Elderwood at Grand Island is set to receive an update for its physical and occupational therapy areas. The project represents the next in a series of nursing home renovations and expansions within the Elderwood network. According to plans filed last week with the New York State Department of Health, the facility will see renovations totaling $739,596 for the first-floor physical and occupational-therapy space. Acquired in 2013 by Post Acute Partners, the Elderwood network includes close to 20 skilled nursing and residential health facilities in Western New York. Last month, the company filed plans for a $585,000 renovation at its Williamsville site to relocate a 20-bed ventilator unit, while planning is underway for the Hamburg site. The Grand Island Boulevard nursing-home renovation will upgrade and modernize the therapy space for inpatient residents, along with renovations to the cardio-exercise and strength training area, private treatment areas, sensory therapy space, storage and several staff rooms. The project, to be privately funded, will also create a vestibule at the second-floor elevator to improve security for memory-care residents. Pending approvals, construction is expected to be completed in 10 months. See full article...

In a discussion at Business First’s Executive Forum on Medicaid Reform, panelists shared their expertise on challenges businesses face as they navigate the behavioral health care system. What follows is an edited transcript of that discussion highlighting points raised in the session. medicaid-reform_discussion-sept-8-2016...