HHS to Include Independent Living, CCRCs in Walgreens/CVS Vaccine Effort

Operators of standalone independent living communities, blended independent living/assisted living communities and continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) are eligible to receive Covid-19 vaccines under the new distribution initiative between the U.S. government and major retailers Walgreens (Nasdaq: WBA) and CVS Health (NYSE: CVS). Under the government’s plan — which is called the Pharmacy Partnership for […]

Demand Grows, Challenges Increase for Senior Housing in Low-Density Markets

The coming wave of aging baby boomers will present several challenges to a senior living industry already struggling to meet the demand of seniors who cannot afford market rate independent living, assisted living or memory care. In particular, the population of older adults is quickly growing in low-density areas where it’s especially difficult to build affordable senior living projects. […]

HUD’s Carson Says USA Must Be World Leader in Senior Living

Housing for the United States’ growing senior population is one of his department’s top priorities, according to former presidential candidate and current Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson. He spoke this week at the annual convention of LeadingAge Florida, an association of nonprofit senior housing and care providers. “America must remain a world leader in our […]

Trump’s HHS Pick Offers Hope to Embattled Skilled Nursing Sector

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), M.D.—an outspoken critic of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—to head up the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the new administration. Price’s appointment could be good news for the struggling skilled nursing sector, as he appears likely to roll back regulations and some ACA […]

Popular Senior Housing Investment Program Faces Uncertain Future

A popular financing program is under fire as a Congressional deadline looms. Lawmakers could extend the EB-5 investment and visa program or enact changes that could make it more difficult for U.S. developers to fund projects, including in senior housing. The EB-5 Regional Center Program allows foreign citizens to qualify for a U.S. residency visa […]

Seeing Green: Why Ventas Is Going Big on Sustainability

Health care real estate investment trusts are taking on a modern mantra: Green is good for business. Recent research shows that companies with higher sustainability scores actually outperform their peers, and REITs like Ventas (NYSE: VTR) are investing heavily to improve their sustainability profiles. Earlier this fall, Ventas was named the 2015 Healthcare Sector Global Leader and […]

Ex-CEO Bebo Hammered Over ‘Fairy Tale,’ Faces $4.2 Million Penalty

Laurie Bebo, former CEO of Assisted Living Concepts Inc., has been ordered to pay $4.2 million in civil penalties for violating the Securities and Exchange Act by administrative law judge Cameron Elliot. The initial decision concludes a long-fought battle against Bebo after the Securities and Exchange Commission filed suit against her last year.  The decision also […]