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In Long-Anticipated Move, Pennsylvania Expanding Coverage For In-Home Nursing Care

December 12, 2017, Marc Levy, Allentown Morning Call - Years in the making, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's administration is rolling out a new Medicaid feature that's designed to reduce the future number of enrollees in nursing homes and, along with it, a fast-growing expense in a state where…

Skilled Nursing Operators Ascension & St. Joseph Exploring Merger

December 12, 2017, Kimberly Marselas, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - Two major hospital operators with a significant stake in long-term care could combine to create the largest U.S. hospital owner.  The Wall Street Journal reports the…

Critics Say Pressure To Lower Hospital Readmissions May Be Backfiring

December 12, 2017, Kimberly Marselas, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - Five years after financial penalties went into place for hospitals with high readmission rates, several industry experts are questioning whether falling return rates mean patients actually are faring better. 

Congress/Consigli Starts Construction Of $60M Skilled Nursing Facility Near New York City

December 11, 2017, Amy Works, REBusiness Online - Congress / Consigli, a joint venture between Congress Building Corp. and Consigli NY, has started construction of White Plains Institute for Nursing and Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing, a skilled nursing facility in the New York City…

Senior Care Group Bankruptcy Expands To Four More Properties

December 11, 2017, Alex Spanko, Skilled Nursing News - Four more facilities owned by Senior Care Group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week, bringing the total up to 10.  The Tampa, Fla.-based non-profit — which owns 13 skilled nursing, home health care, and rehab providers…

Advanced Practice Nurses Cut Hospitalizations From SNFs By Almost Half

December 11, 2017, Maggie Flynn, Skilled Nursing News - If a nursing home wants fewer hospitalizations, it needs more nursing personnel.  This was the takeaway from a report released in October on…

New COO Joins MorningStar In ‘High-Energy Growth Mode’

December 11, 2017, Tim Regan, Senior Housing News - Though it’s just his second week on the job, MorningStar Senior Living’s new COO, Jim Parker, is already thinking about the next decade of growth and development.  MorningStar currently is in expansion mode, and Parker is focused on keeping…

Advance Care Planning Is Appropriate

December 11, 2017, Diane Meier, McKnight's Senior Living - Choice and control are key elements of quality healthcare that often are lost in today's over-medicalized healthcare system.  Senior living communities can play an important role in helping their residents take control over their…

Ziegler Fights Against Tax Bill Threat To Nonprofit Providers

December 5, 2017, Alex Spanko, Senior Housing News - Major senior housing financing players are hoping a last-minute advocacy push can persuade Congress to save a critical funding mechanism for non-profit senior housing providers — though there are few guarantees as the Republican-backed…

Care Coordination In ACOs Might Not Actually Drive Savings

December 5, 2017, Alex Spanko, Skilled Nursing News - Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are built on a basic premise: By working together, providers across the health care continuum can save Medicare money and boost quality.  But the largest share of the savings may simply come from shifting…