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

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

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

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.

New Census Bureau data show steady increase in prospective residents

New Census Bureau data show steady increase in prospective residents

Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday show a steady increase in the number of adults of the age when many start moving into senior living communities.

McKnight's Senior Living honored for news coverage at ASBPE awards event

McKnight's Senior Living honored for news coverage at ASBPE awards event

The online and print news sections of McKnight's Senior Living accounted for two of the three journalism awards the brand received Thursday night at an American Society of Business Publication Editors event.

New perks that really do work

New perks that really do work

It's no secret that recruiting and retaining employees is the biggest challenge facing senior living and long-term care operators. Sometimes it takes some creativity to stand out to current and prospective workers.

Assisted living connections highlighted in Senate hearing on guardians

Assisted living connections highlighted in Senate hearing on guardians

Cases of financial exploitation of older adults by their legal guardians, including cases indirectly involving assisted living communities, "highlight shocking breaches of trust by people who obtained positions of power or influence over vulnerable seniors," Sen. Susan Collins said Wednesday at a hearing on the topic.

AL facilities sued for discriminating against wheelchair users

AL facilities sued for discriminating against wheelchair users

A group of related assisted living communities in New York City as well as the state's governor, health commissioner and Department of Health are defendants in a lawsuit alleging they discriminate against people with disabilities who use wheelchairs.

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

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

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.

Merger and acquisition volume sees little change

Merger and acquisition volume sees little change

The first quarter of 2018 saw only one more publicly announced acquisition than the same quarter of 2017 but seven more than the fourth quarter of 2017, according to new data from Irving Levin Associates.

Task force confirms exercise as a falls prevention strategy

Task force confirms exercise as a falls prevention strategy

Exercise or physical therapy, but not necessarily vitamin D, can help prevent falls in older adults, according to new recommendations issued Tuesday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

With 25 lawsuits settled, Regional Health Properties looks to grow

With 25 lawsuits settled, Regional Health Properties looks to grow

Now that Regional Health Properties has settled 25 professional and general liability lawsuits, the company can focus more on growing, Interim CEO Brent Morrison said Monday during a fourth-quarter and full-year 2017 earnings call.

Assisted living star rating system may be altered or abandoned

Assisted living star rating system may be altered or abandoned

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.

Court approves HCR ManorCare bankruptcy strategy

Court approves HCR ManorCare bankruptcy strategy

The prepackaged, $7.1 billion Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan filed in early March by HCR ManorCare, was approved Friday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, DE.

Senior living community expansions focus on independent living

Senior living community expansions focus on independent living

Independent living has been the focus of not-for-profit senior living community expansion projects over the past several years, according to newly published data from Ziegler.

38 senators call for more Alzheimer's funding

38 senators call for more Alzheimer's funding

Thirty-eight senators have asked leaders of the Senate Committee on Appropriations and its Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education to make increased funding for Alzheimer's disease a priority in their appropriations for fiscal year 2019.

Minnesota seeks to speed resolution of senior abuse claims

Minnesota seeks to speed resolution of senior abuse claims

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.

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

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

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

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.

Committee to study, issue report on assisted living facilities

Committee to study, issue report on assisted living facilities

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.

Succession planning urgent need in senior living, survey suggests

Succession planning urgent need in senior living, survey suggests

Seventy-three percent of senior living CEOs whose organizations were represented in a recent survey by Ziegler could be retiring within the next 10 years, according to survey results. Sixty-five percent of the organizations don't have formal, written succession plans in place for the CEO position, however.

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

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.

New Alzheimer's definition will 'dramatically' up those thought to have disease

New Alzheimer's definition will 'dramatically' up those thought to have disease

A proposed new definition of Alzheimer's disease unveiled Tuesday represents "a major evolution in how we think about Alzheimer's," according to the Alzheimer's Association, but it will "increase dramatically" the number of people considered to have the disease, according to one researcher involved in its development.

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

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

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.

HRA seeks to sharpen its image with prospects via employee etiquette training

HRA seeks to sharpen its image with prospects via employee etiquette training

As many senior living operators look to add more healthcare services to their offerings, this regional development and operating company is instituting a new program to help ensure that hospitality doesn't get lost in the mix.

