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2015: The Year of the Small Senior Living Provider



February 2, 2015, Emily Study, Senior Housing News - Senior living is an industry that knows the value of scale. But contrary to popular belief, smaller organizations have an advantage — now more than ever — over the mammoth hundred-community providers that seem to dominate…

Providers tentatively welcome Medicare payment goals tied to quality



January 27, 2015, James Berklan, McKnights - Long-term care leaders on Monday called a first-ever federal timeline for greater levels of bundled and other alternative payments "aggressive" but "a good thing."
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Brookdale Banks on Renovating 150 Emeritus Communities in 2015



January 26, 2015, Jason Oliva, Senior Housing News - As Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) continues to work through its post-merger
growing…

Health Care REIT Purchases 9-Property Benchmark Portfolio for $360 Million



January 22, 2015, Elizabeth Ecker, Senior Housing News - Health Care REIT is purchasing a nine-property assisted living portfolio managed by Benchmark Senior Living from the current owner for $360 million, the Boston…

New Models Predict SNF Hospital Readmission Rates



January 22, 2015, Steven Littlehale, McKnights - If a skilled nursing facility were an overall Five Star performer, you would think that it would provide the best care and have the fewest rehospitalizations, right? In the current chapter of healthcare…

The Top 10 Senior Housing Trends for 2015



January 19, 2015, George Yedinak, Senior Housing News - We all have many decisions to make every day: what to eat, what to wear, what route to take to work, how to care for our children and provide for our families, among a plethora of other choices.

These personal…



MedPAC Unanimously Votes to Recommend Site-Neutral Payments



January 16, 2015, Tim Mullaney, McKnights - The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has unanimously voted to recommend site-neutral payments for certain post-acute services. Skilled nursing interests have championed the policy, but opponents also…

Providers Prepare for the Next Big Thing: Working in Retirement



January 14, 2015, Cassandra Dowell, Senior Housing News - A growing number of senior living residents are seeing opportunities to further their careers or pursue new passions in their later years. In fact, while 65 has traditionally been the magic age for retirement, the…

NIC: Nursing home and assisted living occupancy remained static in 4th quarter



January 12, 2015, Tim Mullaney, McKnights - The occupancy rate for nursing facilities and assisted living facilities held steady in the fourth quarter of 2014, while the rate for independent living continued its surge, according to data released…

Independent Living Trumps Assisted Living Occupancy Growth in Q4



January 11, 2015, Cassandra Dowell, Senior Housing News - The average occupancy rate for seniors housing properties in the fourth quarter of 2014 was 90.5%, showing an increase from the year prior, according to data released by National Investment Center for Seniors Housing &…