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Major Regulatory Headlines for Senior Living to Watch in 2017

From a regulatory perspective, 2016 was certainly a busy year in seniors housing and care. From new bundled payment models to revised participation requirements, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) rolled out new guidance and rules at a rapid pace. With a new administration and a new leader at the helm of Health and […]

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GAO Investigation Reveals Margins Highest among For-Profits, Chains

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded an investigation into Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) data on nursing homes, staffing practices, and financial performance by recommending that CMS make such data more easily accessible by the public and ensure the data’s validity. The agency’s report underscores the need for more and better financial skilled nursing data in the industry.

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CMS’ Drive for Innovation Has Operators Paying Attention

The push toward value-based purchasing by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) means significant changes for operators, said Ray Thivierge, a well-known and respected skilled nursing industry leader. He moderated “The Ever-Changing World of Skilled Nursing: The Impact of CMS Initiatives,” a session at the 2016 NIC Fall Conference in September.

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CMS & Arbitration Clauses: What Skilled Nursing Needs to Know

On September 24, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) released a final rule that increases regulations on nursing homes that care for Medicare and Medicaid residents, as the vast majority of skilled nursing providers do. One of the regulations—the “headline” for many in the media—is the prohibition of arbitration clauses in new resident contracts.

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A Career Aligned with Seniors Housing and Care’s Success

Former Utah Governor, former Secretary of Health and Human Services, current founder and chairman of Leavitt Partners . . . There’s no doubt that Mike Leavitt has an impressive history. But it’s not just his resume that makes his perspective on seniors housing and care unique and exciting. Leavitt’s career is chock-full of examples when he embodied the spirit of the industry, creating his own path through innovation, collaboration, and entrepreneurship.

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