1,650 workers at facilities in receivership get paychecks

1,650 workers at facilities in receivership get paychecks

The approximately 1,650 employees working at the 10 assisted living communities and 21 nursing homes in Nebraska that were put into receivership on March 23 were paid last week, according to the consulting firm that assumed operations.

Senior living manager pleads guilty to stealing $400,000 by creating imaginary workers

Senior living manager pleads guilty to stealing $400,000 by creating imaginary workers

A senior living manager who created imaginary employees has pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining almost a half million dollars.

Unchecked resident likely was dead for two days: officials

Unchecked resident likely was dead for two days: officials

A senior living resident was dead for two days before being discovered by her visiting daughter, according to a report filed last week by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Workers successfully challenge pension funding based on 'church plan'

Workers successfully challenge pension funding based on 'church plan'

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.

Insurers likely to add and trim senior living benefits, thanks to relaxed Medicare rule

Insurers likely to add and trim senior living benefits, thanks to relaxed Medicare rule

Medicare managed care enrollees soon may enjoy enhanced senior living benefits, thanks to a new rule. But existing coverage also may be reduced or eliminated when revamped policies hit the marketplace, according to several analysts.

Caught in a Medicare claims appeals case? You may not have to immediately turn over disputed funds.

Caught in a Medicare claims appeals case? You may not have to immediately turn over disputed funds.

Senior living firms engaged in a Medicare claims appeal currently are required to return any disputed payments right away. A recent court ruling, however, gives operators a chance to retain disputed amounts until an administrative law judge hears the case.

Following delay, Kindred shareholders approve Humana deal

Following delay, Kindred shareholders approve Humana deal

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 where fatal fire occurred reopens skilled nursing building

CCRC where fatal fire occurred reopens skilled nursing building

The Pennsylvania continuing care retirement community where four residents died in a five-alarm fire in November has reopened its skilled nursing building and announced plans to start construction of a new personal care and memory support building to replace the one that was destroyed.

Brookdale Senior Living taps former CEO Bill Sheriff as consultant

Brookdale Senior Living taps former CEO Bill Sheriff as consultant

Former Brookdale CEO Bill Sheriff "will help support our strategic pivot" as an adviser, current Brookdale President and CEO Cindy Baier said Wednesday.

Aegis Living sued over staffing concerns; plaintiff's firm also involved in Brookdale ADA lawsuit

Aegis Living sued over staffing concerns; plaintiff's firm also involved in Brookdale ADA lawsuit

A lawsuit against Aegis Living accuses the Bellevue, WA-based senior living community operator of putting its residents at risk of injury by insufficiently staffing communities and not informing residents that its assessment system is not used to determine staffing.

Ruling could result in faster Medicaid payments to supportive living providers

Ruling could result in faster Medicaid payments to supportive living providers

A federal ruling last week may result in faster final eligibility determinations for those who apply for long-term care Medicaid benefits in Illinois — and therefore more timely payments to supportive living facilities, nursing homes and others.

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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

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.

CCRC tests 8-hour pay for 6-hour day

CCRC tests 8-hour pay for 6-hour day

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.

'Misuse,' 'physical' data breaches most common in senior living

'Misuse,' 'physical' data breaches most common in senior living

The most common types of data breaches in nursing and residential care facilities are related to misuse or paper copies of records, according to a new report. The good news is that there are steps the industry can take to lessen the chances of a breach occurring, a cyber security expert tells McKnight's Senior Living.

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

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.

No turning back

No turning back

Medication services and delivery are evolving in the blink of an eye.

What unique challenges do operators face this year?

What unique challenges do operators face this year?

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

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By the numbers

By the numbers

Good data-capture and analysis add up to better outcomes.

Beyond mystery meat

Beyond mystery meat

Food service in senior living has progressed well beyond cafeteria lines with lukewarm dishes sitting under heat lamps. Fine dining has become a trend.

Starting with good bones

Starting with good bones

The plumbing, heating and lighting of a community often are the most important facets in providing senior living residents with the comfort they need.

'A lot of heavy lifting left' for Brookdale

'A lot of heavy lifting left' for Brookdale

The new CEO talks about some significant work ahead for the nation's largest senior living operator.

