UCare Medicare Advantage Plans Expand to 300+ Additional Senior Communities in Minnesota

More senior living providers in Minnesota are partnering with nonprofit health plan provider UCare to make Medicare Advantage plans available to residents. UCare plans have already been available to residents of more than 160 communities operated by more than 20 providers in the Gopher State. New UCare partners for 2022 are Bluestone Physician Services, CareChoice […]

ALG CEO Trefzger: Senior Living Providers Must Adapt To ‘New World’ Of Labor, Care To Survive

In the teeth of the Covid-19 pandemic last year, ALG Senior made some big shifts, going to a more decentralized operating model while at the same time changing the company name. But in the midst of these changes and others wrought by the pandemic, the Hickory, North Carolina-based provider remained committed to clinical innovation, according […]

Lifespark ‘Holy Grail Deal,’ SCAN Build on Medicare Advantage Momentum in Senior Living

Medicare Advantage (MA) will turn 25 years old in 2022, and the insurance program is not only getting older but more popular among older adults — with senior living providers playing an increasingly prominent role in driving MA growth and innovation. Recent headlines showcase the continuing integration between senior living and Medicare Advantage. Last week, […]

Senior Living Groups Praise Sweeping New Vaccine Mandates, Blast Lack of Financial Relief

Senior living providers have been on the leading edge of implementing Covid-19 vaccine mandates for employees — and soon, they must be joined by every large company in the United States. President Biden on Thursday announced plans to order companies with 100 or more employees to mandate coronavirus vaccinations for workers or test them for […]

Chicago Pacific Co-Founder Rijos: Senior Housing Business Is Forever Changed

“Our business is forever changed.” Those are the words of John Rijos, whose perspective is informed by decades of leadership in the senior living industry. Having been co-president of Brookdale Senior Living prior to its merger with Emeritus Corp., Rijos went on to co-found investment firm Chicago Pacific Founders (CPF). He also is chairman and […]

Choose Home Care Act Presents Senior Living Opportunities, Draws Skilled Nursing Backlash

A bill introduced last month in the United States Senate would allow in-home care alternatives to skilled nursing facilities and poses substantial ramifications for private-pay senior living providers. Sponsored by Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.), the Choose Home Care Act of 2021 would allow certain Medicare beneficiaries to receive extended Medicare services […]

Lifesprk CEO: Innovations Underway to Bring Tealwood Portfolio Into New Care, Payment Models

Announced earlier this year, the acquisition of Tealwood Senior Living by Lifesprk was an industry milestone. Based in the Twin Cities metro area, Lifesprk specializes in providing value-based care largely through home- and community-based services. The company intends to bring more coordinated, integrated services to senior living residents by leveraging a mix of services and […]