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Survey: Investors Flock to Senior Housing, Dismiss Oversupply Worries

August 27, 2015, Kourtney Liepelt, Senior Housing News - Fears of oversupply have driven the conversation around senior housing in recent weeks, but commercial real estate professionals still believe market fundamentals are strong and find senior housing to be a highly attractive…

GAO Will Investigate Five-Star Rating System

August 27, 2015, Emily Mongan, McKnights - In a move sure to surprise many providers, the Government Accountability Office will investigate the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Five-Star Quality Rating System, according to a published report. Notice of the investigation appeared…

Nursing Home's Safety Documents Not Protected, Court Rules

August 26, 2015, Emily Mongan, McKnights - A North Carolina nursing home operator can't claim privilege in protecting documents created by its safety committee from discovery, a federal trial court has ruled. The case

Post-Acute Push Boosts ACO Savings

August 26, 2015, Emily Mongan, McKnights - Medicare accountable care organizations saved the federal government more than $411 million in 2014, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. A CMS report

Job Market Powers on, Keeping Fed on Track to Raise Rates

August 7, 2015, Victoria Stilwell, BloombergBusiness - The U.S. job market is chugging ahead, making the type of progress Federal Reserve policy makers want to see in order to raise interest rates as soon as September. Employers added 215,000 jobs in July, the unemployment rate held at a…

SNFs Can Ask for Three-Month Quality Reporting Reprieve

August 6, 2015, Emily Mongan, McKnights - Skilled nursing facilities unable to provide data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service's new quality reporting program will have a 90-day window to request an exception or extension, officials said during an Open Door Forum call Thursday.

Untested Developers Shake Up Senior Housing

August 6, 2015, Cassandra Dowell, Senior Housing News - As various types of investors ramp up their presence in the senior housing space, seasoned industry members must adjust to rapid changes fueled by new entrants. Senior housing's attractive investment returns and favorable…

Eliminating '3-Day Stay' Rule Doesn't Increase SNF Admissions: Study

August 5, 2015, Emily Mongan, McKnights - Skilled nursing facility admissions don't increase when Medicare Advantage plans waive the three-day stay rule, new research asserts. The study also found SNF lengths of stay…

Impact Investing in Affordable Housing

August 4, 2015, Flynann Janisse, Rainbow Housing Assistance Corporation - The concept of impact investing has been around for several years, although it is still a largely underutilized tool in advancing social and economic benefits in the real estate industry. The idea of…

Resident Choice Improves Dementia Care, Experts Say

August 3, 2015, Emily Mongan, McKnights - Care providers need to offer residents with dementia meaningful roles in creating their own care plans, experts advised Monday at the Pioneer Network Conference in Rosemont, IL. Too often they are missing opportunities to help the individuals —…