Extendicare to Pay $38 Million in Largest Failure-of-Care Settlement in DOJ History

Extendicare Health Services Inc., which operates 146 skilled nursing facilities in 11 states, has agreed to pay $38 million to settle claims that it billed Medicare and Medicaid for “substandard” nursing services, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced late last week.  Extendicare and its subsidiary Progressive Step Corporation (ProStep) allegedly billed the federal government for […]

WSJ: Lawsuits Shake Nursing Home Industry

Allegations of harmful treatment in nursing homes are garnering large sums of money from jury awards, pushing operators to flee certain states. Arkansas lawyer Brian Reddick tells The Wall Street Journal in a recent article he has amassed more than $100 million from jury awards in nursing-home suits. And now he and other lawyers are […]

CMS Calls on Nursing Homes to Cut Dementia Meds by 30%

In its continued efforts to reduce the use of antipsychotic medications in nursing homes, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a new national goal striving for a 30% reduction by the end of 2016. The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care, a coalition launched by CMS in 2012, has upped its […]

Massachusetts Sounds Alarm on Assisted Living

Discrepancies between assisted living facilities and nursing homes in Massachusetts has raised concerns over how effectively senior living communities are regulated in the state, according an article from The Boston Globe. Highlighting several instances where staffing, negligence and abuse have occurred at various assisted living communities throughout the state, the article attributes Massachusetts’ regulatory shortcomings […]

Affordable Senior Housing Is the Next Big Growth Opportunity

Senior housing operators will be forced to address the growing need of low- to moderate-income seniors in the coming years, as an estimated 3.5 million seniors today don’t have enough money to pay for higher acuity services. The high-end senior living facilities that have emerged within the past few years just won’t cut it when […]

Harvard, AARP Say Seniors Housing is Next Big American Crisis

A shortage of caregivers for baby boomers, high cost of senior living products and services and lack of disability-equipped housing reveal a seniors housing crisis as the 50-and-over population is projected to increase about 20% by 2030, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and the AARP Foundation. […]

Maine Rallies for Totally New Approach to Senior Care

Maine seniors, along with affordable housing, home care, general contractors and other aging services stakeholders are rallying around a comprehensive package of proposals that aim to strengthen the state’s aging in place resources that go beyond traditional assisted living and nursing homes.  Mark Eves (D-North Berwick), speaker of Maine’s House of Representatives, last week unveiled […]

Most Shared: Sunrise Growth Plans, Apple’s New EHR

Senior Housing News wrote them, you read them and passed them along to your friends and colleagues. Here are the most shared posts from SHN this week: Dished: How Five Star is Overhauling Senior Living Dining—Fifteen chefs, four 50-pound sea bass and a celebrity food personality are just a few features going down at an […]

California Stalls Three Assisted Living Overhaul Bills

Three bills that would have increased regulatory oversight of assisted living communities in California, along with creating a more detailed consumer database on every licensed facility in the state, have all failed to advance in the state’s Legislature.  Of the 16 bills on the table for California’s Senate Appropriations Committee, only two have made it […]