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Report: Managed care reaches 'tipping point'

Report: Managed care reaches 'tipping point'

Medicaid managed care may have reached a "tipping point" in 2014, with the number of managed care beneficiaries swelling while fee-for-service enrollment actually dropped, according to a recently released report from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Assisted living caregiver abandoned residents during fire to evade police, authorities say

An assisted living worker in North Carolina stopped helping residents during a fire Wednesday and fled the scene, because he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, according to news sources.

HIPAA breach leads to first-ever 'neglect' settlement for a healthcare provider

A recent, first-of-its-kind HIPAA settlement demonstrates that long-term care and other providers need to be vigilant about updating software and other basic security tasks, officials say.

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NJ nursing home workers protest over wages ... More hospitals to see Medicare bump due to value-based purchasing ... CDC updates chronic kidney disease website

Rehab providers blast site-neutral payments, call for rejection

Rehab providers blast site-neutral payments, call for rejection

Site-neutral payments for skilled nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation facilities should not be considered until the recently passed IMPACT Act has been implemented, a rehab provider association strenuously urged Wednesday in a letter to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.

Company News

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%

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

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.

State News

State News for December 2014

State News for December 2014

FLORIDA - A nursing home building boom may be on the horizon following the end of a 12-year moratorium.

State news for November 2014

State news for November 2014

MISSISSIPPI — Postal inspectors allege nursing home employees here and in California may have unwittingly referred families and residents seeking help with Medicaid and veterans' benefits to an individual who allegedly filed troublesome paperwork and defrauded others of hundreds of thousands of dollars in what they described as a sophisticated Ponzi scheme.

State News for October 2014

State News for October 2014

ILLINOIS — Gov. Pat Quinn (D) has signed a new law making it easier for people to lodge complaints against nursing homes.