CMS Relaxes Guidance on Nursing Home Visitation, Could Influence Assisted Living Policies

Senior living providers across the United States have begun relaxing their visitation policies in recent weeks, as Covid-19 vaccination has brought down the risk of infections. Now, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has relaxed its guidance governing visitation in nursing homes, further accelerating a return to more normal operating procedures in senior […]

New Medicare Advantage Changes Expand Senior Living Opportunities

Recently announced Medicare Advantage policy changes could open up new opportunities for senior living providers, further accelerating the transformation of the industry’s dominant private-pay revenue model. “Senior living providers are crazy if they don’t start thinking about housing/health care integrated products,” Anne Tumlinson, founder and CEO of Anne Tumlinson Innovations, told Senior Housing News, in […]

CCRC Spending to Rise Steadily Through 2026

The total amount of money Americans will spend on health care at continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) and skilled nursing facilities is projected to increase at a steady pace over the next decade, according to a new report from the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In 2013, Americans […]

Federal Watchdog Criticizes Gaps in Assisted Living Regulations

There are major gaps in the regulation of assisted living communities nationwide, and steps should be taken at the federal level to ensure they’re swiftly and properly addressed, according to a recently published report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). The report, titled “Improved Federal Oversight of Beneficiary Health and Welfare is Needed,” came […]

Brookdale Takes Employee Focus as Competition Heats Up

Brookdale Senior Living (NYSE: BKD) is still feeling the heat from new competition—but its outlook isn’t all bad. The Brentwood, Tennessee-based senior living provider held its second-quarter 2017 earnings call the day after a report surfaced that its potential acquisition by Beijing-based real estate and leisure firm Zhonghong Zhuoye Group Co Ltd had been put […]

Monday Jump-Start: Brookdale Sale Talks Ongoing

Happy Monday! It’s a busy time in the senior housing industry as public companies begin to share their latest financial results. It’s also a busy time in “funny hat” news, due in part to one half of an athletic elderly couple. Here’s what you may have missed last week: HCP Inc. (NYSE: HCP) is on […]

Home Health Medicare Rules Get Major Update

Senior living providers with home health care branches are about to see major changes to how these service lines qualify to participate in Medicare and Medicaid. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its final rule outlining the Medicare and Medicaid Conditions of Participation (CoP) for home health agencies. Prior to the new […]