Policy briefs

Medicaid payments and options for healthcare services.

Tech briefs

Mobile technology and social media mistakes.

NIC: 5 markets dominate CCRC construction

NIC: 5 markets dominate CCRC construction

More than one-third of all continuing care retirement community unit construction was taking place in five markets as of the fourth quarter of 2017, according to Lana Peck, senior principal of the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.

4 current or former residents join ADA lawsuit against Brookdale

4 current or former residents join ADA lawsuit against Brookdale

Four current or former assisted living residents of Brookdale Senior Living communities added their names on Thursday to the lawsuit accusing the company of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. They join three other plaintiffs in what their attorneys have said could become the first class action lawsuit against an assisted living provider filed under the ADA.

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

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."

5 ways to increase occupancy through marketing

5 ways to increase occupancy through marketing

More than 70% of senior living sales and marketing professionals are held directly accountable for occupancy in their communities, according to a new guide from Linkmedia360.

Man impersonated worker, smothered SL resident, killed someone else, police allege

Man impersonated worker, smothered SL resident, killed someone else, police allege

Several police departments in Texas plan to comb through hundreds of old cases involving the unattended or unexplained deaths of older adults to determine whether a healthcare worker charged with an attack at a senior living community and the murder of an elderly woman elsewhere could be responsible for other deaths.

LGBT adults worry about abuse, neglect in senior living as they age: survey

LGBT adults worry about abuse, neglect in senior living as they age: survey

Worries about potential neglect, abuse, access to services and harassment in assisted living communities and other long-term care settings are common among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults, according to survey results released Monday by AARP.

Brookdale Senior Living names interim CFO

Brookdale Senior Living has named Teresa F. Sparks interim chief financial officer, the company announced Tuesday in an SEC filing. Another filing detailed compensation for new CEO Cindy Baier and Non-Executive Chairman of the Board Lee S. Wielansky.

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

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

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 AL communities go into receivership in Nebraska

Company's 10 AL communities go into receivership in Nebraska

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.

Senator: Older adults' medication cost 'skyrockets year after year'

Senator: Older adults' medication cost 'skyrockets year after year'

Many of the brand-name medications most commonly taken by older adults increased in price by almost 10 times the average annual rate of inflation from 2012 to 2017, according to a Senate report released Monday.

Hong Kong company gains 5.11% stake in Brookdale Senior Living

Hong Kong company gains 5.11% stake in Brookdale Senior Living

Fosun International Limited now owns more than 9.5 million shares of the common stock of Brookdale Senior Living, the company said in a Friday SEC filing. The conglomerate reportedly was one entity "at the heart of the crackdown on China's overseas deal spree" that may have contributed to the end of negotiations by another Chinese company to acquire Brookdale.

West Virginia launches new elder abuse litigation, prevention unit

West Virginia launches new elder abuse litigation, prevention unit

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

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.

Dementia, affordable housing advocates cheer spending bill provisions

Dementia, affordable housing advocates cheer spending bill provisions

Supporters of Alzheimer's disease-related health promotion, dementia research, falls prevention and affordable housing are cheering provisions contained in a $1.3 trillion, 2,232-page fiscal year 2018 spending bill released Wednesday evening.

Theft charges could lead to decades in prison, $1.5M in fines for former AL business manager

Theft charges could lead to decades in prison, $1.5M in fines for former AL business manager

The former business manager of a Morristown, NJ, assisted living community faces the potential of decades in prison and up to $1.5 million in fines if found guilty of charges related to the theft of approximately $237,000 from a resident.

Census Bureau data reveal growth areas in U.S.

Census Bureau data reveal growth areas in U.S.

Texas is the location of three of the top 10 metropolitan areas that gained the most residents last year, according to population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Based on percentage growth, Florida, Idaho and Utah each had two metro areas on a separate top 10 list.

Memory care 'fiercest' area of competition for Five Star, CEO says

Memory care 'fiercest' area of competition for Five Star, CEO says

Memory care has been the "fiercest" area of competition in private-pay senior living over the past year, Five Star Senior Living President and CEO Bruce Mackey said Wednesday during a fourth quarter and full-year 2017 earnings call.

