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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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

How senior living can avoid skilled care's nightmare

How senior living can avoid skilled care's nightmare

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Nursing homes are the proverbial canary in the coal mine. They are chirping, but are you listening?

SNH: Five Star initiatives will address CCRC challenges

SNH: Five Star initiatives will address CCRC challenges

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Weaker performance in skilled nursing operations at Five Star Senior Living CCRCs "heavily influenced" a decline in rent coverage in a Senior Housing Properties Trust portfolio, said the REIT's president and CEO, David Hegarty. Five Star is addressing the challenges in two ways, he added.

Families prefer assisted living over nursing homes for hospice care: survey

Families prefer assisted living over nursing homes for hospice care: survey

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Families perceive hospice care in assisted living as being better than hospice care in a nursing home, according to new research.

Why skilled care's pain could be senior living's gain

Why skilled care's pain could be senior living's gain

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If you can deliver post-acute care at a lower cost than the skilled care joint down the street, you just might find yourself swimming in a very nice new revenue stream.

CMS: Aging population a big driver of annual growth in national healthcare spending

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Enrollment shifts from private health insurance to Medicare as baby boomers continue to age into the program will help drive average annual growth of 5.5% in national health spending and enrollment from 2017 to 2026, according to new estimates released Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Projections include spending related to nursing care facilities and continuing care retirement communities.

Omega says assisted living is a strength in portfolio, but focus remains on skilled nursing

Omega says assisted living is a strength in portfolio, but focus remains on skilled nursing

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Omega Healthcare Investors counts among its strengths one of its senior living partners, CEO Taylor Pickett told those participating in an earnings call on Wednesday. But the REIT's portfolio continues to be dominated by skilled nursing.

Memory care will be big growth area in 2018, senior living leaders predict

Memory care will be big growth area in 2018, senior living leaders predict

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Memory care will be the biggest growth area in senior living and long-term care in 2018, predict executives participating in Lancaster Pollard's "2018 Seniors Housing and Care Survey," the results of which were released Tuesday.

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.

Effort would add 'residents' bill of rights' to Florida constitution

Effort would add 'residents' bill of rights' to Florida constitution

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The man behind a proposal that would add a "Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facility Residents' Bill of Rights" to the Florida constitution says it is an effort to "establish a situation where the rights of residents of long-term care facilities are at least on par with the rights of everyone else." At least one organization representing care and service providers, however, describes the proposal as "nothing more than an avaricious ploy by trial lawyers to profit from increased lawsuits."

New signs that insurance companies might control senior living's destiny

New signs that insurance companies might control senior living's destiny

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It's starting to look like assisted living communities and skilled nursing facilities simply may become spokes connected to a hub controlled by somebody else.

267 senior living communities named 'Caring Stars' for 2018

267 senior living communities named 'Caring Stars' for 2018

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Caring.com is releasing its list of reviews-based honorees today, and 267 independent living communities, assisted living communities, memory care communities, care homes or skilled nursing facilities across 40 states made the cut.

More news for Monday, Oct. 16

The insufficiency of Medicaid block grants: The example of Puerto Rico ... CNN says drug used inappropriately on elderly with dementia ... American Geriatrics Society renews call for bipartisan collaboration on healthcare reform ... How can we keep people out of nursing homes?

Health, nursing home quality make Colorado 'Best State for Aging'

Health, nursing home quality make Colorado 'Best State for Aging'

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High-quality nursing homes and a healthy senior citizen population put Colorado on top of U.S. News & World Report's "Best States for Aging" ranking, the magazine said. Alaska came in last on the list. See where your state ranked.

McKnight's Fall Online Expo returns Sept. 20

McKnight's Fall Online Expo returns Sept. 20

Mark your calendar for Sept. 20, the date of the fifth McKnight's Fall Online Expo, where participants can earn up to three CE credits.

Sabra looking forward to 'fun part' now that CCP merger is approved

Sabra looking forward to 'fun part' now that CCP merger is approved

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Sabra Health Care REIT will continue efforts to diversify its asset base now that its merger with skilled nursing-focused Care Capital Properties has been approved by the boards of both companies, the real estate investment trust's CEO and chairman, Richard Matros, told McKnight's Senior Living on Wednesday.

REIT investments suggest a healthy future for senior living

REIT investments suggest a healthy future for senior living

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Back-to-back earnings calls Friday morning suggested a healthy future for senior living operators, as two large public healthcare real estate investment trusts relayed the growing place that senior living has in their portfolios.

More news for Thursday, July 13

Nursing care occupancy dropped to 86.5% in second quarter ... SEC brings fraud charges against telemarketers who allegedly told seniors to kill themselves ... Senate Aging Committee examines nutrition's role in healthy aging

Sen. Grassley demands details of community's HR, social media policies after worker arrest

Sen. Grassley demands details of community's HR, social media policies after worker arrest

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The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is seeking details of a Florida memory care community's human resources and social media policies after a worker there allegedly secretly recorded two residents having consensual sexual relations in a private room and then posted the video to Snapchat.

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.

Leave skilled care services to skilled care facilities, attorney warns

Leave skilled care services to skilled care facilities, attorney warns

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Assisted living operators can unintentionally invite lawsuits when they deliver care that goes beyond what a state will allow, warns Nancy Reynolds, an attorney with LeClairRyan.

Independent living hot with investors: report

Independent living hot with investors: report

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Independent living offers the biggest opportunity for investment in seniors housing, according to the latest CBRE Seniors Housing & Care Investor Survey, released Tuesday.

Where your new residents are moving from

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A new survey of visitors to senior care-related websites reveals where older adults are living and, when they are residing in senior living communities, where they moved from. Survey results also detail the experiences of family caregivers.

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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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