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Las Vegas hosts LTC blockbuster conferences this weekend

Three of the most important long-term care associations will hold their annual conferences in Las Vegas, starting this weekend and extending through Wednesday. Events will take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort.

NCAL extends assisted living quality campaign through 2018

NCAL extends assisted living quality campaign through 2018

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Assisted living quality initiatives will focus on increasing satisfaction while reducing turnover, re-admissions and antipsychotics use, the National Center for Assisted Living announced on Tuesday.

3 national long-term care meetings on tap

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A trio of national annual meetings for long-term care stakeholders will take place in the week ahead, and luckily for those wanting to attend, they'll all be at the same location. The American Health Care Association and its companion group, the National Center for Assisted Living, will hold its 65th annual convention in Sunday through Wednesday in Washington, D.C. In conjunction with those two groups' meetings, the National Association for the Support of Long Term Care will be hold its 25th annual meeting Sunday through Tuesday, also at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center at National Harbor in the District of Columbia.

Providers celebrating 'The Magic of Music' for National Assisted Living week

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Providers are tuning up to kick off the 20th annual National Assisted Living Week, which runs Sept. 7-13. Assisted living communities across the country will hold parties and events celebrating how "The Magic of Music" enhances the lives of residents, staff and volunteers daily.

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.

NCAL and NJ Hospital Association form patient safety organization for assisted living

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The National Center for Assisted Living and the New Jersey Hospital Association have formed the National Patient Safety Organization for Assisted Living. The organization is the first to electronically collect data on clinical performance from NCAL's participating assisted living members

64th annual AHCA/NCAL show heads to Phoenix

Long-term care operators and top managers will be making their way to Phoenix this weekend through Wednesday to attend the 64th annual AHCA/NCAL exhibition and expo. Hosted by the largest nursing home association in the country, the AHCA show will feature dozens of opportunities to earn continuing education credit through educational sessions; top keynote speakers; and an expansive exhibit hall that opens for a total of six and a half hours Monday and Tuesday.

Webinar focuses on achieving improvement goals

Long-term care providers looking to set and achieve quantifiable improvement goals, unique to their organization, are invited to attend a webinar hosted by the American Health Care Association at 2:00 p.m. EDT on Aug. 26. These goals should help attract new healthcare-savvy residents.

National assisted living provider conference kicks off Tuesday

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The National Center for Assisted Living opens its annual spring conference Tuesday at the Westin Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, FL. An "intense, in-depth learning experience" that will focus on "the customer experience," according to organizers, the two-day conference promises to teach processes that will "improve your reputation, and increase revenues."

Medline launches quality improvement program

Medline Industries has launched a program intended to support four key quality goals of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. Called Advancing Quality Together, Medline's program targets the following areas: Safely reduce hospital readmissions, improve staff stability, increase customer satisfaction and safely reduce the off-label use of antipsychotics.

Survey assesses turnover and retention rates among assisted living workers

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The overall retention rate for all assisted living employees was 73% in 2011, a new survey from a provider group finds.

Nation's largest nursing home association to hold annual meeting in Tampa

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Members of the American Health Care Association will gather Sunday through Wednesday in Tampa for the group's 63rd annual convention and expo. Keynote speakers include best-selling business author Jim Collins, who will appear at the opening session. Commander Mark Kelly, the leader of the Space Shuttle Endeavour's final mission and husband of former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt, will be the inspirational closing session speaker. Before and after these sessions, will be more than 70 educational opportunities, midday exhibit hall hours on Monday and Tuesday, and a variety of networking opportunities.

Assisted living group launches quality improvement initiative

Assisted living group launches quality improvement initiative

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A new quality initiative program unveiled Wednesday targets off-label use of antipsychotics, hospital readmissions and staff turnover in assisted living communities.

States are actively working to regulate assisted living facilities, report says

States are actively working to regulate assisted living facilities, report says

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States were actively refining and developing new regulations to monitor assisted living facilities during 2011, an annual report finds.