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

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

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.

CDC: 16% of adult day service clients live in assisted living

CDC: 16% of adult day service clients live in assisted living

Approximately 16% of participants in adult day services in 2016 lived in assisted living communities, according to recently released data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Alzheimer's costs expected to increase by $20 billion this year

Alzheimer's costs expected to increase by $20 billion this year

The national cost of caring for those with Alzheimer's and other dementias is projected to increase $20 billion this year compared with last year, totaling more than $277 billion in 2018, according to a report released Tuesday by the Alzheimer's Association.

'Residents' Bill of Rights' pulled from constitutional consideration

'Residents' Bill of Rights' pulled from constitutional consideration

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.

Who's buying and selling seniors housing?

Who's buying and selling seniors housing?

Public investors are pulling back from seniors housing for four reasons, according to National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care Chief Economist Beth Burnham Mace.

Older adults will outnumber children for first time in U.S. history in 2035, Census Bureau says

Older adults will outnumber children for first time in U.S. history in 2035, Census Bureau says

Anyone with a calculator and knowledge of the widely held parameters of the baby boom generation could tell you that all baby boomers will have turned 65 by the end of the year 2029 or earlier. But a report issued last week by the U.S. Census Bureau makes clear just how transformative the following decades will be.

6.6% of those 65+ need help with ADLs, says CDC

6.6% of those 65+ need help with ADLs, says CDC

From January to September 2017, 6.6% of adults aged 65 or more years needed help with activities of daily living, according to data newly released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

Tight labor market delaying construction, upping wage pressure in senior living

Tight labor market delaying construction, upping wage pressure in senior living

The tight labor market is preventing the construction of senior living communities and increasing wage pressure among operators, according to National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care Chief Economist Beth Burnham Mace.

Illinois explores replacing Legionnaires'-beset veterans home

Illinois explores replacing Legionnaires'-beset veterans home

An Illinois veterans home beset by Legionnaires' disease-related deaths, illness and lawsuits over the past few years may be relocated, Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Thursday.

Flu vaccination flat, pneumococcal vaccination increasing

Flu vaccination flat, pneumococcal vaccination increasing

Flu vaccination among adults aged 65 or more years has remained fairly steady since 1997, according to data newly released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. Pneumococcal vaccination among people in this age group, however, is increasing.

CCRCs alone in occupancy increase this year, report says

CCRCs alone in occupancy increase this year, report says

Continuing care retirement communities will be the only segment of senior living and long-term care to see increased occupancy in 2018, according to commercial real estate investment sales, financing, research and advisory services firm Marcus & Millichap.

Assisted living licensing requirements would increase under $14.9M plan in MN

Assisted living licensing requirements would increase under $14.9M plan in MN

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.

Long-term care costs could reach $5.6 trillion by 2047: report

Long-term care costs could reach $5.6 trillion by 2047: report

The lifetime cost of paid long-term care for those aged 70 or more years collectively could swell to $5.6 trillion by the year 2047, according to a study released Thursday by professional services firm pricewaterhouseCoopers.

NCAL updates member targets for turnover, antipsychotic use, more

NCAL updates member targets for turnover, antipsychotic use, more

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

Industry mourns senior housing and care veteran Tony Mullen, NIC co-founder

Industry mourns senior housing and care veteran Tony Mullen, NIC co-founder

Senior living industry leaders are remembering Anthony James "Tony" Mullen as a trailblazing, passionate advocate of seniors housing and care as well as a good friend. Mullen died Saturday after having a heart attack. He was 61.

LeadingAge, 567 others urge rethinking of 'alarming' proposed HUD mission statement

LeadingAge, 567 others urge rethinking of 'alarming' proposed HUD mission statement

LeadingAge and National Church Residences were among 164 national organizations recently sending a letter urging the Department of Housing and Urban Development to keep creating "inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination" in its mission statement.

Fears of loneliness, isolation affect tech use among older adults

Fears of loneliness, isolation affect tech use among older adults

Fears of loneliness and isolation may be preventing some older adults from using online technology, according to newly published research in the journal Communications of the ACM.

