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New GAO report focuses on CMS but could have direct effects on assisted living

New GAO report focuses on CMS but could have direct effects on assisted living

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A report released Monday by the Government Accountability Office contains a to-do list for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services related to state reporting of deficiencies in care and services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries in assisted living communities. Some federal lawmakers and consumer advocates, however, say they will push for changes in assisted living because of the report's findings.

Assisted living communities top nursing homes for caregiver pay

Assisted living communities top nursing homes for caregiver pay

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Assisted living communities pay staff nurses, licensed practical nurses and certified nurse aides more than do nursing homes, on average, according to the 20th annual "Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report," published by the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service.

Overall turnover in assisted living down

Overall turnover in assisted living down

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Overall turnover in assisted living is down from last year, but it is up for some positions compared with last year, according to the 20th annual "Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report," released Wednesday by the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service.

Assisted living CEOs see pay bumps of 2.77% in 2017

Assisted living CEOs see pay bumps of 2.77% in 2017

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Assisted living organization CEOs, on average, saw base pay increases of 2.77% in 2017, according the 20th annual "Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report," just published by the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service.

Relief, concern greet tax bill passage

Relief, concern greet tax bill passage

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Senior living provider groups Wednesday expressed a mixture of relief and concern at Congress' passage of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Schwartz will continue to lead Center for Excellence in Assisted Living board

Schwartz will continue to lead Center for Excellence in Assisted Living board

The Center for Excellence in Assisted Living has named its 2018-2019 board officers, and Lindsay B. Schwartz, Ph.D., of the National Center for Assisted Living will continue as chairwoman.

Private activity bonds likely to survive tax bill

Private activity bonds likely to survive tax bill

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Congressional Republicans have struck a deal reconciling House and Senate versions of the GOP tax overhaul. In a victory for nonprofit senior living operators, it appears the final measure will retain tax-exempt private activity bonds.

Tax bill update: Corporate tax tweak, reprieve for PABs?

Tax bill update: Corporate tax tweak, reprieve for PABs?

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It's looking like the new corporate tax rate designation will be 21% rather than 20%, as Republican House and Senate negotiators rushed to finalize a tax deal Wednesday.

66 assisted living communities meet at least two NCAL quality goals

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Sixty-six assisted living communities have attained two or more of the four goals in the National Center for Assisted Living's Quality Initiative, NCAL has announced.

Provider group concerns with House, Senate tax bills continue

Provider group concerns with House, Senate tax bills continue

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Provider groups continued to express concerns over provisions in the $1.5 trillion tax reform legislation that passed 227-205 Thursday in the House of Representatives and in the tax reform bill under consideration in the Senate.

Pay and benefit information sought for assisted living report

Pay and benefit information sought for assisted living report

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Assisted living communities have until Dec. 4 to submit management salary, nonmanagement wage and fringe benefit information to the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service for its Assisted Living/Personal Care Salary & Benefits Report.

House tax bill foes decry potential effects on seniors' medical costs, housing

House tax bill foes decry potential effects on seniors' medical costs, housing

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Advocates for senior living and affordable housing have expressed opposition to H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, proposed by Republicans in the House of Representatives, because it eliminates the medical expense deduction and tax incentives for senior housing construction.

Provider groups like Verma's new vision for Medicaid

Provider groups like Verma's new vision for Medicaid

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Organizations representing senior living operators told McKnight's Senior Living that they are encouraged by the Medicaid vision and policies outlined Tuesday by Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Florida provider groups cheer generator ruling as governor promises appeal

Florida provider groups cheer generator ruling as governor promises appeal

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Organizations representing Florida assisted living and nursing home operators cheered Friday's decision by the state's Division of Administrative Hearings that invalidated two emergency rules put in motion Sept. 16 by Gov. Rick Scott. The rules had given them 60 days to obtain generators and enough fuel to enable them "to sustain operations and maintain comfortable temperatures" for at least 96 hours following a power outage.

A new top concern for assisted living operators?

A new top concern for assisted living operators?

