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2014 a banner year for senior living providers; top lists released

Senior living providers had a remarkably positive 2014, marked by record investments and acquisitions, growing occupancy rates and swelling demand, according to the annual analysis of the largest senior living providers by the Assisted Living Federation of America.

Providers holding breath for Senate 'doc fix' vote

Providers holding breath for Senate 'doc fix' vote

As expected, the House of Representatives on Thursday repealed the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), earning loud praise from the American Health Care Association.

Non-whites get readmitted more often after joint replacement surgery: Study

Non-whites covered by Medicaid and Medicare are significantly more likely to be readmitted to a hospital within 30 days after total joint replacement surgery than whites, according to a new study that was unveiled on Thursday at the 2015 Annual Meeting of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Also in the News for Friday, March 27

Documentation the biggest challenge to providers, survey shows ... Middle-age hip replacements nearly doublefrom 2002-2011 ... Even LTC insurers think product is too expensive ... Exercise, but not Vitamin D, cuts injuries from falls

MDS 3.0, pressure ulcers push Expo to record highs; sessions conclude today

MDS 3.0, pressure ulcers push Expo to record highs; sessions conclude today

There are a lot of swirling questions why certain residents develop pressure ulcers, which remain a costly and critical issue for long-term care providers, a leading wound care expert noted Wednesday.

Company News

Kindred deal lands Gentiva

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

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.

State News

State News for March 2015

State News for March 2015

ARKANSAS — A former circuit court judge recently admitted that a campaign contribution induced him to lower a jury award in a negligent death lawsuit brought by a nursing home resident's family.

State News for February 2015

State News for February 2015

MASSACHUSETTS — Thanks in part to the Affordable Care Act, the concept of palliative care has become more prominent in the national conversation about the end of life. Now these conversations are mandated for Bay State nursing homes, hospitals and other providers.

State News for January 2015

State News for January 2015

NEW JERSEY — Lawmakers here will soon debate the merits of a bill that would require the state to pay facilities up to half of the money owed for uncompensated care for residents whose Medicaid applications remain mired in limbo after three months.