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New Quality Measures Will Hit The Five-Star On July 27

July 14, 2016, Emily Mongan, McKnight's - Five of the six new quality measures for skilled nursing facilities announced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will be phased into the Five-Star Quality Ratings system on July 27, CMS officials said on Thursday.  The…

Top Factors Slowing Down Senior Living Move-Ins

July 14, 2016, Mary Kate Nelson, Senior Housing News - The median amount of time spent searching for a senior living solution is 46 days, according to newly released data from A Place for Mom.  But there are so many factors that contribute to search length—all at unequal rates, and all of…

Assisted Living Law Stirs Controversy In North Carolina

July 14, 2016, Lois Bowers, McKnight's - Adult care home survey deficiency and penalty legislation signed by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory June 30 has upset some advocates for assisted living residents, but the leader of an association representing providers told McKnight's…

CEOs: Reject Old Concepts Holding Back Senior Living

July 14, 2016, Amy Baxter, Senior Housing News - Starting a business in senior living takes guts, knowledge and a unique vision.  Fighting through challenges to build their companies has given entrepreneurs a unique insight into what makes a successful company, and where senior living might…

Social Media Abuse Of Nursing Home Residents Often Goes Unchecked

July 14, 2016, Charles Ornstein, Health, Inc.When a certified nursing assistant in Hubbard, Iowa, shared a photo online in March of a nursing home resident with his pants around his ankles, his legs and hand covered in feces, the most surprising aspect of state health…

NIC: Senior Housing M&A Activity Takes A Dive

July 13, 2016, Amy Baxter, Senior Housing News - Senior housing deals took a dramatic dip during the second quarter of 2016 compared to the past few years, according to recent data from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & care (NIC).  During the second quarter of 2016, only…

2015-2025 Projections Of National Health Expenditures Data Released

July 13, 2016, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - Total health care spending growth is expected to average 5.8 percent annually over 2015-2025, according to a report published today as a ‘Web First’ by Health Affairs and authored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid…

Court Confirms: Nursing Home Can't Use Bankruptcy To Preserve Medicare, Medicaid Agreements

July 12, 2016, Phil Brahm, McKnight's - A federal appeals court has overruled a bankruptcy judge's decision to prevent healthcare officials from revoking Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement payments to a Florida nursing home.  In a decision announced Monday, the 11th…

Court's Labor Ruling Averts Possible Catastrophe

July 7, 2016, John O'Connor, McKnight's Senior Living - A recent labor law ruling by Virginia's highest court should have most senior living operators breathing a bit easier.  That's because an alternate decision by the court could have launched a mountain of new wrongful-termination…

NIC: Occupancy Trouble Brewing For Independent Living

July 6, 2016, Amy Baxter, Senior Housing News - Senior housing occupancy worsened in the second quarter of the year, with independent living occupancy trends in particular raising red flags, according to the latest information from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care…