I've had the privilege to speak with two different medical entities today and wanted to share the experience with my readers and colleagues.
A leader in the quest to increase long-term care insurance activity delivered a blow to its followers this week. The fallout might not be pretty.
Transactions within the senior care industry are at an all-time high. There are many different buyer profiles looking to invest and each one has a different method for measuring ROI.
Maryland-based PSA Insurance & Financial Services has bought Councill, a risk management and insurance company specializing in long-term care.
When you hear the word "fleet," you might think of hundreds of school buses or thousands of trucks or vans. But organizations of all sizes own vehicles that help support their business operations. Fleets can be as large as thousands of trucks or as small as one van.
Long-term care providers with between 50 and 99 employees received an unexpected reprieve yesterday, as the Obama administration announced it would give them an extra year before having to offer health insurance
Younger people are more informed about long-term care financing and are more likely to be saving for their future needs than older Americans, according to a recent national survey.
The Commission on Long-Term Care has released its full report to Congress, but some commissioners broke ranks, saying the bipartisan panel did not fulfill its mandate to offer recommendations for comprehensive reform.
October has proven to be a big month for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the launch of the public exchanges and the political maneuverings in Washington. Although many in the healthcare industry welcomed the delay of ACA's employer mandate, it's important to understand how decisions your organization makes in 2014 will impact 2015.
I have a friend who might be best described as a curmudgeon-in-training. He seems to live in a world where almost everything was better than it is now.
An Evangelical Christian who runs senior care facilities does not have to provide free contraception or sterilization for his female employees for the time being, a judge ruled Friday.
We have a problem with funding and the service delivery models in aging services. Both are broken, and both need to be addressed in any real solution is to be implemented. If the service delivery system continues without fundamental change, then costs will continue to escalate unabated. All of the money ultimately comes from the same source, us.
When the Obama administration recently announced it would push back the healthcare law's employer insurance mandate for another year, many a long-term care operator rejoiced. I'm guessing there will be more postponing and tweaking.
No sane person can criticize someone who admits being confused about how medical insurance should be funded, especially for seniors. Last week, a pair of innocently juxtaposed stories highlighted the struggle extremely well.
Nursing home operators should act decisively to take advantage of employer mandate delay, expert advisesJuly 08, 2013
Nursing home advocates cheered the Obama administration's recent decision to delay implementing a key part of the Affordable Care Act, and a legal expert said operators must seize this opportunity to prepare for the future.
Many long-term care providers are worried about rising health insurance costs for groups. Health insurance costs will climb 15% to 40% for groups in 2014. However, there are opportunities to manage this expected cost increase to a level that is affordable.
For most operators, owners and CFOs in long-term care facilities, control is not a word that comes to mind when insurance is the topic. But with price increases hitting commercial insurance lines, market and coverage limitations within the aging services sector, as well as reduced capacity to service this vertical, greater control is exactly what long-term care executives should demand.
Long-term care makes ADP's list of industries most challenged by upcoming health benefits requirementsMarch 08, 2013
Long-term care is one of seven employment sectors likely to see significant challenges based on health benefits requirements in the Affordable Care Act, according to payroll services provider ADP.
Fewer small-business employees, especially those earning low wages, were offered health insurance in 2010, or could afford it, an analysis finds.
Staffing has always been a major challenge in the seniors housing and care sector. And a new health insurance requirement scheduled to take effect in less than 16 months could worsen the problem.
Long-term care insurance sellers must feel a bit like broccoli farmers under the first George Bush presidency. They're not getting the love the feel they deserve.
When I embarked upon the working world, it was no surprise to discover that a fair amount of newspaper reporters smoked like chimneys. It was, however, a shock to later work on the grounds of a hospital campus and see laudable healthcare professionals — people who were saving lives! — light up.
I have a simple solution for improving weather forecasts: Put insurance companies in charge. For when it comes to making accurate predictions about the future, these folks are second to none.
I knew I was a hopelessly timid Canadian when the armed phlebotomist approached with his hands trembling and needle drawn — and I didn't think to protest. No hand raised in the international symbol of "Stop!" No screaming dash from the room. I just gritted my teeth and stoically accepted my fate.
You may not like — nay, hate — the Affordable Care Act. The U.S. Supreme Court may agree with you. That doesn't mean the justices will strike it down.
In an effort to boost long-term care insurance policy sales, more companies have begun selling combination products that also include traditional life insurance. These hybrid policies are usually built using universal life, which has an investment component. The policies also may pay out the death benefit early to help finance care. Sales of these new policies more than doubled last year at Genworth Financial Inc. That's quite a contrast from traditional long-term care insurance policies, which have seen their sales fall by nearly a quarter in the last five years.
A Virginia federal judge Monday ruled that the "individual mandate" aspect of the healthcare reform law violates the Constitution. It is the first such ruling among trial courts.
Emotions will be running high at the rapidly approaching conference of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. The question is, will the mood be one of elation or disappointment?
Now that House Democrats, the dominant party in that chamber, have issued their proposal for healthcare reform, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office will put a price tag on it. The full House then could vote on the measure by the end of next week.
The Senate proposal to create a national long-term care disability insurance program Tuesday gained the key support of President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.