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Better accuracy in AL medication management

Better accuracy in AL medication management

The key to successful medication management is improving processes on multiple fronts so that staff members are more comfortable, confident, efficient and effective.

As CEO steps down, Assisted Living Federation of America embarks on sweeping changes

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The Assisted Living Federation of America is implementing substantial changes, including a new name, board chairwoman Brenda J. Bacon announced in a letter Tuesday.

Head of ALFA to step down

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Richard P. Grimes, the president and CEO of the Assisted Living Federation of America, has announced his retirement.

Hackers could be next HIPAA threat to long-term care, expert warns

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Protected health information breaches for long-term care facilities will migrate from accidental human-caused problems to outsiders gunning for valuable intelligence, one compliance expert predicted Tuesday.

Big week ahead for senior-care provider meetings

Both the Assisted Living Federation of America and the American Health Care Association will host major meetings in the coming week. For ALFA, it's the group's annual meeting, which will take place from Monday through Thursday in Phoenix. AHCA will entertain members on Tuesday and Wednesday in Washington for the group's annual Capitol Hill briefing.

National political, military and space heroes highlight ALFA conference agenda; registration underway

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona and her husband, astronaut Capt. Mark Kelly, will headline the star-studded list of featured speakers at the upcoming annual meeting of the Assisted Living Federation of America. The 2014 ALFA Conference & Expo will take place May 20-22 in Phoenix. Seventy-five educational sessions will discuss hot topics in assisted living today.

ALFA registration open

Assisted living providers have until April 15 to receive the Early Bird member discount for registration for the 2014 ALFA conference.

Ruling paves the way for 'micro-unions'

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Long-term care groups have expressed concern over a recent court ruling that could lead to the formation of "micro-unions" in nursing and assisted living facilities.

Frontline presents skewed picture of assisted living, ALFA leader says

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Incidents of resident harm are "rare and isolated" in assisted living communities, and providers work closely with regulators and support transparency, the leader of the Assisted Living Federation of America said in response to a critical Frontline report.

RF Technologies releases revamped call stations

RF Technologies® has released a newly designed line of nurse and emergency call stations.

Bush to speak at ALFA 2013 conference

The Assisted Living Federation of America will hold its annual conference and expo Monday through Thursday in Charlotte, NC, with a special speaker on Wednesday. Laura Bush, wife of former President George W. Bush, will address attendees at the ALFA Hero Awards Luncheon. More than 2,000 senior living executives from around the world will be in attendance for idea development, problem solving, networking and intense educational opportunities at the conference.

The incredible shrinking industry

The incredible shrinking industry

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As you have conversations about being the partner of choice to help hospitals reduce readmissions, others are having conversations about how telemedicine in the home will become the new primary care office. As you strive to drive more Medicare business, experts are saying that there is excess care for seniors.

Brookdale remains largest senior living operator in the country, ALFA rankings show

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Stability was a theme of 2012, at least among the biggest players in the senior living sector. The Assisted Living Federation of America recently released its annual list of the largest providers by total resident capacity, and the top 12 positions remained the same as in 2011.

Survey: Assisted living providers and workforce see income growth in 2012

The senior living business sector saw income increases for providers and workers in 2012 according to an Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) report released Wednesday.

Letter: Assisted living group pushes for industry involvement to prevent 'pension poaching'

Letter: Assisted living group pushes for industry involvement to prevent 'pension poaching'

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Collaboration between senior living operators and the Veterans Administration is necessary to prevent the financial exploitation of elderly veterans, a leading provider group said Wednesday.

Panel sees line blurring between skilled care and assisted living services

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The line separating assisted living and skilled care services continues to blur, according to panelists who spoke Wednesday at the Assisted Living Federation of America's 2012 conference and expo near Dallas.

Vendors flock to Dallas for ALFA show

More than 250 industry vendors will exhibit their products and services this week at the Assisted Living Federation of America Conference and Expo in Dallas. The exhibit hall will be open today and Thursday. Participating vendors represent numerous categories. These include: business services, design/development, dining, entertainment, equipment, finance, furnishings, human resources, information technology, maintenance, marketing, transportation, ancillary services and more.

In some ways, assisted living is not so different

In some ways, assisted living is not so different

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Clearly, the assisted living field has made some amazing strides in the past few decades.

Provider group hails delay of labor board's notice posting requirement

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A senior living group welcomed a decision by a U.S. appeals court to grant an injunction blocking implementation of the National Labor Relations Board's notice posting rule.

Brookdale tops Emeritus to become biggest senior living operator

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Brookdale Senior Living leaped ahead of Emeritus Senior Living to become the largest senior living operator in 2012, according to the Assisted Living Federation of America.

Alzheimer's taskforce plan now includes mention of assisted living services

Alzheimer's taskforce plan now includes mention of assisted living services

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Intensive lobbying paid off for assisted living groups vying for inclusion in the national Alzheimer's taskforce plan. The most recent taskforce plan includes assisted living in its strategy to assess and address the housing needs of those with Alzheimer's disease.

ALFA: Alzheimer's taskforce ignores assisted living options

ALFA: Alzheimer's taskforce ignores assisted living options

In a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services, the Assisted Living Federation of America said it was "dismayed to see the lack of acknowledgment of the role assisted living has in caring for individuals with Alzheimer's disease," in the HHS taskforce plan released Jan. 9.

More funding for assisted living watchdogs is needed, advocates say

More funding for assisted living watchdogs is needed, advocates say

Increasing funding for watchdog organizations is the most effective way to protect assisted living residents, according to testimony given by operator groups at a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing yesterday.

Provider group praises anti-union legislation

A leading assisted living advocacy group applauded legislation that would reverse two recent pro-union regulations issued by the National Labor Relations Board.

ALFA trying to mitigate impact of NLRB rulings

Recent National Labor Relations Board rulings could hit senior living employers hard, said a concerned Assisted Living Federation of America spokesman recently at the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry.

Provider group slams labor board rulings

An assisted living group says that two recent National Labor Relations Board rulings will lead to higher costs for seniors and fragmented services.

Shorter union election period could hurt employers, assisted living group says

A recent National Labor Relations Board proposal that could increase union activity has a "job-destroying agenda" said Rep. John Kline (R-MN) at a hearing of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on Thursday.

Former AHCA/NCAL leader Willging dies

Former AHCA/NCAL leader Willging dies

Paul Willging, Ph.D., the former long-time president and CEO of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living and CEO, died Saturday at age 69. He had cancer.

Long-term care workers are like firefighters

Long-term care workers are like firefighters

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In attending the recent Assisted Living Federation of America conference in Orlando, I was impressed with its Hero Awards Program. Five extraordinary senior living professionals were selected from a pool of nearly 650 nominations received by residents, family members, supervisors, and colleagues and were honored as heroes.

Assisted living executives see federalization as a major challenge

Assisted living operators need to be more proactive if federal rules for the industry are to be avoided. Greater involvement at the state level, combined with education efforts, is the key to making this happen. That's according to panelists at a Senior Living panel Thursday at the Assisted Living Federation of America's 2011 Conference & Expo in Orlando.

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