AHCA, Alliance Unite to Form Strong Voice for Elderly & Long Term, Post-Acute Care Community
Stronger, single unified front key to forging profession’s future, leaders say
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Washington, DC - The American Health Care Association (AHCA) and The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care (Alliance) announced today that they have reached an agreement to combine their operations into one organization. The full joining of operations is expected to be complete by July 1st. The new entity will retain the AHCA name.Statement by Gov. Mark Parkinson, AHCA President and CEO: "Improving the lives of our residents while delivering solutions for quality care have been the ties that bind AHCA and the Alliance since the very beginning. Today our profession stands at a crossroads. Faced with continued cuts and growing pressures on the systems that fund the care we provide, there was really only one choice - to band together to form one unified voice. The economic straits our profession faces necessitated this union. We have heard the call of our members, and we have responded. “I want to thank the Alliance for its leadership throughout this process. I know that, together, we will take this profession to new heights of quality, care and advocacy. Combining the efforts of our two organizations will make our profession stronger than it has ever been. In the past 18 months, AHCA/NCAL has reached record membership numbers, representing providers and those they care for from every subset of our sector - independent owners, non-profit and regional centers. “That record membership is because our members see a future teeming with promise. But fulfilling that promise comes only when there is no equivocation in our message to Washington: We are ready to work with policymakers to improve the life of every individual in our centers. Our advocacy, regulatory, policy and quality efforts will be a force second to none. Our cause is right. Our mission is clear.” Statement by Alan G. Rosenbloom, AQNHC President: “America’s long term and post-acute care provider community is an integral part of a rapidly changing, dynamic health care marketplace where quality and cost-efficiency will and should drive budget and policy decisions. Like AHCA, the Alliance believes that a unified approach to advocating on behalf of our patients, our workforce and our very profession will best help us to succeed in an increasingly integrated federal and state budget and regulatory environment. “Through a combination of strong leadership, vision and dedication, Mark Parkinson has helped bring focus not just to our profession’s unique funding challenges related to both Medicare and Medicaid, but to the real, metric-driven successes in quality improvement. For over a decade, AHCA and the Alliance have worked together to improve quality, boost transparency and increase accountability. We look forward to sustaining this progress together. “Through unity of purpose and mission, together we will continue to spotlight the fact we are a key part of the solution to Medicare and Medicaid cost containment and that the barrage of federal and state funding cuts are unsustainable -- compromising our ability to continue providing high quality long term and post-acute care to America’s growing population of seniors.”
The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) represent more than 11,000 non-profit and proprietary skilled nursing centers, assisted living communities, sub-acute centers and homes for individuals with intellectual and development disabilities. By delivering solutions for quality care, AHCA/NCAL aims to improve the lives of the millions of frail, elderly and individuals with disabilities who receive long term or post-acute care in our member facilities each day. For more information, please visit www.ahca.org or www.ncal.org.