Oak Street Brings Innovative Care Model To Assisted Living, Aids Covid-19 Readiness

Assisted living communities that have on-site primary care could gain a range of benefits — including advantages in battling Covid-19. However, bringing primary care into assisted living is not for the faint of heart, according to Brian Cloch, Principal at Innovative Health. “This is really, really hard,” he said, during a recent interview for the […]

New CMS Telehealth Expansion Could Be ‘Very Good’ for Senior Living During Covid-19

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has temporarily expanded telehealth services to include all Medicare beneficiaries, and senior living residents may stand to benefit as a result. CMS announced on Tuesday that Medicare will now pay clinicians to provide telehealth services on a temporary basis for beneficiaries who live across the country, and […]

30% Medicare Advantage Penetration Rate in Senior Living Presents ‘Tremendous Opportunity’

About 30% of assisted living residents are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage (MA) plan, which is just slightly lower than the roughly 34% of seniors living in private housing who are enrolled in MA. Nearly the same percentage of independent living residents — almost 31% — are Medicare Advantage beneficiaries, according to a new data […]

Welltower CEO: We Aim To Mimic High-End Senior Living at $1,000 Price Point

Real estate investment trust Welltower (NYSE: WELL) made headlines last week with the official introduction of its new middle-market brand, welltowerLIVING. On Monday, Welltower CEO Tom DeRosa provided additional insight into how the plans for welltowerLIVING fit into a larger strategy to create senior living options for the vast cohort of aging middle-income baby boomers. […]

CMS Chief Defends Rule That Could Saddle CCRCs with High Taxes

Senior living operators and residents alike are concerned about a proposed federal regulation that could result in steep tax bills for continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) — and they may now have reason to be more worried about that rule taking effect as written. On Wednesday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published […]

Federal Lawsuit Claims CVS Health/Omnicare Improperly Refilled Meds Across 3,000-Plus Senior Living Communities

Long-term care pharmacy giant Omnicare and its parent company CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) are defendants in a federal lawsuit alleging that hundreds of thousands of drugs were improperly dispensed to senior housing residents over a period of years. The complaint, filed Tuesday by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office, and an accompanying press release name-check several […]

Buttigieg Long-Term Care Plan Includes $90-Per-Day Assisted Living Provision

South Bend, Indiana Mayor and Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg on Monday released a detailed, 19-page proposal to make long-term care for seniors more affordable and accessible, and allow retirees to maintain their economic independence. The centerpiece of Buttigieg’s plan is a benefit program, “Long Term Care America,” that would provide eligible seniors — those […]