CMS announces $165 million in funding to move people from nursing homes to assisted living and other settings – News – McKnight’s Senior Living

CMS Administrator Seema Verma The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will make up to $165 million in supplemental funding available to states operating Money Follows the Person demonstration programs to help state Medicaid programs boost efforts to move older adults and people with disabilities from nursing homes and other institutional settings to home- and community-based settings, the agency announced Wednesday. Such home- and community-based settings could include assisted living communities that serve Medicaid beneficiaries via waivers. CMS Administrator Seema Verma said the effort is being driven by “the tragic devastation wrought by the coronavirus on nursing home residents.” “Home- and community-based care is not only frequently more cost effective, but is preferred by seniors and adults with disabilities seeking to maintain the dignity of independent living,” she said.…
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Albertsons names Omer Gajial to lead pharmacy, health care – Supermarket News

Albertsons Omer Gajial will lead one of the nation’s largest retail pharmacy operations. Albertsons has 1,726 pharmacies among its 2,252 retail stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia. News>Executive Changes Former Amazon, PepsiCo executive takes over after exit of Mark Panzer Former Amazon and PepisCo executive Omer Gajial has joined Albertsons Cos. as senior vice president of pharmacy and health. Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons announced Gajial’s appointment in a post on the company’s LinkedIn page. He fills the vacancy left by Mark Panzer, who last month departed the company to pursue other interests after more than four years in the role.…
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Cambia Health Solutions Welcomes Dr. Marion Couch As Senior Vice President And Chief Medical Officer – PRNewswire

Dr. Couch brings a wealth of expertise as a physician, educator and health care industry executive to lead clinical enterprise and strategy for Cambia, focusing on innovative provider partnerships that improve the health of consumers and drive affordability Cambia Health Solutions Sep 23, 2020, 14:00 ET PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ —  is pleased to welcome Dr. Marion Couch, PhD, MBA, FACS, as senior vice president (SVP) and chief medical officer. Dr. Couch brings more than 30 years of experience as a clinician, educator and health care industry executive to Cambia, where she will begin work Oct. 1, 2020. Dr.…
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Fifth Third Sets $8 Billion Sustainable Finance Goal – Business Wire

CINCINNATI–()–Fifth Third Bancorp (Nasdaq: FITB) today announced that it has set a new sustainable finance goal of $8 billion to be achieved by 2025. This goal continues the Bank’s leadership in environmental sustainability, having become the first Fortune 500 company to achieve 100% renewable power through a single, solar project, earning an A- Climate leadership score from CDP, and receiving an EPA Green Power Leadership Award, all of which occurred over the past year. Fifth Third Bank Chairman, President & CEO Greg D. Carmichael, said, “By setting this $8 billion sustainable finance goal, we are expanding our commitment to partner with clients to make a real difference for our planet.…
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Senior Care Authority® Offers Course for Certified Dementia Practitioner Accreditation – PRNewswire

PETALUMA, Calif., Sept. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In order to empower seniors, families, financial and legal professionals, and health care providers who are working with someone living with dementia, Senior Care Authority® is now offering a course leading to Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) certification. Their first seminar, to be held on Sept. 29, 2020, will precede the Fall 2020 launch of the Senior Care Authority Academy, a vehicle for equipping the industry and the public with the latest information on dementia and other information related to senior care. For more information or to register go to: Continue Reading Senior Care Authority “Our company prides itself on providing the best-trained and most caring senior care advisors,” stated Senior Care Authority Managing Director Marcy Baskin.…
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Independent Living Consumer Sentiment Solid, Pandemic Exposes Pain Points To Address For Future Success – Senior Housing News

A decisive majority of independent living residents are glad to be in a senior living community during Covid-19, although they see room for improvement in some key operational areas. Meanwhile, staff are generally glad to be working in independent living during this time and believe that their communities have responded well to the pandemic. And providers should be concentrating their efforts on forging strong and consistent connections with prospects, while also considering less traditional models such as senior living co-ops. These are among the findings from the Covid-19 Sentiment Report conducted by Plante Moran Living Forward and Retirement Dynamics. The report compiled findings from a survey of 3,582 independent living residents, 717 prospects and 703 staff members.…
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How Brookdale, Discovery, Senior Star and Ascension are Meeting the Pandemic ‘Inflection Point’ – Senior Housing News

Covid-19 has changed the state of play, but that doesn’t mean other long-term forces have stopped shaping the senior living industry. In addition to a deadly pandemic, senior living providers must also contend with the evolving preferences of the baby boomers, along with the lingering effects of recent supply-demand imbalances in markets across the country — all in the next 24 months or so. And if the industry hopes to rebound from these challenging times in the foreseeable future, it’s going to take a realization that some things must change, according to Richard Hutchinson, CEO of Bonita Springs, Florida-based Discovery Senior Living.…
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Cypress Place Senior Living Announces New Leadership Team – PR Web

Cypress Place Senior Living We are very excited to promote Colleen and welcome Gina to our team at Cypress Place. VENTURA, Calif. (PRWEB) September 22, 2020 , one of Ventura’s distinctive independent, assisted living, and memory care communities, announces the addition of Gina Salman as its new Executive Director and Colleen Webb as its new Associate Executive Director, effective September 8, 2020. The campus style structure of Cypress Place is best supported by a leadership team that is comprised of both an Executive Director and Associate Director. Cypress Place spans two large buildings that encompass an assisted living, memory care, and independent living community campus.…
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Mid Coast Senior Health welcomes new nurse leader – Press Herald

Carrie Pelletier has been promoted to director of nursing at Mid Coast Senior Health. In her new role, she will manage the nursing department and oversee the daily operations of Mid Coast Senior Health’s long-term care community, Mere Point, and skilled nursing and rehabilitation at Bodwell. Pelletier Jeffrey Morris, CPP “We are delighted to have Carrie step into this essential position at Mid Coast Senior Health,” said Kim Watson, Mid Coast Senior Health administrator. “Carrie has been a dedicated team member for several years and is admired by residents and staff for her strong leadership and positive approach.” Pelletier earned her nursing degree at Saint Joseph’s College and worked as a nurse at Mid Coast Senior Health from 1997 to 2010.…
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Senior living needs $5 billion more to address ‘urgent’ COVID-19 needs: Argentum – News – McKnight’s Senior Living

Argentum President and CEO James Balda Senior living providers need an additional $5 billion in funding to address “immediate and urgent needs” related to COVID-19 rapid testing, screening and, ultimately, vaccinations, Argentum’s leader told U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in a letter Friday. Argentum President and CEO James Balda also “strenuously” urged that additional funding be placed in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Provider Relief Fund in another relief package. “Based on industry estimates, upfront COVID-19 related expenses related to community population needs for testing, staffing and personal protective equipment will surpass $11 billion,” Balda wrote. “To win the COVID-19 battle, senior living communities and the workforce that cares for this vulnerable population must be prioritized, and additional funds for the Provider Relief Fund is critical.”…
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