Assisted Living Regulations Changed in 29 States In Last Year

More than half of all U.S. states — 29, to be exact — tweaked regulations, statutes and policies for assisted living providers between June 2017 and June 2018, according to the 2018 edition of the “Assisted Living State Regulatory Review” from the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL). The most common changes to state regulations […]

Amid Medicaid Woes, Skilled Nursing Providers Switch to Assisted Living

Facing financial headwinds from low Medicaid reimbursements, some skilled nursing providers in Washington are eyeing a switch to other product types — including assisted living. The state’s current Medicaid system, which took effect in 2016, has led to constrained reimbursements across the state. That, in turn, has resulted in serious struggles for providers, even with […]

Tips for Better Home Care Partnerships in Assisted Living

While assisted living communities and home care agencies frequently collaborate, successfully forging those kind of relationships can be difficult. It’s for this reason that leaders from two Midwestern assisted living communities provided insight into how and when they partner with home care agencies Wednesday during the fifth annual 2018 Private Duty Symposium, organized by LeadingAge […]

Atrium Agrees to Place 33 Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Properties Into Receivership

Atrium Health and Senior Living has agreed to place 33 of its properties — including nine assisted living communities in Wisconsin — into a court-appointed receivership. The Circuit Court of Wood County appointed Michael Polsky of Beck, Chaet, Bamberger & Polsky in Milwaukee as the receiver, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported. Polsky has hired Health Dimensions […]

Prosecutors Face Setback in Massive Assisted Living Fraud Case

A judge has dealt a significant blow to federal prosecutors in the nation’s largest Medicare fraud case to date. Magistrate Judge Alicia Otazo-Reyes threw out crucial evidence in a $1 billion fraud indictment against Philip Esformes, a health care executive behind more than 30 Miami-area skilled nursing and assisted living communities, reported the Miami Herald. The judge […]

Asset Sales, Labor Costs Hit Brookdale’s Bottom Line

About two months after Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE: BKD) ended a strategic review and named a new CEO, the nation’s largest senior housing provider has posted a $457.2 million net loss for the first quarter of 2018. Impairment charges related to its ongoing portfolio repositioning contributed $351.7 million to that loss, in the form […]

Bill to License Assisted Living, Memory Care Communities Introduced in Minnesota

Minnesota, one of the least-regulated states for assisted living according to a consumer workgroup, may soon join other U.S. states in mandating that these communities are licensed. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, a member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, on Tuesday announced a $15 million package of bipartisan legislation that would introduce new licensing requirements for assisted living […]