4 Steps Assisted Living Can Take Toward ACO Status

Accountable care organizations (ACOs) aren’t just for physician groups and hospitals anymore. Senior living is starting to make its way into these innovative models, and there is a lot that assisted living providers can do to advance the conversation with ACOs and ultimately join these provider groups. “Think of an ACO like buying a television,” Kevin […]

How the Seasons Influence Who is in Skilled Nursing Beds

April brings budding trees and the start of baseball season, but does it also bring a change in the mix of skilled nursing facility residents? It’s possible, if The National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) is to be believed.  The organization on Wednesday provided a more detailed analysis of the data in its first-ever Skilled […]

New Payment Model Treats SNFs More Like Hospitals

As part of the ongoing effort to reduce hospitalizations of skilled nursing residents, some providers will be eligible for increased payments to beef up their services, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced. Skilled nursing facilities participating in Phase Two of the Initiative to Reduce Preventable Hospitalizations will receive payments for multidisciplinary […]

How Congress Could Upend Senior Care Financing

Amid recent reports of patient harm and a lack of oversight within nursing homes, a new law could start holding nursing homes more accountable for low quality ratings. The Nursing Home Accountability Act, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC), aims to cut nursing homes with the lowest scorers from Department of Housing and Urban […]

CCRC, Nursing Care Spending to Hit $275 Billion In Next Decade

Spending on continuing care retirement communities and nursing facilities is projected to accelerate in the next decade, hitting nearly $275 billion by 2024, according to data released this week. That amount represents consumers’ out-of-pocket spending as well as expenditures from private health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, other insurance programs and other third-party payers. It was calculated […]

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Seeks Federal Report on Assisted Living Oversight

The ongoing debate around how much governmental oversight of assisted living is appropriate and necessary may soon have new fodder. A bipartisan group of four U.S. Senators, including Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), is pushing for a review of how state and federal authorities oversee assisted living facilities that care for residents on Medicaid. Medicaid is jointly […]

Ice Cream and ACOs: How Senior Housing Can Tap New Revenue

When senior living executives approach a local hospital system or a powerful health insurance provider to discuss collaboration, they might want to act like they are entering an ice cream parlor. At least, that’s the perspective of Bruce Chernof, M.D., one of the nation’s foremost experts on senior care and aging issues. He headed up the […]

Massive New Regulation Aims to Modernize Skilled Nursing

Big changes have swept the whole senior care industry since 1991, with leading providers innovating in nearly every aspect of operations. But one thing that has remained constant in the last 24 years now appears set to change: The requirements that skilled nursing facilities must meet to participate in Medicare and Medicaid. The Centers for […]