Quality the focus of AHCA/NCAL symposium Feb. 23-24

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The nation's largest nursing home association and its sister assisted living group will be putting quality practices for long-term care operators under the microscope next Thursday and Friday in Houston. The 4th Annual AHCA/NCAL Quality Symposium features a premium first-day session with university researchers Joseph G. Ouslander, M.D., and Jo A. Taylor, B.S.N., M.P.H. Keynote speakers at the closing general session will be former AHCA Board Chair Mary Ousley, RN, and one-time forklift operator Bob Murphy, Esq., RN, FACHE, a well-known operations expert. AHCA also will hold a Board of Governors meeting on Wednesday, preceding the symposium.

New Jersey's real giants?

New Jersey's real giants?

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What a week for New Jersey. It started with the pro football team that has its roots there winning the Super Bowl, and it's going to end with a first-in-the-nation effort by the state's assisted living providers.

Assisted living management officials saw a bump in salary in 2011, report finds

Assisted living management officials saw a bump in salary in 2011, report finds

Assisted living facility chief financial officers had the highest salary increases among all management positions in 2011, with a 3.9% jump over last year to $122,226, according to a new report.

LTC groups eagerly await Supreme Court decision on healthcare reform

LTC groups eagerly await Supreme Court decision on healthcare reform

Despite the mixed feelings about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act among long-term care providers, all groups agree that they will be closely monitoring a case now headed to the Supreme Court. The high court said Monday it would hear oral arguments on ACA's constitutionality in March.

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.

Largest U.S. long-term care association kicks off 62nd annual convention Sunday

The American Health Care Association will open its annual convention and expo Sunday at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. The event, which attracts upwards of 5,000 long-term care owners, operators, administrators, directors of nursing and other top managers, will run through Wednesday. Best-selling author Daniel Pink ("Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us"; "A Whole New Mind") will keynote the opening general session at 3 p.m. Monday. Corporate culture expert Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos.com Inc., will be the featured speaker at the closing general session at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

'Proud' celebrations and activities expected as National Assisted Living week begins Sunday

"Forever Proud" is the theme of this year's National Assisted Living Week, which will highlight patriotism and love of country. The week begins Sunday — the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks by terrorists — and runs through Saturday, Sept. 17. The weeklong celebration is sponsored by the National Center for Assisted Living, which offers a planning guide and product catalog. NALW was started in 1995 as "an opportunity for residents, families, staff, volunteers and the surrounding community to come together to bestow on the residents a multitude of events and activities that show them how much they are cared for."

Assisted living sector adds jobs

In the midst of glum employment news, the assisted living sector offers a bright spot: It created 3,900 jobs in August, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Remembering Paul Willging

Remembering Paul Willging

Those of us who were fortunate enough to work alongside Dr. Paul Willging quickly learned of the depth of his commitment to long-term care and to those people who dedicate their lives to providing such care.

Parkinson: Nursing homes must be a part of ACOs

Parkinson: Nursing homes must be a part of ACOs

Nursing homes are "perfect partners" for accountable care organizations and don't want to be left behind in the changing healthcare landscape, the leader of the nation's biggest nursing home association said Tuesday.

Long-term care providers launch issue blitz in advance of State of the Union address

Providers are kicking into a higher, cutting-edge gear to get their positions known in advance of President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday. The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living have launched an informational campaign across social media outlets, called the State of Long Term and Post-Acute Care.

Most assisted living communities measure satisfaction levels, NCAL report finds

Approximately 91% of assisted living facilities measure resident and family satisfaction, according to a new report from the National Center for Assisted Living. Researchers conducted the study to look for statistical evidence whether the quality of life for individuals who live in assisted living facilities is improving.

National Center for Assisted Living award winners named

The National Center for Assisted Living has declared the winners of its annual awards for outstanding assisted living administrators, nurses and caregivers.

Slow economy didn't stop new assisted living regulations in 2009: report

A new review of state assisted living regulations finds that the economic downturn hasn't slowed the development of new Medicaid and assisted living policy changes.