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New contenders are challenging staffing as the issue most top-of-mind for senior living operators, according to participants in a panel discussion at the Oct. 15 NCAL Day that preceded the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living's 68th Annual Convention in Las Vegas.

How to protect your community from inappropriate use of social media use by employees

How to protect your community from inappropriate use of social media use by employees

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Senior living operators can take steps to reduce risk related to social media use by employees, according to Kristi Eldredge, RN, JD, CPHRM, senior patient safety consultant at medical liability insurance company MMIC. She was a presenter on the topic Wednesday at AHCA/NCAL's 68th Annual Convention & Expo in Las Vegas.

Ashley Blankenship named NCAL Board of Directors chair

Ashley Blankenship named NCAL Board of Directors chair

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Ashley Blankenship of Arkansas was elected chair of the National Center for Assisted Living Board of Directors for 2017-2018 Wednesday at the American Health Care Association/NCAL 68th Annual Convention. Other officers and board members were named, too.

Parkinson: 4 reasons operators will survive tough times

Parkinson: 4 reasons operators will survive tough times

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Las Vegas — Despite the "tough" political and regulatory environment, assisted living and skilled nursing providers "will make it through this. And many of you will not only survive; you will prosper," American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living President and CEO Mark Parkinson told those attending the opening general session of the organization's 68th Annual Convention & Expo. He gave four reasons.

When the going gets tough, the tough do something

When the going gets tough, the tough do something

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Senior living operators can learn a lesson from the communication efforts of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living in advance of the group's meeting at the hotel, where the largest mass shooting in recent American history occurred just two weeks before the gathering.

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.

Fighting loneliness among older adults

Fighting loneliness among older adults

There's a way to combat social isolation in senior living that is practical, cost effective, transformative and revolutionary.

States increasing regulatory requirements for assisted living, report says

States increasing regulatory requirements for assisted living, report says

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States gradually are increasing their oversight of assisted living communities, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Center for Assisted Living.

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Robert Van Dyk to receive NCAL's Jan Thayer Pioneer Award

Robert Van Dyk to receive NCAL's Jan Thayer Pioneer Award

Robert Van Dyk, president and CEO of Ridgewood, NJ-based Van Dyk Health Care, will receive the 2017 Jan Thayer Pioneer Award from the National Center for Assisted Living during the organization's annual meeting in October, NCAL has announced.

Provider groups oppose Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal ACA

Provider groups oppose Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal ACA

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Two national organizations representing senior living operators came out against the Graham-Cassidy bill Tuesday. The legislation, which is expected to be voted on next week in the Senate, would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, in the process changing open-ended Medicaid funding to block grants for states.

Irma, Harvey show how senior living exemplifies 'family'

Irma, Harvey show how senior living exemplifies 'family'

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The appropriateness of this year's National Assisted Living Week theme, "Family is Forever," is evident as the senior living industry recovers from Hurricane Harvey and faces Hurricane Irma.

Senior living continues to respond to Harvey

Senior living continues to respond to Harvey

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Senior living organizations in Texas and elsewhere continue to respond to the needs created by Tropical Storm Harvey.

NJ law increases requirements, decreases some fines in reporting of suspected abuse cases

NJ law increases requirements, decreases some fines in reporting of suspected abuse cases

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A new law in New Jersey increases reporting requirements for long-term care workers who suspect abuse or exploitation in their facilities but "inexplicably" reduces the maximum fine by 90% for individuals who don't report such incidents, according to a state provider organization.

'Time to move on' from healthcare reform, or is it?

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Provider groups applauded Friday's early-morning failure of the Senate's effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Some in the federal government, however, later suggested that their battle may not be over to prevent the Medicaid cuts contained in reform efforts to date.

NCAL announces 2017 award winners

NCAL announces 2017 award winners

The National Center for Assisted Living announced the recipients of its 2017 awards Thursday. Winners will be recognized at an Oct. 15 event.

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Handmade holiday

Rochester, NY

Residents of St. John's recently were surprised with handmade Valentine's Day cards and gifts from local elementary school students.