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Genesis will acquire 24 SNFs in $240 million Revera deal

Genesis will acquire 24 SNFs in $240 million Revera deal

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Genesis Healthcare will acquire 24 skilled nursing facilities from Revera Inc., as part of a $240 million portfolio.

Sabra gains 678 new beds

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Sabra Health Care REIT Inc. purchased four Maryland transitional care facilities for $234 million, the company announced in late June.

NorthStar adding 15 CCRCs: Portfolio now tops $2 billion

NorthStar adding 15 CCRCs: Portfolio now tops $2 billion

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NorthStar Healthcare Income Inc. closed on a $639.3 million portfolio of continuing care retirement communities in mid-June.

Ventas has record quarter, unveils SNF spin-off plans

Ventas has record quarter, unveils SNF spin-off plans

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Real estate investment trust heavyweight Ventas flexed its muscles during the first quarter of 2015 as it reported record revenues and a plan to spin off most of its skilled nursing portfolio.

A Mercy-LSS deal is near

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Pending board approval of both organizations, Mercy Hospital St. Louis was preparing to transfer the ownership of 120 skilled nursing beds on its campus to Lutheran Senior Services.

Hebrew Home needs to sell

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Due to economic hardship, Hebrew Hospital Home is seeking a New York court's permission to sell its 160-bed senior residence facility in Westchester County.

Greystone acquires Autumn amid a troubling indictment

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Florida-based Greystone Healthcare Management has forged ahead with its acquisition of Autumn Health Care despite the central Ohio chain's former owner being indicted on charges of Medicaid fraud, forgery and operating a nursing home without a license.

Kindred deal lands Gentiva

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Kindred Healthcare has completed its purchase of Gentiva Health Services in a deal valued at $1.8 billion, including assumed debt.

Brookdale encounters a new problem: separation anxiety

Brookdale encounters a new problem: separation anxiety

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Embattled Brookdale Senior Living is being asked by a major shareholder to spin off its real estate holdings and revamp its governance board.

BusinessBriefs for February 2015

» Senior Housing Properties Trust will buy 38 senior-living communities for $790 million from CNL Lifestyle Properties Inc., including assumption of debt. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter. The communities encompass 3,466 total living units. This includes 826 independent living units, 1,860 assisted living units, 744 memory care units and 36 skilled nursing beds.

Ventas buy adds payoff

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Ventas has declared a prorated common stock dividend, pending the completion of its American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust purchase.

Many boomers not ready to make seniors housing move

Many boomers not ready to make seniors housing move

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Seniors housing companies prepping for baby boomers may encounter prospects who are largely unwilling and unable to relocate.

BusinessBriefs for January 2015

» Walker & Dunlop said a $9.9 million loan for the refinance of Vista Healthcare Center in California has closed. The center has 187 skilled nursing beds. The transaction was processed through the HUD's LEAN program. The borrower, LifeHOUSE Health Services, will be able to pay off existing intra-company debt and take advantage of a long-term sub-4% rate. The loan is "somewhat unique," the firm said, as it carries a one-year lockout period with four years of lower-than-standard prepayment penalties.

Kindred to add 500 jobs in KY

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Kindred Healthcare will expand its headquarters and add about 500 jobs, the company announced in December.

LTC liability costs projected to increase by 5% nationally

LTC liability costs projected to increase by 5% nationally

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Long-term care providers should prepare for higher liability costs. They are anticipated to increase by 5% on a national basis in 2015, according to a new analysis from the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living and Aon Global Risk Consulting, an arm of insurer Aon plc.

BusinessBriefs for December 2014

» Omega Healthcare Investors is poised to own nearly 875 skilled nursing properties across 41 states, following its merger with Aviv REIT in a $3 billion deal announced in November. The all-stock deal will create the nation's "premier publicly traded pure-play skilled nursing facility real estate investment trust," the companies stated in joint press releases. The combination of the powerhouse REITs is just the latest mega-deal in the long-term care sector.

Occupancy passes 90%

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Seniors housing stock enjoyed occupancy rates above 90% in the third quarter, the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care announced. Occupancy is up 3.4% since the cyclical low of 86.9% seen in the first quarter of 2010.

Nonprofits need to examine core services, says chairman

Nonprofits need to examine core services, says chairman

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Nonprofit long-term care providers must work together to address alarming trends, or their market share could plummet, LeadingAge Chairman David Gehm told association members.

BusinessBriefs for November 2014

» Large nonprofit senior living groups continue to be largely the domain of faith-based operators, according to the latest LeadingAge Ziegler 100 report. Presbyterian-, Methodist- and Lutheran-run organizations were the most common, investigators found.

Prospects not well courted

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Many senior living operators could do a better job of attracting potential customers, a study by students at George Mason University has found.

LTC-related deals took the lead in the second quarter

LTC-related deals took the lead in the second quarter

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Long-term care bucked healthcare industry trends with strong merger and acquisition activity in the second quarter, according to newly released data from professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

BusinessBriefs for October 2014

» Brookdale Senior Living and real estate investment trust HCP have finalized a $1.2 billion joint venture, the firms announced. The new partnership will include 14 continuing care retirement communities in its portfolio. Under the deal, Brookdale and HCP have also amended leases on 202 HCP-owned senior housing communities previously owned by Emeritus Corporation.

SNFs limited in disasters

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Skilled care facilities officially tabbed "alternate care sites" may not be able to take on hospital patient overflow during disasters, according to a report that examines hospital disaster planning.

