NIC Notes

Insights in Seniors Housing & Care

Economic Trends  |  Ideas and Discussion

The Cost of Growing Old: Will Millennials Carry the Burden?

By: NIC  |  March 30, 2016

As America ages, the U.S. economy and its macro components—Social Security, Medicare, workforce, and taxation, to name a few—will be affected. Today federal spending on earned-benefit programs such as Social Security and Medicare accounts for nearly two-thirds of the total federal budget. These programs’ expenses crowd out discretionary spending for other high-priority societal needs, including education, infrastructure, and even defense spending.

Economic Trends

Readmissions & Medicare: What’s the Cost?

By: Bill Kauffman  |  March 23, 2016

Hospitals are making significant progress to reduce readmissions in an effort to improve quality and lower healthcare spending. Unfortunately there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution to preventing hospital readmissions. There are many variables outside of hospitals’ direct control, such as social determinants and patient lifestyle factors, which can impact readmissions.

Economic Trends  |  Ideas and Discussion

Timing the Wave: Facing an Evolving Seniors Health Care Model

By: NIC  |  March 16, 2016

As the 2016 NIC Spring Investment Forum wrapped up on Friday, discussions revolved around the coming challenges and opportunities for seniors housing and care. The theme of change seemed to permeate the discussions during the three day event in Dallas, Texas.

Economic Trends

Based on the jobs data, the U.S. economy is looking strong, despite softness in other parts of the global economy

By: Beth Mace  |  March 04, 2016

The Labor Department reported that non-farm employment increased by a healthy 242,000 positions in February. The originally reported January gain of 151,000 was revised up to 172,000. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey had called for a gain of 195,000. The three-month average from December to February was 228,000. For the private sector, February’s job gains marked the 72nd consecutive month of positive gains.