Assisted living generator bill headed to Florida governor's desk

Assisted living generator bill headed to Florida governor's desk

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.

Man gets 7 years in prison for $20M scams against older adults

Man gets 7 years in prison for $20M scams against older adults

A Las Vegas resident has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison and ordered to pay $2.8 million in restitution after pleading guilty to running prize promotion scams that defrauded thousands of victims, many of whom were elderly, out of more than $20 million.

Sleepiness, Alzheimer's linked in study

Sleepiness, Alzheimer's linked in study

Are your residents who do not have dementia excessively sleepy during the daytime? If so, then they may be at risk for an increased accumulation of a brain protein that is a biomarker for Alzheimer's disease.

NIC panelists offer tips for staff recruiting and retention

NIC panelists offer tips for staff recruiting and retention

Panelists at a Thursday educational session at the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care's Spring Investment Forum in Dallas shared advice for addressing senior living's No. 1 challenge: recruiting and retaining workers.

McKnight's Senior Living is a finalist for 4 ASBPE Awards

McKnight's Senior Living is a finalist for 4 ASBPE Awards

McKnight's Senior Living is a finalist for four journalism awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors, the organization announced Thursday.

5 keys to integrated care delivery in senior living

5 keys to integrated care delivery in senior living

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.

Family is biggest influencer of older adult housing and care preferences: study

Family is biggest influencer of older adult housing and care preferences: study

Family support is the biggest influencer of housing and care preferences among older adults, according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Earn up to 5 CE credits next week

Earn up to 5 CE credits next week

Earn up to five free continuing education credits by attending the sessions at McKnight's Spring Online Expo, set for next Wednesday and Thursday. This is the 12th year for the event.

Assisted living sets record for price per unit

Assisted living sets record for price per unit

The average price per unit in assisted living increased by 14% to set a record of $221,250 per unit in 2017, according to new data. Separately, the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care said its Actual Rates Initiative aims to move the seniors housing industry toward a level of price transparency comparable to that of other real estate property types.

Employers can avoid Wage and Hour penalties via pilot program

Employers can avoid Wage and Hour penalties via pilot program

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 Aging Committee fraud hotline

IRS scams top complaint to Aging Committee fraud hotline

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.

Nonfatal falls in residential settings account for $29.2 billion in healthcare spending: analysis

Nonfatal falls in residential settings account for $29.2 billion in healthcare spending: analysis

Nonfatal falls in assisted living and other residential facilities and home health settings are responsible for the highest dollar amount of healthcare spending for such falls compared with other settings, according to a new analysis.

Federal government sues Wisconsin operator over flu shot requirement

Federal government sues Wisconsin operator over flu shot requirement

The Justice Department announced Tuesday that it has sued a Wisconsin county that operates a senior living community, alleging that the community discriminated against an employee by not granting her a religious exemption to its flu vaccination requirement.

HCP moves 24 communities from Brookdale to Atria

HCP moves 24 communities from Brookdale to Atria

HCP is transitioning the management of 24 senior housing communities that it owns from Brentwood, TN-based Brookdale Senior Living to Louisville, KY-based Atria Senior Living, the Irvine, CA-based real estate investment trust announced Monday.

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

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

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.

New AL database designed to enable comparison of communities nationwide

New AL database designed to enable comparison of communities nationwide

A new assisted living and memory care quality database by Formation Healthcare Group and Vision LTC has completed beta testing and has been launched publicly to a limited number of organizations, the companies have announced. Attendees of this week's NIC Spring Investment Forum will have the opportunity to view it firsthand.

HCR ManorCare post-bankruptcy plans announced by Quality Care Properties

HCR ManorCare post-bankruptcy plans announced by Quality Care Properties

Guy Sansone is expected to be the new CEO of HCR ManorCare once the dust settles from a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing that happened Sunday. Quality Care Properties outlined plans Friday as the REIT announced an agreement that would give it ownership of the operator.

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April 18

Spreading thanks

Houston and North Greenbush, NY 

Residents of Brazos Towers at Bayou Manor, a senior living community in Houston, recently held a virtual "gratitude party" for residents of Eastwyck Village of North Greenbush, NY, to thank them for their assistance after Hurricane Harvey.