Finance

PPP Forgiveness Best Practices

If you anticipate applying for loan forgiveness (or already have), learn how to stay ahead of the game. Read More »

Top 4 Ways Senior Care Facilities Can Invest in Their New Hires

Investing in new hires can be expensive and time-consuming, and employee turnover can become a major expense. Read More »

Handling the Finances for a Senior with Dementia

For family and caregivers, handling someone else’s finances can be a difficult task, particularly when that individual is afflicted with dementia. Read More »

Protecting Your Residents From Financial Exploitation

Financial exploitation or abuse of older adults occurs when a person’s resources are used by another for personal profit or gain, or actions are taken that deprive an older person of his or her rightful benefits. No one is immune. This sort of theft can happen to anyone, regardless of social standing or education levels. Read More »

3 ways to take the pain out of prior authorizations

Obtaining prior authorizations can cost your practice some 14 hours of staff time per physician per week. This whitepaper explains the three key capacities your IT partner should be able to offer you, so you can confidently hand this administrative burden off to them. Know when an order has been created Determine whether an authorization is needed Obtain that authorization on your practice’s behalf Free your staff up from hours of phone work every week. This whitepaper shows you how. Read More »

CMS puts 18-mo. hold on certain enforcements, 5-star ratings

The agency has issued a temporary moratorium on the enforcement of eight specific Phase 2 F-Tags, although the new survey process begins this week as scheduled. Read More »

CMS adds online tool for quality measures

The web-accessible version of the CMS Measures Inventory Tool (CMIT) will make it easier for providers to track their quality measures across the care continuum. Read More »

CMS proposes new Immediate Jeopardy policy for SNFs

The draft policy could reduce the likelihood of high civil money penalties against skilled nursing providers for immediate jeopardy deficiences that resulted in no harm or death.  Read More »

CMS proposes new Immediate Jeopardy policy for nursing homes

The draft policy could reduce the likelihood of high civil money penalties against skilled nursing providers for immediate jeopardy deficiences that resulted in no harm or death.  Read More »

Financing memory care

Ready to expand your memory care offerings? Investment experts weigh in on how organizations can position themselves for the best financing options, whether it’s for new construction or retrofitting existing units. Read More »

Fundraising: Putting mission over money

Inspiring charitable giving is crucial for not-for-profit organizations. Harvard professor Jennifer McCrea explains how to engage potential contributors in a conversation about mission instead of money. Read More »

Florida AL chain under investigation for charging residents a hurricane fee

The state’s long-term care ombudsman office is investigating claims that the provider charged its Florida residents a special surcharge because of the storm. Read More »

ezPBJ adds audit module

The new feature provides backups and audit response reports for payroll-based journal requirements. Read More »

Senate votes to increase dementia research in FY2018

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved funding an additional $414 million for dementia and Alzheimer’s research in the coming fiscal year.  Read More »

NIC, other industry associations form national initiative against senior finance fraud

Four senior industry associations are teaming up with a not-for-profit investor protection firm to provide free resources for senior care providers to help their residents stay savvy and avoid financial scams. Read More »

VA to ease grant process for rural veteran nursing homes

New regulations could make it easier for rural communities to compete for grant funding to build state-run veteran homes. Read More »

CMS launches Hospice Compare site

Much like the Nursing Home Compare site for skilled nursing facilities, the new data comparison tool will allow consumers to see quality measures data on hospice and palliative care providers. Read More »

CMS raises reimbursement by 1%, pushes VBP

With the Value-Based Purchasing program due to begin in 2019, CMS is pushing SNFs to get on board with performance baselines now. Read More »

KKR, Walgreens buy PharMerica for $909M

The joint venture will convert pharmacy benefit manager PharMerica into a private company. Read More »

How the Senate healthcare bill could affect seniors

The Senate’s proposed healthcare bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, calls for deep cuts to Medicaid. The program pays for about two-thirds of the 1.4 million seniors who live in nursing homes.  Read More »

Kramer to step down at NIC

After 27 years at the helm, Kramer will transition to the role of strategic advisor at the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care. Read More »

Business intelligence with a long-term care twist

A new software platform gathers data from multiple sources across the facility and allows deep data analytics to optimize performance. Read More »

Aetna pulls out of ACA

The insurer, which withdrew from 11 states in 2016, will not offer ACA-participating policies in any state in 2018. Read More »

Top 10 benefits that keep employees happy

What benefits do employees value most? MetLife’s latest benefit trends study shows how the workforce expectations are changing.   Read More »

Blackstone Group bolsters senior housing portfolio

The private equity firm closed on deals with Brookdale and Senior Lifestyle totaling $1.8 billion so far this year.  Read More »

CMS funds nursing home for prisoners

A Connecticut nursing home will receive federal funding to help pay for and provide care to the state’s aging inmates.  Read More »

Assisted Living occupancy dips to lowest level since 2010

But not all senior living sectors are having a sluggish start to 2017, according to Q1 data from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC). Read More »

Mass. proposes increased LTC funding

State legislators are rallying behind bills to increase wages for nursing home workers and Medicaid reimbursement levels for nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities.  Read More »

PointClickCare adds accounting software to its EHR

PointClickCare has partnered with Intellitec Solutions to directly integrate accounting software into electronic health records. Read More »

Texas proposes new SNF tax to enhance Medicaid

If passed, the proposed tax would affect every nursing home in the state. But private-pay residents are calling it a "granny tax." Read More »