Senior Services

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 »

Kudos to caregivers

Monday, September 7, is the annual celebration of America’s working citizens. This country was built by hard-working individuals who put their backs into their jobs. Read More »

GAO to conduct review of Nursing Home Compare tool

After being scrutinized by senators in three states, the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) has agreed to conduct a review of the Nursing Home Compare tool. 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 announces initiative to improve care in nursing homes

The new initiative provides funding to would allow nursing homes to test a new payment model. Read More »

Study: Memory problems may start three years before dementia diagnosis

New research finds residents may start losing their memory as many as three years before they're diagnosed with dementia. Read More »

MA nursing homes must meet standards to advertise dementia care

Massachusetts nursing homes are no longer allowed to advertise memory care services unless they meet specific state standards for care. Will this become a trend nationwide? Read More »

WVa now requires state, national criminal background checks for LTC workers

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources now requires fingerprint-based state and national criminal background checks for long-term care workers. 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 »

New app helps families and caregivers coordinate visits, tasks

CareMonster, a caregiving app startup, helps families take care of elderly loved ones, but also has a business model that can be adopted by providers. Read More »

Capital One buys GE Capital’s healthcare finance unit for $8.5B

Capital One acquired $8.5 billion of healthcare-related loans and the Healthcare Financial Services of General Electric Capital Corporation. Read More »

Arizona law requires disclosure from in-home care agencies

One of the fastest-growing retirement states in the country, Arizona senior advocates applaud the state legislature for taking this first step toward transparency. Read More »

Senior mental health: Too many pills, not enough services?

Seniors seem to be getting plenty of mental health medications, like antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills. But a recent report shows that older adults are far less likely than younger adults to receive the supportive mental health services that often accompany a mental health diagnosis. 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 »

6 resident care pitfalls for SNFs

Six common resident care issues can become big problems for skilled nursing facility care if not dealt with carefully. The Justice in Aging organization suggests ways to confront and solve them. Read More »

Uber teams up with senior living communities to offer on-demand transportation

At the White House Conference on Aging this week, Uber announced it is teaming up with senior living communities to make transportation easier for residents. Read More »

Alice Bonner, MD, earns Champion of Quality Award from AHCA/NCAL

Alice Bonner, MD, earned the award for her contributions to quality in the long-term and post-acute care community, especially in dementia care. Read More »

Proposed CMS rule would require health information exchange for LTC

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wants all nursing homes and long-term care facilities to participate in health information exchange. Read More »

White House Conference on Aging: New program and initiative roundup

The White House Conference on Aging was held Monday, and several new programs and initiatives were announced.  Read More »

Medicare: It works great…Let’s fix it

Medicare celebrates its 50th anniversary on July 30. Experts on aging discuss the program's history and future goals at an American Society for Aging event this past June. Read More »

OIG says SNF billing for changes in therapy needs improvement

The OIG recommends the CMS accelerate its efforts to begin a new method for paying for therapy.  Read More »

Bill would allow FDA to regulate medication information on social media

If the proposed bill is passed, drug information can soon be found on social media platforms.  Read More »

Senior housing industry experts create quality care organization

Two long-term care industry leaders join forces to create Innovative Health LLC.  Read More »

Assessment finds missing measures in Medicare’s pay-for-quality programs

A new Avalere assessment of quality measures finds many important medical conditions are not represented in Medicare's pay-for-quality programs. 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 »

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

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

CVS acquires Target pharmacies for $1.9B

CVS Health Corp. announced plans Monday to buy the retail chain's pharmacies.  Read More »

HealthSouth expands PAC presence with Reliant Hospital Partners acquisition

On June 11, the post-acute services provider announced plans to buy the operations arm of Reliant Hospital Partners for $730 million. Read More »