Finance

The therapy coding overhaul

CMS's recent changes to therapy code sets are rocking the provider world. This primer will help your facility transition to the new CPT codes and the new Medicare reimbursement rules that are coming next. Read More »

Reducing Medicare costs through integrated health/housing model

Investing in a combined model of long-term care, primary care and support services right on the senior living campus has sliced Juniper Communities’ Medicare costs. Could your community do the same? Read More »

American Senior Communities adds data analytics, CRM

The 94-site provider has streamlined referrals and authorizations through the hc1.com platform for customer relationship management and quality metrics. Read More »

NIC reports lowest SNF occupancy rates ever

The quarterly Skilled Nursing Data Report from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care saw increases in Medicaid patients and decline in Medicare revenue. Read More »

Helping older adults plan for life’s 4th quarter

While older adults are familiar with financial planning for retirement and death, a new website can help them plan for the “late game” in between, when costly illnesses and falls tend to occur. Read More »

Fla CCRC fraud bill under fire

A Florida proposed bill intended to protect CCRC residents from fraud may have more problems than solutions, according to LeadingAge Florida. Read More »

PharMerica targets assisted living

The long-term care pharmacy services provider is positioning itself to capture the growing opportunities in the assisted living sector. Read More »

Medicare, Medicaid to drive health spending in next 9 years

Healthcare is expected to become nearly 20 percent of total U.S. spending by 2025, says an annual government report. Read More »

Healthcare CRM software company expands into LTC

hc1 is bringing its experience in hospital and laboratory customer relationship management to the long-term care space. Read More »

LTC mergers lead US healthcare deals in 2016

As the long-term care and rehab sectors pick up steam, is the era of the mega-merger winding down? Read More »

Judge says no to Aetna/Humana merger

The risks to pricing and competition among Medicare plans were key factors in the denial, the court says. Read More »

Capital One survey: M&A, new services to drive 2017

New industry segments and acquisitions are expected to drive the primary growth this year, according to a new Capital One Healthcare survey of healthcare executives. Read More »

Foundations for a powerful Giving Program

What makes a strong and healthy charitable giving program? The President and CEO of the Asbury Foundation shares how to create a philanthropic program that keeps on giving throughout the year, not just during the holidays when generosity tends to spike. Read More »

SNF liability rates could rise in 2017

Claims are growing in severity and frequency, according to an annual actuarial report. Read More »

CliftonLarsonAllen, VNAA partner for home health

The financial advisory firm and the visiting nurses organization want to improve education for home-based care providers trying to transition to  value-based payment models. Read More »

NY operators ordered to pay $2M in back overtime wages

The Queens, N.Y.-based Grand Healthcare System was cited for improper documentation of work hours, among other things. Read More »

Financing affordable assisted living

The national need for affordable assisted living is surging, but how will we find the funds to build more? Read More »

LZ 150 report finds continued nonprofit senior living growth

The 2016 LZ 150, produced by LeadingAge and Ziegler, finds the nation's 150 largest nonprofit senior living providers are building out their existing campus and through service offerings to non-residents and with joint ventures. More than three-fourths also offer specialized memory care units. Read More »

Healthcare services experts expect growth in 2017

A Capital One Healthcare survey reveals professionals have a positive outlook about business performance, including hiring, acquisitions and refinancing, in the year ahead coupled with strong concern about regulations and payment models. Read More »

Kindred leaving skilled nursing, focusing on home care

The Kentucky-based senior care chain is restructuring to focus on home health, rehabilitation and long-term acute care. Read More »

The changing season of CMS

As the season shifts into fall, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is launching a new season of regulations for long-term and post-acute care. Read More »

Welltower sales to reach $4.1B in its 2016 portfolio repositioning

Kingpin REIT Welltower is continuing its repositioning in a massive Q4 deal that includes selling a 75 percent stake in a senior care portfolio to two companies in China. Read More »

How the RAI Manual changes encourage collaboration

AANAC's Judi Kulus, RN breaks down the impacts of the new RAI Manual changes and why SNF needs to collaborate better among their care teams and with their outside partners—including therapy providers and home health. Read More »

NIC: SNF occupancy down, but Medicaid per diem hits 5-year high

Skilled nursing occupancy has declined to a five-year low, but the news is good for Medicaid per diem revenue, according to Q2 data from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC). Read More »

Berkadia moves into seniors housing investment sales

The commercial real estate company is investing in its Seniors Housing and Healthcare Group by expanding its national platform to include investment sales. Read More »

Bridging mortgage gaps

Bridge loans can provide opportunities for solid financial footing when times get tough. Read More »

SNF nursing hourly wages swing by state

How much nurses, CNAs and medication technicians in skilled nursing environments earn depends greatly on what state they work in. Read More »

Burial plans gone awry

How many of us have prepaid funerals? Do any of us wonder if our wishes will be honored? SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears discusses two New York Times articles that show what can happen with nursing home guardianships, funds sent to nursing homes and the resulting mix up. Read More »

Ohio Medicaid Qualified Income Trust

Setting up a Qualified Income Trust/Miller Trust to fulfill the Medicaid requirements can be tricky business, so Ohio's Medicaid recipients shouldn't wait to get started on the process, says SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears. Read More »

Benchmark Senior Living creates new VP of sales and operations

The newly-created executive Vice President of sales and operations position is part of a larger effort to adopt a customer-centered approach to sales. Read More »