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Insights in Seniors Housing & Care

Ryan Brooks

Ryan Brooks

Senior Principal Ryan Brooks works with the research team in providing research, analysis, and contributions in the areas of healthcare collaboration and partnerships, telemedicine implementation, EHR optimization, and value-based care transition. Prior to joining NIC, he served as Clinical Administrator for multiple service lines within the Johns Hopkins Health System, where he focused on patient throughput strategies, regulatory compliance, and lean deployment throughout the organization. Brooks received his Bachelor’s in Health Services Administration from James Madison University and his Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.

The Medicare Advantage Landscape: Plan Consolidation and Proposed Rate Cuts Impact Care Providers

By: Ryan Brooks  |  February 15, 2024

In 2023, Medicare Advantage (MA) enrollment surpassed traditional fee-for-service Medicare enrollment for the first time in the program’s history, with more than 30 million seniors—51% of the Medicare population—now enrolled in a private plan. While MA plans can boast lower 30-day hospital readmission rates and fewer avoidable hospitalizations for their members, the increasing penetration of MA plans is a trend that senior housing and care providers should monitor closely.

Senior Housing  |  Workforce

PEO Solutions for Senior Care: An Interview with Paychex's Melissa Bollinger

By: Ryan Brooks  |  November 21, 2023

Looking for ways to reduce time loss, and increase profitability and efficiency? It all starts with an effective HR strategy. NIC Senior Principal Ryan Brooks recently talked with Melissa Bollinger, Senior Enterprise Business Consultant at Paychex about the tangible benefits organizations can realize through strategic HR partnerships with Professional Employer Organizations (PEO). Here is a recap of their conversation with key insights on fostering growth, improving retention plans, and keeping employees happy and healthy in the senior care industry.

Ideas and Discussion  |  Senior Housing  |  Skilled Nursing  |  medicare

Frailty Research Highlights Senior Housing and Skilled Nursing’s Value Proposition

By: Ryan Brooks  |  September 26, 2023

New research from NORC at the University of Chicago, funded by a grant from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care, sheds light on older adults’ vulnerability to declining health outcomes before and after entering a senior housing and care property. The results of the study provide insights into understanding current and growing demand for senior housing. The study is the first in a four-part research series that assesses the health and well-being of seniors housing and care residents. Subsequent studies will provide insights on access to health care providers, longevity, and health outcomes of residents in senior living settings.

Senior Housing  |  healthcare  |  medicare

Understanding Frailty in Senior Housing Using Medicare Claims Data

By: Ryan Brooks  |  September 05, 2023

In a discussion addressing gaps in care at the 2023 NIC Spring Conference, Dr. Bruce Leff, Director of The Center for Transformative Geriatric Research and Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, addressed the importance of understanding the functional status of residents.