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Visitor shot and killed on the grounds of an assisted living community in Kansas

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A woman visiting her mother at an assisted living facility in Kansas was gunned down in the parking lot Sunday, in what authorities are describing as a hate crime.

Skilled nursing edges toward 90% occupancy, absorption rate makes first gain in nearly a decade, NIC data shows

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Skilled nursing facilities' occupancy rate continued to tick up in the first three months of 2014, while absorption flipped into positive territory for the first time in almost a decade, according to the latest quarterly figures from the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry.

OIG spends $75M on Medicaid oversight, recommends cost-saving measures

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The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General spent $75 million on Medicaid oversight during the last fiscal year, a 4% increase over fiscal 2012, according to a new report.

Median cost of a private nursing home room now exceeds $87,000 a year, Genworth survey finds

Median cost of a private nursing home room now exceeds $87,000 a year, Genworth survey finds

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The median annual cost of a private nursing home room in the United States has increased to $87,600, according to the latest annual survey from insurance company Genworth. This represents a 4.4% increase from a year ago.

End-of-life decisions may cause confusion, anger

End-of-life decisions may cause confusion, anger

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When I lived in Baltimore, a stray, mangy cat adopted us. I am not trying to equate my cat with someone's parent, but I was reminded of Minou's last days when reading the dissertation of Mariette Klein on dementia caregivers. Specifically, how hard it can be to know what healthcare decisions to make for a loved one.

Brookdale, Emeritus merger upends status quo, CEO says

Brookdale, Emeritus merger upends status quo, CEO says

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Brookdale Senior Living is poised to become the largest senior living provider in the country, through a $2.8 billion acquisition of Seattle-based Emeritus Corp.

Improving your staff turnover rate in assisted living

Improving your staff turnover rate in assisted living

Assisted living communities have always had high turnover rates - generally attributed to the prevalence of non-professional/low paying jobs. Estimates for staff turnover range from a low of 21% to a whopping 135%, with an average of 42%.

Berkadia arranges loan

Berkadia Commercial Mortgage announced it had arranged a $49.3 million loan through Fannie Mae for a senior living community in Horsham, PA.

MDI Achieve to buy Right Click Software; MatrixCare and Pathway to partner on ICD-10 transition product

MDI Achieve/MatrixCare entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the assets of Right Click Software, which has an integrated marketing, financial and operational platform for assisted living facilities.

Skilled nursing operator to pay $1 million over claims it failed to pay overtime, allow breaks

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Compass Health has agreed to a $1.1 million settlement in a class action lawsuit alleging that the skilled nursing provider did not pay overtime or allow workers to take needed breaks.

60 seconds with ... NIC's Robert Kramer

60 seconds with ... NIC's Robert Kramer

Q: How did senior housing perform in the last quarter of 2013? A: The numbers overall were good, in terms of continued recovery and strength of market fundamentals. In particular, occupancy was up again, with very strong absorption. It's especially strong in independent living, and that's been a trend in the last year or so.

Federal authorities are investigating Emeritus' Medicaid billings, ProPublica reports

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Federal investigators have been looking into Medicaid billing practices at senior living giant Emeritus Corp. for more than a year. Investigative journalism outlet ProPublica first reported the story Thursday, and an Emeritus spokeswoman confirmed to McKnight's that the probe is occurring.

Blockbuster merger will bring Brookdale, Emeritus together, create largest senior living company

Blockbuster merger will bring Brookdale, Emeritus together, create largest senior living company

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Brookdale Senior Living and Emeritus Senior Living will merge through a $2.8 billion deal, in a move that Brookdale CEO T. Andrew Smith said will be "transformative for the industry." The expanded Brookdale will consist of more than 1,100 communities in 46 states, making it the nation's largest senior living company, executives said.

Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman, long-term care firebrand

Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman, long-term care firebrand

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When Philip Seymour Hoffman died on Feb. 2, the world lost one of its great actors — and one of the most persuasive voices to speak out about the pitfalls of the changing long-term care system in the United States.

