Movers & Shakers: AHCA/NCAL, Watercrest Senior Living

AHCA/NCAL Elects New Board of Governors, Directors The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) has recently elected AHCA’s board of governors and NCAL’s board of directors for the 2017/2018 term at its annual convention in Las Vegas. Among the new officers, both boards selected new chairs for the coming year: […]

Movers and Shakers: OnShift, Maplewood Senior Living

OnShift’s Peter Corless Begins Second Term on AHCA Governing Board Peter Corless, executive vice president of enterprise development at OnShift, has been re-elected as the associate business member (ABM) president for the American Health Care Association (AHCA). OnShift is a Cleveland-based software development firm that specializes in the post-acute care and senior living industries. Corless […]

Trump’s HHS Pick Offers Hope to Embattled Skilled Nursing Sector

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), M.D.—an outspoken critic of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—to head up the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the new administration. Price’s appointment could be good news for the struggling skilled nursing sector, as he appears likely to roll back regulations and some ACA […]

Staffing, Memory Care Dominate New Assisted Living Regulations

Assisted living regulations have shifted in focus in the last three years, with states now focused on staffing and training requirements rather than disclosure and reporting. The 2016 regulations are seen in the latest edition of the Assisted Living State Regulatory Review, issued by the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) . The […]

3 Lessons for a Firmer Grasp of Skilled Nursing Risks

At the outset of the year, it appeared investors might find skilled nursing sexy again in 2016. One quarter in, skilled nursing is garnering a lot of attention, but some investors are attracted while others appear to be rejecting these assets as too risky. At least, that’s judging by questions asked and some heated discussions […]

Senior Care Liability Costs Will Not Let Up

The cost of liability remains on the rise for the long-term care industry, including independent and assisted living providers. Specifically, the overall national long-term care loss rate is anticipated to grow by 5% per year, with claim frequency fueling the increase. Claims frequency has an anticipated 3% growth rate. These and other findings were reported […]

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 […]

[Update] Post-Acute Providers Applaud Historic Medicare Payment Fix

Skilled nursing operators and other post-acute providers can look forward to more stable reimbursements in the future, thanks to the historic passage of a bill to change how Medicare sets payment rates. The Senate approved H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA,) late Tuesday in a 92-8 vote, and President Barack Obama […]

NYTimes: Boom in Post-Acute Care Creates Fatal Risks for SNFs

Investors are scooping up senior care facilities that are raking in Medicare dollars for post-acute care, but the rush to make money on these services might be putting patients’ health—and even lives—at risk, according to a lengthy New York Times article published Tuesday. Struggling with razor-thin margins for long-term care residents, skilled nursing facilities and […]