Also in the News for Thursday, Jan. 25


Senate confirms Alex Azar as HHS Secretary ... Oregonians vote to fund Medicaid expansion by taxing hospitals, managed care and insurance companies ... GE's unexpected shortfall for long-term care insurance leads to SEC investigation

Mount Miguel Covenant Village breaks ground on center

Mount Miguel Covenant Village, a continuing care retirement community operated by Covenant Retirement Communities, broke ground on a $15 million construction project last week.

Rhode Island is No. 1 HIPAA enforcer in state rankings


Healthcare providers may feel more pressure of Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act enforcement in states like Rhode Island and Alaska, according to data compiled by TrueVault, a HIPAA compliance company.

Oregon tops list of best states for nurses


With a supportive work environment and plenty of opportunity, Oregon took first in a 2014 ranking of the best and worst states for nursing.

CNL Lifestyle Properties acquires two WA facilities

Real estate investment trust CNL Lifestyle Properties has acquired two senior housing communities for about $12.5 million: South Pointe Assisted Living in Everett, WA, and La Conner Retirement Inn in La Conner, WA.

Consider innovative partnerships to reduce falls, experts say


Senior care stakeholders should consider creative partnerships to reduce falls, according to an expert on a National Council on Aging/IlluminAge Communication Partners webcast yesterday.

More states are implementing consumer protections for long-term care insurance policies


States are increasingly are implementing regulations designed to help resolve consumer tussles with long-term care insurance companies, according to news reports.

Nursing home residents use iPad to vote in House primary election

Nursing home residents in five Oregon counties voted in a Congressional special primary election Tuesday via iPad tablet notebooks, thanks to a small pilot program.

Study asserts Medicaid is key to physical and financial health

In the first large-scale study to assess the impact of Medicaid, researchers say they have showed that health insurance for low-income individuals results in their improved physical, mental and financial health.

Oregon hospices steer clear of physician-assisted suicide

Hospices in Oregon, where physician-assisted suicide is legal, rarely participate in the practice, according to a recent survey.