Assisted living residents cannot sue under nursing home law in New Jersey, federal court rules

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A state law to protect nursing home residents cannot be invoked to bring a suit against an assisted living provider, a federal judge recently ruled, reversing his earlier decision.

Salary growth slowed, vacancy rates increased in 2013, assisted living report shows

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Assisted living administrators earned a median salary of $78,000 in 2013, according to the newly released 2013-2104 Assisted Living Salary & Benefits report.

Assisted living owner gets three-year sentence for dementia resident who fell through a hole in the floor

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A man who previously owned an assisted living facility has been sentenced to three years in prison for neglecting a resident who fell through a hole in the floor and now is unable to walk.

Greystone closes on senior housing sector's first-ever Freddie Mac revolving credit facility

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A California long-term care provider has become the first to obtain financing through a new revolving credit facility for senior housing offered by Freddie Mac.

Improving dining environments increases resident satisfaction

Improving dining environments increases resident satisfaction

Residents and families who are satisfied with their mealtime experience are shown to be more satisfied with the organization overall, and therefore more likely to recommend their community to others. So what kind of changes should assisted living facility directors and managers make in light of these findings?

Omega closes $525M deal

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Omega Healthcare Investors closed a $525 million deal to acquire 55 skilled nursing facilities.

Four ways for assisted living operators to facilitate transitions

Four ways for assisted living operators to facilitate transitions

My wife, Clare, has Alzheimer's disease and recently entered the "Reflections" unit for residents with dementia in an assisted living facility. Clare's transition from home to ALF was about as good as I could have hoped for. However, there are four steps that our ALF could have taken to make this transition much easier for both of us.

Routine assessment predicts when Alzheimer's patients will need nursing home care, researchers report

Routine assessment predicts when Alzheimer's patients will need nursing home care, researchers report

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Clinicians can use a new assessment to determine when an Alzheimer's patient is likely to need nursing home care, according to researchers based at Columbia University Medical Center.

Younger residents, Alzheimer's patients more common at small assisted living communities, analysis finds

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Residents of small assisted living communities are more likely to be younger than 65 and have a developmental disability or mental illness than those in a large community, according to newly published research.

Ziegler ranks stand-alone, non-profit CCRCs by size

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Erickson Living's Charlestown campus in Catonsville, MD, is the nation's largest single-site, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community, according to rankings recently compiled by investment bank Ziegler.

The need to drill down into seniors housing data

The need to drill down into seniors housing data

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About a year from now, the story coming out of the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry conference will be around how operators are clutching their pearls about the decline in assisted living occupancy.

Build to serve local needs, NIC leader advises long-term care operators

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Increasing demand for long-term care means that operators can realize solid returns on new construction, but they must gauge the potential for success on a market-by-market basis, according to the leader of the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry.

Elmcroft chooses Cerner

Elmcroft Senior Living has announced that it will install Cerner Corp.'s CareTracker at its 85 assisted living facilities.

Assisted living continues to grow while SNF stays stable, NIC experts show

Assisted living continues to grow while SNF stays stable, NIC experts show

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Assisted living continues to boom in the seniors housing market, but caution is needed as more units are slated to open in mid-2014, said experts Thursday at the annual meeting of the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry.

Omnicare will benefit from the Affordable Care Act, GOP opposition is 'perplexing,' CEO says

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Omnicare, the nation's largest long-term care pharmaceutical services provider, is positioned to be successful as insurance coverage expands under the Affordable Care Act, according to CEO John Workman.

SNFs with satisfied workers report fewer deficiencies, earn better marks from customers: report

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Skilled nursing facilities with a high rate of employee satisfaction also have fewer survey deficiencies and a higher Five-Star quality rating, according to research announced yesterday at the American Health Care Association annual meeting in Phoenix.

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