Lois A. Bowers

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.

'Clandestine' facilities pose risks for residents: study

'Clandestine' facilities pose risks for residents: study

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Unlicensed residential care facilities could pose serious risks for older adults, including physical, financial and emotional exploitation, abuse and neglect, according to a newly published study.

Recognizing senior living tech success

Recognizing senior living tech success

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The hard part was implementing technology to improve care and operations. The easy part is entering the McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards to try to get recognized for it. The deadline is this Friday.

Quality Care Properties resolves shareholder lawsuits ahead of merger vote

Quality Care Properties resolves shareholder lawsuits ahead of merger vote

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Less than two weeks before a special meeting at which shareholders will vote on whether to merge with fellow real estate investment trust Welltower, Quality Care Properties announced that it had reached an agreement to resolve two related class action lawsuits.

Assisted living caregivers arrested after resident with dementia reportedly restrained with duct tape

Assisted living caregivers arrested after resident with dementia reportedly restrained with duct tape

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Two caregivers at a Florida assisted living community were arrested after one allegedly used duct tape to restrain and silence a resident who has dementia and the other allegedly knew about but did not report the incident.

McKnight's Senior Living earns awards for writing, website

McKnight's Senior Living earns awards for writing, website

The McKnight's Senior Living staff has earned three awards in Communications Concepts' 2018 Awards for Publication Excellence competition.

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.

Former American Senior Communities COO gets 57-month prison sentence

Former American Senior Communities COO gets 57-month prison sentence

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Former American Senior Communities Chief Operating Officer Daniel Benson was sentenced Friday to 57 months in federal prison for his role in a $19.4 million fraud, kickback and money-laundering scheme that netted his former boss, CEO James Burkhart, a 9 1/2 year sentence a week earlier.

Senior living communities discriminated against deaf residents, lawsuit alleges

Senior living communities discriminated against deaf residents, lawsuit alleges

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Fourteen senior living communities are the targets of a federal lawsuit that alleges they discriminated against prospective residents who are deaf, based on undercover interactions with "testers" recruited by a fair housing organization.

Brookdale asks court to reconsider False Claims Act ruling, and two 'friends' file briefs in support

Brookdale asks court to reconsider False Claims Act ruling, and two 'friends' file briefs in support

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Brookdale Senior Living is asking the full 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to review a June 11 ruling by a three-judge panel of the court that revived a False Claims Act case against the company that originated in 2012. Two organizations filed "friend-of-the-court" legal briefs supporting that request this week.

92-year-old woman charged with killing son who planned to move her to assisted living

92-year-old woman charged with killing son who planned to move her to assisted living

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A 92-year-old woman in Arizona is accused of murdering her 72-year-old son because he planned to have her move into an assisted living community, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

Quality Care Properties discloses two merger-related lawsuits as potential suitor withdraws

Quality Care Properties discloses two merger-related lawsuits as potential suitor withdraws

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A potential rival to real estate investment trust Welltower's plans to merge with Quality Care Properties has withdrawn its acquisition proposal and no longer is considering a transaction with the company. QCP made the disclosure Monday in a filing with the SEC in which it also revealed two class action lawsuits related to the proposed Welltower merger.

Almost 40% of surveyed M&A executives are considering long-term care

Almost 40% of surveyed M&A executives are considering long-term care

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The category of home health, long-term care and hospice services holds high interest for more than one-third of corporate or private equity executives planning to make an acquisition in the next 12 to 18 months, according to the latest healthcare merger and acquisitions study from business / technology consulting firm West Monroe Partners.

Relationship advice for senior living leaders

Relationship advice for senior living leaders

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These two tips could help senior living leaders establish positive relationships with employees. In fact, it's good advice for any relationship inside or outside the workplace.

ASC's former CEO sentenced to 9.5 years in federal prison for role in $19.4 million fraud scheme

ASC's former CEO sentenced to 9.5 years in federal prison for role in $19.4 million fraud scheme

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Former American Senior Communities CEO James Burkhart was sentenced Friday to 9 1/2 years in prison for his role in what U.S. Attorney Josh J. Minkler described as a "massive fraud, kickback and money-laundering conspiracy" through which the company leader and others funneled almost $19.4 million to themselves to fund luxury purchases.