Genesis, Skilled Healthcare deal forms mega-company

Genesis, Skilled Healthcare deal forms mega-company

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Genesis HealthCare and Skilled Healthcare Group will merge to create a single company with more than 500 facilities nationwide, the providers announced in late August.

BusinessBriefs for September 2014

» CNL Healthcare Properties completed the acquisition of seven communities in Texas and one in Illinois for approximately $187.2 million, with potential adjustments related to property net operating income. The eight properties collectively have 798 units and 72 skilled nursing beds. They were acquired from Dallas-based South Bay Partners Ltd.

AdCare shifts business plan

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AdCare Health Systems plans to divest its senior living properties and become a holding company, the firm announced.

Sector's housing stock grows at uneven pace, NIC reports

Sector's housing stock grows at uneven pace, NIC reports

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Seniors housing stock collectively rose by 0.1% in the second quarter, putting the sector on pace for a 1.5% annual increase, according to new data from the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry.

BusinessBriefs for August 2014

» Center Management Group of Flushing, NY, will pay $145 million to purchase five nursing facilities and two senior living communities from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The company currently operates 15 nursing facilities across New York and New Jersey. As part of the deal, the buyer has pledged to maintain the Catholic character of the nursing homes.

Hospitalist firm charged

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A hospitalist company that works with thousands of facilities is facing federal charges that its clinicians routinely overbilled Medicare and Medicaid, authorities recently announced.

Skilled care companies seek site-neutral Medicare rates

Skilled care companies seek site-neutral Medicare rates

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Proposed Medicare payment changes have put the nation's skilled care companies at odds with inpatient rehabilitation providers, and the two sides were making strident arguments in front of lawmakers at press time.

Kindred bid more hostile?

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Kindred Healthcare increased its bid for Gentiva Health Services to about $534 million, and plans to take the offer directly to shareholders.

BusinessBriefs for July 2014

» Berkadia Commercial Mortgage LLC acquired Keystone Commercial Capital, a commercial mortgage banking company based in Scottsdale, AZ. Keystone services more than $2 billion in commercial real estate loans. Berkadia plans to add 16 employees to its offices.

Ventas' $2.6 billion bid will create healthcare REIT titan

Ventas' $2.6 billion bid will create healthcare REIT titan

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Real estate investment trust giant Ventas took a huge step in bolstering its private-pay assets when it announced it would acquire American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust for $2.6 billion in cash and stock. The transaction is expected to close later this year.

BusinessBriefs June 2014

» Four bidders have emerged as finalists to buy Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II Inc., in a transaction that could value the company at more than $3.6 billion.

A new day for Sunrise

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Sunrise Senior Living has promoted Chris Winkle to its top executive post. The firm's former COO replaces Penny McIntyre, who had been on the job for less than six months.

Occupancy, absorption both climb in first quarter: NIC

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Skilled nursing facilities' average occupancy rate continued to rise 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.

BusinessBriefs May 2014

» 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. The firm operates seven skilled nursing facilities and two assisted living communities in the coastal area between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Value is new SNF mandate

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Long-term care operators will face additional pressure to improve, said William Shrank, Ph.D., chief scientific officer for CVS/Caremark.

Nursing rates and prices hit historic highs, reports show

Nursing rates and prices hit historic highs, reports show

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The rates nursing home charge and the prices they fetch on the market have hit new highs, reports reveal.

BusinessBriefs

» Country Villa Health Services, which operates 19 skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in California, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Pending class-action lawsuits and cash flow problems led to the filing, chief executive Stephen Reissman told The Wall Street Journal. The company faces seven class action suits, some labor related and some alleging improper care. The company intends to keep its facilities open while it reorganizes.

Ensign split hurts earnings

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The Ensign Group's annual results for 2013 came in just under management's guidance for the first time in the company's history, the provider announced.

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.

BusinessBriefs

» Catholic Health will sell three of its seven long-term care facilities to Comprehensive Healthcare Management, according to local reports. A price has not been finalized for the three facilities in the area around Buffalo, NY. Catholic Health's remaining LTC facilities will be aligned more closely with the company's hospitals, reports stated. CHM is based on Long Island, NY.

Gay couple turns to EEOC

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Brookdale Senior Living is revisiting its benefits policies for same-sex couples after an employee filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in January. The worker alleged that Brookdale denied health benefits to her wife after the couple got married in Connecticut.

Providers strive to diversify services, payment streams

Providers strive to diversify services, payment streams

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Companies in the post-acute sector have been seeking deals to diversify their services and limit their reliance on Medicare, according to a recent analysis from investment banking firm TripleTree.

BusinessBriefs

» The Cahill Group, based in Chicago, has acquired a portfolio of Rosewood Care Centers skilled nursing facilities for $250 million. The SNFs are in Illinois and Missouri. The new company overseeing operations will be called Cahill Rosewood.

Freddie Mac option debuts

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

Local 'religiosity' often tied  to fairer business practices

Local 'religiosity' often tied to fairer business practices

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A number of the nation's largest nursing facility corporations might have better business practices because their headquarters are in communities where religion is important to many people, new study results suggest.

CompanyBriefs

» IPC The Hospitalist Company has acquired four affiliated post-acute practices in White Plains, NY. Known collectively as Park Avenue, the affiliated practices serve more than 120 skilled nursing and other post-acute facilities, according to co-owner Brad Markowitz. IPC is a physician group offering services in more than 800 post-acute facilities.

Omega closes $525M deal

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

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