Partnerships@Work: Operations software in action

Put the pencil and forms away. Efficiency and economies improve with specialized, integrated operations software technology designed for senior living businesses. Read More »

Report: Are too many ‘repeat offender’ SNFs still accepting new residents?

The Coalition for Quality Care releases a new report citing repeat violations in nursing homes across the nation. Read More »

Griffin-American REIT acquires Trilogy Health for $1.12B

Griffin-American Healthcare REIT acquired Trilogy Investors LLC, the parent company of Trilogy Health Services LLC. Read More »

Omnicare wins $300M alleged fraud case

Omnicare was accused of offering "illegal remuneration to skilled nursing facilities in exchange for referrals to its pharmacy business." Read More »

‘Sneak peak’ of LeadingAge Ziegler 150 released

Ziegler released an early glimpse of the LeadingAge Ziegler 150 in an email last week. Read More »

Racial divide in hospice use, care directives continues to grow

Kaiser Health News reports only a third of African American Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in hospice before death, compared to half of white beneficiaries.  Read More »

CMS adds more participants to bundled payments initiative

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid announced that 2,100 participants have moved on to the contract, risk-bearing period of the bundling pilot program. Read More »

New Senior acquires independent living assets for $640M

New Senior Investment Group acquired 28 private pay, independent living properties from Holiday Retirement.  Read More »

Nursing home residents at higher risk for dehydration

Seniors living in nursing homes are more likely to be dehydrated than seniors living independently, according to a new study. Read More »

AHCA/NCAL names the 2015 gold quality award winners

Four long-term/post-acute care providers have earned this year's top quality awards from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. Read More »

MA lawmakers propose new rules for closing, selling nursing homes

Massachusetts lawmakers are asking that the process companies go through to sell or close a nursing home become more public.  Read More »

Pennsylvania creates task force to oversee nursing home care

The task force has been asked to identify ways the health department can advance quality improvement in the state's LTC facilities.  Read More »

Senator questions integrity of five-star nursing home rating system

Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.) has called for an investigation of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid's five-star nursing home compare tool.  Read More »

Assisted living owner turns off the air conditioning

An assisted living owner looking to sell the building puts the heat on residents to vacate the premises by turning off their air conditioning. Read More »

Online marketing for assisted living

More seniors and their families are using the Internet to evaluate and "window shop" for assisted living communities. What does your website say about you? Read More »

Women impersonate nursing home staff, allegedly steal $11k of jewelry

Police in North Carolina are looking for two women who suited up in hospital scrubs and allegedly stole jewelry from residents at two nursing homes. Read More »

When laughter is the best medicine

A hospital in Washington has learned what long-term care facilities have known for years: There is no better medicine than laughter. Read More »

ProPublica report: Blood thinner Coumadin is causing deaths, injuries in nursing homes

The president of Geriatric Practice Management calls Coumadin "the most dangerous drug in America." Read More »

A fire system check can be unnerving

Fire alarms are one of the most important protections to residents and staff to ensure their safety. But the alarm system must be checked regularly tor a faulty fire alarm system could be fatal. Read More »

Study: Wearing protective gowns, gloves may not protect residents from contracting MRSA

Two studies discuss the effectiveness of wearing protective gear when performing daily care activities in guarding against incidences of MRSA. Read More »

Extendicare completes $870M sale of U.S. portfolio

Canada-based Extendicare has completed the sale of its United States portfolio to Formation Capital. Read More »

Brookdale, HCP complete $847M Chartwell portfolio acquisition

Brookdale Senior Living Inc. and HCP, Inc. completed the acquisition June 30. Read More »

Report: Nursing homes inflate staff numbers for better Nursing Home Compare ranking

A Center for Public Integrity report shows as many as 80 percent of nursing homes are inflating their staffing levels on Medicare.gov for higher rankings. Read More »

New Senior, Health Care REIT announce major acquisitions

In the last week, Health Care REIT and New Senior Investment Group announced acquisitions totaling more than a billion dollars.  Read More »

My inspirational item was a casualty

It’s just good “housekeeping” to go purge one’s living area of unwanted, unused, broken, dated or unimportant possessions. Sometimes during downsizing, however, things can go awry. Read More »

Hill-Rom acquires Welch Allyn in $2B deal

Two key vendors in long-term care equipment and clinical monitoring systems will soon be one company. Read More »

California nursing home chain gets government regulations smackdown

California's largest nursing home chain has been under fire for years. Read More »

Genesis HealthCare acquires 24 skilled nursing facilities in $240M deal

Genesis signed the $240 million agreement with Revera on June 15. Read More »

The dish on dining

Surveys repeatedly cite food as a major factor in customer satisfaction. If residents and their families aren’t happy with meals, they tend to find fault in other service areas. Read More »

Warmer temperatures—outside and in

Bring a sweater. It's difficult to maintain an air temperature that satisfies all residents in a congregate living setting. Some residents may be too warm and others may be too cold when the air conditioning kicks on. Read More »