CMS suspends enrollment in Ascension-owned senior-care program

By Bob Herman  |  November 23, 2015

The CMS halted all enrollment in a program that cares for poor seniors at Alexian Brothers Community Services in St. Louis. The agency found Alexian failed to provide necessary services and avoided enrolling sick, more expensive patients.

Bundled payment demo has nursing homes seeing stars

Bundled payment demo has nursing homes seeing stars

By Melanie Evans  |  November 21, 2015

Hospitals in more than five dozen metropolitan areas will soon have no choice but to take bundled payments from Medicare for hip and knee replacements. And the skilled-nursing facilities that do business with them face a stark reality of their own.

SNF leaders wary of new ACO rule

SNF leaders wary of new ACO rule

By Michael Sandler  |  November 21, 2015

Skilled-nursing facilities are seeking more say in how they contract with accountable care organizations as a new CMS rule for ACOs loosens the coverage policy for some Medicare patients, experts say.

IPC Healthcare acquires Hospital Medicine Consultants

By Michael Sandler  |  October 23, 2015

In a move that reflects the industry's urgency to better coordinate care, hospitalist staffing firm and post-acute-care provider IPC Healthcare announced Thursday it has acquired Hospital Medicine Consultants.

Q&A: 'We can provide almost unlimited amounts of capital' to help health systems grow

Q&A: 'We can provide almost unlimited amounts of capital' to help health systems grow

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 17, 2015

Debra Cafaro, CEO of Chicago-based Ventas, one of the country's largest healthcare-focused real estate investment trusts, discusses the strategy behind the recent acquisition of acute-care provider Ardent Medical Services, Ventas' plans for expansion and the outlook for the healthcare REIT sector.

Post-acute providers adapt to reform

Post-acute providers adapt to reform

By Michael Sandler  |  October 17, 2015

Post-acute-care providers are adjusting their business plans to better navigate the changing terrain created by the Affordable Care Act, as reduced payment rates and consolidation pressure their industry.

Nursing home facilities up in arms over new rules

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 16, 2015

A sweeping proposed rule aimed at significantly improving the quality of care Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries receive in nursing homes is overly burdensome, industry insiders say, while advocates are praising the attempt to bring forth change.

Blog: Assisted living eyed as gap in care coordination

By Melanie Evans  |  October 05, 2015

Medicare could reduce spending with better care coordination for seniors who are too healthy for nursing homes but too frail to live without some support, researchers write in the journal Health Affairs.

Granger Cobb, former Emeritus CEO, dies

By Beth Kutscher  |  September 24, 2015

Granger Cobb, the former CEO of senior living company Emeritus Corp. before it was acquired by Brookdale Senior Living, died this week, Brookdale disclosed in a news release. His age and cause of death were not immediately available.

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