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Why Medicaid Funding Will Always Encourage Musical Chairs

Why Medicaid Funding Will Always Encourage Musical Chairs

Companies and cities/states regularly jockey for federal Medicaid money. They will often twist themselves into pretzels to grab as much “free” money as possible. The Medicaid formula, where the federal government matches or exceeds the monetary amount allocated by the state, encourages musical chairs. That is, state and city governments work hard to acquire Medicaid … Continue reading

“Independent” Living No Longer So Independent

“Independent” Living No Longer So Independent

The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW) is fining and threatening to close an independent living apartment complex over regulatory issues. The complex is part of a CCRC (Continuum of Care Community) that  also offers assisted living and skilled nursing services. It’s place in the CCRC is not soothing the ruffled feathers of the DPW bureaucracy. … Continue reading

Where are Nursing Homes Most Likely to Close?

Where are Nursing Homes Most Likely to Close?

Managing a nursing home is tough. Managing a nursing home while turning a profit is even tougher. So, when a nursing home does close, it’s hardly a surprise. Nursing homes must adhere to strict state laws that dictate staffing levels. Most nursing homes accept Medicaid which has been reducing payments to nursing homes since 2011. … Continue reading

Today’s Long Term Care Insurance Buyer

Today’s Long Term Care Insurance Buyer

America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) published a study two years ago, tracking long-term care insurance (LTC) buyers between 1990 and 2010. They also compared buyers with the general population. Although most assisted living communities and home care agencies mention LTC insurance as a means to pay for their services, few people buy it. For those interested in … Continue reading

Random Selections……

Random Selections……

Tennessee Supreme Court rules against Assisted Living Company Tennessee’s Supreme Court reversed a decision by the Appeals Court and found Americare Systems, Inc. liable for the staffing shortage that led to a resident’s death. The case first went to trial in April 2010. The plaintiff’s were the daughters of a woman (Ms. Farrar) who died … Continue reading

Difficulties Assisted Living Developers Face w Zoning Codes

Difficulties Assisted Living Developers Face w Zoning Codes

Developers of assisted living communities face a significant hurdle whenever the local planning commission challenges their projects. The planning board is a political entity; its members are either elected or appointed and as such they often respond to public pressure. If a proposed project attracts vocal opponents, developers will need to make alliances that will counter bad … Continue reading