Post-Acute and Senior Living News – June 2017

Acute Care and PAC: A Friendship Long Overdue

“Both acute care facilities and post-acute care facilities need each other to thrive in today’s world order as the bulk of the population grows into their 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s,” reports McKnight’s. Steve Carr, Chief Sales Officer and Director of Business Development at Centers Health Care, discusses the five major areas in which hospitals and nursing homes mutually benefit one another.

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What Separates Senior Living’s Best Leaders From the Rest? As It Turns out, These Four Things

“About a quarter of all Fortune 500 chiefs who leave their posts each year do so involuntarily. The harsh reality is that finding the right person to run any senior living organization is hardly an exact science,” according to McKnight’s. Recent findings from the CEO Genome Project, a decade-long investigation into the characteristics that distinguish high performers, have determined four distinct behaviors exhibited by successful executives: they are decisive, engage for impact, adapt proactively, and deliver results in a reliable fashion.

Little Sisters of the Poor Hopeful Religious Liberty Fight Will Soon Be Over

Sister Constance Veit, communications director for the Little Sisters of the Poor in the United States, commented Tuesday [June 6] that President Trump has given the order ‘real support,’ both in a Rose Garden ceremony where Trump signed an executive order on religious liberty and in an apparent draft of a new HHS rule leaked to Vox that would give the Little Sisters a religious exemption to the Obama-era contraceptive mandate,” Townhall reports. In addition, “in his keynote address at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence cited the Trump administration’s work to ensure religious liberty for the Little Sisters of the Poor. The Little Sisters and other nonprofit religious organizations that have religious objections to Obamacare’s contraceptive mandate have been involved in a nearly five-year long lawsuit against the Obama administration.”

Héctor Colón Named CEO of Lutheran Social Services

“Héctor Colón, director of Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services, has been named the new president and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan,” according to BizTimes Media. “Colón replaces LSS president and CEO David Larson, who has led the organization for 15 years. Colón will begin in his new position next month. ‘I am humbled to join Lutheran Social Services,’ Colón said. ‘As a faith-based, mission-driven organization, LSS’s work to improve people’s lives is impressive and absolutely inspires me. I look forward to working with our leadership and staff to make LSS a provider and employer of choice.’”

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Arbitration Agreements for Nursing Homes

“The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that Kindred Healthcare could enforce a binding arbitration agreement with the families of two former residents of its nursing homes,” reports Modern Healthcare. “In a 7-1 decision, the justices overturned a Kentucky Supreme Court decision that refused to enforce the arbitration agreements. The U.S. Supreme Court said the Federal Arbitration Act protects Kindred’s right to use arbitration rather than litigation to settle disputes with nursing home residents and their families. In the case at hand, Kindred is fighting the relatives of two former residents of one of their nursing facilities. Although the women—Janis Clark and Beverly Wellner—signed admission paperwork for their family members, Kentucky’s Supreme Court said the arbitration agreements in those contracts violated the residents’ “God-given” right to litigate any disputes. The women sued Kindred for negligence and wrongful death after their relatives died at a facility in Winchester, Kentucky.”

Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices Awarded ‘A’ Rating

“Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Choices was awarded an ‘A’ rating from Standard & Poor’s,” according to Lima News. “The rating reflects Otterbein’s sustained improvement in operating performance, healthy maximum annual debt service coverage and balance sheet metrics, all supported by overall resident occupancy. The outlook reflects Otterbein’s stable operating performance and the expectation that the ministry will maintain sound financial metrics for the future.”

New VP for Methodist Homes of Alabama

Methodist Homes of Alabama and Northwest Florida has selected Liz Prosch, RN, as its new Vice President for Quality and Mission Integration, Trussville Tribune reports. “In Birmingham, the initial focus of Liz’s attention will be to structure, monitor and maintain the highest quality in nursing services at Fair Haven. Liz Prosch previously served with Methodist Homes in a similar role prior to a tenure with the Alabama Quality Assurance Foundation (AQAF). Fair Haven, which is currently under campus-wide redevelopment, is on a continuing journey to change the culture of assisted living and nursing care away from an institutional model and toward the model of home, called the Household Model.”