California

HHC Finance closes $76M in loans

Housing & Healthcare Finance has closed $76.4 million in loans to refinance the conventional debt on three skilled nursing facilities located in California, the company said.

Swelling Medicaid rolls have states, providers worried

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California's Medicaid-eligible rolls are swelling as part of a nationwide expansion of the program under the Affordable Care Act, a finding that should give other states' Medicaid agencies pause over the coming year.

California mulls assisted living cameras

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California may allow some form of videotaping in assisted living facilities, following mounting pressures from concerned families and positive outcomes from an Orange County facility that installed the devices years ago.

ISL to manage The Village at Stonebridge

Integral Senior Living has been selected to manage The Village at Stonebridge in McKinney, TX. The facility will open near the end of August, a spokesperson told McKnight's.

More registered nurses are delaying retirement, researchers say

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Despite "imminent retirement" of baby boomers, more registered nurses are working longer after age 50, researchers find.

LaSalle Group to host grand opening of TX facility

The LaSalle Group announced the grand opening of Autumn Leaves of Stone Oak, its first memory care community in the San Antonio area. The community will host its official grand opening July 24.

BCA Architects approved to create $25M assisted living facility

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BCA Architects received approval from the city council and planning commission of San José, CA, to create an assisted living facility. Construction on the $25 million project is scheduled to begin this fall and to be completed by fall 2015.

Former caregivers sue CA facility for hour and wage violations

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Former caregivers filed a class action lawsuit against one of the nation's largest provider of post-acute care services for alleged failure to pay minimum wage and overtime, among other claims.

Emeritus settles $2.2 million lawsuit

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Emeritus Senior Living has agreed to settle a $2.2 million lawsuit in which workers claimed they were routinely underpaid at the assisted living company's California facilities, according to a ProPublica report.

First Green House homes in California

California's first certified Green House homes opened today at Mt. San Antonio Gardens. Twenty residents will live at the Evergreen Villas.

Sequester would cost SNFs more than $782 million, hit Florida especially hard, report asserts

Sequester would cost SNFs more than $782 million, hit Florida especially hard, report asserts

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Skilled nursing facilities in highly populated states on the East Coast and in the Midwest would be hit hardest by Medicare cuts if sequestration takes effect, according to figures released by the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care on Wednesday.

Managed care experiment for dual-eligibles set to boom; observers worried

Managed care experiment for dual-eligibles set to boom; observers worried

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A federal experiment for dual-eligibles that hopes to cut Medicaid and Medicare costs through managed care is set to exponentially expand, and some are worried it is destined to fail, according to a report from Kaiser Health News.

SNF residents can sue operators over staffing, appeals court says

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California nursing home residents have more ammunition to sue the operators of the facilities they live in for violating state nurse-staffing regulations, an appeals court ruled this week.

Report: State budgets torn asunder by Medicaid spending

Report: State budgets torn asunder by Medicaid spending

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Regardless of whether states choose to expand Medicaid, states are facing fiscal crisis related to rising healthcare costs and government pension obligations, a new report finds.

A sweep of genius in long-term care procurement

A sweep of genius in long-term care procurement

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Just say "cheese" was my first reaction when I saw the notice.

Caregivers for Medicaid recipients often live in poverty, study finds

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Caregivers for low-income seniors and the disabled often live in poverty or near-poverty themselves, according to a new study.

Providers pleased with Supreme Court Medicaid decision

Providers pleased with Supreme Court Medicaid decision

The U.S. Supreme Court has not ruled against the idea of providers suing the state of California for its efforts to cut Medicaid reimbursements by 10%. The nation's highest court sent the case back to the 9th Circuit Court for further consideration.

Pharmacist underpayments results in adverse events, citations, investigation finds

Pharmacist underpayments results in adverse events, citations, investigation finds

Nursing homes that provide below-average consultant pharmacist salaries may be getting what they pay for, a state investigation suggests.

Federal judge blocks Medicaid cuts to California nursing facilities

Federal judge blocks Medicaid cuts to California nursing facilities

A federal judge granted an injunction last week that stopped the state of California from implementing a 10% reimbursement cut to skilled nursing facilities operating within hospitals.

CMS expands Medicare fraud patrol program

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is offering $9 million in grants to expand a program that trains retirees to spot Medicare fraud.

California gets go-ahead to cut Medicaid payments to providers by 10%

California gets go-ahead to cut Medicaid payments to providers by 10%

The Obama administration has approved a request to cut Medicaid payments to California healthcare providers, including nursing homes, by 10%, which will mean $623 million in less reimbursement over the next two years.

Top Democrats opposed to Obama administration position on Medicaid lawsuits

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have parted ways with the Obama administration regarding the rights of Medicaid beneficiaries to sue their states over discontinuation of benefits and access to care.

California requires nursing homes to post Five-Star ratings

Nursing homes in California, as of the start of the year, must publicly post their facilities' ratings as determined by the federal Five-Star Quality Rating System.

California toughens enforcement of nurse staffing ratio

A new law in California strictly enforces the nursing home staffing mandate of 3.2 nursing hours per patient day.

Celebrity nursing home's administrators broke law in moving residents, state finds

Administrators at the embattled Motion Picture and Television Fund nursing home violated California state laws when they relocated dozens of residents last year, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Provider groups oppose Supreme Court review of California Medicaid case

The Supreme Court should not review a ruling that blocked a 10% across-the-board cut to California Medicaid providers. That is the opinion of a group of national provider groups.

California county settles lawsuit over alleged mistreatment of older gay couple

A 78-year-old gay resident has settled a lawsuit with Sonoma County, CA. He had accused the county of separating him and his now-deceased gay partner, forcing them into long-term care facilities and selling off all their possessions.

Nursing home regulators in California inadequately collect fines from violators, audit finds

A report issued Thursday by the California State Auditor finds that nursing home regulators in California are lax when it comes to collecting fines from nursing homes that violate regulations.

Nursing homes in California under fire for cutting staff while receiving money for staffing

The purpose of a 2004 California law was to provide nursing homes with additional funding to hire staff and increase wages. Instead, a number of nursing home providers took advantage of it to increase profits and pad their bottom line, according to a recent watchdog group report.

Vote on California budget compromise looms

The California state budget drama continued to play out this week as lawmakers prepare to vote Thursday on an agreement that would close a $26 billion shortfall. The compromise would be one that includes billions of dollars in healthcare and education cuts.