RN most-needed worker, Brookdale in search of most workers, analysis finds

RN most-needed worker, Brookdale in search of most workers, analysis finds

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Registered nurse is the most sought-after worker by employers so far this year, and Brookdale Senior Living tops the list of employers looking for workers in general, according to an employment website analysis.

CDC: One-fourth of assisted living communities use EHRs; use highest in Midwest

CDC: One-fourth of assisted living communities use EHRs; use highest in Midwest

About one-fourth of assisted living communities use electronic health records, and use is highest among communities located in the Midwest, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

Good Samaritan-Sanford affiliation effects could 'ripple' throughout sector

Good Samaritan-Sanford affiliation effects could 'ripple' throughout sector

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The merger of one of the country's largest senior living and care organizations with one of the country's largest healthcare systems will have a "ripple effect" throughout the sector, according to one industry expert.

Brookdale, Welltower to part ways on 63 communities

Brookdale, Welltower to part ways on 63 communities

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Brookdale Senior Living and real estate investment trust Welltower announced lease restructuring plans Wednesday that will result in 63 senior living communities transitioning to different operators.

Worker freedom or rigged system? Groups weigh in on Supreme Court union decision

Worker freedom or rigged system? Groups weigh in on Supreme Court union decision

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Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court decision that unions can't collect fees from nonunion employees without their explicit consent is either "a long-awaited victory for worker freedom" or "yet another example of how billionaires rig the system," depending on which group one asks.

Senior living residents evacuated as construction site explosion kills 1, injures 12

Senior living residents evacuated as construction site explosion kills 1, injures 12

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A Texas healthcare system has evacuated its senior living and long-term care residents as well as hospital patients after an on-site explosion Tuesday afternoon killed one construction worker and injured 12 other construction workers.

1 death, 2 injuries, 1 resident suspect in senior housing fire and shooting

1 death, 2 injuries, 1 resident suspect in senior housing fire and shooting

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One resident has been arrested and another has been hospitalized, and one firefighter has died and another has been released from the hospital, after an explosion, fire and shooting Monday at a California affordable senior housing community.

Bill capping punitive damages against facilities fails in Pennsylvania

Bill capping punitive damages against facilities fails in Pennsylvania

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A bill to cap punitive damages awarded in lawsuits against assisted living communities, personal care homes and nursing homes was defeated 103-91 Monday in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Actress advocates for public health measures to fight 'insidious, cowardly' Alzheimer's

Actress advocates for public health measures to fight 'insidious, cowardly' Alzheimer's

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Public health measures related to Alzheimer's got a boost Tuesday from the testimony of actress Marcia Gay Harden at a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing focused on what she called "an insidious, cowardly disease."

LTSS financing proposal 'a promising start,' providers say

LTSS financing proposal 'a promising start,' providers say

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Draft legislation to create a federal program within Medicare to support those with substantial long-term care costs when they need care "is a promising start toward effective solutions," LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan told Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), in technical comments submitted June 15. Other groups shared their thoughts as well.

Several ways exist to increase your organization's LGBT cultural competency

Several ways exist to increase your organization's LGBT cultural competency

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Senior living communities can express or strengthen their support for issues of importance to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults through training and other means. A new ad will be a conversation starter for those who see it.

CCRC didn't enforce no-smoking policy, so four died in fire, lawsuit says

CCRC didn't enforce no-smoking policy, so four died in fire, lawsuit says

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The daughter of a husband and wife who died in the five-alarm fire at Barclay Friends in November filed a civil lawsuit against the West Chester, PA, continuing care retirement community on Tuesday, claiming that her parents might still be alive if the facility's no-smoking policy had been enforced.

Welltower merger safe — for now — QCP says, as competitor surfaces

Welltower merger safe — for now — QCP says, as competitor surfaces

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Quality Care Properties said Tuesday that its board continues to recommend that stockholders approve the merger agreement with real estate investment trust Welltower that was announced in April, although it also announced that it is investigating an acquisition proposal from a third party that "could reasonably be expected to lead to a 'superior offer' as defined in the merger agreement."

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.

BREAKING NEWS: Quality Care Properties has new suitor, puts Welltower merger in question

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Quality Care Properties said Tuesday that it is investigating an acquisition proposal that "could reasonably be expected to lead to a 'superior offer' " to the one announced in April with real estate investment trust Welltower.

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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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