CMS Results Show Mixed Bag on Early ACO Performance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published for the first time Wednesday the quality and financial performance for individual Pioneer ACOs for the program’s first and second years. While the jury on the effectiveness of ACOs is still out, the organization-type has become a buzzword for senior living providers, who say industry players will need to […]

Heard at NIC: The Top 10 Buzzwords in Senior Housing

The biggest names in senior living converged at this year’s National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care (NIC) conference in Chicago. While the panels’ topics varied as widely as the operators, developers, REITs and third-party vendors who attended, a few key subjects permeated many of the senior living sessions. SHN compiled the following list […]

Americans Are Living Longer Than Ever

Life expectancy in the United States rose to 78.8 in 2012  — setting a record high. That number is an increase of 0.1 year from 78.7 years in 2011, according to a new report on mortality in the USA from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics. “Although changes in […]

Big Three REIT CEOs Talk Next Big Thing in Senior Housing

The Big Three healthcare real estate investment trusts (REITs) continue to feed their growing investor appetites in 2014, sating their hunger with several billion-dollar portfolio deals in the senior housing sector. But even as these investors place a high value on senior housing, the “next big thing” for them may not be so obvious. Chief […]

As Health Care Evolves, Senior Living Must Coordinate to Compete

It’s no secret that the senior housing industry is in the midst of navigating an environment becoming defined by coordinated care, with accountable care organizations (ACOs) emerging in an attempt to take on the task of providing the highest quality care at the lowest possible cost. But this collaboration is becoming both a competitive advantage […]

NY Times: The Aging Boom—In Prison

As the number of those incarcerated in America increases, so too does the demographic of those in prison who are aging.  Aging inmates — defined as starting anywhere from 50 to 65, depending on the state — make up the largest and fastest-growing segment of the American prison population, reports the New York Times in […]

Readmissions Penalties Grow Higher for 2,600 Hospitals Fined

More than 2,600 hospitals across the U.S. are being fined under Medicare for having too many patients return within 30 days of discharge. While readmissions rates are dropping year over year, the penalty count, the third round of which the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services has conducted since the readmissions reductions efforts began in […]

Annual Caregiving Costs Still Cheaper than Assisted Living

Caring for a family member requires a substantial allocation of time and energy, and for nearly half of families providing care for a loved one, their savings feel the brunt of the impact, according to a new report from About 46% of family caregivers spend more than $5,000 per year on caregiving expenses, as […]

Diabetes Found to Double Dementia Risk

Diabetes can increase the risk of dementia by 50%, finds a new report from Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI). Obesity and lack of physical activity are also important risk factors for diabetes and hypertension, which should be managed as part of dementia prevention. The report focuses on sets of potential modifiable risk factors in four key […]