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Nursing home did not warn worker who was taken hostage in active shooter drill, lawsuit alleges


A nurse at a Life Care Centers of America facility in Colorado was not notified that she would be threatened and taken hostage by a gunman as part of an active shooter drill, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

Housing & Healthcare Finance advises on $940M loan for Deutsche Bank

Housing & Healthcare Finance has advised on a $940 million loan for Deutsche Bank involving 167 skilled nursing facilities in 19 states, with significant concentrations in Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina and Texas.

Colorado businessman found guilty of forcing foreign nurses to work in U.S. nursing homes


Kizzy Kalu, the Colorado businessman on trial for luring nurses to the U.S. under false pretenses, was found guilty on 89 criminal counts Monday, including trafficking in forced labor.

Colorado long-term care group raises money for family of Aurora, CO shooting victim


Colorado's long-term care association is working on raising money for the children of an Aurora movie theater shooting victim who worked in the industry.

Colorado considers mandatory flu shots for nursing home workers

Officials from Colorado's state health department have proposed mandatory flu vaccinations for all nursing home employees, regardless of religious or personal exceptions.

Obesity rates top 25% in about 40 states, new report finds

Obesity rates in 28 states ticked upward over the last year. Two-thirds of states report adult obesity rates above 25%, according to a new report.

What to do with unused meds


There is more and more talk in state legislatures of finding new ways to dispose of unused medications at healthcare facilities. This is an idea whose time has come.

Proxies cannot sign nursing home arbitration agreements, Colorado court rules

A Colorado court recently ruled that a healthcare proxy does not have the authority to sign an arbitration agreement on behalf of a nursing home resident.