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Five Star Launches Ageility Brand For Push Into Competitors’ Communities

July 19, 2017, Mary Kate Nelson, Senior Housing News - Months after stating that something new was in store, Five Star Senior Living Inc. (Nasdaq: FVE) has officially laid the groundwork to expand its ancillary services beyond the walls of Five Star communities.  The Newton, Massachusetts-based…

Why Staffing Battles Should Not Escalate To ‘Nickel And Dime Wars’

July 18, 2017, Elizabeth Jakaitis, Senior Housing News - Senior living providers nationwide are feeling increased pressure from new competition, including where staffing is concerned.  Providers, after all, want their communities to stand out as great places to work—especially ones that are…

HUD’s Carson Says USA Must Be World Leader In Senior Living

July 18, 2017, Elizabeth Jakaitis, Senior Housing News - Housing for the United States’ growing senior population is one of his department’s top priorities, according to former presidential candidate and current Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson.  He spoke this week at…

What Senior Housing Providers Get Wrong About Market Studies

July 16, 2017, Elizabeth Jakaitis, Senior Housing News - As the senior housing industry struggles to adapt to declining occupancy rates and staffavailability,…

Senior Living CEOs See A Silver Lining In Low Occupancy Rates

July 13, 2017, Tim Regan, Senior Housing News - Despite sagging occupancy nationwide, the CEOs behind some of the country’s leading senior living companies still see plenty of opportunity for growth—and a chance to shape regulations that may be coming down the pike.  That was the theme of…

Former CMS Admins: Lawmakers Should Drop Medicaid Reforms From Health Bill Entirely

July 13, 2017, Emily Mongan, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - Two former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services administrators are urging lawmakers to cut Medicaid provisions from their current Affordable Care Act replacement bill, claiming such a move would allow for more bipartisan…

CMS Seeks To Improve Consistency Among CMPs With Analytic Tool Revisions

July 13, 2017, Emily Mongan, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is hoping to even out the way civil monetary penalties are imposed via recently published revisions to its CMP Analytic Tool. Click 

Nursing Care Occupancy Dropped To 86.5% In Second Quarter

July 13, 2017, Emily Mongan, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - The occupancy rate for nursing care properties fell to 86.5% in the second quarter of 2017, down .7% from the first…

Senate Healthcare Bill Puts Quality Of Care At Risk, Coalition Says

July 12, 2017, Alyssa Salela, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - The number of Medicaid nursing home beds served could decline and some providers might start to refuse accepting Medicaid patients altogether if cuts proposed in the Senate healthcare bill occur, a coalition of aging…

SNF Deficiencies Declining, But Staffing Still Lower Than Recommended: Report

July 12, 2017, Emily Mongan, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - The average number of deficiencies per nursing home has dropped in recent years, but staffing levels are still falling short of what some experts recommend, according to a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation.