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Major CCRC Finance Provider Mobilizes Against Tax Bill Threat

December 5, 2017, Alex Spanko, Skilled Nursing News - Industry groups and senior housing financing players are hoping a last-minute advocacy push can convince Congress to save a key funding mechanism for non-profit operators — but there are few guarantees as the Republican-backed tax bill…

SNFs Could Emerge As ‘Net Losers’ Under GOP Tax Plan

December 4, 2017, Alex Spanko, Skilled Nursing News - Senate Republicans passed their version of comprehensive tax reform in the early hours of Saturday morning, and while lawmakers in both houses still need to weigh in on a compromise bill, fears about the legislation’s impact are coursing…

Providers 'Disappointed' As Tax Reform Bill Passes Senate

December 4, 2017, Emily Mongan, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - The GOP's tax reform bill was passed by the Senate in a vote just before 2 a.m. Eastern Time on Saturday, sparking criticism from long-term care provider groups and consumer advocates alike for its potential impact on…

Only One Quality Measure For SNFs Under New CMS Proposal

December 4, 2017, Emily Mongan, Long-Term Care News - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled a shorter-than-usual list of potential Medicare quality measures last week, with only one aimed at skilled nursing providers.  CMS' list…

In The Pipeline: Wyoming Lawmakers Mull $5.7 Million SNF

December 3, 2017, Tim Regan, Skilled Nursing News - Wyoming Lawmakers Mull Veteran Retirement Home:  A new nursing home for veterans could open in Sheridan, Wyoming.  The Wyoming Veterans Commission and the Legislature’s Joint Transportation, Highways and Military Affairs…

Opinion: Nursing Homes Need To View Regulators As Partners — Or Perish

December 3, 2017, Alex Spanko, Skilled Nursing News - My job involves combing through Google Alerts in search of the latest filings and nuggets of news about the skilled nursing industry.  Most are false positives — especially during the autumn, when my alert for “SNF” returns more…

How South Dakota Got Its First New SNF In 30 Years

December 3, 2017, Maggie Flynn, Skilled Nursing News - The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society’s new 30-bed skilled nursing facility in Rapid City, South Dakota, will be the first in the state since 1988.  That was the year that South Dakota implemented a moratorium on new nursing…

Mather Plans High-Rise Life Plan Community Near Washington, D.C.

December 3, 2017, Mary Kate Nelson, Senior Housing News - Urban, high-rise senior housing communities are becoming all the rage once again, with several examples recently popping up in places like New…

Seniors Housing Continues To Produce Strong Returns

December 3, 2017, Lois Bowers, McKnight's Senior Living - Seniors housing continues to produce higher annualized total returns than apartment, hotel, office and retail properties, according to the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries.  Annual total returns exceed…

CMS-Backed Clinical Program Drastically Lowers Avoidable Hospitalizations At SNFs

November 29, 2017, Maggie Flynn, Skilled Nursing News - Potentially avoidable hospitalizations for long-stay nursing facility residents can be significantly reduced by embedding nurses and nurse practitioners, according to a new analysis. In turn, the strategy could substantially slash Medicare…