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NIC Skilled Nursing Data: Key Takeaways from the First-Quarter 2017 Report

NIC has just released its first quarter 2017 Skilled Nursing Data Report, which includes key monthly data points from April 2012 through March 2017. The current report is based on data collected monthly, but reported quarterly, from approximately 20 operators and 1,500 properties.  While NIC continues to add more operators and properties to the data […]

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State Medicaid Programs in Quite a State

The public discourse recently has narrowed on the big capital “R” reforms potentially coming down from the federal government on states regarding their Medicaid funding. Meanwhile,  states themselves have a lot on their plates regarding Medicaid, despite the uncertainty of the future of the program and its financing. Some states, like North Carolina and Kansas, […]

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Do You Know Enough about Managed Care? The future of your business may depend on it

About one-third of Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in managed care today, and nearly half of all seniors are expected to be enrolled within the next 10 years. With that sobering statistic in mind, senior care operators need to understand the opportunities presented by the rapid expansion of managed care and the challenges that lie ahead.

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What’s the Story on Medicaid Block Grants?

In the executive order signed on his first day in office, President Trump instructed federal agencies to prepare to grant states more flexibility in managing their health care programs, possibly clearing the way for Medicaid block grants. How could block grants affect seniors housing and care? Medicaid Funding & Block Grants Medicaid is currently funded […]

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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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