first meeting of the 115th Congress.

How do I increase move-ins?

How do I increase move-ins?

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Referrals from existing residents are a leading source of leads and move-ins. That's because seniors trust and listen to their peers. Here's one way to do it.

Union membership down, Labor Department says

Union membership down, Labor Department says

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Across the country, the percentage of workers who belonged to unions decreased 0.4 percentage points from 2015 to 2016, according to new data from the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

CDC: Those who reach 65 can expect to live almost 20 more years

CDC: Those who reach 65 can expect to live almost 20 more years

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Older adults who reach the age of 65 in the United States will live an average of 19.4 years longer, according to a data brief recently released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

Senior living continues to see job growth, although rate is slowing

Senior living continues to see job growth, although rate is slowing

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The senior living industry has been among the top industries for post-recession job creation, and employment in the industry continues to increase, although the overall rate of growth is slowing, according to a new report from Argentum.

OSHA: Employers can be cited more than five years after an employee injury

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Employers that do not make and maintain accurate records of employee injuries and illnesses can be cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for up to six months after the five-year record-retention period expires, according to a new rule that becomes effective Jan. 18.

Overtime injunction puts many operators in a tough position

Overtime injunction puts many operators in a tough position

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Many senior living operators now find themselves at a crossroads, thanks to a court injunction that puts a new overtime regulation on hold.

Harvard study: Elderly demographics will crush existing housing and service options

Harvard study: Elderly demographics will crush existing housing and service options

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The nation's surging elderly population will create unprecedented demand for affordable housing and service options within two decades, a Harvard University study asserts.

In Focus

July 18

A truckload of charity

Gainesville, FL 

The Village at Gainesville recently donated a truckload of used appliances from its residences to the Bread of the Mighty Food Bank.

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