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Reports make the case for HCBS over institutional care

Reports make the case for HCBS over institutional care

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Community-based long-term services and supports have the potential to increase Medicaid beneficiary satisfaction and save costs, and they're becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to institutional care, according to reports on the Tuesday agenda of a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Open Door Forum.

Assisted living occupancy drops to record low in second quarter

Assisted living occupancy drops to record low in second quarter

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The occupancy rate for assisted living continued its downward trend in the second quarter, falling lower than last quarter's record-low average of 85.7% to a low of 85.2%, according to data released Thursday by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.

Assisted living's image problem

Assisted living's image problem

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An Arizona sheriff's office is taking time for introspection after a 92-year-old woman reportedly shot and killed her 72-year-old son because he wanted her to move to an assisted living community. The incident is an opportunity for introspection for the senior living industry, too.

Assisted living director pay tops $73,000 in CCRCs, survey finds

Assisted living director pay tops $73,000 in CCRCs, survey finds

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Pay for directors of assisted living/personal care who work in continuing care retirement communities averaged $73,938 in 2018, according to the "Continuing Care Retirement Community Salary & Benefits Report 2018-2019" issued by the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service.

Survey: Older adults prefer assisted living over home health or nursing home care

Survey: Older adults prefer assisted living over home health or nursing home care

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Older adults' first choice for living arrangements as they age is to remain completely independent at home, according to a new poll. But moving to an assisted living community was a "close second," by far topping home health or nursing home care.

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.

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.

Best practices: Help make the move-in decision easy

Best practices: Help make the move-in decision easy

These processes can help potential residents and their families make better-informed decisions about when is the right time for assisted living for themselves or their loved ones.

More staffing, training could reduce deaths from dementia-related resident-on-resident violence, researcher says

More staffing, training could reduce deaths from dementia-related resident-on-resident violence, researcher says

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Addressing staffing and training issues could help reduce the number of deaths from resident-on-resident incidents involving assisted living and nursing home residents with dementia, says the author of a recently published study on such incidents.

4 disruptors facing senior living operators

4 disruptors facing senior living operators

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Some senior living operators risk being overwhelmed by the pace of change in the industry, meaning that there is "tremendous potential for disruption," according to the authors of a new white paper from CliftonLarsonAllen.

Assisted living, memory care have quickest lease-ups, NIC says

Assisted living, memory care have quickest lease-ups, NIC says

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Assisted living and memory care units have higher median occupancy rates than independent living and skilled nursing units both two and four years after opening, according to the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.

Assisted living, post-acute providers have 'room for progress' in four key areas, HHS secretary says

Assisted living, post-acute providers have 'room for progress' in four key areas, HHS secretary says

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Assisted living and post-acute care providers "will play a key role in the healthcare system over the next several decades," HHS Secretary Alex M. Azar II said Tuesday. Both industries, however, have "a great deal of room for progress" in four areas, he said.

Operators head to Hill to brief Congress

Operators head to Hill to brief Congress

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Quality, regulation and Medicaid will be three of the big themes as assisted living operators gather Monday and Tuesday in the nation's capital to meet with legislators and their staffs as part of this year's American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living Congressional Briefing.

Despite headlines, GAO report does not portend major changes for assisted living, industry leaders say

Despite headlines, GAO report does not portend major changes for assisted living, industry leaders say

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Some assisted living community operators understandably were concerned in February after the Government Accountability Office released a report about federal oversight of assisted living services offered to Medicaid beneficiaries. Those who look beyond the comments of lawmakers and senior advocates, however, will see that the industry is not the target of the report.

Assisted living is area of fastest growth for AHCA/NCAL

Assisted living is area of fastest growth for AHCA/NCAL

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Assisted living continues to be the fastest-growing segment of membership for the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living, NCAL said Thursday in newly issued annual report for 2017.

'Capture the Moment' is theme for National Assisted Living Week

'Capture the Moment' is theme for National Assisted Living Week

"Capture the Moment" will be the theme of this year's National Assisted Living Week, Sept. 9 to 15, the National Center for Assisted Living announced Thursday.

Antipsychotic drug use increasing in assisted living, AARP says

Antipsychotic drug use increasing in assisted living, AARP says

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Although the off-label use of antipsychotic medications has decreased in nursing home residents who have dementia, it has increased in those with dementia who live in assisted living communities or at home, according to an analysis of insurance claims data released today by the AARP Public Policy Institute.

20% of long-term care insurance claims begin in assisted living, association says

20% of long-term care insurance claims begin in assisted living, association says

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The finding dispels myths that such insurance is used only for nursing home care, according to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance.

Provider group 'optimistic' about tax law benefits for senior housing and care operators

Provider group 'optimistic' about tax law benefits for senior housing and care operators

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A Friday meeting with officials from the Office of Management and Budget left AHCA / NCAL President and CEO Mark Parkinson "optimistic" that assisted living and skilled nursing operators will be able to see tax savings from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, he said.

Pay no attention to senior living's identity crisis

Pay no attention to senior living's identity crisis

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The latest occupancy numbers for assisted living point to absorption issues. But they may reveal another issue as well.

CMS revises guidance on penalty period start date for HCBS waiver participants

CMS revises guidance on penalty period start date for HCBS waiver participants

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CMS has issued revised guidance related to the penalty start date for asset transfers of Medicaid beneficiaries applying to receive home- and community-based services delivered through 1915(c) waivers, which includes some HCBS offered in assisted living communities.

Assisted living occupancy hits record low of 85.7%, NIC says

Assisted living occupancy hits record low of 85.7%, NIC says

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Assisted living occupancy reached a record low in the first quarter of 2018, according to data released Thursday by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.

GAO's assisted living report part of testimony at House hearing on Medicaid

GAO's assisted living report part of testimony at House hearing on Medicaid

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Assisted living made an appearance Thursday at a House of Representatives committee hearing on the Medicaid program when a Government Accountability Office report related to the industry was referenced in the written testimony of a witness.

Federal fraud, abuse monetary recoveries in assisted living up more than 600% over last year

Federal fraud, abuse monetary recoveries in assisted living up more than 600% over last year

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Total monetary recoveries by state Medicaid Fraud Control Units in assisted living-related fraud, abuse and neglect criminal and civil cases increased by more than 600% from fiscal year 2016 to FY 2017, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.

Assisted living sees double-digit decline in interest among investors and developers: survey

Assisted living sees double-digit decline in interest among investors and developers: survey

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Assisted living saw the largest drop of all healthcare real estate property types in the CBRE U.S. Healthcare Capital Markets Group's ninth annual "Healthcare Real Estate Investor and Developer Survey."

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.

55% expect no change in value of seniors housing this year

55% expect no change in value of seniors housing this year

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Almost 55% of respondents to a survey by professional services firm JLL said they believe that no change will occur in the value of seniors housing over the next year.

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.

NCAL updates member targets for turnover, antipsychotic use and more

NCAL updates member targets for turnover, antipsychotic use and more

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The National Center for Assisted Living has released updated targets for the four focus areas of its Quality Initiative.

5 keys to integrated care delivery in senior living

5 keys to integrated care delivery in senior living

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Maria Nadelstumph of Brandywine Living shared with attendees at the NIC Spring Investment Forum what her company had learned when seeking partners to help integrate care delivery into service offerings for residents.

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July 11

Patriotic parade

Naples, FL 

More than 100 residents and employees of Vi at Bentley Village participated in a golf cart parade to celebrate the Fourth of July.

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