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MA Sets New Rules for Nursing Homes

December 17, 2015, Kay Lazar, Boston Globe - Nursing homes have been sold and closed at a rapid clip the past two years in Massachusetts, but the public has had virtually no say in the process. That will change under rules finalized Wednesday, more than a year after state lawmakers directed…

Changes To The 5-Star Rating System?

December 17, 2015, Ben Swett, Senior Care Investor - David Friend is a Managing Director and CTO at BDO Center for Healthcare Excellence & Innovation.  He has more than 35 years of global healthcare experience and provides advice on mergers and acquisitions,…

Senior Star Execs Make $325 Million Play for FVE Portfolio

December 17, 2015, Elizabeth Ecker & Mary Kate Nelson, Senior Housing News - Five Star Quality Care’s (NYSE: FVE) senior housing assets are not for sale, the company said late last month in response to a push by the owners of Tulsa-based Senior Star to sell its portfolio of senior housing…

Fed's Rate Hike Could Spur Healthcare Borrowing

December 16, 2015, Melanie Evans, Modern Healthcare - The Federal Reserve on Wednesday announced a widely anticipated increase to the benchmark interest rate, the first in nearly a decade.  The increase—a boost of 25 basis points, or 0.25 percentage points—may have little immediate cost to…

Should SNF's Have More Aides? Legislation Says Yes

December 15, 2015, Susan Livio, NJ Advance Media For NJ.COM - In a move intended to improve the treatment and safety inside New Jersey's nursing homes, a state Assembly panel Monday approved a bill that would set minimum staffing standards for certified nursing assistants.                …

SNF's 'Rebalance' Medicaid Spending Without Managed Care

December 14, 2015, J.K. Wall, Indianapolis Business Journal - The Pence administration is using a carrot-and-stick approach to push the nursing home industry to fix a long-standing problem: The state spends 

How Senior Living Can Build Better Referral Pipelines

December 13, 2015, Kourtney Liepelt, Senior Housing News - Senior living providers tend to have complicated relationships with third-party referral agents.  Some providers may see the choice as avoiding them altogether and running the risk of losing leads, or employing their services and…

MedPAC Recommends Nursing Home Payment Rate Freeze

December 13, 2015, Emily Mongan, McKnights - The Medicare Payment Advisory Committee provoked the ire of skilled nursing providers after recommending Congress freeze market-basket updates for facilities for fiscal years 2017 and 2018.  In its draft recommendation, discussed in a meeting last…

Herding Hospital Docs: Staffing Firms Buy MD Groups

December 12, 2015, Dave Barkholz, Modern Healthcare - Dr. Brian Fengler and the other 29 doctors of Middle Tennessee Emergency Physicians in Nashville have a big decision to make next month.  They will evaluate whether to give up a slice of their business independence to an outside company…

Seniors Housing Properties Get Strong Returns

December 11, 2015, Natalie Dolce, GlobeSt.com - “When you start comparing seniors housing to other property types, it becomes clear that it lacks the transparency that other property types have.”  That is according to Chuck Harry, Managing Director and Director of Research…