New CMS Guidance Can Help Assisted Living Buildings Re-Open, Testing an Issue

On Monday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance to ensure that nursing homes have safe re-opening plans as states prepare to relax lockdowns stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. The guidance includes benchmarks that may be adopted by independent living and assisted living communities transitioning from their own access restrictions. But it […]

Inside Welltower’s Efforts to Create a Quality Framework for Assisted Living

The National Assisted Living Quality framework released last month by health care real estate investment trust Welltower (NYSE: WELL) and Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) has the potential to establish a uniform set of best practices in assisted living and memory care communities across the country, and not just Welltower-owned properties. If that does indeed come […]

President Obama Says Yes to Post-Acute Care Law

President Obama signed into law a bill to standardize data used by post-acute care providers Monday, which aims to increase quality, transparency and accountability to the post-acute care industry. The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act, or IMPACT Act (H.R. 4994), received support from both Democrats and Republicans, and received praise from multiple health care […]