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CMS Finalizes Physician Fee Schedule For 2016

November 2, 2015, Emily Mongan, McKnights - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released its finalized 2016 Medicare payment rules for hospitals, physicians and other providers.  The payment…

Injury Rates Down, But Nursing Facilities Retain Top Spots

November 1, 2015, Emily Mongan, McKnights - Nursing facilities again rank among the industries with the highest amount of occupational injuries, according to a report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics released last week.  Privately…

Is the New Name for CCRCs a Winner?

November 1, 2015, Mary Kate Nelson, Senior Housing News - From here on out, continuing care retirement communities may be called “Life Plan Communities” — or not.  The new term emerged out of a lengthy process spearheaded by LeadingAge and Mather LifeWays, which revealed shortcomings in the “CCRC”…

Less-is-More Memory Care Nets Robust Financial Results

October 29, 2015, Mary Nelson, Senior Housing News  -  When it comes to memory care, less might be more.  Providers are seeing success by building small-scale, home-like communities, and for one memory care provider in Texas, it is paying off in the form of a high return on investment (ROI).…

Medicare, Medicaid Can't Be Cut During Home's Bankruptcy Appeal

October 28, 2015, Emily Mongan, McKnights - A Florida nursing home's Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements can't be stopped during its appeal of its bankruptcy case, a federal judge ruled Monday.  The ruling extends a stay of an earlier court ruling that would have allowed Bayou…

Provider Groups Find Positives in Proposed Budget Deal

October 27, 2015, McKnights - Some Medicare beneficiaries may dodge a major increase in their premiums next year, thanks to a tentative budget deal reached by congressional leaders and the White House late Monday.

“Congress needed to prevent the huge spike in Medicare…

Bill Could Limit HUD Mortgage Insurance For Low-Rated SNFs

October 22, 2015, Emily Mongan, McKnights - Nursing homes' eligibility for federal mortgage insurance could become dependent on their quality ratings under legislation proposed this week.  The Nursing Home Accountability Act, proposed by Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), would base eligibility for…

The Truth Behind Senior Housing ‘Supply Surges’

October 21, 2015, Tim Mullaney, Senior Housing News - With dipping occupancy feeding fears of senior housing oversupply, scrutinizing a market carefully before developing a new property…

Quality Measure Standardization On Its Way, CMS Says

October 21, 2015, Emily Mongan, McKnights - Skilled nursing facilities must standardize six of the eight measure domains laid out by the IMPACT Act to begin in October 2016, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials told providers Wednesday.  The IMPACT…

Senior Housing Investors Net Healthy Returns

October 20, 2015, Mary Nelson, Senior Housing News - Financially, the senior housing market is in good shape, with return on investment eclipsing other major real estate property types.  Over a seven-year period, senior housing returns have outperformed the National…